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By: Ronnie Jones, Chairman, Louisiana Gaming Control Board

Note: Public Policy Review Editor Laura Briggs reached out to Ronnie Jones of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board as part of a series seeking insight on issues regulators are facing due to COVID-19. This is his personal account of one of the nation’s hardest-hit areas.

On the context of Coronavirus in Louisiana:

In talking to my colleagues in other states early on, few fully understood the seriousness of the pandemic in Louisiana.  While some early epidemiological opinion suggests that two weeks of crowded streets throughout Louisiana during Mardi Gras contributed to the spread, it is yet to be confirmed.  Though it sounds plausible we simply don't know with any degree of certainty.  What we do know is that Mardi Gras occurred just as the pandemic's effects in the U.S. were becoming more evident.  Had the huge public celebration come two weeks later in the calendar, it likely would have been cancelled.  But hundreds of thousands of visitors came to the state and returned to their home areas, perhaps carrying with them the virus that was unwittingly passed around during their stay. 

By Steve Norton
CEO, Norton Management

How Much Would Tribes Contribute to State from CA Sports Betting Revenue

My comment: 

I am very much in favor of sports betting and American polls tell us that around 80% of the adult population supports it. This is far higher than the public support for casinos, racetracks or for any other form of gaming.

Many states have authorized it online along with casino games, which I strongly disagree with. The primary reasons that states want online gaming are for potential tax revenue and as a way to compete with illegal internet gaming sites. The public wants sports betting to be more convenient than just at Tribal and commercial casinos and racetracks.

By Frank Fantini, Publisher of Fanini's Gaming Report

February 12, 2020


Ernie Moody is excited… and honored. 

That is how the legendary game creator described his reaction to the latest accolade of his much-honored career – election into the EKG Slot Awards Hall of Fame.

That career began in Black Hawk, Colorado.

By Steve Norton
CEO, Norton Management

Cobb County Democrats, Republicans Split on Casinos

My comment:

Rep. David Wilkerson is correct, that any mention of gaming and racing in Georgia, has to do with budgetary needs - most likely educational funding, and more specifically, the HOPE Scholarship. Last year's bill to add the gaming question to a statewide vote in November needs to carefully restrict casinos and/or racetracks to specifically chosen communities, and those should only be chosen after local commission or city votes say yes.

The great majority of communities will fear the increases in crime, prostitution, compulsive gambling and traffic congestion outweigh the increase in jobs, taxes and development.