Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

The Download: Cracking down on gambling

As everyone knows, slot machines and casino gambling haven’t been approved by the Massachusetts Legislature. But what most people don’t know is that devices that closely resemble slot machines have been popping up in small shops across the state for the past few years, sidestepping the legal ban by masquerading as sweepstakes. Some of the(...)

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In gambling showdown, greed is king

By Michael Jonas News that things are getting testy among legislators trying to reach agreement on an expanding gambling bill is hardly surprising.  When it comes to jockeying for position in the big-money, high-stakes world of legalized gambling, the long knives are drawn quickly, and the nastiest fights often occur among those who are ostensibly all(...)

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Phil Primack: Casino chorus sings from shaky data

Phil Primack: Casino chorus sings from shaky data

By Phil Primack They’re playing your song again, Clyde. Every time casino gambling tunes up on Beacon Hill, the background beat is almost always the same: If we ka-ching it in Massachusetts, we’ll recapture all that money being gambled away by Bay Staters elsewhere in New England. “To see that over $900 million leaves the(...)

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Casino culture

Despite last week’s burying of Gov. Deval Patrick’s casino bill, don’t look for the gambling industry to go quietly into the good night.  The Boston Herald reports today that casino interests are keeping a steady eye on the Bay State for fresh opportunities to take another run at legalizing casino gambling.  "Politics is patience and(...)

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Gaming the casino job numbers

Today’s Boston Sunday Globe features a front-page story by Sean Murphy questioning the Patrick administration’s claim that 30,000 construction jobs would be created if the governor’s proposal for three casinos were approved.  The Globe story calls Patrick’s jobs estimate "excessively optimistic," and backs up that contention with plenty of evidence from similar projects that generated(...)

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Arlington bets on casino revenue

Gov. Deval Patrick’s proposed budget for fiscal 2009 includes revenue from casino licensing fees, even though casino gambling has not yet been approved by the Legislature (see Boston Globe story by Frank Phillips). Now town goverments may follow Patrick’s lead, if a story by Shauna Stavely in the Arlington Advocate is any indication. Stavely reports(...)

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Megabucks

The Sunday New York Times has a story and interactive map on state lotteries. Massachusetts is singled out as having "the highest lottery spending per resident, at $699, and the highest portion of lottery sales that go to prizes, at 72 percent." At $4.5 billion, the Bay State is second only to New York in(...)

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