Maine Casino News – Passamaquady Tribe, Responsible Gaming, and Horse-racing

Passamaquoddy’s Hopeful This Time Around
Maine’s Passamaquoddy tribe is making another attempt to bring a combined racetrack and casino to eastern Maine as the state continues to study how best to expand gambling. At the same time, horse-racing revenues are declining (see article below). The tribe has been trying to bring gambling to their land for more than 20 years, but has failed to get enough statewide support for its approval. But under a bill the tribe plans to push in January, only Washington County voters would have to approve the plans for the racetrack casino, which the Passamaquoddies say would provide a much-needed economic boost. The tribe’s effort comes as the state has put a hold on all other attempts to expand gambling in Maine so it can come up with guidelines designed to control an explosion of resident-initiated casino proposals.

Responsible Gaming Education Week in Aug Continues Studies
A moustachioed, beret-wearing lobster named “Clawd” is toured Bangor in August alongside his bilingual handler dressed like a chef to promote responsible gambling. Meanwhile, the state doesn’t know how big a problem irresponsible gambling is, according to the person responsible for overseeing the state’s addiction prevention efforts. Hollywood Casino’s weeklong lobster promotion was part of Responsible Gaming Education Week, an annual event created by the American Gaming Association to increase awareness in the industry and among patrons about gambling addiction.

Subsidies for Maine Horsemen Shrink
This summer, slot machines have helped Maine’s harness-racing industry by funneling millions of dollars to horsemen, breeders and tracks. But declining slot machine revenue at Bangor’s Hollywood Casino and other factors, including fewer spectators, have led to a double-digit drop in purses this year. Industry officials say the opening of Oxford Casino siphoned away customers and revenue from Hollywood Casino. But there are other factors at play. Different contribution formulas for the two casinos, fewer spectators placing bets at tracks, unregulated online gambling and a weak economy are taking a toll.

 Tomorrow, notable September promotions in New England’s Casinos.

That’s all for now.