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    May 3, 2012
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    January 26, 2012

    Las Vegas Has a Giant(s) Problem

    ​We all know there's really only one rule in the world of big-money casinos. That rule: the house always wins. One way or another, they people who run the casinos always -- and I do mean always -- find a way to turn a profit in the long run. You may think you're winning, and you may be in the shor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Windfall for Fairmount Park; Weathered Horse Track To Get Estimated $14 Million

    Last time we ventured to Fairmount Park in '09, the JumboTron was in much need of repair.​The long legal battle between Illinois horse tracks and casinos is over. After losing an appeal and failing to get a hearing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois casinos said goodbye this week to $141 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Lemay Fire District Loses Grab at Casino Revenue -- Again

    Moral of today's appellate court ruling: Nobody gets between St. Louis County and its casino revenue!​A south-county fire district has lost, again, in its attempt to grab a share of revenue from the River City Casino.In an opinion issued today, the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of App ... More >>

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    March 30, 2011

    Cape Girardeau Could Have Missouri's First Smoke-Free Casino Following April 5 Vote

    Cape Girardeau rolls the dice on smoking next week.​Here's an interesting tidbit out of Cape Girardeau where voters next week will be asked to weigh in on a smoking ban for bars, restaurants and most places open to the public. This week the group pushing for the ban, Smoke-Free Cape, filed paperwo ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Could Missouri Be Next State to Push For Internet Gaming?

    Online gaming: New Jersey legislators deal. The governor folds.​The Wall Street Journal had an interesting piece yesterday about state lawmakers trying to tiptoe around federal laws prohibiting online gambling. The effort put forth by legislators in New Jersey and Iowa would allow only residents o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Packers Early Favorites in Super Bowl Betting

    The NFL conference championships concluded just hours ago, and already the line has been set for the league's biggest game -- Super Bowl XLV. Heading into the February 6 contest, the Packers are the early favorites with numerous online gambling sites having Green Bay defeating the Pittsburgh Steeler ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Cape Girardeau Chosen for Casino

    Despite today's news, the rendering of the Cape Girardeau casino has always included fireworks.​The Missouri Gaming Commission this morning announced that it has chosen Cape Girardeau to receive the states 13th and final gaming license. The southeastern Missouri city beat out competing bids from K ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Dear Chain-Smokin, Slot-Playin Grandma: Illinois Wants You Back

    Yeah, we're looking your way, sweetheart.​On Monday, a group of twenty or so Illinois legislators toured the Casino Queen in East St. Louis. That same day they also visited the Lumiere Casino just across the river in downtown St. Louis. The difference in the number of gamblers at the two venues wa ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Smoke Up, Clayton. Today's Your Last Day

    Tomorrow's your funeral, cig.​A Clayton smoking ban, passed a year ago, goes into effect tomorrow -- July 1. The law prohibits smoking indoors in all the city's restaurants and bars and 80 percent of its hotel rooms. Less restrictive bans in St. Louis County and St. Louis go into effect in January ... More >>

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    May 19, 2010

    Charlie Dooley Opposes Casino Next to Columbia Bottom Conservation Area

    Image sourceCharlie Dooley may have killed the Riverview Casino development​Daily RFT first reported on the proposed "Riverview Casino" next to the pristine wetlands of the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area and the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers way back in July 2009.Despite str ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Could St. Louis Have Casino King to Complement East St. Louis Casino Queen?

    ​Monday was the deadline to submit bids with the St. Louis Development Corporation for a new downtown casino to replace the President, which is closing this summer. As the St. Louis Business Journal reports, three companies have thrown their name in the hat. They include Isle of Capri, Koman Prope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Pinnacle Surrenders President, Allowing Room for North County Casino

    ​Pinnacle Entertainment has decided to surrender its license for the President Casino to the Missouri Gaming Commission. Earlier this year the gaming commission voted to strip the under-performing casino of its license, though recently an appeals court had questioned the commission's action.

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    February 11, 2010

    Former MO Congressman Cashing In on Move to Legalize Online Gambling

    Wikimedia CommonsWelcome to the poker "lobby." We'll start you with $300,000...​The Washington Post published an interesting read earlier this week about Dems in Congress who are gunning to overturn laws that make Internet gambling illegal. Rep. Barney Frank and others want the government to regul ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Missouri Gaming Commission: Ex-Pinnacle CEO Guilty of Bad Behavior, Innocent of Crime

    Image Via​You can bet that ex-casino boss Dan Lee would like to take back a few things he said to Steve Stenger and Charlie Dooley.Early last month, when Lee was the CEO of Pinnacle Entertainment, the Vegas-based company that owns and operates three casinos in the St. Louis area, he planted his fo ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    Effort to Overturn St. Louis Smoking Ban Would Focus on Casino Exemption

    Photo: Jenn SilverbergHannegan lighting up at one of his favorite haunts, Herbies' Vintage '72.​St. Louis' most tireless smoking-ban opponent Bill Hannegan stopped by the Riverfront Times the other day. In so doing, Hannegan hinted how his Keep St. Louis Free plans to topple the ban in the city th ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    So That's Why They Want to Build Another Casino

    Image Via​Apparently casinos are extremely profitable endeavors-- even when there are six of them (soon to be seven, possibly eight) in one metropolitan area.The Business Journal reported yesterday that St. Louis-area casino revenue jumped ten percent in October.Here are the numbers: • Las Vegas ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Councilman's Inability to Say No to Casinos, Angers Casino Chief​By now you've probably heard how St. Louis County Councilman Steve Stenger was flabbergasted Tuesday when a casino executive "muscled" him prior to a council meeting. As Stenger told the Post-Dispatch yesterday, the chairman and chief executive of Pinnacle Entertainment, Danie ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Latest Panacea for Fairmount Park: Internet Gambling

    ​After trying for years to get slot machines at tracks, the Illinois horse-racing community is hoping the next-best thing will help the troubled industry. Yesterday the Illinois Racing Board legalized online gambling for horse racing. As the Belleville News-Democrat reports this morning, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2009

    Danny Glover Brings Lethal Weapon -- His Mouth -- to Aid of Casino Workers

    ​Actor Danny Glover was in town yesterday in a show of support for union employees of the Lumiere Place and President casinos. The Lethal Weapon co-star spoke at an event on Laclede's Landing where he warned that the "diplomatic immunity" of the casinos' owner, Pinnacle Entertainment, had "just be ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009
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    August 3, 2009

    The Future of Fairmount Park Looks Like a Long Shot These Days

    Photo: Chad GarrisonOpening Day at Fairmount Park this past April​It's been a rough summer for Fairmount Park, the venerable and decrepit horse track in Illinois. The windfall it expected to receive this summer from a tax on casinos is tied up in appeal. And it's looking as though the track will n ... More >>

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    July 29, 2009

    If President Casino Craps Out, What Happens to Its Gaming License?​Last year Missouri voters narrowly approved Proposition A. The ballot initiative repealed loss limits for the state's gamblers, taxed casinos for the benefit of schools, and capped the number of gaming licenses issued by the state at 13. Not only did th ... More >>

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    July 28, 2009

    A Sprawling Casino Next To A Conservation Area?

    photo by Keegan HamiltonThe Columbia Bottom Conservation AreaLocated at the confluence of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers just north of St. Louis, the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area is among the last stretches of undeveloped riverfront near the city. The Missouri Department of Conservation, t ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Now That Fairmount Park Is In Line for $7 Million Bailout, Will It Finally Fix Its JumboTron?

    Good news horse-racing fans. Yesterday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review an appeal filed by four Chicago-area casinos over a special fund established to help horse racing. The fund, passed into law in 2006, required Illinois' four biggest casinos (all located near Chicago) to set aside part ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Gets Political With Its Online Advertising

    On the eve of Election Day two weeks ago, some online readers of the Post-Dispatch opened their inboxes to find an intriguing note from the local daily: an e-mail touting Proposition A, the controversial gambling ballot initiative that aimed to do away with the $500 loss limits enforced at the state ... More >>

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    November 4, 2008

    Election 2008: Bet on It

    One way to predict the outcome of the presidential election is to check in with poll-number-crunching sites like and That stuff's for the gearheads. Unreal would rather follow the money -- i.e., to take a look at the thinking of folks who are wagering on the electi ... More >>

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    October 10, 2007

    Double Down

    Gary Kaplan put all of his chips on BETonSPORTS and drew the worst hand of his life. Now hes making tuna casserole in a St. Louis jail.

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    September 26, 2007
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    July 25, 2007
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    August 16, 2006

    Hold 'Em Tight

    Unreal went to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker and all we got was this lousy story.

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    March 22, 2006


    Two SLU professors say theyve solved the worlds most challenging math problem: your office NCAA pool

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    December 14, 2005

    Slots with Video Poker (1996)

    Week of December 15, 2005

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    May 12, 2004

    Nags to Riches

    A late push for slot machines in Springfield may be Fairmount Park's silver bullet

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    November 26, 2003

    Turkey With Plum Sauce

    Celebrate Thanksgiving the way the Pilgrims did: at a casino with Vietnamese pop stars!

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    September 24, 2003

    Best Casino

    Ameristar Casino

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    September 25, 2002

    Best Casino


  • Film

    December 5, 2001

    Ocean's Eleven, Give or Take

    Soderbergh and Clooney knock over Vegas, without much to show for it

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    September 26, 2001

    Best Casino


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    August 29, 2001

    Beat the Casinos? Not Yet.

    As always, gambling is a numbers game

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    April 25, 2001

    The Count

    Ace blackjack player Stuart Ziglin has been beating Missouri casinos at their own game. Now they want to change the rules.

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    December 6, 2000


    Missouri's "get-tough" gaming commission gives an embattled casino what it wants

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    November 1, 2000

    Joker's Wild

    Casino lawyer Michael Lazaroff cheated for years -- and the insiders knew. Now that he's cut the deal of his life, why does anybody believe him?

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    September 27, 2000

    Best Casino


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    August 23, 2000

    Unlucky Town

    Published the week of Aug. 23-29, 2000

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    July 5, 2000

    The Great St. Louis Casino War

    Published the week of July 5-11, 2000

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    June 7, 2000

    The Albatross

    St. Louis has a long and tortured history with the Admiral, home of the President Casino, but the city is about to gamble another $3 million to keep it afloat. It's a risky bet.

  • News

    January 26, 2000


    Developers of a Lemay casino have political muscle on their side. But the School Sisters of Notre Dame are betting on a higher power.

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    December 8, 1999


    A tiny Indian tribe pitches a plan for a downtown St. Louis casino, but city officials aren't betting on the idea

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