Gaming Industry Blasts "60 Minutes" Report
The gaming industry is blasting a report on the CBS news program “60 Minutes” that claimed the latest slot machines have created compulsive gamblers.
The “Review-Journal” says Frank Fahrenkopf, the head of the American Gaming Association, calls the “60 Minutes” report “did nothing more than rehash the same discredited arguments that gambling critics have been making for more than 20 years.” He also noted the gaming industry has “long acknowledged” about one percent of the adult population can’t gamble responsibility, and the casino industry has taken “great efforts” to address the issue. The “60 Minutes” segment that aired Sunday, “The Big Gamble,” used interviews to contend slot machines were addictive and states have been turning to legalized gambling to help raise revenues. Bruce Rowe with slot maker Bally Technologies says the report only focused on slots and was “not supported with data-driven research.”