A special panel tasked with developing casino regulations for New Hampshire may meet with its newly hired consultant at its meeting Thursday.
The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority recently hired WhiteSand Gaming of Nevada and New Jersey to help it write regulations for lawmakers to consider next year. The panel has a Dec. 15 deadline to submit draft legislation.
The agreement with WhiteSand says its charges cannot exceed $135,000.
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. On Wednesday, the House voted down the idea of expanded gaming. We end our series today with a look back at the best—and worst—times The Rock has faced.
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. 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.
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 Granite State. 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.
If a casino is built in the state, charities in New Hampshire worry their low-stakes table games and bingo nights just won’t be able to compete. Many hold annual charity gaming events to raise funds, and fear big losses. Annmarie Timmins has been covering the casino debate for the Concord Monitor. She joined Morning Edition to talk about the possible effects to charitable gaming.
Every week, Morgan Kennedy, 28, drives an hour and a half with her parents, husband and sister to play slots and cards at The Meadows. Her entire family is employed by a natural gas company in West Virginia.
Table games arrived at The Meadows four years after the slot machines opened.
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The casino has brought a lot of development -- including 7 hotels -- to Racetrack Drive.
While the area near the casino has seen a lot of new development, condemned buildings take up entire blocks in nearby Washington City.
John Kraeer says Shorty's hotdogs, which has been open since the 1930s, doesn't see much business from casino customers. Shorty's is one of the few businesses still open on this block in downtown Washington.
N. Strabane fire chief Mark Grimm says this $1 million fire truck was purchased with casino revenue.
The Meadows Casino And Racetrack
The Meadows' bowling alley includes a secluded room for birthday parties and other events
Norm White has been betting on horses here since the racetrack was built in the 1960s.
No prospective casino developer has been in the news more than Bill Wortman and his firm, Millennium Gaming. Wortman has been courting the town of Salem for years and recently unveiled his concept for a casino at Rockingham Park.
Wortman may have started off as a CPA but he clearly enjoys the role of casino developer that he's morphed into. A beefy man who favors a casual, open collar look, Wortman began his gaming career in 1978 at one of the iconic casinos on the Las Vegas strip: