Casino opponents smash slot machine to protest potential gambling expansion

Dan O'Regan, Legislative Gazette, 10/21/2013

The stunt was inspired by former New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's efforts against slot machines more than 70 years ago. The late mayor was famous for smashing slot machines in protest of gambling in New York. "Overwhelmingly what people do at casinos is put their money in slot machines and the slot machines are really rigged to make you lose," President of the Institute for American Values David Blankenhorn said. "The more money you put in the more money you lose, that's the only purpose of these machines"... The costs of casinos in New York, according to Research Fellow for the Institute for American Values Paul Davies, will greatly outweigh the benefits. "Independent studies from a professor at Baylor University, Earl Grinols, has shown that for every dollar a casino brings in it brings three dollars in costs," Davies said. "The governor hasn't done any cost benefit analysis studies, he's only told you about benefits."

Subjects: Gambling, Casinos, New York, Slot Machines


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