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A sea change in gambling over 60 years

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I watched an old black-and-white movie the other night titled “The Phenix City Story,” and it was really amazing as a reminder of how times change. It was based on events in Phenix City, Ala., in the early 1950s, when that city was a notorious vice den catering to the soldiers of nearby Fort Benning among others, its principal attractions being gambling and prostitution. The low point of its history was the assassination there of ...


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Woodrow
June 19, 2012
9:29 a.m.

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Good one, Carl.

ed186
June 19, 2012
9:47 a.m.

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Carl, this article is a very good one, the kind I like to read.

march84
June 19, 2012
10:30 a.m.

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It's a real shame to promote gambling and I think NY is making a huge mistake going down this road. People who really can't afford to will throw money away at casino's but then complain about health insurance costs and ask to be bailed out when things get tight. Disgusting!

Woodrow
June 19, 2012
4:12 p.m.

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The governor seems solid in so many ways but, as with gambling, and a couple of other things, he shows he has a faulty moral compass. Is there another governor that is shacking up with his girlfriend?

Many say he plans to run for prez candidate in 2016. His girlfriend has said publicly she's not interested in marriage, so he' got a few years to change her mind if he wants to run. The country hasn't gone down that far yet, that we would elect as President a man living with his girlfriend. Or have we?

sojda
June 25, 2012
6:45 p.m.

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....For all their hypnotic appeal, they are small-time compared to roulette wheels and craps tables, and any state that wants to stay in the game has to take the next logical step.....

You need to check your facts, Carl. Slots now account for 70-80% of all casino revenue. Typically, the casinos take on slots is 8-10% or more. The take on blackjack or craps is 1/10 of that.

Those who don't like to gamble have a simple option - don't go.

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