Sunday, December 10, 2006

Let's call a spade a spade -- and nothing else, please. It will be a SLOTS PARLOR.


The gambling license will be awarded shortly. A Slots Parlor is to open. It isn't a 'casino.' They have the right to conduct gambling at slot machines. That's it.

If we all call it what it is, a slots parlor, then we'll not see an easy expansion to table games -- without another handsome payment.

The stand-alone slots license sold for $50-million.

If there is to be an expansion to table games, we should expect them to pay an additional $300-million to $950-million. And, the approval should come after a voters have their say. And, by all means, the table games license should EXPIRE in the future.

I hate the fact that the slots license does NOT expire.

The worst thing we can do is do what the Post Gazette did in today's Sunday paper. There was a big, color, illustration showing a card game with chips so as to talk about the casino and traffic. Cards and chips won't be a part of this casion -- err --- SLOTS PARLOR. At least not in 2007.
Isle of Capri's casino proposal still favored City task force says its plan is strongest

Less than two weeks before the Pittsburgh casino license is to be awarded, the city's gaming task force is standing by its near endorsement of Isle of Capri, even as a group of ministers works to prevent the Hill District slots parlor.

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