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Slot Machines Confiscated, Sugar House Casino Opens

Last week, Arlington police seized four slot machines and more than $15,000 from an Arlington convenience store.

At the Texaco Food Mart in the 900 block of East Pioneer Parkway, Officers also arrested an employee in Wednesday’s bust. For the eight-liner machines, Rezene Solomon Haile, 30, is accused of providing cash payouts.

Haile faces charges of gambling promotion, possession of a gambling device/paraphernalia and keeping a gambling place.

The owner, who was not named because charges have not been filed, is in danger of losing his TABC license, certificate of occupancy and franchise with Texaco, police said.

The owner was sent two letters by the Arlington police notifying him that the machines were illegal and a violation of his certification of occupancy. He replaced them a short time later throughout the year, although he continually pulled the machines out, police said.

Arlington police Vice Unit, Arlington police Vice Unit to remove such machines or risk criminal charges and losing the ability to operate in Arlington.

Amidst all such seizures, Sugar House Casino is set to open to the public this Thursday, boasting 1,600 slot machines and 40 gaming tables. Neighbors are expressing concerns about security in their community once the doors open and it will become Philadelphia’s first gaming hall.

The casino expects to draw over 2 million people a year as per the reports by Fox 29’s Dave Schratwieser.

The 1,600 parking spaces at Sugar House are simply not enough to accommodate visitors, told neighbors in the area surrounding Sugar House. They are also afraid of increased crime rate, increased traffic, crowd overflow and drunks.

Sugar House security is headed by Former Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Tony Dilaqua and he promises the casino will keep the area safe and be a good neighbor.


Massachusetts Gambling Bill update – Gambling

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Center investigated one of the projects, the Massachusetts gambling bill. Using funds received from national and state programs, the University investigates economic, social and other political developments.

In the Massachusetts house, they were responsible for promoting the gambling bill that would expand gambling in the state of Massachusetts.

The University of Massachusetts has a separate group for the program, called The Center for Policy Analysis, which is also paid for by the public. By using their students to work in programs, they like to translate their research into actual laws. They call these programs as applying research into actual existing programs.

For the University of Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts seems to work. Of all the bizarre things, he is extremely influenced by their proposals and investigations. He threatened the House and the Senate of Massachusetts that he would veto any bill that he didn't like and told them that they needed to send him a bill that would expand gambling in Massachusetts. The University of Massachusetts’, the Center for Policy Analysis has influenced him.

Coming from Governor Patrick of Massachusetts, the following is the latest warnings reported on the Internet:

"As they work through their differences, they also know they're going to have to either get something to me that can support or they're going to have to send something to me with a veto proof margin. Now, we're not at the point of threatening veto because they're not at the point of agreement."

The stalemate in the House and Senate of Massachusetts was referred by Governor Patrick.


Gambling: Ohio set to install 17,500 Video Slots at race tracks

Ohio residents who frequent one of seven horse tracks supervised by the state's Lottery Commission will soon have a new way to spend their money: feeding the one-armed bandit. Plans to install more than 17,000 video slot machines at the tracks can move forward now that the last of the legal challenges has been dropped.

Ballot issue PAC previously succeeded in collecting enough signatures to force a referendum on the November ballot, challenging the government's plan to install the slot machines, but on Monday the group reversed course and requested that Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner remove the referendum. A threat by Governor Ted Strickland to seek court relief and last year's passage of a constitutional amendment legalizing gambling in the state were cited as reasons for the group's actions.

The fight may not be over though, as a question still remains whether the Ohio Lottery Commission has the constitutional authority to operate video slot machines. According to a letter written to Brunner by LetOhioVote member Tom Brinkman, the group recognizes their best hope to stop the slots resides in the court system.

"We successfully defended Ohioans' referendum rights with our victory in the Ohio Supreme Court last year, and then the voters approved a casino gambling amendment," he wrote. "With our primary goals accomplished, it seems imprudent to proceed with a campaign that can be easily rendered moot by a court decision or new legislation authorizing" slots."


Gambling in Germany

Gambling is legal in all 16 states of Germany and is entirely state controlled. Since the early 2000s, gambling has taken off in Germany and the German government generates a substantial amount of tax income from its citizens’ desire to gamble.

Germany has a long history of gambling and in fact may be the birthplace of poker and the site of the first casino. In the middle ages, the Germans played a game called pochenspie that is very similar to poker and the first public casino opened in 1764. Gambling was considered illegal under the Nazi regime who considered it counterproductive to the war effort.

According to, there are 75 casinos in operation in Germany. Its casinos are heavily regulated in an attempt to prevent gamblers from becoming addictive.
A January 2008 law forbade online gambling in any form in Germany. The ban prohibits all traditional online casino games as well as sports betting, online bingo and online lotteries.

German lawmakers defended the law by saying it was put in place to protect Germans from the perils of online gaming. Critics say the law was enacted so states could safeguard the state-controlled gambling industry. They also point out that the law is in contrast to an existing European Union law that specifically allows online gambling. Several legal challenges have been formed as a result.

Despite strict control and the illegal status of online gambling, it appears to be very popular in Germany. Profits have steadily increased over the past decade and interest has skyrocketed.