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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

A Roll of the Dice

You knew is was going to happen.  Home improvement guru Bob Vila used to call it the "you might as well's."  While you're putting new siding on the house, you might as well do the gutters.  While you have the crew here to replace the windows, you might as well replace the doors.

You have slot machines.  You might as well include table games.

Table games, like poker, craps, and roulette come to Mount Airy Casino Resort in Monroe County, and the place you see above, Mohegan Sun in Plains Township, today.

There are those who say gambling is a tax on the stupid.   It's addictive.  Gambling can ruin your life.  All true.

I've been to Mohegan Sun a few times.  My stays are always short.  Slot machines bore me, and I doubt I'll take advantage of the table games.  I don't know what I'm doing.  I'll give them credit for having a nice building, and it seems to be a well run operation.

While gambling revenue has fueled some local government projects, it still hasn't provided the substantial property tax relief we were promised when this ball started rolling.

Check out the neighborhoods.  There really hasn't been much of a business explosion near the casinos, no one rushing to take advantage of all those cars streaming by.

On the other hand, gambling has become one of our areas leading industries.  It wasn't hard.  Other than than hospitals, government, bars, and dollar stores, there's not much left.   Casinos provide jobs and bring in tourists.  These days, any job is a good one.

I'm betting Mount Airy and Mohegan Sun do huge business.  A roll of the dice?  Not really.  This looks like a sure thing.