Sunday, July 18, 2004

More letters: A casino for Cincinnati?

Gambling is everywhere; let's get in on the action

In response to Peter Bronson's column "Sucker's bet: Slots at tracks a 'crack' habit" (July 13): Here is the one thing that nobody has mentioned on the racetrack slots. The reason racetrack slots will be a disappointment to the track owner is that most people who bet slots not only enjoy the slots but the atmosphere of the casino. Not many people are going to go to River Downs racetrack to play slots when Argosy is so close.

While there may be a few people who need the so-called "crack fix," most people know how to have fun with slots within limits. And, the people who go to the track on a regular basis are not slot players. They enjoy the thrill of trying to decipher the racing form, not mindless slots.

I have no problem with a casino on any part of the river, or anywhere else, for that matter. Gambling is so easy now that you can sit at your computer and gamble till the cows come home. If the city can make some tax money off the casinos, I say more power to them. A new casino 15 minutes closer is not going to make anyone more of a gambler than they already are.

It would be different if gambling were only in Las Vegas as it was years ago, but the reality of today is that it is everywhere. Cincinnati can profit from it or watch all of Ohio's gaming money go to Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania and probably Kentucky in the near future.

Wray Perry, Anderson Township


Casino boat at Cincinnati would revitalize the city

David Zanotti's piece on the Forum page ("Do the math: Casinos hurt us," July 11) begins with a scenario he concocts about someone counting Ohio license plates in the dark of an Indiana casino parking lot. Notwithstanding this fantasy, anyone with common sense who lives around here knows that millions in tax dollars are siphoned out of the Cincinnati area and poured into Indiana, while we ordinary folks also have less reason to visit downtown Cincinnati.

I have visited the Indiana casino boats five times in the last two years and no, I haven't lost my bread and milk money. In contrast, I've only been downtown once in the past two years, and that was because I had to. The single most beneficial piece in the revitalization of Cincinnati puzzle is floating the biggest casino boat on the Ohio River and docking it between our ballparks.

Daniel Kindle, West Chester Township


A better bet: Invest in the casino company

Some thoughts about gambling boats at Cincinnati's Public Landing: First, according to the Statistical Law of Large Numbers, all gamblers must eventually lose money (how else do the boats/casinos build those ornate palaces, pay their employees and still turn a profit?). Here's a solid investment tip: Buy common stock in the casinos' holding company. Second, gambling can be viewed as another form of entertainment in a free society. Third, Cincinnati already has legalized gambling at River Downs, the Ohio Lottery and all summer long at the church festivals. Often the odds are better at the casino boat than at St. Wheel of the Big Six.

Why object to my losing my entertainment dollars at the casino boat but not at Paramount's Kings Island, or at a Bengals or Reds game? Since we already have gambling, why not expand it to the riverboat casino and tax it heavily to pay for college scholarships?

Gil Hageman, Clifton

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