The Horseshoe casino in downtown Cleveland. J. Scott Trubey/STAFF
Casino interests are pushing hard to change Georgia’s laws to allow Las Vegas-style gambling. The image they’re conjuring is of glamorous resorts with high rollers flocking in from around the world, high-end restaurants and the excitement of Atlanta holding prize fights.
Certainly, if there’s a requirement for at least one of the proposed resorts to cost at least $1 billion, the Las Vegas companies will build something spectacular. They’ll be luxurious, flashy and unlike anything Georgia has now. Many of their best customers no doubt will be gamblers with disposable dollars to wager.
But like the Georgia Lottery, a huge portion will also be people betting what they can’t afford.
In Sunday's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the paper examines Ohio's embrace of casinos. The story largely focuses on the economic outcome for the state – the casinos there haven't produced the jobs or tax revenue that backers promised.