Study: Casino could be a jackpot

Full story: Las Cruces Sun-News

An off-reservation casino proposed for Anthony, N.M., by a northern New Mexico pueblo would generate about $157.2 million in economic activity and about 1,490 jobs in its fifth year, when operations reach full hilt, a federal analysis found.
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Ruu

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jun 5, 2011
they say the casino could be a jackpot, I do not think for
a minute a casino is a jackpot, poeple have lost more then
what they ever win in this here casinos. those slot machines are made to take alot of money before it gives
out just to a one winner, I think casinos are tearing families apart with all the money some poeple that are
addicted to those casino slot machines, I see the way the
economy is going and I would not spend a penny on this so
called new casinos, there should be a law or a warning so
that poeple would not be losing thier life savings on this
casinos, to me, they suck!!!

Since: Jan 10

Las Cruces, NM

#2 Jun 5, 2011
Given that casinos in Las Vegas, NV the gambling capital of the US are going down like ten pins in a bowling alley it is safe to say this is NOT a good idea.

As the old saying does strike when the iron is hot and right now the economy is so tepid that the Devil's front doorstep in the 9th circle looks positively balmy by comparison (before saying it is all fire and brimstone I suggest reading Dante's Inferno)
I WORK

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jun 5, 2011
ALOT OFF PEOPLE SPEND ALL THERE GOVERMENT ASSISTANCE CHECK AT THE CASINOS. I KNOW BECAUSE MY AUNT GOES TO THE CASINO AS SOON AS SHE GETS HER CHECK. SHE IS ADDICTED AND WHEN SHE LOOSES ALL HER MONEY SHE IS ASKING FOR MONEY TO EAT. THIS IS GOING TO MAKE THE PROBLEM WORSE FOR PEOPLE IN THE AREA. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY AND CASINO'S DON'T CARE HOW IT COMES IN.
ON THE FLIP SIDE THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO PLAY THE SLOTS AND THE TABLES FOR FUN AND IT WILL KEEP MANY FROM GOING TO OTHER AREAS TO LEAVE THERE MONEY. KEEP THE MONEY HERE IN NEW MEXICO.
Alien

Las Cruces, NM

#4 Jun 5, 2011
All you have to do is go to Northern New Mexico near Espanola and see the poverty created by the casinos there. People are losing their homes, farms, etc. Then they go on welfare and again continue going and spending that plus their food stamps. Ask yourself "who pays for welfare?" The answer is all of us that work and pay taxes!
Are you serious

Walnut Creek, CA

#5 Jun 5, 2011
Apparently, some of the commentators don't want the casino built because "people lose too much" or "it tears families apart" or even "a lot of people spend their government check there" etc...

This amazes me...ever heard of personal choice, personal responsibility? C'mon CONSERVATIVES!! Build the casino. If people who are ADULTS choose to spend all of their money there, including their life savings, they MUST take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for it!!! It's not the casino's fault.

I thought ADULTS in this area were smart enough not to blame the casino for personal poverty...look hard at the mirror...that's the one who loses your life savings at the casino!!!
Get a clue

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jun 5, 2011
As you all have said, some people are addicted to gambling and they will gamble no matter what. But what about the others who gamble to have fun and all the other people who need jobs? This new casino will give somewhere other than Sunland Park and much closer than Albuquerque or Ruidoso. And it will keep the money here.

And maybe it would give Sunland Park a kick in the pants to clean up it's casino and loosen the slots a bit. They don't worry about it right now because there is no competition. Competition is a good thing and can only make things better for the consumer.
The facts

Las Cruces, NM

#7 Jun 5, 2011
Everyone is always complaining how poor they are in this area. Complaining about being on a fixed income.

Yet, they have money to go to the casino?
The facts

Las Cruces, NM

#8 Jun 5, 2011
Are you serious wrote:
Apparently, some of the commentators don't want the casino built because "people lose too much" or "it tears families apart" or even "a lot of people spend their government check there" etc...
This amazes me...ever heard of personal choice, personal responsibility? C'mon CONSERVATIVES!! Build the casino. If people who are ADULTS choose to spend all of their money there, including their life savings, they MUST take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for it!!! It's not the casino's fault.
I thought ADULTS in this area were smart enough not to blame the casino for personal poverty...look hard at the mirror...that's the one who loses your life savings at the casino!!!
I agree until those people go on public assistance and they are gambling with tax money surrendered by working folks.
Carlsbad ex

Midland, TX

#9 Jun 5, 2011
I must be mistaken, as I was under the impression there had to be a tribal historical presence and a tribe living on the land before a casino was permitted in New Mexico? Anyone?

Since: Apr 09

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Jun 5, 2011
I WORK wrote:
ALOT OFF PEOPLE SPEND ALL THERE GOVERMENT ASSISTANCE CHECK AT THE CASINOS. I KNOW BECAUSE MY AUNT GOES TO THE CASINO AS SOON AS SHE GETS HER CHECK. SHE IS ADDICTED AND WHEN SHE LOOSES ALL HER MONEY SHE IS ASKING FOR MONEY TO EAT. THIS IS GOING TO MAKE THE PROBLEM WORSE FOR PEOPLE IN THE AREA. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY AND CASINO'S DON'T CARE HOW IT COMES IN.
ON THE FLIP SIDE THERE IS A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO PLAY THE SLOTS AND THE TABLES FOR FUN AND IT WILL KEEP MANY FROM GOING TO OTHER AREAS TO LEAVE THERE MONEY. KEEP THE MONEY HERE IN NEW MEXICO.
So instead of focusing on preventing this casino from opening up, let's spend our energy on preventing welfare abuse. My vote is to build the casino and to stop the food stamp and cash assistance programs!

“In the Desert”

Since: May 08

New York City

#11 Jun 5, 2011
I would love to have a nice, clean casino with table games close to Las Cruces. That drive to Inn of the Mountain Gods is killing me lol
trueamerican69

Albuquerque, NM

#12 Jun 5, 2011
i like the casino in sunland park i have been to the one in hobbs once. i think anyone should be able to build a casino not just the horse industry or the indians. affirmative action at its worse!!!!

Since: Jan 10

Las Cruces, NM

#13 Jun 5, 2011
Are you serious wrote:
Apparently, some of the commentators don't want the casino built because "people lose too much" or "it tears families apart" or even "a lot of people spend their government check there" etc...
This amazes me...ever heard of personal choice, personal responsibility? C'mon CONSERVATIVES!! Build the casino. If people who are ADULTS choose to spend all of their money there, including their life savings, they MUST take PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for it!!! It's not the casino's fault.
I thought ADULTS in this area were smart enough not to blame the casino for personal poverty...look hard at the mirror...that's the one who loses your life savings at the casino!!!
Actually my argument is based on simple economics--tourism is the life blood of a casino and right now tourism is not doing that hot. Again I point to Las Vegas, NV who is in serious trouble thanks to the economy being a shambles and that is a place where gambling is king.
Jake

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Jun 5, 2011
Whatever dude we need freaking Jobs and A Casino would create construction jobs immediately and then jobs for Workers of the Casino Itself. Sunland Park is being Ridicolous and only looking out for itself. If you are against gambling why not try to illegalize the Nm lottery or the Powerball, or heck try to illegalize gas stations, they sell liquor too. Shut up and let people try to work and quit being so gosh darn nosy.

“Irony, metaphor, film @ eleven”

Since: Feb 08

Old Mesilla/New Las Cruces

#15 Jun 5, 2011
Given the propaganda attached to this issue from both sides, I'm actually quite surprised that Barack Obama hasn't put his brand on it, publicity pimp that he is.

Comparing an Indian casino in Anthony, NM to a casino in Las Vegas, NV is like comparing organic hard boiled, pickled chicken eggs to Granny Smith apples. The argument is moot to those who would earn employment in a town like Anthony where working at the truck stops or the grocery store is upscale opportunity.

Build the casino.
Really Shultz

Arlington, VA

#16 Jun 5, 2011
You are an idiot if you think the money that is gambled in Anthony is going to stay local. Look at where the tribe and the investor are located. That casino isn't going to spend the extra transportation cost to get their supplies from a city that is further away, it is going to come from El Paso and not Las Cruces.
Are you serious

Walnut Creek, CA

#17 Jun 5, 2011
BGrubb wrote:
<quoted text>
Actually my argument is based on simple economics--tourism is the life blood of a casino and right now tourism is not doing that hot. Again I point to Las Vegas, NV who is in serious trouble thanks to the economy being a shambles and that is a place where gambling is king.
If you understand simple economics, then you also understand that Anthony, NM has a much lower cost-of-living then Las Vegas, NV...based on that, you will find that hotels, gas, food, and overall goods are cheaper in Anthony, which may allow more out-of-town tourists to spend more money in the region, which will boost the overall economy for the region. Build the casino, create some jobs, and boost this economy already!!!
Little Horse

United States

#18 Jun 5, 2011
A better place would be the site where the Apache Homeland is located. They are still trying to get a casion built. If you stop in there you will see plans for not just the casino but also a hotel with all amenities. That is right on the interstate and everyone could see it. I think it would be a huge success. They said it would also probably employ around 500 people. I thinkt that would be great for all the unemployment around here.

Since: Jan 10

Las Cruces, NM

#19 Jun 5, 2011
Are you serious wrote:
<quoted text>
If you understand simple economics, then you also understand that Anthony, NM has a much lower cost-of-living then Las Vegas, NV...based on that, you will find that hotels, gas, food, and overall goods are cheaper in Anthony, which may allow more out-of-town tourists to spend more money in the region, which will boost the overall economy for the region. Build the casino, create some jobs, and boost this economy already!!!
You clearly didn't READ as I was talking about the SUPPLY side of the equation and NOT expenses. The key reason Las Vegas, NV casinos are having problems is the tourism is simply not there. Fewer people are traveling which results in less money coming into the casinos. Hence casinos like the Sahara are closing their doors after 50 years of operation.

As a person who works in the Las Cruces hotel industry I tell you tourism is way down here as well. It is so bad that the hotel that was planned for the convention center wasn't built even after it was down graded from 180 room full service to about 120 room semi-service. The number of projected tourists simply wasn't there to support another hotel and given the state of the economy it is doubtful there are enough to support a casino.

This casino project made some degree of sense when the economy was good but in this uncertain economy this has all the signs of turning into a Peter-Paul Casino and that is the LAST thing this area needs.
Millenia 2000

El Paso, TX

#20 Jun 5, 2011
Just an observation...I used to live in las Vegas, NV...Many things have said about Jemez Pueblo's Casino being opened. To include the fear of taking customers and consequently jobs away from Sunland's racetrack and casino.
There is "space" for both casinos and then some. Due to the fact that people from adjecent cities will come to play (El Paso, Cruces, Deming etc. etc)Enough people don't you think?
There are hundreds of places to gamble in Vegas; and just one too many casino(s); However, they are PACKED almost everyday. You can't even walk on the strip and I'm talking in the middle of the recession and up-to-date!!! Therefore; This Area needs a "real casino" or rather a Full Blown Casino, with Slot Machines, Tables, clsss entertainment, Buffetts etc.
Yes, El Paso will benefit directly from this Casino,they will need some of the services that you can't find in Cruces or Anthony.
Competition will arise everywhere, creating jobs for the whole community and may the best one "win."

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