AGA sees PASPA end

AGA sees PASPA end

June 20, 2017 3:05 AM


The American Gaming Association (AGA) has taken up the mantle of getting sports betting legalized once and for all. Earlier this month AGA launched the American Sports Betting Coalition (ASBC), “a diverse group of stakeholders dedicated to ending the 25-year-old failing federal sports betting ban, which prohibits sports betting outside Nevada.”

The group includes law enforcement, states’ rights advocates, state and local policy makers and gaming industry leaders, which certainly shows there is a strong desire for legalization and regulation of sports betting. The goal: Repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA); let each state decide for itself if it wants sports betting.

The AGA thinks the time is right for repeal, and it looks like they are correct as seven states – Pennsylvania, Michigan, South Carolina, New York, Maryland, West Virginia and Connecticut – have introduced sports betting bills so far this year, despite PASPA. Plus, earlier this month we learned that players’ union executives from the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL have all had “formal meetings to begin preparing for a potential legalization of sports gambling.”

We will keep you posted on the progress.

CHIPS GALORE! The 25th annual Casino Collectibles Convention begins this Thursday at South Point. Presented by the Casino Collectibles Association, the convention offers dozens of dealer tables, educational seminars and a live auction of casino chips and memorabilia, along with the opportunity to buy, sell or trade. Admission to the show floor is just $10 on Thursday, $5 Friday and free on Saturday. Check out all the details in their ad on page 3 or go to their website:

SUMMER VISITORS: June, July and August seem to be the months when most of our friends decide to visit the Valley of Dollars. Such was the case last week when friend Joe Figlow flew in from Redondo Beach, California. We celebrated his visit with dinner at Paymon’s Mediterranean Café & Lounge on West Sahara Avenue.

If you are dining with friends and can’t seem to agree on what type of food you want, Paymon’s is the place. They feature Greek, Italian, Persian, Middle Eastern, Indian and vegetarian specialties – definitely enough choices to satisfy everyone’s palate. We went with the Chicken Tandoori, an Indian specialty. It was delicious!

MOVIE NIGHT: Remember the old days? In the 1950s and 60s you could go to the movies for about $1. It was a full afternoon of entertainment as there were usually two or three cartoons, a “B” flick and the main feature.

Well, Regal Texas Station 18 has brought back the pricing of those days for the summer with its Summer Movie Express. Each Tuesday and Wednesday through August 9 you can watch family movies at the 10 a.m. showing for just $1 per ticket. A portion of the proceeds go to the Will Rogers Institute, a national charitable health program focused on research of debilitating lung disorders, medical school training fellowships, and distribution of free health education materials to the general public.

The upcoming $1 movies are: “Trolls,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” (June 20-21); “Monster Trucks,” “Penguins of Madagascar” (June 27-28); “Rio 2,” The Boxtrolls” (July 4-5); “Secret Life of Pets,” “Sing” (July 11-12); “Kubo and the Two Strings,” “Ratchet and Clank” (July 18-19); “The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” “The Adventures of Tin Tin” (July 25-26); “Happy Feet 2,” “Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” (Aug. 1-2); “Storks,” “The Lego Batman Movie” (Aug. 8-9).

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to our sister Kathleen and her husband, Bruce, on 50 years of wedded bliss. The actual date is July 12, but all of their children and grandchildren were in town this past weekend to celebrate with a family-style luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy at the Fashion Show Mall on the Strip. The food was delicious and the love and camaraderie were abundant. Cent’anni!

See you around town.