August 19, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Casino executives in Reno-Sparks fear legalization of Internet poker will lead to more gambling online and steal away their customers.
Officials for the Bonanza Casino and the Peppermill and Atlantis casino-resorts raised the concerns Wednesday at a statewide tourism conference in Reno.
Bonanza General Manager Ryan Sheltra says it would be a gold mine for the international casino corporations on the Las Vegas Strip who would get the poker licenses.
But he says it would further harm the smaller casinos across northern Nevada that have already been through a "blood bath" brought on by the Great Recession.
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