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Date: March 19, 2004 at 09:25:34
From: Darin, [edsiapl01.eds.net]
Subject: Re: BS from DN in TP on AQ gambling


Ah, the debate rages. I suspected that their "focus groups" were shocked that gaming was not on board their boats. They certainly didn't have focus groups in river cities, did they? How about New Orleans, St. Louis, and St. Paul next time? What wasn't said is that those focus groups probably had no idea what a real steamboating vacation really was or that they didn't know that you actually see scenery the whole time and can understand your waiter. They probably thought that all floating cruise vessels, whether cruise ship or steamboat, all did the same things. That hasn't been the case for a long time. But, as we've seen recently, we have to put the blue water back into the brown, in order to compete. Or, so we're told. That's what's sad about this whole issue. Remember a few years ago when "blue was out and brown was in"? That's over.

So, the DQSC doesn't know what to do with gaming once it gets approved. Yeah right. If they are going to do it, my choice is still the Engine Room Bar. At least they claim they would start small. Well, this room is small enough, has doors to close out children, and the ability to keep it separate from the rest of us, who want to enjoy a real steamboating vacation. They better not get rid of the good entertainment, because then your blue water people will get mad again. They want casinos AND good shows, just like the ocean ships.

From the "well duh" file. The AQ and MQ cruise outside of Louisiana. This law is being considered in Louisiana. But, the boats cruise in other states waters. Wouldn't you think that you would have to get similar laws in those states before the MQ would even be able to do this? Interesting how the article just kind of went by this important issue. If gaming ever makes it to the MQ they will either have to make it cruise in Louisiana a lot or keep their slot machines off a lot. Just don't restrict access to the room, because I like to look at the paddlewheel from the outside balcony.

There are three humorous parts to the article. One is when they talk about children, families, and riverbonding in the same paragraph as casinos. They are going to try to accommodate both, somehow. The second involves RiverBarge Excursions. I never thought I would ever say anything nice about them, but I loved the points that the company CEO said about having laws written for special reasons and that RBE's product doesn't need gaming. He's right, but it still doesn't mean I will be cruising on his floating hulk. The third one is that the Louisiana casino industry does not support this idea. The casino lobby is powerful. I see a showdown brewing over this one.


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