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In the U.S., whenever a State opens its doors to casino gambling, it's like a whole new market has taken off. Everybody knows how much Americans like to gamble. With one of the largest gambling Mecca's in the world, not to mention an insatiable thirst to gamble on the internet at online casinos, Americans are a highly valuable commodity to the gambling industry as a whole. These days, it seems like nobody knows this better than Massachusetts Governor, Deval Patrick.

The Democratic governor has gambling back on the forefront of his agenda, vamping up efforts to draw more supporters for his gambling bill that calls for permitting three large casinos to open their doors in Massachusetts - one in the Boston area, one in southeastern Massachusetts, and one in the central- western portion of the State. So far this year, Patrick has held several sessions with his advisors and is planning meetings with members of the State House to foster even more support.

One key supporter of Deval's legislation is Boston Democrat, Brian Wallace, who said that labor unions strongly favor bringing casinos to Massachusetts and thereby creating some 30,000 construction jobs and approximately 20,000 permanent jobs. In fact, labor unions and the gambling industry are already discussing the possibilities of forming a coalition to help pay for a media advertising blitz that would aim to educate the public on the benefits of regulating gambling Massachusetts.

And although there is opposition to the legislation from many old school Representatives, whose primary argument is that casinos would depredate the intellectual and cultural character of Massachusetts (because we all know how stupid and unrefined casino gamblers are), the bottom line is that Massachusetts citizens already spend approximately $900 million a year at neighboring casinos in Connecticut (Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods). Furthermore, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe have applied for federal permission to use reservation land to open a casino of their own. And with reelections coming up, if the people of Massachusetts make their voices heard, Deval will have a very good chance of getting his way.

Originally published: January, 2008 | Categories: Gambling

 

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