Gambling Casinos In NC?

As far as I know, there aren't any proposals that would allow casinos to start operating in N.C. But you have to wonder if it is just a matter of time.

 

As far as I know, there aren't any proposals that would allow casinos to start operating in N.C. But you have to wonder if it is just a matter of time.

States all across the country have been expanding legalized gambling as a way to generate revenue during these tough times. Casinos are now legal in 40 states. And the casinos are reportedly bringing in billions of dollars in taxes.

After a long battle, NC finally approved the education lottery a few years ago. So you have to wonder how long it will be before lawmakers decide to roll the dice on casinos.

To be sure, the issue of gambling is very controversial here in NC. One could probably argue both the pros and cons of allowing casinos here. I would bet the mere mention of casinos will bring joy to some and raise the blood pressure of others.

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  • by Ron Location: NC on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:48 PM
    It's kind of like our lottery...before it was approved...our money went to other states...why not just keep it all here???
  • by John Location: Greenville on Aug 13, 2009 at 09:12 AM
    I may be the first to open a casino if they legalize it.
  • by Slot Stuffer Location: Greenville on Aug 12, 2009 at 04:28 PM
    Ask most folks from the Cherokee nation about the benefits of being involved in a casino and you may learn why they don't want the Lumbees to get recognized as an "official" tribe by the US Government. I suspect they are reluctant to want to share the potential wealth of such enterprise with any competition here in southeastern NC. In my view, even in troubled economic times a casino comparable to the one at Cherokee down on I-95 somewhere between Fayetteville and the SC border would be a goldmine regardless of who owned it. If you don't approve of gambling that's fine...don't. But if you do, always remember to bet the max before you spin those wheels around. It will create jobs and generate revenue for NC.
  • by SassyMom Location: ENC on Aug 12, 2009 at 09:05 AM
    I agree with Sandy in Chocowinity. I, too, have lived in a state that allowed casinos. Of course, we do have a casino in Cherokee, NC (Harrah's). I'm not sure if this is on Indian owned land or not, but I'm sure that by it being there, the surrounding towns benefit from the tourists playing there.
  • by Sandy Location: Chocowinity on Aug 12, 2009 at 04:54 AM
    Having lived in states that allowed casinos, I feel this would benefit NC struggling economy. A great amount of revenue could be generated for our state, jobs for those unemplpoyed and the tourism trade would be boosted so all could see how lovely our state truly is !
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