Summarized by Kent Larsen
Gambling Expert Says Utah Will Approve Gambling - Eventually
Salt Lake Tribune 14Jun00 D6
By Brent Israelsen: Salt Lake Tribune
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune during the
Gambling Industry's convention in Las Vegas, expert William Eadington said
that he expects that Utah will eventually approve gambling in spite of
opposition from the LDS Church.
Eadington, director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and
Commercial Gaming, based at the University of Nevada, Reno, said that many
Utahns currently go to the border cities of Wendover, Nevada and Mesquite,
Nevada to gamble. Noting that Utah is one of just two states that has no
form of legalized gambling (Hawaii is the other), he said that the growth of
the non-Mormon population in the state, combined with the propensity for
gambling in the boombing border towns of Nevada, will eventually soften the
state's stance on gambling.
However, Eadington admits that any change won't happen soon. He expects it
to take at least another generation.