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California country banking on new casino

15 December 2008

EL DORADO COUNTY, California -- As reported by The Sacramento Bee: "Bhupinder Bal has high hopes. He's changed Gold Harvest Market to a 24-hour operation, hired more staff and added food to go.

"The Shingle Springs business owner is banking on the Red Hawk Casino, which opens this week, two miles away, near Highway 50.

"...It's anticipated that millions of dollars will start to pour into El Dorado County after Wednesday's opening of the region's latest Indian casino and its 2,000 slot machines, 75 gambling tables, six restaurants and four bars.

"...Indian casinos are, on the whole, 'a positive economic benefit to the community,' said Mindy Marks, assistant professor of economics at University of California, Riverside, and co-author of 'Lands of Opportunity: Social and Economic Effects of Tribal Gaming on Localities.'

"Marks acknowledged, however, that money spent at the casino could just be redistributed from one place to another, leaving other casinos or entertainment venues with less revenue..."

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