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Re(3): Florida gambling bills, decoupling

Very well thought out, Bennett.

The Senate bill calls for complete decoupling for everyone, but it also calls for a big casino for Genting in downtown Miami and one other in Broward (perhaps, Wynn). If this happens, all of the racinos will be out of business in no time. The paramutuels should be careful what they wish for, because they cannot compete with the big boys in terms of comps, entertainment, restaurants and promotions.

At the moment, in CT, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun are so afraid of the new casino being built by Steve Wynn just north of the CT-MA border in Springfield that they are entering a joint venture to build one just south of the CT-MA border near Bradley airport. They are trying to get legislative approval to do this.

Even if decoupling passes, I would be very surprised if Dania gives up on jai-alai. They have the lowest profit total per slot machine in south Florida by far. On some days, there are more people in the fronton than in the casino. From going to the fronton often, it is obvious that there is still a significant fan base for jai-alai.

If Dania is allowed to decouple and does so, I will never set foot in the place again and I am sure I am not alone in this feeling.


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