Oregon's Got A Gambling Problem

May 23, 2016

Oregon made the top ten!  Before the celebration starts, let's explain why this is NOT a good thing: analysis of gambling issues shows Oregon among the top ten most gambling-addicted states.

That's quite a feat for a state with no huge casinos, but it's a combination of casinos, lottery games, and a lack of services for problem gamblers. 

A Loser's Game. Although...

Feb 19, 2016
Basic Books

Rule Number One in gambling: the house always wins.  Rule 1-A: Adam Kucharski can prove the first rule wrong.  Which means you should probably not try to bring him into a casino with you. 

Kucharski holds a doctorate in mathematics, and he reports on the success of systems like card counting (not allowed in casinos) that allow people to beat the house on a regular basis. 

Science and a desire to win have combined on some notable gains, which are of some use to the world outside the gambling parlor, too. 

Dr. Kucharski lays it all out in his book The Perfect Bet

The Rough Past In Las Vegas: Blood Aces

Aug 7, 2015
Penguin Books

In the days before Las Vegas went upscale, with big fountains and hotels that replicate foreign cities, there was Binion's Horseshoe. 

It got a reputation as the noisiest and rowdiest casino in downtown Vegas. 

Benny Binion started the place after the police chased him out of Dallas. 

Binion's rise from thug to mogul is told in Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker

New Machines Boost Oregon Lottery Numbers

Jun 29, 2015

New is apparently better for Oregon gamblers, at least in one sense.

The Oregon Lottery began installing new video lottery machines (VLMs) last year, and its revenues are up ten percent since that time. 

The machines come with new features, like allowing players to gamble smaller amounts of money. 

That's no consolation to organizations that treat problem gambling, like Emergence in Eugene. 

Gambling Recovery Services For Latinos

Mar 12, 2015

As Oregon's Latino population grows, so do the numbers of people with issues to address. 

Those issues include problem gambling. 

Many services to help habitual gamblers are aimed at English speakers, but now the Oregon Health Authority and the lottery are joining forces with a Latino group to provide additional services, primarily through the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources site. 

Coquille Casino Plans Move Ahead

Jan 19, 2015
Coquille Tribe

Dueling billboards along Pacific Highway in South Medford give a clue to a battle shaping up. 

The Coquille Tribe wants to build a casino on the former site of Kim's Restaurant. 

That explains the Coquille billboard.  The other is rented by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, which opposes the casino plan. 

Local and state officials have also spoken out against a Medford casino, but the Coquilles are moving ahead.  A public meeting is planned for February 3rd. 

A Tribal Casino For Yreka?

Dec 31, 2013
Karuk Tribe

While a pair of Native American tribes spent much of the last year squabbling over a plan for a casino in Medford, a third tribe quietly laid the groundwork for a different casino in nearby Yreka. 

And the Karuk Tribe got a further boost when California's governor signed a compact with the tribe, a key step toward locating the casino. 

Tribal Services Suffer Under Shutdown

Oct 7, 2013

If the government shutdown goes on too long, it will mean the end of services for the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

The Confederated Tribes have enough funding to last two to three weeks. For now, the tribes have funding to maintain police and health care services.