Conn lowers boom, not age

Sep 30, 2003 3:07 AM

The Mohegan tribe will unveil an advertising campaign in Hartford that Connecticut teenagers are not likely to enjoy.

A law toughening penalties for minors caught on gaming floors is soon to go in effect, according to the Norwich Bulletin. The statewide ad radio and TV campaign will aim at explaining the law, which fines minors if frequenting casinos.

The law, passed by the state legislature last spring, goes into effect Wednesday. Police could give a $100 fine to anyone under 21 caught on the gaming floor. Anyone using a forged ID to get to the casinos could face fines between $100 and $500 or receive 30 days in jail.

"There’s no downside for someone to sneak on a gaming floor," said Mohegan Tribal Chairman Mark Brown, a former police officer. "We need help to stop it happening."

State Representative Andrea Stillman said she was pleased that the Mohegan Tribe had some to legislators with the proposal.

"I have a concern of exposing young people to gambling," Stillman said. "We felt this was an important tool, because we felt they didn’t have any way to enforce through penalty the age requirement."

The Mashantucket Pequots, owners of Foxwoods Resort & Casino, do not plan to go the news conference unless they receive an invitation.

Texas bets accepted

Don’t tell Texas that Internet wagering is illegal.

Thoroughbred Times.com reports that the Internet companies Youbet.com and BrisBET.com allow wagering on horse racing from Texans. The Ohio-based AmericaTab handles the wagers from BrisBET.

No person has ever been prosecuted for Internet wagering in Texas, nor has any company been prosecuted for accepting bets from Texans.

Jeff Greco, Lone Star Park GM, said Internet wagering has factored into recent dips in track attendance and handle. "Horseplayers stay at home and bet over the Internet."

Indy needs slots

A coalition of horse tracks and breeders have joined with a powerful Indiana legislator in an unprecedented effort to bring 10,000 slot machines to Indianapolis and two nearby cities.

Rep. Bill Crawford, chairman of the budget-setting House Ways and Means Committee, wants to discuss a bill that would legalize slot machines at two off-track betting parlors and at horse tracks in Anderson and Shelbyville. The slots would bring in an additional $62 million for local governments.

Bingo is S.C. matter

South Carolina House Speaker David Wilkins said he wanted the Catawba Indian Nation to work with state leaders to open a high-jackpot bingo hall in Orangeburg County before going to the feds.

Critics oppose federal regulation of the proposed site in Santee because the Âí­Catawbas might use congressional approval to introduce casino-type gambling such as blackjack and slot machines.

The Catawbas have a 1993 agreement with the state allowing the tribe to operate two bingo halls. The tribe is willing to fight the issue in court.

Phony slots in KC?

Gambling devices that look and play like slot machines are not slots but a version of bingo, according to the National Indian Gaming Commission.

The Kansas City Star reported that the distinction means American Indian tribal casinos could offer the slot-like machines to the public without state consent or oversight.

The ruling blurs the line between categories of federally licensed tribal gambling activities and may trigger the explosive growth of tribal slot parlors nationwide.