Canadian gaming illegal?

Today, nearly every nation or state grants some sort of gambling franchise, usually in the name of revenue enhancement, i.e., cash. With the police cracking down on illegal rivals, these gambling monopolies are usually pretty lucrative for everyone involved. In Canada, though, the authors of a new report believe that Ontario’s state-sanctioned gaming industry may be illegal.

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Castaway

According to the LVRJ, ‘Life goes on’ in Las Vegas after the London terrorist attack. Events like that show how trivial much of the “news” is, particularly the sort of thing covered on this site. Still, if you are interested in the world of gambling as seen from Las Vegas, there are several stories out there.

An unpopular Kansas scratch-off game claims to be the first interactive lottery, but I remember reading about New Jersey doing this at least a year ago, and with better results.

In one high school, smoking and drinking have declined while gambling rates are up–nearly a quarter of all students gamble at least once a week. Does this means that teens are being taught to channel their impulses in a more socially useful way, i.e., participating in an activity that is heavily taxed by state governments? It would be ironic if “education lotteries” contributed to the growth of teen gambling.

A conference at Mandalay Bay proved that Internet poker is getting bigger and bigger.

But, in order to build, you must destroy and, with little fanfare, the demolition of a historic casino is beginning this week.

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Wireless wishing

In the true spirit of blog-dom, here’s a story about a story that, for me, is more interesting than the original story. The State of Nevada has recently approved wireless gaming in casinos, and I think that the industry might be interested in hearing the reaction from a gamer’s website. While these aren’t your hardcore gamblers, they probably do represent a more tech-friendly demographic than average.

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Written up

More write ups for the casino carpet mania! Even the New York Times had a piece, which I guess is the pinnacle of recognition. Anyway, if this is your first time here, enjoy this site, and check out the carpets here. There are some other photo galleries as well, and of course this blog.

Solid socio-economic research

I get people asking me all the time for quantative measures of the “social impact” of gambling. I try to convince them that such a thing is hard to measure. But, if you’re unhampered by standards of academic rigor, it’s easy to make wildly inaccurate claims based on second-hand evidence.

Take, for example, this letter to the editor in the Sun-Sentinel:

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