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Friday, February 5, 2016

This is the most important movie on state-run gambling ever made

It's finally here.Out of Luck, the first national film to examine the policy of government-sponsored gambling in America, is about to be released. You can watch the movie trailer below.

The film producers are working with iTunes, and Google Play to make it available to the world in April. I don't know the exact date yet but will let you know when it's announced.

There will be a nationwide media tour to promote the film, including print media, digital media/podcasts, radio and television. They'll also set up screenings in cities and towns across the country. 

If you or your organization is interested in setting up a screening event and would like more information, please contact the producers through the film's website or email Director Bert Klasey at

It's important to show the world that people are interested in this topic so please "Like" their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @outofluckmovie. These basic social media stats are influential in building momentum for the film.

While it investigates lotteries, the movie is also significant to those of you who got involved in this movement because you oppose casinos in your community. Regional casinos are another form of government-sponsored gambling.

The lobbying push for regional casinos and online gambling has happened in large part because of the practices of state lotteries. They're the largest predatory gambling operators in the country and have made extreme forms of gambling like electronic gambling machines and $30 scratch tickets seem like a normal activity for government to be marketing to citizens. 

Out Of Luck Trailer from Bert Klasey on Vimeo.

If you don't see the film trailer to click above, you can see it here
Thanks for being a part of our work to change the world we live in.


Les Bernal
National Director
Build a more humane and just society: end government-sponsored gambling because it is dishonest, financially damaging to citizens and contributes to rising inequality of opportunity.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Maine: Early, ominous sign for Maine casino campaign

A controversial campaign to give a Las Vegas gambling impresario the sole right to build a York County casino is raising questions about the ...

Early, ominous sign for Maine casino campaign

A controversial campaign to give a Las Vegas gambling impresario the sole right to build a York County casino is raising questions about the certification process. Here are some answers.

Shawn Scott, right, listens as one of his attorneys, Martin Gersten, questions a witness at a licensing hearing in 2003. Scott has faced numerous lawsuits over business dealings. 2003 Press Herald File Photo
Shawn Scott, right, listens as one of his attorneys, Martin Gersten, questions a witness at a licensing hearing in 2003 — Press Herald File Photo

A campaign to give Las Vegas gambling impresario Shawn Scott the sole right to build a York County casino has generated considerable scrutiny about its tactics during an aggressive signature collection drive to qualify for the November ballot.

Now that the Horseracing Jobs Fairness campaign has submitted its petitions to the Secretary of State’s Office, there are lots of questions about how municipalities and state election officials validate signatures and whether the unorthodox campaign will actually make the ballot. On Tuesday, Ben Sprague, a Bangor city councilor, tweeted what could be a prescient statistic from the city clerk, whose office completed the inspection of the casino signatures submitted there last week.

Sprague reported that of the 6,869 signatures gathered in Bangor, only 2,913 appeared to be from registered city voters, and the remainder may be invalid. Sprague forwarded some additional details from the clerk’s office. Of the signatures that were considered invalid, some were from people living in other municipalities and others were duplicates.

Last week, Kathy Montejo, the city clerk in Lewiston, told the Portland Press Herald that she noticed a larger-than-usual proportion of invalid signatures on the casino petition sheets, although she cautioned at the time that the staff in her office was still reviewing the signatures.

“A lot of the ones that are full sheets, some have as many as one-third to one-half (of signers) that are not registered voters in Lewiston,” Montejo said.

That Bangor even collected statistics is relatively unusual. Municipal clerks are only required to track the number of petition pages they receive, not actual signatures. Final certification of signatures rests with state election officials, who determine whether a campaign has qualified for the ballot.

In other words, the information that Sprague was able to obtain isn’t readily available or tracked in many municipalities. They include Portland and Lewiston, which both confirmed Tuesday that they only tallied the number of petition pages, not signatures or invalidated signatures.

“We’re not the end-all-be-all, so we don’t want to duplicate the process that’s done at the state level,” Montejo said. “We can do it, but it’s time-consuming. If the mayor or another elected official asks us to do a count, we’d do it. But it’s very labor-intensive.”

It’s unclear how many signatures from the statewide campaign were submitted to the Secretary of State’s Office. Asked Monday for the total figure, the registered agent for Horseracing Jobs Fairness, Cheryl Timberlake, would only say “Enough.”

The signatures of at least 61,123 registered Maine voters are required to qualify for the ballot.

There are many steps in the municipal validation process. Once campaigns submit their petitions, clerks are charged with checking signatures against voter registration files and the state’s central voting registration database.

They’re checking for a few things. First, they ensure that a signature is actually a registered voter in that municipality. This is to guard against someone who may have signed multiple times and claimed multiple residences. If the signee isn’t a registered voter in the town, the clerk marks the signature with “NR” (not registered), a signal to state officials that it should be invalidated.

The clerks also review for printed names, which are also considered invalid and marked “sig” (no signature). Finally, they check to make sure someone else didn’t sign – or forge – a registered voter’s signature. If it doesn’t match the voter’s registration card, the clerks mark the signature with “ano” (another).

State election officials conduct a different type of review. They first check to make sure petition forms are valid and include the full printout of the proposed legislation. Then they look for irregularities that could invalidate an entire petition sheet of signatures. The latter includes a circulator’s oath that isn’t notarized until after it’s submitted to the town registrar, a petition form unsigned by a notary, or a notary and a circulator who are immediate family members. Dates or names that appear altered are invalidated.

Election officials also check for duplicate signatures, which are flagged once an official enters a name into a database designed to ensure each signature is counted once.

It’s not clear what to make of the signature data from Bangor. Montejo, the Lewiston clerk, was unable to give specifics, but she estimated last week that over half of the casino signatures submitted in Lewiston were invalid.

Also, the statistics in Bangor are similar to a referendum bid that fell short in Michigan in October. Petitioners there launched an expensive bid to overturn the state’s prevailing wage law, submitting over 388,000 signatures to state election officials. Only half proved valid. A review of the signatures showed that many came from unregistered voters, over 8 percent were duplicates, four people signed as many as 10 times and 18,767 people signed twice.

Stavros Mendros’ firm, Olympic Consulting of Lewiston, has been the primary beneficiary of the signature-gathering efforts for the casino campaign. But the campaign also has paid $15,000 to Silver Bullet Group Inc., which has addresses in Wyoming and Las Vegas, to assist the signature drive. Silver Bullet appears to be the organization responsible for shipping in the out-of-state petition circulators that Mainers heard so much about.

Silver Bullet also happened to be the firm that received $1 million for the failed effort in Michigan.

Casino Free New Hampshire: Sen. D'Allenandro introduces new casino bill

Some people don't know when to quit.

Sen. D'Allesandro's next tilt at legalizing casino gambling is underway. The senator has filed Senate Bill 551 "Establishing video lottery and table gaming at one location."

The bill specifies that the casino will be at Rockingham Park in Salem and will be operated by Rockingham Park. The casino's operations will overseen by the State Lottery Commission.
This approach is a significant departure from bills D'Allesandro has designed in recent attempts to cobble together legislative support.
The bill will be heard by the Senate Ways and Means Committee. A date for the hearing has not yet been set.
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Macau casino revenue falls 21.4 percent, 20th consecutive month decine

Macau's casino revenue fell by 21.4 per cent in January from a year earlier, marking a 20th straight month of declines and piling pressure on some of ...
Macau casino revenue falls 21.4 percent in January, 20th straight monthly decline
article Macau Casino Revenue Drops 21.4% in January ... (Macau) -- GAMBLING revenues for Macau dropped 21.4 percent in January, ahead of a ...

For this month, the analyst believes there is the chance for casino revenues to increase around 2 per cent year-on-year. If this happens it would be the ...

World Casino Directory

Gross revenue from Macau casinos fell in January for the 20th consecutive month to 18.674 billion patacas (US$2.334 billion) a year on year fall of ...

Macau's SJM Holdings-licensed Jimei Casino welcomed the special ... Mass marketgamblers were always a more profitable segment than the VIP ...

Wednesday, January 27, 2016


No Casino in Brockton shared their event.
1st opportunity for residents of surrounding communities & Brockton to voice opinions!
Tomorrow 4 PMHolbrook Junior-Senior High School, 245 S. Franklin Street, Holbrook.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Atchison: Fix total disregard for problem gamblers

Atchison: Fix total disregard for problem gamblers

As a mental health professional and one of the many advocates in Wyoming for a person's well-being, I am totally baffled. The discussion continues by the governor and the legislators on how funds from the rainy day fund totaling $1.8 billion should be distributed for the benefit of its citizens and families. They still have no idea what to do with one of the largest "rainy day" funds in the United States.
Meanwhile no action to my knowledge has been initiated for mental health services for thousands of Wyoming problem gamblers and their families. This is happening despite the fact the mission of our state Department of Health specifically states "to promote, protect, and enhance the health of ALL (emphasis added) Wyoming residents." At this point no one (governor, legislators, etc.) has stepped up in doing their job.
The good news about this terrible dilemma is monies designated for this destructive addiction can not be "cut " -- as there are no monies! To further their total disregard of gambling and problem gambling consequences those same people in charge in protecting our rights as citizens have determined there is absolutely no need for a Gambling Control Commission.
This wrongful attitude is preposterous with the millions of dollars being generated in the state by lotteries, horse racing, bingo, poker, scratch cards, cock fighting, etc. . Our present philosophy is simply to turn our head regarding gambling's tremendous growth and ignore the fact more controls are essential in overseeing this industry while taking care of its social and moral issues (eg: problem gambling, suicides, etc.)
Take for instance: Just recently a former employee of the national Multi-State Lottery Association will spend 10 years in prison after being convicted of fraud for rigging the Hot Lotto game to win millions. It just so happens our own lottery is a member of the Multi-State Lottery Association. Wake up, folks: Gambling is fun, but there are certain consequences of this activity we have to be responsible for.

ED ATCHISON, executive director, Wyoming Council for Problem Gambling