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Group Fights Against Minicasino Ban

16 August 2005

TACOMA – As reported by the Tacoma News Tribune: "A group calling itself Associated Casino Employees for Survival, or ACES, wants the public to help save minicasinos in Tacoma.

"'Tell City Hall Not To Throw Away Good Jobs!"'screams the headline above the text of an initiative petition filed with City Clerk Doris Sorum.

"…The small but growing group of employees wants to persuade the City Council to overturn a minicasino ban scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, said Karen Owens, a shift manager at the Silver Dollar Casino on Sixth Avenue.

"The ban would end non-Indian casino-style gambling in Tacoma, forcing Silver Dollar casinos on Sixth Avenue and South Hosmer Street, the Rising Dragon Casino on South 38th Street and the Tower Inn card room out of business in the city.

"…Minicasinos, or house-banked card rooms, pumped nearly $1.4 million into the city's kitty during 2004, budget director Diane Supler said. So far this year, the city's collected about $1 million from them.

"There's been much civic discussion about the Jan. 1, 2006, ban since the council approved it on a 5-4 vote in 1999…"

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