Gambling Makes Gains in Birmingham

Gambling Makes Gains in Birmingham

Even in the face of severe opposition from all levels of government, it appears as though gambling institutions within the United States are still able to advance their agenda at times. In many ways, it is actually misleading to the whole community to represent the gambling community as a solid group of institutions that work in tandem with each other in order to advance the interests of the industry as a whole and such a representation would actually be a misrepresentation since different gambling institutions come into conflict with each other over territorial concessions and jurisdiction for gambling whenever their profits are affected by the emergence of another company. That having been said however, so far it appears that the gambling industry as a whole has been able to largely weather the storm that the US government has created with its crackdown. They are able to hold their own against the government when they go on the offensive and then every now and then when the government pulls back they are able to continue making gains.

The absolutely perfect example of this has to be the recent situation in Birmingham, Alabama, where the government faced off with private gambling industry in what is just one more in a long line of showdowns that have taken place between the two sectors in recent times over the issue of gambling. The person on the offensive was a man named Milton McGregor, a name that many will likely recognize as being one of the big industry names in gambling in terms of the supply of gambling devices. He was petitioning the government to get permission to install a number of electronic gambling devices at the Birmingham Race Course and was arguing that his devices were not slot machines and for that reason were perfectly legal under the law as they were only made to look like slot machines for the appearance that the public seemed to enjoy.

Opposing McGregor on the other side of the issue was a person named Betty Fine Collins who also happens to be the Jefferson County Commissioner and one of four people that sit on the Birmingham Racing Commission. She argued that it was semantics and just a way to get around a ban on electronic slot machines and argued furthermore that just because the machine was based on horse racing rather than slots did not actually make it any less of a threat. Based on that, she argued that it was covered under the ban on electronic slot machines passed earlier in the spirit of the ban and ended up voting against it when the time came as well. Unfortunately for her however, her three fellow commissioners did not agree with her and the machines were allowed into the race course by a vote of 3-1. Once again, it appears as though electronic gambling specifically and the gambling industry at large has won an unlikely victory and advanced the interests of gambling. If the government truly wants to crackdown on gambling before President Bush leaves office, they are going to have to take a more active role in cases like these.

January 1, 2009 by : posted in Gambling Abroad No Comments