Casinos Sue To Stop Casinos


Here’s yet another example of the glaring hypocrisy of casino interests. In Lansing, Michigan a Native American tribe wants to open a casino and the mayor is all for the idea. But all the other casinos in the state, including other tribes, are filing suits to prevent it from happening.

Mind you, every other casino in the state had to fight similar legal battles. When they opened the three casinos in Detroit, the Indian casinos tried to stop it in court and failed. When they opened Firekeepers in Battle Creek and the Gun Lake casino south of Grand Rapids, all the other Indian casinos plus the Detroit casinos spent millions trying to prevent it.

Each new casino has to fight the same legal battle to open for business, then they join all the people who tried to stop them in trying to stop any new casino from opening because it might hurt their profits. It’s time to end this ridiculous fiction that gambling is illegal. Opening a casino should be no different from opening a restaurant or a movie theater; existing restaurants and theaters aren’t allowed to block competitors from entering the market.

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  1. D. C. Sessions says

    existing restaurants and theaters aren’t allowed to block competitors from entering the market.

    Maybe not in your neighborhood. In Arizona quite a few businesses (car dealerships that I know of) have to unanimously agree before another of the same kind can open anywhere near them.

    And before anyone drags antitrust law into the issue, the courts have pretty much gutted the antitrust statutes in deference to Chicago School economic theory that defines “monopoly abuse” out of existence, with the FTC, FCC, etc. pretty much handing out free passes for major mergers.

  2. davidct says

    If the competition between casinos gets serious, will the taxpayer be required to bail them out?

  3. regexp says

    Part of the problem is gambling is highly regulated in most parts of the country. I just can’t open up a slot room in my house. I need approval of our states legislature. That makes is easier for established gambling businesses to fight any new competition.

  4. Jordan Genso says

    What I’m slightly concerned about is the impact the casinos have on charity gaming locations. In East Lansing, there is a place called “Stack’s Hold’em” that has texas hold’em, omaha, blackjack and roulette basically every night. It’s charity gaming though, so there’s a different charity every couple of nights that splits the proceeds with the house.

    Those charity gaming locations do provide a great fundraising opportunity for non-profits, and they would be negatively impacted by the competition, but that doesn’t justify opposition to a Lansing casino. It’s just something I wanted to point out.

  5. peterh says

    Just last year in Maine a proposed casino was defeated in part by advertising funded heavily by established gambling interests.

    Don’t like casinos much, myself; they’re a fool-proof – “fool-proven?” – way to skim money off people who don’t understand mathematics.

  6. says

    Jordan-

    Stacks is actually a small charity room, without much action most nights. It hosts a big omaha game a couple nights a week, but I’ve never found a hold em game in the many times I’ve stopped by. Trippers is the big charity room in town, the one that makes the serious money for the charities. It’s busy every night, and I’ve played there quite a bit. But casinos do hurt the charity rooms, you’re right. When Firekeepers opened down by Battle Creek, the local charity room had to close down. I’m sure the company that owns Trippers desperately wants to keep the Lansing casino from opening.

    I play at charity rooms several times a week, but if there was a real casino with a poker room close by, I’d go there first. The rake is the same, but there are several advantages to a casino poker room: A) You get comps; B) there’s almost always going to be more action and more money on the tables (charity rooms tend to attract small timers that buy in for $50, people who would be too intimidated to go into a casino); and C) higher limit games (I have yet to play in a charity room that can get a regular 2/5 game going; 1/2 seems to be the limit). Unfortunately, it’s an hour drive for me to get to Soaring Eagle and a bit longer than that to get to Firekeepers, so I usually stick to the local charity rooms out of convenience.

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