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A non-smoking casino?
I believe non-Indian casinos in NY, NJ and CT are non-smoking. Canada too.
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Old Posted Jun 4, 2019, 6:42 PM
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No, it was Cuomo. He has refused to allow table games within proximity of the city for fear the Catskills/Upstate casinos would be harmed. Resorts World is the highest grossing casino in the U.S. and I believe Empire City is second. Neither have table games.

The native casinos in NY State aren't really in the same market. Their big casinos are in Central/Western NY State.
Thanks for clarification. I knew it was Cuomo, but thought it was due to protecting native reservation gaming. I thought they had casinos closer to NYC within NYS.
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Old Posted Jun 4, 2019, 7:03 PM
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Milwaukee already has one: the Potawatomi Casino, which is currently undergoing a large expansion. it's nice that Chicago is following Milwaukee's lead. Again.

And St Louis has the riverboat casinos.
Yep, on both sides of the river now. Illinois actually had the Casinos first in East St. Louis. Then Missouri passed gambling to prevent so many St. Louisans from crossing the river. Now that Illinois has passed recreational marijuana legislation a few months after Missouri passed medical marijuana. I think it will be only a matter of time that Missouri also passes recreational, because East St. Louis is posed to become a baby Amsterdam on the Mississippi.
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Old Posted Jun 4, 2019, 7:05 PM
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Most casinos i've been to in South Florida are non-smoking (or at least mostly non-smoking). Almost always non-smoking in the card room portions, some casinos allow it in the slot areas. The big Vegas-type ones like the Seminole Hard Rock are totally non-smoking.
Hard Rock in Tampa is definitely not smoke free. They have a non-smoking section though.
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Old Posted Jun 4, 2019, 7:24 PM
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Hard Rock in Tampa is definitely not smoke free. They have a non-smoking section though.
Hard Rock (the company) is/ or was owned by the Seminole nation (i think!) so i think that's probably why. The casino could be on Indian land as well.
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Old Posted Jun 4, 2019, 7:36 PM
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WTF is he thinking

By the convention center you fool. I hope Lightfoot has more sense than BJ.

https://chicago.suntimes.com/politic...sino-lightfoot

Pritzker: Forget downtown, put Chicago casino in area that has ‘been left out, left behind’

Pritzker did not name potential sites outside downtown, although in the past, there has been discussion of possibly building a casino at the old Michael Reese Hospital site, the former U.S. Steel South Works location and more recently the port authority land just off the Bishop Ford Freeway.
By Mark Brown, David Roeder, and Fran Spielman Jun 3, 2019, 3:44pm CDT






Gov. J.B. Pritzker meets with the Sun-Times Editorial Board Monday. Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Monday he would prefer a newly-allowed Chicago casino be located separately from the downtown business district and away from McCormick Place.


While stressing the decision on locating the casino belongs to Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the City Council, the governor said his preference is for the casino to be put in an area that hasn’t benefited from downtown’s building boom
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Pritzker would not name potential sites, but his comments would appear to help the prospects of the old Michael Reese Hospital property at 31st Street and the lake or the former South Works property at 83rd Street and the lake. Another possibility is the Illinois International Port District land on the Southeast Side.
“I will say that we don’t want to, let’s say, compete with what I think is important about downtown, which is, you know, this is a business town, right? And McCormick Place is a business showplace, and it’s different than other places, right?” Pritzker told the Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board.
“You go to Las Vegas for your convention and you know that the people who are coming are not really spending all their time in the show, but love to go because of all the entertainment and everything else. I think in Chicago people come here to do business, and so you want to make sure that they’re separated, let’s say,” he added.
Reese, South Works and the port authority land all have potential and drawbacks as a casino site. They offer plenty of land for what must be a large casino; state legislation authorizes 4,000 gaming positions, or more than three times of the size of any single Illinois casino. But the sites also have drawbacks.
South Works, for example, lacks good highway access. Reese might be too close to McCormick Place for the comfort of the convention industry, which generally hasn’t wanted slots and blackjack tables to distract from their industry meetings and exhibitions. And the port district faces direct competition from Indiana casinos.


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The challenge in that approach is that casinos often don’t benefit their surrounding areas unless they are part of an entertainment district, said planning consultant Stephen Friedman. He was involved in a 2013 review that suggested a casino as one idea for the Reese property.
“If the casino doesn’t anchor an entertainment center, it’s really just a concrete cash register,” he said. “It draws people, but they don’t spend much outside of the casino.”
he said.


The General Assembly passed legislation that calls for the city and Illinois Gaming Board to pick an independent analyst to study a Chicago casino’s feasibility and report within 150 days of the law taking effect. Pritzker is expected to sign the measure.

Lightfoot said she wouldn’t speculate on the site pending the analysis. Nor would she say whether she’ll try for an interim casino.
Does she prefer a centrally-located casino accessible to conventioneers and tourists? Or one that would be a catalyst for the type of neighborhood development she promised?
“If I answer that question, I might as well give up the site,” Lightfoot said with a smile.
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Old Posted Jun 4, 2019, 7:45 PM
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Indiana and to a lesser extent Wisconsin has been fleecing some of our poorest citizens at their casinos for decades.

Take that Indiana


https://www.nwitimes.com/business/ga...173039527.html

Will massive Illinois casino expansion spell end to Northwest Indiana's gaming run of luck?
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2019, 3:03 AM
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The casino approved will allow 4,000 gambling slots, essentially allowing a casino as large as some of the major ones on the Las Vegas strip.

This legislation will make Chicago the 1st major American city to have a huge casino.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/artic...ling-expansion
The approved casinos also came along with approved sports betting and allowing slot machines in race tracks, thereby turning them into mini-casinos.

Add all of this on top of the video slots that already dominate half of the bars downstate, and you won't be able to throw a rock without hitting a slot machine. Hell, many gas stations along the major downstate interstates have video gambling for the truckers at this point.

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“If the casino doesn’t anchor an entertainment center, it’s really just a concrete cash register,” he said. “It draws people, but they don’t spend much outside of the casino.”
This is definitely correct. You don't exactly see many people venturing around East St. Louis once they're done at the Casino Queen, for example.

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Milwaukee already has one: the Potawatomi Casino, which is currently undergoing a large expansion. it's nice that Chicago is following Milwaukee's lead. Again.

And St Louis has the riverboat casinos.
The riverboats all gone at this point, although Alton, IL in the larger metro still has a boat in the form of the Argosy. The Casino Queen in East St. Louis is now land based, and the Admiral is gone and gave way to the Lumiere Place in downtown St. Louis. It's connected to a Four Seasons.
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2019, 3:49 AM
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For better or worse:

The Boston-area's first casino cost $2.6B to build and will open June 23, 2019 (couple of weeks from now). Gamble, drink til 4AM, lots to do. It's on the harbor in Everett on what was a dilapidated, highly polluted pier, now fully restored. Giant oil tank farm and industrial port facilities all around it.

https://www.encorebostonharbor.com/

Pot cafes are coming. Weed is already legal and for sale to anyone over 21. You don't need to be a resident to buy or smoke it.

https://boston.cbslocal.com/2019/01/...annabis-cafes/
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2019, 4:43 AM
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For better or worse:

The Boston-area's first casino cost $2.6B to build and will open June 23, 2019 (couple of weeks from now). Gamble, drink til 4AM, lots to do. It's on the harbor in Everett on what was a dilapidated, highly polluted pier, now fully restored. Giant oil tank farm and industrial port facilities all around it.

https://www.encorebostonharbor.com/
Saw Encore while riding down I-93 in Boston when I was up there last week. Immediately did a double take as I was unaware it was being built there and looks literally exactly like Encore in Las Vegas. I never would have expected to see something like that anywhere on the East Coast (Phoenix, San Diego or L.A.; *possibly* Dallas), much less in Boston.

Even though it looks out of place, still a pretty cool thing for Greater Boston.
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2019, 12:40 PM
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Pretty hard to miss the Seminole Hard Rock now with the 500-foot guitar shaped hotel:
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lol^ awful

fl is just the pits
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Old Posted Jun 5, 2019, 3:16 PM
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lol^ awful

fl is just the pits
Its a casino. If its not gaudy, ostentatious and tacky then they are doing it wrong.
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