Hawaiians Go to Las Vegas or Gamble at Home Illegally

Published Sunday, April 04, 2010 - Online-Casinos.com

The Financial Post recently ran an article on gambling in Hawaii, America's tropical island state in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It seems that Hawaiians like many Americans like to wager and play casino games with enthusiasm and conviction. Frustrating to many is the ban on gambling on Hawaii's eight separate islands, with would be punters looking for ways to feed their entertainment desires. Las Vegas is the closest venue to play within the USA and many Hawaiians head for the gaming capital every year in droves. The population of the beautiful tourist filled state of Hawaii is only 1.2 million that creates a staggering 150,000 excursions to Las Vegas every year with some travelers taking five or six trips per year to gamble and watch the shows. It is estimated that Hawaiians alone spend more than $100 million dollars in Vegas with many seeing Las Vegas Nevada as a good place to live and an estimated 80,000 Hawaiians have taken up residence there. Moves towards legalising gambling in Hawaii have been very slow as the conservative government in the State like things the way as they are and have squashed proposal after proposal to bring casinos to the tourist oriented state. Arguments that the state needs the money that could be generated from taxing gambling and the fact that the money that goes to Vegas stays in Vegas have fallen on deaf ears. The Financial Post reports, “ The anti-gambling lobby is a powerful one, with roots going way back to the 19th century when the Christian missionaries insinuated the hand of God into every corner of society,” There is no change on the horizon as the Financial Post points out, “As a result, about 3,000 Hawaiians each week will continue to get on a plane and travel to the “ninth island” and spend millions. Others will simply continue to gamble illegally at home,” Online gambling is something that is part of today's society and would be a welcome addition to the gambling venues available to the punters of Hawaii should it ever become legal there.



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