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View Poll Results: Do you want legalize casino gaming in Texas?
Yes 19 59.38%
Maybe 4 12.50%
No 3 9.38%
Hell NO! 6 18.75%
Voters: 32. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-27-2007, 02:19 PM
 
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According to an article on the San Antonio Biz Journal, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) said, "Poll after poll show an overwhelming majority of Texans support legalizing casino gaming". If you're concern, watch the proposed legislation (SB 1359).

Do you want a casino like MGM Deep South Casino Resort, Wynn Hill-Country Hotel and Casino, etc? It will definitely generate billion of dollars in revenue. There maybe slot machines at your favorite HEB grocery stores as well so you can be entertained while waiting. Locals donít have to go to Sin City or Atlantic City to gamble. They'll just gamble in their neighborhood casinos and keep the money within Texas.

Or, No and just visit Sin City or Atlantic City and contribute to their economy, and not to worry about the impact (positive or negative).

Maybe we can run our own poll to find out.
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Old 03-27-2007, 04:57 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I for one know I want gambling...I just got back from taking MY money to Vegas to boost their economy...would have LOVED to #1, give it to Texas vs Nevada, #2, not have to fly 3 hours for the casinos.

Count me IN on the gambling in Texas...how much of our money goes to the casinos in LA and NV now??? It is not like we DON'T gamble if we choose to, it is just we spend additional monies to get there!!!!
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:16 PM
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I'm all for keeping money here in the state even though I'm not much of a gambler.

The casino in Shreveport/Bossier City advertises on television and billboards a lot here in the DFW area but lately there's been more from the WinStar Casino just across the Red River in Oklahoma. It's a heck of a lot closer than 3 hours to Shreveport, and they take full advantage in newspaper ads and TV commercials by letting locals know that's it's only an hour away (even less from some northern suburbs) at Exit 1 in Oklahoma..."half the distance, twice the fun" is their motto! They've also got a 1200 seat Showplace Theatre with name brand acts coming over the next few weeks including Pat Benatar, Little River Band, REO Speedwagon, Travis Tritt, Marshall Tucker Band and Little Richard. There's also four different restaurants with even more entertainment and dining options to come as it expands in the future.

IMO, all this money could be kept here in Texas where it could be used for a variety of things including financing education instead of using ever-rising property taxes.

http://www.winstarcasinos.com/
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Old 03-27-2007, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, Florida
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As a possible future resident, I fully support approving and building casinos in Texas. I'm not sure if they should be built in one of the big cities or in between two of them, but anything to bring more tourism to the area is a good thing.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:17 PM
 
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I am all for it if it's gonna generate billions of dollars of revenue and reduce our property tax, but I hope they build them away from the cities just like Vejas, Pala, and the others in San Diego.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:31 PM
 
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I am all for it if it's gonna generate billions of dollars of revenue and reduce our property tax, but I hope they build them away from the cities just like Vejas, Pala, and the others in San Diego.
Yup, that's the key! Build them on Indian reservations and I'm all for it.
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Old 03-27-2007, 08:44 PM
 
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Count me IN on the gambling in Texas...how much of our money goes to the casinos in LA and NV now??? It is not like we DON'T gamble if we choose to, it is just we spend additional monies to get there!!!!
According to that same article, Texans already spending $10 billion annually on gambling, with the majority of that money leaving the state. They went on to mention that regulated casino gaming in Texas could create as many as 400,000 new, permanent jobs. In addition, it could generate as much as $4.5 billion in state and local revenue. According to Texas economist Ray Perryman, construction alone could reach $45 billion.
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Old 03-27-2007, 09:40 PM
 
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Exclamation Maybe better to think twice about this!

Although I completely understand where everyone is coming from in regards to keeping the money in Texas and not having to travel so far to have some entertainment etc...let me clue you in a bit:
I live about 90 miles south/southeast of Las Vegas. The town I live in s Bullhead City, Arizona which borders Laughlin, Nevada. Some of you may know this place.
Although it seems great to have casinos at your finger tips etc, trust me when I say life as you know it will slowly but surely deteriorate. I have lived here 19 years. The people here care for one thing and one thing ONLY....THEMSELVES!
*You see people on the corners here selling every last thing they own, just to get enough money to get back home because they lost EVERYTHING! They sell their cd's, sun glasses, clothes or whatever measley valuable they have left just to try to get enough money to get out of town.
*The suicide rate is unimaginable! You will NEVER hear about it though...can't let other tourists know that Joe Smith just jumped out of his balcony window because he lost ever last dollar he has and cannot make his mortgage payment....again! This is a constant happening, but NEVER EVER published ANYWHERE! Another note on this (kind of off topic, but intresting)...NO ONE ever actually DIES in a casino, so to speak (if at all possible), especially here in Laughlin. If someone has a hear attack or?? they are treated as still living and pronounced "dead" at the hospital because the Clark Country Coroner is in Las Vegas and will take at least 2 hours to get to laughlin and that's only if he jumps in his car right then!
*Drugs, burglary other crimes. Again, you will very rarely if ever here about this stuff. You have to understand...where there are casinos it is a 24 hour town. Casino life is 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days per year. This poses for a very large methamphetamine rate! For years our small community was the meth capital of the USA! However, now meth is more wide spread. Burglaries, thefts, prostitution very prevalent when you add gambling to ANY community! Gambling addiction is a very big problem and is the gateway to many many crimes.
*The divorce rate is EXTREMELY horrible because the wife/husband has a gambling problem. I cannot begin to tell you how many divorces I have seen because of problem gambling. It's is so sad! you will see someone get off work, sit down at a machine and put their entire days tips into the machines, go to the payroll dept get a draw on their check and put it in the machine as well. Come payday, they cannot make there rent/mortgage, because they only have $50 left on their check. So, they take what little they DO have and drop it in the machines trying to "chase" their money. Of course it never works because if you need to the money you will always lose. Casinos are not in business because people always win. It is a VERY exteremely RARE occurance for someone to actually come out ahead in the casinos. Even if you hit that jackpot, how much over the years have you put in those machines? You never really come out ahead
** Overall morals, values and logic cease to exist around casinos! This is the first place I have ever lived where people are so cut throat, manipulative, corrupt and deceitful! You DO NOT TRUST ANYBODY! There are plenty of people around here that could vouch for what I am saying here.
Like I said, I understand everyone' philosophy of wanting casinos, but believe me, it is not what it is cracked up to be. Texas is a GREAT STATE, people have good values, for the most part (of course every state has it's problems etc). Some of the effects I am talking about may not happen immediately, but they WILL happen in time.
This is NOT a family friendly lifestyle here. I have 4 kids and we are doing whatever it takes right now to get out of here and get to Texas. We have already wasted too much time here and let our kids grow up here far too long.
PLEASE TEXAS, RETHINK YOUR STAND ON PERMITTING CASINOS!
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Old 03-27-2007, 10:52 PM
 
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Hell yeah, I don't gamble (I stink at it), but with casinos comes great entertainment, I'm down to see Cirque Du Soleil...and Tom Jones - YEAH BABY!
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Old 03-27-2007, 11:04 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Although I completely understand where everyone is coming from in regards to keeping the money in Texas and not having to travel so far to have some entertainment etc...let me clue you in a bit:
I live about 90 miles south/southeast of Las Vegas. The town I live in s Bullhead City, Arizona which borders Laughlin, Nevada. Some of you may know this place.
Although it seems great to have casinos at your finger tips etc, trust me when I say life as you know it will slowly but surely deteriorate. I have lived here 19 years. The people here care for one thing and one thing ONLY....THEMSELVES!
*You see people on the corners here selling every last thing they own, just to get enough money to get back home because they lost EVERYTHING! They sell their cd's, sun glasses, clothes or whatever measley valuable they have left just to try to get enough money to get out of town.
*The suicide rate is unimaginable! You will NEVER hear about it though...can't let other tourists know that Joe Smith just jumped out of his balcony window because he lost ever last dollar he has and cannot make his mortgage payment....again! This is a constant happening, but NEVER EVER published ANYWHERE! Another note on this (kind of off topic, but intresting)...NO ONE ever actually DIES in a casino, so to speak (if at all possible), especially here in Laughlin. If someone has a hear attack or?? they are treated as still living and pronounced "dead" at the hospital because the Clark Country Coroner is in Las Vegas and will take at least 2 hours to get to laughlin and that's only if he jumps in his car right then!
*Drugs, burglary other crimes. Again, you will very rarely if ever here about this stuff. You have to understand...where there are casinos it is a 24 hour town. Casino life is 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days per year. This poses for a very large methamphetamine rate! For years our small community was the meth capital of the USA! However, now meth is more wide spread. Burglaries, thefts, prostitution very prevalent when you add gambling to ANY community! Gambling addiction is a very big problem and is the gateway to many many crimes.
*The divorce rate is EXTREMELY horrible because the wife/husband has a gambling problem. I cannot begin to tell you how many divorces I have seen because of problem gambling. It's is so sad! you will see someone get off work, sit down at a machine and put their entire days tips into the machines, go to the payroll dept get a draw on their check and put it in the machine as well. Come payday, they cannot make there rent/mortgage, because they only have $50 left on their check. So, they take what little they DO have and drop it in the machines trying to "chase" their money. Of course it never works because if you need to the money you will always lose. Casinos are not in business because people always win. It is a VERY exteremely RARE occurance for someone to actually come out ahead in the casinos. Even if you hit that jackpot, how much over the years have you put in those machines? You never really come out ahead
** Overall morals, values and logic cease to exist around casinos! This is the first place I have ever lived where people are so cut throat, manipulative, corrupt and deceitful! You DO NOT TRUST ANYBODY! There are plenty of people around here that could vouch for what I am saying here.
Like I said, I understand everyone' philosophy of wanting casinos, but believe me, it is not what it is cracked up to be. Texas is a GREAT STATE, people have good values, for the most part (of course every state has it's problems etc). Some of the effects I am talking about may not happen immediately, but they WILL happen in time.
This is NOT a family friendly lifestyle here. I have 4 kids and we are doing whatever it takes right now to get out of here and get to Texas. We have already wasted too much time here and let our kids grow up here far too long.
PLEASE TEXAS, RETHINK YOUR STAND ON PERMITTING CASINOS!
Yeah, I agree. I dont think that just b/c Louisiana does it, we should. I have no problem with gambling but I know of the problems it brings. The Texas Lottery promised a huge amount for education but the results of that are sketchy. As far as casinos on Indian reservations, that is fine by me. Changing the law to permit gambling anywhere in Texas would be a mistake, IMO
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