The Lane Train

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Advertisers to New Yorkers: Admit That You Like Gambling (UPDATE)

Posted by thelanetrain on June 12, 2008

Has anyone else noticed the absurd amount of advertisements for casinos and gaming on TV recently? It used to be just for fake-Indian run casinos out in Connecticut, but now more than ever, the full-court press is on for anything gambling-related, from sketchy racetrack-turned-even sketchier slot parlors to MGM’s newest luxury monstrosity. Maybe New Yorkers really like to waste their money on table games and nickel slots, when they’re not paying for six dollar lattes and four dollar gas, but the local media seems to keep chugging along these ads like crazy.

And while we’re on the subject, is this place still even operating? I haven’t heard about anything for it in ages.

UPDATE 6/12: Apparently the ruling authority knows where to draw the line between elegant gambling and something seedy. Unless the state can work out a deal concerning the chain’s revenue distribution between what it earns and how much it should give back in taxes, Mayor Bloomberg has ordered all OTB parlors to shut down after Sunday. Now all the weirdos will have to go here, here, or here, but rest assured, you can ALWAYS find your favorite cast of unsavory, sketchy characters here.

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