Raid starts crackdown on video gambling

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

A pool hall co-owner faces four felony charges of promoting professional gambling after a raid by the state's newly created Gaming Control Division.
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Freedom Writer

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Oct 12, 2007
In the words of Chief Wiggan, "Good work, boys" This offense is the NUMBER ONE problem we face in our state:)
GRANNY

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Oct 12, 2007
It is sad that the money to operation this state division could have been used for a hell of alot better things. Daniels is responding from pressure {riverboat gaming owners). Big money talks. When are we going to open our eyes and elect somebody who cares about the working family?
Concerned

Columbia City, IN

#3 Oct 12, 2007
House Bill 1510 pushed thru by our huge gambling lobby scores again! Let's make sure those American Legions and other civic organizations have no funding for the community projects they sponsored in the past and all money goes to the big pockets---what a waste of taxpayers money!
grumpy

Corydon, IN

#4 Oct 12, 2007
Gambling is just stupid. I wouldn't handle the stools in front of the machines, officers. Use gloves. Apparently gamblers don't have sense enough to get up to go to the bathroom.
Level Headed

Bedford, IN

#5 Oct 12, 2007
I didn't know we had so many people in the state that has the big pockets that it takes to put someone like Daniels in office. Isn't it something the way money has a mouth that I haven't been able to see on it yet. But as they say money talks. So much for the little guy huh. We'll never get ahead with the likes of not my man Mitch running the state in the ground. If we wasn't broke before he came into office, we will be when he leaves office. He'll have everything sold by that time. And who knows where the money will end up at.
Tim

United States

#6 Oct 12, 2007
Interesting what led to the complaint that led to the investigation...patrons complaining about the machines. All those virtuous public service groups re-setting the machines so players win less than the law requires...
For the cause

Ferndale, MI

#7 Oct 12, 2007
I think its a great idea, these guys serve watered down drinks at $5.50 a pop and then take the rest of what money you have in "fixed' poker machines. remember the squeeky wheel gets the grease....
lep

AOL

#8 Oct 12, 2007
Level Headed wrote:
I didn't know we had so many people in the state that has the big pockets that it takes to put someone like Daniels in office. Isn't it something the way money has a mouth that I haven't been able to see on it yet. But as they say money talks. So much for the little guy huh. We'll never get ahead with the likes of not my man Mitch running the state in the ground. If we wasn't broke before he came into office, we will be when he leaves office. He'll have everything sold by that time. And who knows where the money will end up at.
ithink the dems controlled the house. do you hate them also for pushing this awful bill through. the haters in this state probably blame the govener on drought also. get a life.
politically corr

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Oct 12, 2007
You can tell it is election year - finally cracking down on crime that has been hanging around since the last election.
Tommy

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Oct 12, 2007
It may not have been patrons complaining. Could have been spouses after their significant other lost the grocery money.
Dubbyaa

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Oct 12, 2007
Let's get them. Nobody ever loses any money at the casino.
State House Sell Out

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Oct 12, 2007
I hate gambling, but situation is a prime example of a sell-out by Indiana legislators. They basically offered up the little guy in return for huge PAC checks and other perks from the gambling industry.

J. Dailey Roberts was right. The Indiana General Assembly has sold out and is now addicted to gambling money. Key legislators, including Sen. Dave Long, are in the pockets of the gambling firms. Long owes his postion as President Pro Tem of the Senate to the gambling industry because it was them who got former Pro Tem Bob Garton defeated in the 2006 primary elections. Garton opposed the gambling interests.
State House Sell Out

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Oct 12, 2007
Add "this" between but and situation in my post above.(but THIS situation is a prime example of a sell-out by Indiana legislators."
grumpy

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Oct 12, 2007
Dubbyaa wrote:
Let's get them. Nobody ever loses any money at the casino.
Casinos are next. The state can't even be trusted to run the take-a-number machine at the license branch.
Corbin Leape

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Oct 12, 2007
Level Headed wrote:
I didn't know we had so many people in the state that has the big pockets that it takes to put someone like Daniels in office. Isn't it something the way money has a mouth that I haven't been able to see on it yet. But as they say money talks. So much for the little guy huh. We'll never get ahead with the likes of not my man Mitch running the state in the ground. If we wasn't broke before he came into office, we will be when he leaves office. He'll have everything sold by that time. And who knows where the money will end up at.
Daniels didn't sell the toll road moron...he leased it. And it works. Get a clue. You can say what u want about Mitch, but is is an economic genius. Shut your uneducated "pale in comoparrison" mouth until u can speak on the subject in an educated and intelligent fashion.
Corbin Leape

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Oct 12, 2007
Concerned wrote:
House Bill 1510 pushed thru by our huge gambling lobby scores again! Let's make sure those American Legions and other civic organizations have no funding for the community projects they sponsored in the past and all money goes to the big pockets---what a waste of taxpayers money!
There ya go. This guy understands how it works and who is affected. Rock on!
TDRocks

Elkhart, IN

#18 Oct 12, 2007
When will people learn...most people go the gambling boats to go to the gambling boats. I can promise you this: if every bar in town had 20 machines (similar to pull tabs or slot machines) you can bet your butt that I'm still going to the boats for my gambling needs.

To those who would simply say gambling is stupid...well, you know what...people waste money on a lot of things in life. At least gambling can be fun. What would you prefer? Waste a couple hundred bucks a year on cigarettes instead?
TDRocks

Elkhart, IN

#19 Oct 12, 2007
Liberal Tammy wrote:
It's not gambling it's gaming, according to the all mighty state. The state don't want any competition so they are putting the muscle on the little guys. I guess it's not organized crime as long as the state is doing it. Hey, let's legalize prosititution and drug dealing, just think of the money the state could rake in. Of course are taxes would continue to sky rocket regardless. The state needs to be taken back by the people, physically, if neccessary.
Now you're on to something. Leagalize and regulate prostitution. Why not get paid to do something that is perfectly legal if it's free? FYI...if people don't think sex with random people doesn't happen, well, they probably didn't go to college.
Get Real

Louisville, KY

#20 Oct 12, 2007
The biggest gaming operation in the state is numbers. I'd bet you would be surprised to know IMPD does not have anyone who even understands that business. The pea shake houses are running wide open, business as usual. Having said that, when will the pea shakes be shut down and people charged as professional gamblers. Some have been in operation since the 1960's and are only receiving token misdemeanor charges. Charge some of these people with felonies and give them immunity to tell who they are paying off. The Star ingnores because they don't have any reporters that know or understand much about it either. Neither do the police department(s). There was a time when the FBI cracked them, but those days have passed. Stop illegal organized gambling. I am not talking about the family poker game, but professional games. These illegal operations are donating thousands and thousands of dollars to keep their favorite Indianapolis politicians in office. Somebody do something, please. If there is a state agency to investigate, do it NOW. It is much bigger than video gambling.
Honest Abe

Indianapolis, IN

#21 Oct 12, 2007
Get Real wrote:
The biggest gaming operation in the state is numbers. I'd bet you would be surprised to know IMPD does not have anyone who even understands that business. The pea shake houses are running wide open, business as usual. Having said that, when will the pea shakes be shut down and people charged as professional gamblers. Some have been in operation since the 1960's and are only receiving token misdemeanor charges. Charge some of these people with felonies and give them immunity to tell who they are paying off. The Star ingnores because they don't have any reporters that know or understand much about it either. Neither do the police department(s). There was a time when the FBI cracked them, but those days have passed. Stop illegal organized gambling. I am not talking about the family poker game, but professional games. These illegal operations are donating thousands and thousands of dollars to keep their favorite Indianapolis politicians in office. Somebody do something, please. If there is a state agency to investigate, do it NOW. It is much bigger than video gambling.
Why, because Monroe Gray owns a pea shake house on Illinois St.

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