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Is Bogdanoff correct that Florida is No. 4 in gambling?

Supporters of a proposed bill that would allow three massive destination casino resorts in South Florida often argue that gambling is already a big business here -- in fact, one of the largest in the country.

"Florida is considered the fourth-largest gambling state in the nation, but it has let the industry drive policy decisions and that has produced the worst kind of gaming,'' Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, R-Fort Lauderdale, said in an October 2011 interview about her casinos bill. "To me, no kind of gaming is good, but we as policymakers have to decide, do we want gaming with five-star hotels or Internet cafes in strip malls?"

That fourth-largest ranking claim has been repeated multiple times by Bogdanoff, including in a joint editorial with state Rep. Erik Fresen, R-Miami, and by other individuals, including former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart. Diaz-Balart is a lawyer and adviser for the Genting Group, which has purchased the waterfront Miami Herald property with plans to build a mega casino-resort there.

The Truth-O-Meter researched to find out if we are indeed No. 4.


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Despite its growing slot machine expansion crisis, the State of Florida has awarded Gulfstream Park a license to conduct two (2) Quarter Horse races on December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012, thus meeting the two-year statutory requirement to install an additional 2,000 slot machines without legislative authority or local referendum.

Gulfstream is already authorized for 2,000 slot machines under its existing Thoroughbred permit. Now, it would be free to install an additional 2,000 machines, for a total of 4,000 slot machines.

Presently, the track operates 860 machines that only earned a daily average “drop” of $151 each during the beginning of this fiscal year. By industry standards, this is considered to be poor performance.

Gulfstream’s new license, #536, was approved on December 19, 2011 by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering under the track’s Quarter Horse pari-mutuel racing permit, which it has held for years, but not activated.


This one should have earned a mostly true, mainly because the "Half True" rating sends the disparaging message that she's speaking "half-truths".

I reckon the even the Truth-O-Meter folks, and their press bosses, are afraid of the Disney mafioso Mickey "The Mouse that Ate Florida" who is waging total war in his attempt to stop more casinos, to protect Disney's hegemony on Florida tourism.

Charlie Riley

This doesn't mention how the ranking was derived. The truth-o-meter implies that Bogdanoff is lying when we don't know where she is getting her facts. And seeing as how Indian Casinos arent regulated - this ranking would be difficult to gauge anyways. Florida could very well be #4 and on its way to #1 if the Casino Resorts Bill goes into effect.

dog of war

I'm surprised that Diaz-Balart and some of his people (Carlos Curbelo and Anna Carbonel) got involved with foreign casino gambling money people. Beware of Malaysians bearing billions in cash.
Isn't it casino gambling interests at the source of Rep. Rivera's problems?
isn't the new referendum connected to the previous referendum that got Rivera into trouble? Didn't casino gambling get Jack Abramoff/Greenberg Traurig into big big jail-time trouble? Rivera was supported and promoted by the Diaz-Balart but since his problems have become worse, Diaz-Balart has stayed away from Rivera. But not the gambling business. And rumor is they're all getting paid a lot of money. it's a dirty business but a lot of people can't resist the money.

Jim Donavan

Florida is already a gaming state and it has been for a long time. What do you all think the lotteries are - and they are state sponsored. The indians have full scale casinos in Ft. Lauderdale and Tampa. Floridians should start considering their bottom line - we need the tax revenues.


Just proves that we already have the gambling. Now we need the jobs. Genting = Jobs. Make it happen!!!

Straight Stuart

Here's one to run thru your Truth-o-meter. Dan Gelber, head of NoCasinos sponsored a million-dollar-a-day tax increase on Florida businesses, voted to raise college tuition on middle class families and voted against the taxpayers bill of rights.

This is who we are fighting - people who'd rather TAX US TO DEATH than help us create jobs

Jeremy N

SO why all the fuss about the Genting Resort? thousands of jobs, millions more tourists, first class resort, and a company willing to invest here for a long long time. If we are already into gambling lets have it benefit someone besides the indians, disney and their lobbyists

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