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(Omaha World Herald)   The end of riverboat gambling? Anyone want to buy a boat?   ( divider line
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2012-11-25 09:59:56 PM  
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Ah yes, the riverboats, created to satisfy the old codgers, who then turned right around and were the first ones in line to gamble when they opened.

Ameristar and Harrah's were always there from my teens onward. I still remember the poutrage over them...until the money started flowing in.

Nebraska still doesn't have them, because "morality," but you can gamble away on keno in just about every damned bar, and buy pull-tabs while you're picking numbers on a sheet.
2012-11-25 12:31:08 PM  
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I remember when Indiana went the riverboat route, and there was a big hotel/convention space/golf resort type joint put in by Caesar's just down river from Louisville. The gambling boat actually, in its first few years, putt-putted up and down the OH a few thousand yards, or something. Then, they just started floating a few feet offshore, sat there for a four-hour "cruise", and floated back in. Now, it's Horseshoe, and looks odd because it still has legacy trappings of the "roman" shiat, and doesn't even leave the dock. Asians, rednecks, old folks and losers come and go as they please, 24/7. There has been a push in the KY legislature in recent years to allow some level of casino-style gambling at the horse tracks, under the claim that billions of potential tax dollars are going over the river to IN and OH casinos. At Kentucky Downs, a "European" style turf course just south of Bowling Green, where they only run horses a week in September, they have OTB and now "instant racing", a slot machine disguised as a horse racing bet, where it shows videos of past horse races you can bet on. All the info is stripped of the video, so you don't know who/when/where was involved in the actual race.

20 years from now, pot will be legal, heavily taxed, and there will be a dozen casinos here in the Commonwealth.

Sooner, if the diabeetus gets to all the old southern Baptist Bible-thumbers that run this place.
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