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Amazing gambling stat of the day: Addicts outnumber casino workers

Posted By Rob Schofield On June 4, 2012 @ 4:42 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Recent Policy Watch Crucial Conversation headliner Les Bernal of the national Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation [1] is out with a press release [2] that includes a truly remarkable and sobering statistic this afternoon that would, in any just world, greatly influence members of the North Carolina House has they vote tomorrow on a bill [3] to approve a compact with Harrah’s and the Cherokee Tribe to introduce casino gambling to our state for the first time.

“In a review of casino job numbers from Illinois– state where Harrah’s has two casinos- Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation found there are almost 20% more citizens who have come forward to publicly ban themselves from the casinos because they are addicted – what gambling operators call the “self-exclusion list” – than there are citizens who work at the casinos in that state. The total enrollment of citizens in the state’s voluntary Self-Exclusion Program was 9,171 and the total number of full and part-time casino jobs was 7789.”

So much for the all those new and beneficial jobs for our state.

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[1] Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation: http://stoppredatorygambling.org/

[2] a press release: http://stoppredatorygambling.org/wp-content/uploads/Analysis-Shows-Cherokee-Casino-Partner-Harrah’s-Has-Created-More-Addicts-Than-Jobs-in-Illinois1.pdf

[3] a bill: http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&BillID=S582

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