Live-dealer gaming moves forward

Posted May 16, 2012
Updated May 17, 2012

— The state Senate has approved a measure allowing live dealers at table games in Indian casinos in North Carolina.

The gaming compact was one of the first measures the Senate took up Wednesday, the opening day of the short session.

State law doesn't currently allow live dealers at table games, even at Indian casinos. The proposal would allow them in return for a share of the profits from the games.

Governor Bev Perdue's office has been negotiating the compact for months. 

Supporters of Senate Bill 582 say it will bring in an additional $60 to $90 million dollars over the thirty-year life of the agreement. The money would be used for education.

It's expected to create about 400 jobs in the far western counties, where unemployment rates are higher than the state's average.

The bill passed by a 33 to 14 vote that didn't break down along partisan lines. 

Senate Rules chairman Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson, said western lawmakers have been pushing for the change for a decade. 

"What this bill simply does is allow the Cherokee nation to place live dealers where they have machines now,” Apodaca said. 

Apodaca conceded the change might lead to more gambling. But, he said, "Human beings should be able to make their own choices in life.”

But Senator Dan Soucek, R-Watuaga, voted against the bill because of social concerns about expanding gambling.

"It's not an industry where things grow," Soucek said. "It’s just an exchange. You’re not creating anything. I don’t like the economics of it, and I don’t like the problems it causes to families."

The measure now moves to the state House, where it may face a tougher battle. Its critics there include Majority Leader Paul Stam, R-Wake.


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  • friskymonkey2 May 17, 2012

    The state finds another way to collect revenue, through gambling. Gamble away the house payment, rent or junior's college fund on the aspiration of a big win. Gambling will be fully legal throughout the US in the next 10 years. They will legalize gambling before they make Marijuana legal. God forbid they interrupt the tobacco and alcohol industry.

  • jlp May 17, 2012


    I'm not gay. Very much straight thanks. Just pointing out the hypocrisy of someone in a certain party that took rights away from Americans and then turns around and says people should be able to do what they want. Must be a funny joke.

  • TheBigLC May 17, 2012

    ncouterbanks, You better believe it !!!!! Bellagio baby!!!!!!!!!

  • kbkline May 17, 2012

    Amazing how NC has all of this money thrown at education and we're still one of the worst states. Does anyone else NOT role their eyes when they see this same old story any time about how this money goes to education? Yet we're always begging for money cause there's none in every school system?

    FA-Q-2 : You're a not so very very bright person. We won by the way so go hide in your closet :)

  • Shelley Cooper May 17, 2012

    You can't sell fire water on Sundays right now.

    Let's get on board to change that too!

  • ncouterbanks69 May 17, 2012

    Sweet I may actually go to one if live dealers are allowed. For now it's just saving that money for Vegas.

  • FA-Q-2 May 17, 2012

    "Human beings should be able to make their own choices in life.”, Tom Apodaca, R-Henderson. Unless they're gay right? Typical GOP hypocrisy.
    May 17, 2012 11:08 a.m.

    The right to be gay is fine, don't worry your safe jlp. You just can't have your marriage recognized in the eyes of the state. Feel free to try again!

  • heelrox May 17, 2012

    This bill was nothing but what Bev wanted a few months ago, she would not support this unless she got the dollars out of the casino, just another deal to do business in NC under Dem's.

  • jbobby May 17, 2012

    @DisabledVet,Nice one.

  • Shelley Cooper May 17, 2012

    Let's see Billy's boy Frankie plaster his mug all over the airwaves protesting the sin of gambling.

    Worked well when he got his pants all wadded up over gay people's rights.

    Southern Baptists know what sins to ignore - you can drink, but you'd better not dance!