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Bill Kearney's picture

More gamblers ask to be banned from Atlantic City casinos.

For some gamblers, the lure of the slot machines and gaming tables is simply too much. Open this link to read on.

http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/186/story/418697.html

Open this link and learn more about what the gaming industry and an alarming number of our government officials call a form of entertainment, no different then going to the ballpark or theater.

http://www.casinofreemass.org/Lydon.html

workerbee's picture

Personal Opinion

I am not totally against gaming

I will buy lottery tickets when the prize is big

I find the Nevada gaming halls can be very entertaining even though I don't partake in the games

I enjoy the races

However .. To anyone who thinks that gaming will save our city, I totally disagree

As to the locations that have been chosen in the Philadelphia area ...

They really stink.

If you think gaming is our financial savior read on

http://www.lvrj.com/search?keywords=casino

OH remember that housing is at it's worst in the Las Vegas Valley. ... Lucky for me as I house hunt. LOLOLOLOL

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Bill Kearney's picture

Problem Gambling Awareness Week - WHAT A JOKE

Pennsylvania State Highlights Education, Treatment Services During 'Problem Gambling Awareness Week'

Fri Feb 27, 11:00 am ET

HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The state departments of Health, Agriculture and Revenue --along with the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board -- will highlight National Problem Gambling Awareness Week, March 1 - 7, by reminding citizens that counseling and treatment services are available to those affected by a gambling addiction.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20090227/pl_usnw/pennsylvania_state_highlights_education__treatment_services_during__problem_gambling_awareness_week

For over twenty years I've been addressing and proving that there are major flaws in gaming laws throughout our country. In other words, there are no safeguards or provisions in place that will protect today's casino gamblers and future casino gamblers from becoming what I once was. Casinos are operating like amusement parks with no safety belts or cages on their ride. There is absolutely no consumer protection.

Now it's true that our Gaming Laws address the compulsive casino gambling problem with things like a 1-800 GAMBLER get help number, and a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week hotline that provides crisis counseling. There's also a self-exclusion list for those who become addicted to the casino product. That in itself should raise a red flag to question how safe is this entertainment venue to have such a provision. What other industry or product do you know of that has a Self Exclusion Program? But all of these provisions address the obsessive gambling problem after one becomes a casino gambling junkie. So my suggestion to our legislators, and the members of our Gaming Control Board, is let’s not wait for the casino casualties to come home. Let’s make our billion dollar gaming operators adapt to real safeguards.

Here’s what I’m trying to accomplish, tell me what you think?

No cashing checks in the casinos.

(Pa. casinos are allowed to cash personal checks up to $2,500 in a 24-hour period, the most a check can be written for is $499.00, but the casino will cash 5 checks at one time. And here’s the kicker, the casinos are not cashing these checks themselves; they are using a third party, what is known as a secure check cashing company. These companies guarantee the casino operator the money even if the check goes bad. The secure check company only checks the history and activity of the checking account; they are not allowed to check the balance of the checking account. So if a casino patron has a good history and activity but only has a $500.00 balance they will still be approved for the $2,500. Now let’s say they are in the casino and they blow their $500.00 balance, but in their mind the slot machine they have been feeding with all its close hits and near misses is ready to blow. So they go back to the cashier in hope to cash another check and they are approved. This goes on until they reach the $2500.00 limit and now they have cut close to $2000.00 in bad checks. Now I’m not saying the casino patron is not at fault, but what I am saying is, why make it easy for casino patrons not only get it debt but also become criminals)

No credit card usage on or around the casino floor.

(Pa. casinos by law are not aloud to issue any form of credit, yet at the ATM machines on the casino floor a casino patron can get cash advancements from their credit card company. Now if the casino operator is receiving money whether it is from a percentage of every transaction or a rental fee for having the ATM machines, wouldn’t that make the casino operator part of that LOAN transaction? This would also apply to the secure check cashing companies if they’re kicking back to the casino operator)

No free booze.

(I'm sure there's a few of us who after a few to many have done something stupid, so why are we letting the casino operators medicate those who are already doing something stupid. Not to mention making it an even playing field for those merchants that have liquor licenses and are now unarmed when competing against the casinos serving free booze)

No 24/7 gambling.

(When Atlantic City’s gambling bill passed, the framers of the States Casino Control Act believed that it was necessary to permit compulsive gamblers time to step back from the tables. So they opened their doors at 10 A.M. and closed them at 4 A.M on weekdays … and 6 A.M. on weekends and holidays. At that time they wanted to avoid, the wide-open atmosphere of Las Vegas, where continuous gambling is permitted. They said that they were worried about the potential, harmful impact on compulsive gamblers, and the possibility that Atlantic City would never become a family type resort that its leaders and the voters envisioned in 1976. The opposition back then, argued that 24-hour gambling had to be permitted, if the city was to become a full-fledged vacation resort, instead of the destination for Day-Trippers. Well as you know, today the casinos in Atlantic City are open 24/7. They still have the Day-Trippers and are far from being a full-fledged vacation resort. So my question is, here in our state and our cities where it won't be Day-Trippers but minutes and hour Trippers do we really need these joints open 24/7. Have you been in a casino on a week day during those early morning hours, that's when I like to see our casino operators take our government officials on a tour through the casinos so they could witness pathological casino gambling in full bloom)

How’s this for ‘AWARENESS’

(Our casino operators are tracking their patrons’ money and time spent gambling with COMP-CARDS, let's make them send monthly statements. These cards track every move the patron makes in the casino. This is how the casino operators determine whether you're going to get the buffet or the penthouse suite. The COMP-CARD is their syringe; it's how they deliver their drug. The comps or so-called freebies make some justify their losses as they become addicted. The purpose of the monthly statement is to enable gamblers and their family members to address a gambling problem before one becomes addicted)

My safeguard for mailing monthly statements has been put forth twice in our House of Representatives by Rep. Paul Clymer and twice in our Senate by Sen. Robert Wonderling. This legislation will be put forth again this year, it’s also been put forth in West Virginia and I'm working with legislators in Illinois, New Jersey, Michigan, and other casino states.

Open these links and observe what the proponents for casino gambling in our state think about casino monthly statements.

http://blip.tv/file/708064/

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v14212064NrPDa82s

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v15880323nJEZyXTW

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=4168946

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=4169169

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v15819801gWJezg8N

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v15820114RfsWZY9d

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v15824768cb4YZHY4

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v15820517HEptydtb

http://www.veoh.com/videos/v15824420SSP8ny4d

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=4163619

http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&VideoID=4185500

prognosis negative's picture

Casinos help PIttsburgh historic landmark

The slots revenue has helped this building with funding. I wonder if those opposed to the casinos would have come up with the $91,000.00 for it.

http://pittsburghpost-gazette.com/pg/09057/951904-100.stm

Bill Kearney's picture

Slots & the potential of Market East

By WILLIAM BECKER

THE PROPOSAL to relocate the Foxwoods slots palace from the Delaware to Market East has generated considerable comment,

http://www.philly.com/philly/opinion/20090223_Slots___the_potential_of_Market_East.html?posted=y&viewAll=y#comments

The only customers the Gallery is going to draw will be from the most distressed areas of our city. It won’t be the residents of Society Hill, Rittenhouse Square, the Mainline or the Philly suburbs gambling in the Gallery. No, it will be what you see shopping there today, the residents of South, Southwest, West, North, and Northeast Philly. These are blue collar neighborhoods that have distressed areas where there is a large population of poor and uneducated people, mostly of color. It’s where small business operators like, restaurants, grocery stores, cleaners, and service merchants operate mostly in cash; it’s where the underground economy prevails. So when Foxwoods and Sugar House casinos start sucking the Cash, Payroll Checks, Social Security, Welfare Checks and what ever Credit Card usage is left out of those communities is when we’ll see the ill effects of casino gambling. Things like bankruptcy, crime, suicides, and children left without care and food because one or both of their parents will be gambling. To learn more about my credentials on this subject go on line and look up Bill Kearney on casino gambling.

Bill Kearney's picture

Gov. Rendell’s “ACE IN THE HOLE”

Gov. Rendell insists that the legalization of video poker machines is not an expansion of gambling in Pennsylvania. He says it’s legalizing something that exists and it exists with no benefit to the taxpayers, no benefit to the citizens. There is a real lesson to be learned here when Gov. Rendell, Senate and House members, Liquor Control Board officials, State Police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski, Gaming Control Board members along with the Pa. Department of Revenue after doing thorough research acknowledge that there are as many as 17,000 ILLEGAL video poker machines parting Pennsylvanians from their money at bars, taverns, restaurants, and private clubs across the state. They also confirmed that this ILLEGAL business of video poker has been around since the late 70’s and has been linked to both organized crime and public corruption. If this is factual, and remember they’re not talking about concealed contraband the likes of illegal drugs, weapons, or stolen goods. What we’re talking about is ILLEGAL gambling machines some the size of a cigarette machine that are profoundly displayed with reckless abandon towards state laws and regulations in ‘LCB’ licensed establishments.

Now I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but how hard would it be to eliminate this ILLEGAL activity. How’s this for an antidote! If you’re harboring video poker machines your liquor license will be revoked.

So the lesson learned here is that our pillars of society have known for quite some time now the whereabouts of this ongoing ILLEGAL activity and yet have done little to suppress it, so what would make one think that they would be capable of governing it if it were to become legal. Just look at the number of noteworthy calamities they have accumulated in the short time they have been governing our gaming industry.

But let’s say the governor has an ace up his sleeve and wins this hand, will the owners of these video poker establishments operate in the same fashion as our slot operators? For instance, will they be allowed to operate 24/7, and cash within a 24 hour period up to $2500 in personal checks? Will they be serving those gambling free booze, and enticing them with comps? Will they be issuing Reward Cards in order to track their patrons’ money and time spent gambling? And will they be under the jurisdiction of our Gaming Control Board? Will these mini casino address compulsive gambling the same way our slot operators do, with things like a 1-800 GAMBLER get help number, a 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week hotline that provides crisis counseling, and a self-exclusion list for those who become addicted to video poker? Will the mini casino operators and their employees be trained to identify problem gamblers? And if a patron becomes an addicted gambling degenerate, will they be held accountable like they are when an intoxicated patron destroys their lives or others?

Now I doubt this insidious idea will ever come to fruition. Especially since the slot operators who have held all the cards so far in Pennsylvania’s gaming fiasco are not about to share their slot spoils with ‘MINI ME’S’ But then again, what if that ‘ACE’ up the governor’s sleeve happens to be Rep. DeWeese’s table game legislation that would turn Pennsylvania's slot parlors into full fledged casinos.

Open this link - http://www.veoh.com/videos/v15880323nJEZyXTW - and you will see what I’ve been saying all along, which is, the man who brought the casino plague upon us, the Honorable Governor Ed. Rendell has no idea how casinos operate.

Open this link http://www.veoh.com/videos/v14212064NrPDa82s - and observe more of how clueless this man is when it comes to the gaming industry.

Bill Kearney's picture

GOV. RENDELL’S ROYAL FLUSH

Some may think it strange to hear Gov. Rendell, Senate and House members, Liquor Control Board officials, State Police Commissioner Frank Pawlowski, Gaming Control Board members along with the Pa. Department of Revenue acknowledge that there are as many as 17,000 ILLEGAL video poker machines parting Pennsylvanians from their money at bars, taverns and private clubs across the state. They also confirmed that this ILLEGAL business of video poker has been around since the late 70’s and has been linked to both organized crime and public corruption. Now I’m no Sherlock Holmes, but if this is factual, and remember they’re not talking about concealed contraband the likes of illegal drugs, weapons, or stolen goods. What we’re talking about is ‘LCB’ licensed establishments that profoundly display gambling machines, with reckless abandon towards state laws and regulations. So here’s my question? If our pillars of society who for quite some time now have known the whereabouts of this ongoing ILLEGAL activity have done little to suppress it, what would make one think that they would be capable of governing it if it were to become legal. Just look at the number of noteworthy calamities they have accumulated in the short time they have been governing our gaming industry. This idea of legalizing video poker machines just reassures what I’ve been saying all along, which is, those who support state sponsored casino gambling are clueless on how addictive this so-called form of entertainment is.

Nunzio's picture

Rendell to push video poker for tuition aid

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/front_page/20090204_Rendell_to_push_video_poker_for_tuition_aid.html

So, what do we get? One kid who blows half his pay check in a video poker machine, another kid who goes to college, and then some other people who earn a paycheck for taking money out of one person's pocket and putting it in another. Meanwhile, the kid playing the poker machine is risking his livelihood and his financial health as well as that of his family. And I don't buy the argument that, "It's their life and their right", because somewhere down the line, we all pay the social costs.

Is Rendell that lazy that he can't think of progressive ways to generate revenue? Does he have to continue glomming on to all these regressive forms of taxation?

I can't stand that he continues to throw these poison apples at us. I'm looking forward to the day that he's out of office. He's the most regressive democrat I've ever known. I'm glad I don't have to vote for him anymore.

Bob76's picture

Casino jobs

Sands Casino Hiring 1000 Workers

updated 5:18 p.m. ET, Mon., Feb. 2, 2009
"People looking for a job or know someone who is.. will want to grab a pen and paper. We're about to give you information on a company that's hiring more than a thousand workers. Consumer reporter Jeff Chirico here with what you need to know to apply.

The Bethlehem Sands in Northampton County opened its job center today . The casino doesn't open for at least another 4 to 6 months but applicants tell me it's the one bright spot in a dismal job market.

With unemployment at a 16-year-high, computers at the Sands job center are understandably packed. The casino needs more than a thousand workers when it opens this summer. It's being built on old steel land in Bethlehem. Horace Johnson is looking for a job in management. I used to work for a really good senator. Senator Rob Wonderling. With the state and everyone doing cut backs, out looking for a job."

You don't have to come here to apply. You can fill out the applications on your home computer and even schedule an interview. So far, more than 5700 people have applied.

Mickey Trageser, vice president of human resources of the Sands, says I'm getting calls from people laid off from Wall Street, laid off from local businesses, hospitals." Trageser needs people to in food service, marketing, security, finance and more. "What we're doing is finding transferable skills. They may not have casino experience but they have skills in the workplace that might work for us." She expects more than ten thousand people to apply".

Guess there are alot of people who would work for a casino, and as you anti casino folk like to say with those" meager wages. " Guess you should be proud that you have kept a few thousand people out of work in good paying jobs to protect our neighborhood from going down the tubes like Bensalem did with the casino. I'm wrong sorry, Bensalem has no problems with the Casino. No gridlock, no prostitution etc........

Bill Kearney's picture

America's Gambling Depression

Seniors Becoming Compulsive Gamblers

1- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pib8AmuD_kY&feature=related

2- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhZgLgkuzr8&feature=related

3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mp9km-osuzc&feature=related

Spouses and Compulsive Gamblers

1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwKyc4nYTFw&feature=channel

2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGSYZg6Nhj4&feature=channel_page

3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZfemmJ7gx0&feature=related

4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7aQgpcxVtu0&feature=related

5 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrO3h5PNbYs&feature=related

Gambling Daddys

1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chbjc-XDKLw&NR=1

2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPGqaTgJzuU&feature=related

Youth Gambling

1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y57TmqbJndQ&feature=related

2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa0yF8q9yVU&feature=related

3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK8XVVz9KTc&feature=channel

Famous people who have a Gambling Problem

1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQphL3myEf8

2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4xINONZ2Ts

3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ1ELa3M2bQ

4- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvDum6f3ucI&feature=related

Signs of a gambling problem

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OvDKAfmoHw&feature=channel

DON'T STOP GAMBLING

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2AcaB2D120&feature=related

Down the Drain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM3VampmSwQ&feature=related

To learn more about my credentials on this subject go on line and look up Bill Kearney on casino gambling.