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Cities and towns would get $25m sweetner in new casino bill
His move was met with swift reaction from gambling opponents who vowed to try to kill casino gaming for good.
The two casinos would share 5,000 video slot machines and 240 gaming tables and would produce an estimated $168 million for the state. However, some opponents say the money would be far less.
Steve Duprey, spokesman for The Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling and Casino Free NH, said his group will work to kill D'Allesandro's bill, as well.
"It was a bad idea before. It's still a bad idea. It's been a bad idea since Senator D'Allesandro started introducing it 15 years ago," he said. "Casino gambling is the crack cocaine of revenue. It's addictive, it's erratic, and once you're hooked, it's hard to stop."
"This is a critical amendment," he said.
While House casino supporters never had the opportunity to discuss revenue sharing, they believed it could have made a difference and overcome some of the opposition.
But a significant number of House members and groups such as Duprey's still see little reason to support a casino they believe would indelibly change the state, be irreversible and create more social ills than benefits for the state.
"We hope that the Legislature will kill it and that this will be its final death," he said.
He noted the House rejected an attempt to end any further discussion of casino gambling this year, saying the base is there to build more support.
"We hope she will come out against this bill," he said.
Meanwhile, the charitable gaming company World Poker Store announced Friday that it intends to open up to four charitable gaming facilities in New Hampshire, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal's Market Watch website.
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