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Jolly good odds: Holiday gambles

'Tis the season for letting it ride on the Patriots, reveling in riches when they cover the spread, and wincing when they don't.

By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  December 07, 2012

Gambling 'the hardway'

Let's start out by sharing how inauspiciously this adventure began — on a Tuesday evening, with both of us entirely bewildered by the South Portland Bingo Hall on John Roberts Road.
Embedded in South Portland's seven-nights-a-week bingo hall
HBO - TV - Luck

Review: Luck

You get the feeling that Milch and Mann just want to show off what they know about horse racing. When one of Marcus's crew keeps screaming out during the big Pick Six race, "What's going on!?," he speaking for the audience.
HBO goes to the races
By JON GARELICK  |  January 27, 2012

High rolling at Quonset Point; faux news; Rhody’s reelin’ and rockin’

Boisterous GOP state Representative Joe Trillo has found a new cause to bloviate about: the "world-class casino" he is promoting, not very successfully, for Quonset Point.
No free drinks
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  January 13, 2012

Is It Too Late on Gaming?

The Massachusetts legislature's approval of a bill authorizing three full-scale casinos in the state, including one in its southeastern corner, has ramped up the pressure...
By David Scharfenberg  |  November 16, 2011

Man with a load of mischief

According to the Maine Sunday Telegram, gambling is OK in Biddeford or Washington County, but if it happens in Lewiston, it's pure evil.
Casinos: money and morals
By AL DIAMON  |  November 04, 2011

Libertarian angst: My problem with casinos and slots

Libertarian angst: My problem with casinos and slots

I've got to admit that I find the whole casino-gambling/slots business to be very messy. It challenges my libertarian instincts. I've managed largely to reconcile...
By Harvey Silverglate  |  September 13, 2011
Deval Patrick and Casinos in MA

Deval Patrick is on a second-term winning streak, and casinos might be the next payoff

Last summer, when Deval Patrick's veto killed a gaming bill in the final days of the legislative session, many thought he had badly damaged himself politically. He was, after all, the one who had pushed for casinos in Massachusetts almost from the day he
Gaming the system
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  June 17, 2011

Your credibility's shot

He used his ability to appeal to a significant minority of the electorate to propel himself and his pals into the governor's office.
Dennis Bailey's political advice falls flat
By AL DIAMON  |  May 06, 2011

The Casino Bill

The ProJo's Kathy Gregg had the scoop, in today's paper, on Twin River's renewed push for a full-scale casino. Among the most interesting tidbits: the...
By David Scharfenberg  |  February 08, 2011

Should sportswriters be allowed to gamble on sports?

Halloween 2010 kicked off a rough week for Keith Olbermann and Bill Simmons.  
Sucker bet
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  February 04, 2011

ESPN's Bill Simmons and Chad Millman on why sportswriters shouldn't be allowed to gamble on sports

This week in the Phoenix, media columnist Sean Kerrigan asks whether sportswriters ought to be allowed to bet on the sports they cover. No other...
By Carly Carioli  |  February 03, 2011

Generation X

Your article, “ Gen X Goes to Washington ” (November 26, 2010) was great. I’m glad this topic is finally being discussed.
Letters to the Boston editor, January 7, 2010
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  January 07, 2011

Reader reactions to the Portland Phoenix endorsements

I don't mind you endorsing the Oxford casino but I would have expected a more informed decision.
Letters to the Portland Editor, October 29, 2010
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  October 29, 2010

Vote for casinos in Maine

If you're opposed to casinos in Maine, there's one way to make certain the state won't be overrun with noxious gambling emporiums sucking up every dollar of disposable income we have left: vote in favor of every single one of them.
Hit the jackpot
By AL DIAMON  |  October 22, 2010

Portland Phoenix Endorsements: 2010 referenda

Yep, you have to answer a lot of questions in the voting booth this year. Here's what they're about, and how we think you should vote on them.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX STAFF  |  October 22, 2010


Providence Student Survival Guide: List of lists

It's back-to-campus time. You've got shopping lists, book lists, syllabi, class rosters, and Facebook. Who would possibly think you could handle more lists? We would, that's who.
New to Vo Dilun? Trust us, you need this
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX STAFF  |  September 03, 2010

Seeds of Defeat for Casino Question

Governor Carcieri today vetoed a bill that would give voters the chance to decide whether the Twin River and Newport Grand slot parlors should be expanded to...
By David Scharfenberg  |  June 23, 2010

Outrage overdue

Where is the outrage over the misuse of city funds?
Letters to the Boston editor, May 14, 2010

Let's get serious

The odds are that casino gambling is coming to Massachusetts. The state’s big three — Governor Deval Patrick, State Senate President Therese Murray, and House Speaker Robert DeLeo — are all in favor.
Gambling is front and center on Beacon Hill
By EDITORIAL  |  April 16, 2010

Phoenix Editorial: On Gambling

The debate over full-scale casino gambling in Rhode Island is just picking up again. See my piece, from a few months ago, on the looming...
By David Scharfenberg  |  April 14, 2010


Casino Mania

Sweeping America ...
By DAVID KISH  |  March 05, 2010

The Cultural Caucus's big gamble

The recently formed Cultural Caucus, a loose, formal coalition comprising a dozen arts-friendly state legislators, appears poised to christen its political life by inserting itself into what could be the most intense statewide political battle of the spr
Formed to be a savior of the arts in the Bay State, a political coalition is playing high-stakes poker by putting casinos in its sights
By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  March 05, 2010

Casinos and crime

Portland Phoenix contributing writer Lance Tapley has a freelance piece in The Crime Report (yes, it went up a month ago, but the holidays had...
By Jeff Inglis  |  January 25, 2010

It will not be a dull year!

The New Year is shaping up as potent dope for the political junkie.
The governor’s race, gambling, drama on Smith Hill, and more is on tap in 2010
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  January 08, 2010

Kwok 'N' Roll

After the third costume change of his show, Aaron Kwok strode from the midst of a gaggle of backup dancers to the front of the stage, rearing his head back.
A Connecticut Yangtze Dept.
By JASON BEERMAN  |  December 25, 2009

Casino Freudian slips? Fuzzy math? Or the straight dope?

Casino Freudian slips? Fuzzy math? Or the straight dope?

The folks at Black Bear Entertainment are getting a lot of attention lately for their petition drive to bring a casino to Oxford County.But yesterday's...
By Jeff Inglis  |  December 23, 2009

Movement in Casinoland

Interesting bit of movement in casinoland. As those who read my cover story on the prospects for full-scale casino gambling in this week's Phoenix will...
By David Scharfenberg  |  December 18, 2009

Worth the gamble?

Just three years after Rhode Island voters killed plans for a full-scale, Vegas-style casino, big-time gambling is in the cards again.
A push for full-scale Vegas-style casinos is in the cards again. Can poker and craps save a state in freefall?
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  December 18, 2009

Lighthouse Retrofit Plan

Your Casino Here
By DAVID KISH  |  November 06, 2009