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Old 07-12-2022, 06:46 AM
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The Hard Rock Casino opened in Bristol Virginia last Friday. Film of the even shows lines of people waiting to get in. Mostly folks dressed down in shorts and tee-shirts...nary a collared shirt to be seen in the group.

Is this what Bristol really needs? Something to suck the life out of the people who can least afford such "entertainment".

I know, you ask anyone who has been to a casino and the always tell you they were somewhere between a small winner and "they paid for their trip" with their winnings. Most of which is BS.

The Casinos do extremely well at separating gamblers from their money. They earn a great deal, and the vast majority of people who come to them leave poorer for the experience.

Okay, you go to be "emntertained" and you budget to spend a couple hundred dollars, just as you would by going to Dollywood or an event at the Speedway.

But when it goes beyond that, and you are pulling cash off your credit card to "get your money back", is that the best thing for the area?

It's too late now. The casino is here. Would it be wise to publicly advise people to "stay away". These "games" are NOT designed for YOU to win. They are created so the casino makes money. A lot of it.

Do yourself a favor. Let this scourge be financed by someone else.
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Old 07-12-2022, 08:47 AM
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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These casinos tend to locate in economically weak, somewhat declining or lower paying regions that need injections of jobs and tax revenue that the casino will provide.

And the sad thing is that the casino will drain money from local folk too, and a lot of them don't have a ton of excess spending money at all, anyway.

Southwest Virginia being a once coal-producing powerhouse region, and now a faded, somewhat struggling region of low wages and few opportunities, was a good location for this with the jobs and revenue it will bring.

In my opinion, not the best option and not the ideal thing to have in this region's backyard. But with good paying jobs lacking, and this region struggling overall, this could be a tourism jolt that the region needs to help it gain traction.

SW Virginia could've gone in so many different and better directions than this. But we'll see what happens.
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Old 07-12-2022, 09:16 AM
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I'm looking forward to going after the initial hype dies down. I'm not hooked on casinos but living in Memphis it was nice to occasionally go for an evening of fun. The nearest casino here appears to be one in NC that looks totally underwhelming online, so I'm hoping this is a little nicer.

And yep, I am one of those who generally wins just about enough to cover the cost of my night. Not everyone who goes to casinos is addicted and unable to control themselves!

IMO casinos are a mix of good and bad, they'll bring jobs and tourism but they'll also bring more crime, so I hope VA has adequate plans to deal with that.
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Old 07-12-2022, 09:49 AM
Location: TN/NC
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Would a casino be my personal choice for economic growth? No, but this area doesn't have the luxury of being picky. Bristol, VA's finances have been in bad shape for years. Bristol isn't going to be a tech hub or something. We don't have the skilled labor force for the jobs of tomorrow. We have to take what we can get economically.

On a personal level, I've never cared for casinos that much. I think machine gaming especially is just boring. With that said, I'm all for something that can bring in growth, tourism, as well as provide a venue for non-gaming events and interests.

I don't think the current "casino in a mall" is going to be a big game changer. I think it's going to be the Hard Rock affiliated resort that moves the needle.
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Old 07-13-2022, 08:06 AM
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This is the best thing to ever happen in Bristol. Hard Rock is very selective where they go and they attract a lot of people who will leave behind a ton of money for the local economy. I hear people complain that gambling ruins families, what about the drugs, alcohol and affairs. This stuff happens on a daily basis. If you cannot discipline yourself at a casino, STAY HOME. I only bring what I am willing to lose. This is entertainment, some people will pay 50 bucks to chase a white ball around a golf course, good for them, that is what they like. Don't expect to win, but if you do, great. Bristol needed a boost, this will bring more businesses and tax revenue to the city which they dearly need.
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Old 07-14-2022, 04:51 PM
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I have a relative who works at the casino in Cherokee. She tells me that many of the employees are keeping a close eye on what is happening in Bristol. A lot of the more skilled/higher compensated employees are talking about hoping to move to Bristol and work for Hard Rock. A lot of the guests are really buzzing about it too. The expectation is that a lot of the traffic from Cherokee will be pulled to Bristol. And a lot of people who aren't willing or interested in travelling to Cherokee will find the Hard Rock extremely attractive based on what she is hearing from guests.
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Old 07-14-2022, 06:54 PM
Location: Seattle
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Casinos don't just operate in economically depressed areas. There's lots of casinos here in Western WA. I go a couple times a year, blow $40, have some food and then come home. It's a fun evening. Not sure why everything has to be so doom and gloom?
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Old 07-15-2022, 01:52 PM
Location: Madison, AL
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This is a good read (dated 2014):

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Old 07-16-2022, 09:43 AM
Location: Brooklyn, NY
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Originally Posted by cooldiver View Post
Good points, informative article.

Areas where casinos do locate can benefit greatly from the revenue, tourism and entertainment value.

There's just a lot of "negatives" that can also be associated with casinos, but I suppose it's a give and take for a project like this locating in an area that has never had one.
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Old 07-17-2022, 07:51 AM
Location: TN/NC
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I see all these comments on WCYB and local media Facebook talking about "crime" and "sin," and whatnot, but those who oppose the casino never seem to have a real plan for economic growth and development.

There is already crime and drugs in this area. Bristol isn't unsafe by any means, but if you're looking for "crime" or "sin," it won't take long to find it.

The patrons are mostly elderly. Like jabogitlu said, just set a budget, and don't go beyond that. People can get addicted to basically anything and take it to an extreme, but that doesn't mean the rest of us should be denied it.
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