Casino Coverage http://nhpr.org en Expanded Gambling: Will New Bill Change Minds? http://nhpr.org/post/expanded-gambling-will-new-bill-change-minds <p>After many failed attempts to pass a casino bill, supporters think they may finally have a winning hand -- proposing two casinos and a new revenue-sharing plan. Opponents are raising long-held concerns about gambling’s social costs, including addiction and crime. We’ll look at this new bill and its odds for passing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:&nbsp; </u></strong></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 47006 at http://nhpr.org Expanded Gambling: Will New Bill Change Minds? Under Senate's Casino Bill, N.H. Towns Would See New Revenue http://nhpr.org/post/under-senates-casino-bill-nh-towns-would-see-new-revenue <p>Casino supporters are betting that a plan to distribute more than $25 million in gambling revenue to New Hampshire cities and towns will convince House lawmakers to reverse their historic opposition to expanded gaming.</p><p>Less than a month after it killed a casino bill favored by Gov. Maggie Hassan, the House will begin discussion on Senate Bill 366, which proposes to authorize two casinos in the Granite State.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:57:12 +0000 Brian Wallstin 46469 at http://nhpr.org Under Senate's Casino Bill, N.H. Towns Would See New Revenue New Odds For Gambling Legislation? http://nhpr.org/post/new-odds-gambling-legislation <p>After yet another casino bill failed last year, new versions have emerged – with new regulations attached in hopes of appeasing opponents.&nbsp; Supporters say a casino would bring in much-needed revenue to the state. But opposition remains among those worried about social costs, and those who question whether it would be profitable, given expanded gambling elsewhere in New England.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 42966 at http://nhpr.org New Odds For Gambling Legislation? Latest N.H. Casino Bill Builds On Failed 2013 Legislation http://nhpr.org/post/latest-nh-casino-bill-builds-failed-2013-legislation <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Update: The Senate Ways &amp; Means Committee approved</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;S</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">B</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">366, 4-1, this morning. Sen. Bob Odell,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">R-Lempster,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">was the lone vote in opposition to the bill, which would license two casinos. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:28:48 +0000 Brian Wallstin 42518 at http://nhpr.org Latest N.H. Casino Bill Builds On Failed 2013 Legislation Keno: The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery? http://nhpr.org/post/keno-next-big-bet-nh-lottery <p>On a recent afternoon at the Common Grounds Cafe, 200 yards from the New Hampshire border in Methuen, Mass, a handful of men sit along a short counter or at several tables in the back of the cafe.</p><p>Eyes moving back and forth from their pink and white betting slips to two wall-mounted video monitors, they wait for the next drawing of a popular electronic lottery game called Keno.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 41347 at http://nhpr.org Keno: The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery? Keno Bill Sets Aside Funds to Treat Gambling Disorders http://nhpr.org/post/keno-bill-sets-aside-funds-treat-gambling-disorders <p>Legislation that would bring Keno to an estimated 250 bars and restaurants would, for the first time, establish a program to treat gambling addiction in New Hampshire.</p><p>An amendment to HB 485 would set aside 1 percent of the sales from Keno - about $435,000 - to the state Department of Health and Human Services for education, treatment and prevention services. William Butynski, D-Hindale, who proposed the amendment, says it’s time for lawmakers to recognize that even state-sponsored gambling such as the lottery can cause problems for a small percentage of people who play.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 41348 at http://nhpr.org MA Casinos Coming- Eventually http://nhpr.org/post/ma-casinos-coming-eventually <p>It’s been two years since Massachusetts’ gaming law took effect, but so far, not a single casino has been licensed or built.&nbsp; The law allows for three regional resort casino licenses and one slots parlor.&nbsp; Casino proposals in the Southeastern part of the state have stalled. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:33:08 +0000 Rick Ganley 40082 at http://nhpr.org Gambling Panel May Meet With New Consultant http://nhpr.org/post/gambling-panel-may-meet-new-consultant <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A special panel tasked with developing casino regulations for New Hampshire may meet with its newly hired consultant at its meeting Thursday.</p> Sun, 22 Sep 2013 13:30:15 +0000 35410 at http://nhpr.org Remembering Rockingham Park: A Story Of Prestige And Decline http://nhpr.org/post/remembering-rockingham-park-story-prestige-and-decline <p>This week, NHPR has been taking a close look at what a casino would mean for the town of Salem, a likely location for a gambling establishment.&nbsp; On Wednesday, the House voted down the idea of expanded gaming.&nbsp; We end our series today with a look back at the best—and worst—times The Rock has faced.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 27993 at http://nhpr.org Remembering Rockingham Park: A Story Of Prestige And Decline House Kills Senate Casino Bill, May See Strained Relations http://nhpr.org/post/house-kills-senate-casino-bill-may-see-strained-relations <p>The democratically-controlled NH House voted yesterday to kill a bill authorizing a casino with as many as 5000 slot machines and 150 table games. The vote is blow to Governor Maggie Hassan, who lobbied hard for the bill. &nbsp;As NHPR’s Josh Rogers reports, the 199-164 vote was consistent with the house’s longstanding opposition to casino gambling, but may strain its relations with the state Senate, which had backed the plan by a supermajority.</p><p></p> Thu, 23 May 2013 20:05:54 +0000 Josh Rogers 28094 at http://nhpr.org By 199-164 Vote, N.H. House Says No To Senate Casino Plan http://nhpr.org/post/199-164-vote-nh-house-says-no-senate-casino-plan <p>The State House has rejected a bill to legalize a casino in southern New Hampshire, by a vote of 199 to 164.</p><p>NHPR’s <strong>Michael Brindley</strong> was on hand for the debate today in Representatives Hall. He joins All Things Considered host Brady Carlson with the latest.</p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:15:02 +0000 Brady Carlson & Michael Brindley 28012 at http://nhpr.org By 199-164 Vote, N.H. House Says No To Senate Casino Plan Live Blog: House Votes 199-164 To Kill Casino Bill http://nhpr.org/post/live-blog-house-votes-199-164-kill-casino-bill <p>4:40: The House has voted 199-164 to kill SB 152. This means amendments will not be considered to the gambling legislation and the bill is dead.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 14:11:43 +0000 Michael Brindley 27976 at http://nhpr.org Live Blog: House Votes 199-164 To Kill Casino Bill Whether A Casino Brings Big Bucks To Businesses Depends On These Factors http://nhpr.org/post/whether-casino-brings-big-bucks-businesses-depends-these-factors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Whether&nbsp;a casino would be a boon for businesses in Salem &nbsp;depends on a number of factors. Based on anecdotal evidence from a trip to Washington County, PA, these are a few important ones.</p><p>1. Is your business a restaurant or shopping mall within a half mile of the casino?&nbsp;</p><p>2. Does the casino bring in out-of-town visitors?</p><p>3. Are casino employees local residents?&nbsp;</p><p>To get the whole story, have a listen:</p><p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 22:29:48 +0000 Emily Corwin 27943 at http://nhpr.org Whether A Casino Brings Big Bucks To Businesses Depends On These Factors House Prepares To Vote On Casino Bill http://nhpr.org/post/house-prepares-vote-casino-bill <p>The New Hampshire House will vote Wednesday on whether to legalize one casino along the&nbsp; Massachusetts border. Tue, 21 May 2013 20:49:31 +0000 Josh Rogers 27925 at http://nhpr.org NH Casino Would Mean Building Addiction Services From The Ground Up http://nhpr.org/post/nh-casino-would-mean-building-addiction-services-ground <p>As the New Hampshire House prepares to vote on a casino bill this week, NHPR is bringing you a series of stories that look at the implications of opening a casino in the&nbsp;Granite State.&nbsp; Today we turn our focus to the potential social costs related to gambling addiction: how the state is handling problem gambling now, and how it could in the future.</p> Tue, 21 May 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 27864 at http://nhpr.org NH Casino Would Mean Building Addiction Services From The Ground Up