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Atlanta City Council backs casino idea

3 March 2009

ATLANTA, Georgia -- As reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to take a gamble in support of a plan to put video lottery terminals in Underground Atlanta, a venture that proponents say will initially bring about $350 million a year to the Atlanta region.

"The City Council voted 10-0 to endorse the plans, becoming the most prominent group so far to weigh in on the proposal. Mayor Shirley Franklin has already written developers of her own support.

"...Because the video lottery terminals can be approved without the General Assembly's approval, backers say they believe it is their best chance to get regulated gaming in the city.

"State law prohibits Las Vegas-style casinos with such card games as poker, but the lottery's charter does not expressly prohibit video lottery terminals, which resemble slot machines but operate like scratch-off tickets that the lottery already sells, such as 'Slots of Luck' and 'Hold 'Em Poker.'

"For years, many city leaders have pushed for regulated casino gambling, noting neighboring states are raking in millions of dollars because they allow casinos..."

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