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Does Prince George’s Have a Gambling Problem?

While debate rages over gambling locations in county, police say illegal betting is a growing problem.

Amid a debate in Annapolis on , police say underground gambling in the county is on the rise.

In recent weeks, investigators in the county have been cracking down on unauthorized gambling facilities. Last week, investigators took sledgehammers to gambling machines in Temple Hills, dismantling them, according to The Washington Post.

As state officials wrestle over legislation to allow gambling at proposed casinos in National Harbor in Oxon Hill and Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, raids on illegal “mini-casinos” or underground gambling locations in the county have become more common. Police recently raided a District Heights Laundromat after a gambler told police that he had lost $5,000 to the illegal slot machines, according to the Post.

Police told the Post that slot machines in the county have become commonplace.

“It seems like every direction we turned — slot machines,” police Sgt. Laurie Hall, who is in charge of Prince George’s anti-gambling enforcement, told Post reporters.

Do you think Prince George’s County has a gambling problem? Let us know in the comments section.

Danny March 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM
who is the "they" in your comment? i was clearly responding to the comment above mine (Michael B. Cron's), which is focused on the state of maryland, not PG county, whose schools leave much to be desired, to put it kindly. did you go to PG county public schools? maybe you're one of the people Michael Cron talks about who can't read. BTW, "you're" isn't the same as "your."
Dick Henthorn March 22, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Living in Prince George's County and the state of Maryland has become "one big crap shoot." The citizens of Maryland can't get enough gambling. It would take a miracle to put a stop to both illegal and legal gambling. Do people who are against raising taxes realize that legal gambling is the way that the state creates "voluntary taxation?" BTW, the idea that we need more legal gambling to stop the illegal gambling is just plain silly.
Michael B. Cron March 22, 2012 at 03:59 PM
"They" = a percentage of Maryland public school graduates who after twelve years of education lack the needed skills to better themselves or compete in an incredibly competitive job market.
Pachacutec March 23, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Even if they DO legalize gambling, illegal gambling has been around since "forever," and will continue to be around.
Barry March 23, 2012 at 03:34 PM
Same could be said of prostitution and drugs.

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