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View Poll Results: Do you want vegas style gambling in texas?
Yes 23 47.92%
No 25 52.08%
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:23 AM
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Location: Ohio
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The lottery is gambling for the mathematically challenged.
I think the usual metaphor here is that it's a "tax for the mathematically challenged."
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:31 AM
 
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There are a lot of folks who don't like or appreciate gambling. It's a seedy, sleazy waste of time to many people.

The folks who are most duped into thinking they may win lots of money (generally, the poor and uneducated) are the same folks who need to keep their money, and not risk it on gambling.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Let me say this, I grew up in Lake Charles, so I saw the effects of what casinos brought to that town. Let me tell you what casinos brought. Initially, there were some major construction jobs to build the casinos. Louisiana had a law that all casinos had to be riverboats at the time and the riverboats had to be built at shipyards in Louisiana. This was a big boom to our shipping industry as 15 casino riverboats had to be constructed (the original license was for 15 casino riverboats).

At first, there didn't appear to be any effects of having casinos. I had just recently turned 21 at the time so the whole gambling thing was a novelty, but I learned quickly that the house always wins. However, it was nice to have additional restaurants and nightlife opportunities that were previously unavailable.

As time went on, the casinos added hotels and new hotels went up to get in on the different market segments (generally casino hotels are more expensive, so mid priced hotels like La Quinta, HI Express, etc... started coming to town).

Finally, they started building very upscale properties like L'auberge du Lac with world class golf courses that Lake Charles had never seen before, and 5 star restaurants like Snake River Grill, which was awesome. Now, the whole area around L'auberge is brimming with restaurants and hotels and it was formerly just swampland. The next plan is for a new casino resort called Mojito Pointe which will have another 5 star resort and golf course with some holes overlooking the water similar to the way Pebble Beach is.

However, the main thing that happened with all the casino revenue is that Lake Charles was able to afford to build a giant boardwalk along the lake, and it is beautiful. There are fishing piers, jogging paths, water splash zones for those frequent hot days, and even a marina. None of this would have been built were it not for the casinos.

Is Louisiana still poor? You bet, but we were poor before. However, there have been some substantial improvements along the Lake Charles waterfront due to casino gambling.

I now live in Austin and I laugh at these discussions, but I really hope that TX doesn't approve gambling because if it does, I suspect the Lake Charles economy will come crashing down.
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Old 05-10-2011, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I think a lot of people have the wrong idea about gambling. Sure, some poor people are irresponsible with their money, but that's not sufficient reason IMO to try to keep all the high-rollers and middle-class people on vacation from gambling. Those beautiful casinos cater to the latter groups, not the poor people. The already legal state lottery sucks those dry if they can't manage their money.

Besides that, as the previous poster stated, making gambling illegal in TX doesn't keep people from gambling. They just go to OK or LA and spend their money there, money which TX needs.
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Old 05-11-2011, 11:32 AM
 
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Luckily, "everyone" doesn't drive out of the state for gambling, because many people are too smart to gamble. If you're dumb and gamble, then you should waste money driving for things like that.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Metromess
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I think you're making a huge blanket statement. Those who are able to afford it and do it for entertainment enjoy it with no great loss. They aren't "dumb". One simply has to decide how much he can afford to lose. If he can't afford to lose anything, he shouldn't gamble. Let's advocate a little personal responsibility here rather than calling names.
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Old 05-11-2011, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Luckily, "everyone" doesn't drive out of the state for gambling, because many people are too smart to gamble. If you're dumb and gamble, then you should waste money driving for things like that.
Please kill the exaggerated stereotypes such as; Gambling = stupidity. My mom and aunts drive to Louisiana once a year to go to the casinos just to have a good time and get away. Nothing stupid or dumb about it; get over yourself.
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Old 07-17-2014, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Upper Kirby, Houston, TX
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Let me say this, I grew up in Lake Charles, so I saw the effects of what casinos brought to that town. Let me tell you what casinos brought. Initially, there were some major construction jobs to build the casinos. Louisiana had a law that all casinos had to be riverboats at the time and the riverboats had to be built at shipyards in Louisiana. This was a big boom to our shipping industry as 15 casino riverboats had to be constructed (the original license was for 15 casino riverboats).

At first, there didn't appear to be any effects of having casinos. I had just recently turned 21 at the time so the whole gambling thing was a novelty, but I learned quickly that the house always wins. However, it was nice to have additional restaurants and nightlife opportunities that were previously unavailable.

As time went on, the casinos added hotels and new hotels went up to get in on the different market segments (generally casino hotels are more expensive, so mid priced hotels like La Quinta, HI Express, etc... started coming to town).

Finally, they started building very upscale properties like L'auberge du Lac with world class golf courses that Lake Charles had never seen before, and 5 star restaurants like Snake River Grill, which was awesome. Now, the whole area around L'auberge is brimming with restaurants and hotels and it was formerly just swampland. The next plan is for a new casino resort called Mojito Pointe which will have another 5 star resort and golf course with some holes overlooking the water similar to the way Pebble Beach is.

However, the main thing that happened with all the casino revenue is that Lake Charles was able to afford to build a giant boardwalk along the lake, and it is beautiful. There are fishing piers, jogging paths, water splash zones for those frequent hot days, and even a marina. None of this would have been built were it not for the casinos.

Is Louisiana still poor? You bet, but we were poor before. However, there have been some substantial improvements along the Lake Charles waterfront due to casino gambling.

I now live in Austin and I laugh at these discussions, but I really hope that TX doesn't approve gambling because if it does, I suspect the Lake Charles economy will come crashing down.
Although the casino industry towns in the bordering states of Texas being in financial peril is a negative I hadn't yet previously thought about, think of all the wonderful things casinos could do for the island of Galveston. It could turn it actually into a resort style place that had national recognition, as opposed to the seaweed infested place that Houstonians themselves have to debate if they want to go to.
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Old 07-17-2014, 10:42 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Although the casino industry towns in the bordering states of Texas being in financial peril is a negative I hadn't yet previously thought about, think of all the wonderful things casinos could do for the island of Galveston. It could turn it actually into a resort style place that had national recognition, as opposed to the seaweed infested place that Houstonians themselves have to debate if they want to go to.
Gambling eliminates seaweed? Who knew???
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Old 07-24-2014, 08:25 PM
 
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I thought Texas had gambling, why in McAllen and Edinburg I see 8liners on every block, just ask anyone, and they have cockfighting every Friday.

Oh wait...am I supposed to reveal that here?
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