Monday, September 20, 2010

Editorial: New England Gaming Summit At Mohegan Sun Begins Today, I Think

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The New England Gaming Summit kicks off today at Mohegan Sun even though keynote addresses will be given tomorrow by Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council chairman Rodney Butler and Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority CEO Mitchell Etess.

What is the purpose of the summit?

How did Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods end up in their current situation given their casino monopoly in Connecticut? Did the two Indian casinos overextend themselves? Those topics are not likely to be on the agenda.

It will be interesting to see if anything new comes out of the gaming summit that we don't already know. That's unlikely in my view.

Maybe the gaming commission could spice up the event and raid the summit, you know ... like that famous Appalachian summit of mob bosses in the 1950's, and we can hear about gaming executives fleeing the scene, running into slot machines, hiding underneath craps tables, eluding process servers, problem gambling specialists grabbing handfuls of chips as they sprint past tables.

But instead, there will just be a lot of talk about more casinos in the near future and how the economic recovery is anything but that.

Speeches will probably cover the likelihood that Massachusetts will approve casinos this year or next year. That a new slot parlor will be in New York's Aqueduct Racetrack next year. That some states are holding gaming referenda. That Philadelphia's first casino will be opening this week. Oh, that's right, Philadelphia ain't New England. Neither is New York but they affect New England. Does that count? What happens if someone talks about states that aren't in New England? Maybe that could be the reason for a gaming commission raid on the event.

Speaking of Pennsylvania and mob bosses, did you know that the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board does not ban mob members from the state's casinos? That's not really relevant to the gaming summit but I haven't been able to fit that into an article by itself. Yet. Just sayin'.

People will speak about problem gambling and other impacts of gambling on the community so maybe some real strides can be made on those topics.

The New England Gaming Summit is run by BNP Media and Spectrum Gaming Group and is the first New England Gaming Summit. Spectrum is from Joisey.

Note: This editorial is intended to be humorous. The Feather News in no way is inciting raids, comparing gaming executives and tribal officials to mob bosses, or encouraging problem gambling specialists to steal chips. We are not even positive if a gaming summit is taking place today so any actual event holding itself out as a New England Gaming Summit, run by BNP, with two keynote addresses scheduled for tomorrow is strictly coincidental.