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Bevin not a proponent of expanded gambling; says it’s a “sucker’s bet”


The story of the day is the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the federal ban on sports gambling. States that want to offer sports betting are now free to do so, and many are moving quickly to be among the first to get in on the action.

However, here in Kentucky, it will take a change at the top to get the ball rolling in the Bluegrass. Governor Matt Bevin is not a fan of expanded gambling, and though he hasn’t made a statement since the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling, we have a quote from his appearance on Terry Meiners’ radio show last week.

Meiners asked Bevin if he is still against it, to which Bevin said, “I’m personally not a proponent of it. I don’t think there is any political appetite for it, so I’m not alone in that regard, and I don’t see it as a solution. I really don’t.”

“It’s a bit of a sucker’s bet to think that a little bit of money over the next couple hundred years is going to fix a problem that could be remedied by just passing smarter policies and being more thoughtful with respect to the promises we make and the things we do financially in this state.”

You can hear his full comment towards the end of this clip:

While Bevin is opposed, several Kentucky lawmakers have said they will pursue the legalization of sports betting. Among those is Senator Julian Carroll, who pre-filed a bill in the fall to be ready for today’s events, but it did not pass.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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57 responses to “Bevin not a proponent of expanded gambling; says it’s a “sucker’s bet””

  1. Headhurts

    Yeah, and doing nothing isn’t going to fix it, that we’re sure of,that perspective is y the state is in the financial hardship it’s in currently, if u voted for this jackass, I hope people remember next time.

    1. Cletis75

      I am with you. Even as a conservative, I hope this putz is a one termer! Biggest a-hole this state has ever seen. He stands by while neighboring states steal millions in revenue from us with their casinos. I hope the next s#!t he takes is hard and square! What a peckerwood!

    2. Luether

      Gambling is a losers game. It ruins families…

    3. katfan33

      Weak! And who are to tell people how to spend their money.

    4. ksrbluesbrother

      Luether is right. No ones “telling” anyone how to spend their money. For generations, KY has been run by Democrats…generations. Bevin is the first with the courage to begin to “try” to correct it. Only the truly stupid (ignorant or corrupt equally appropriate) would denigrate the man. Yet here we have “Headhurts” doing just that…calling him a “jackass”. So much to be learned from hollow heads like “Headhurts”. You offer so little and your contribution is irrelevant. No one will ever know you were here.

    5. katfan33

      You keep telling yourself that. Whatever helps you sleep at night. Just understand you’re in the minority.

  2. ukkatzfan

    Guessing he has his hand in the pocket of horse racing then.

  3. david8577

    Dear government, stop trying to mandate how people live their life.

    1. Luether

      Tell that to Democ Rats…

    2. katfan33

      Dude, you’re insane!

  4. bd2153

    Nevada no state taxes. But they have gambling and recreational marijuana. Image that. Guide last trip said “thanks for visiting and paying my taxes”.

    1. Catuary

      No income tax is not the same as no tax. In Las Vegas, property tax can exceed 3% and sales tax is over 8%.

  5. Cattington

    Thank you Matt Bevin for being a moral beacon and preventing the government get money for things people would do anyway you out of touch idiot.

    1. katfan33

      I’ll second that!

  6. Bobbum Man

    Cause yeah why would we wanna bring more money into the state, let’s just keep letting the government steal it sounds like a plan

  7. vkcjsf34

    These comments were in regards to casino gaming…not online sports books. He has yet to comment on sports books. I’m personally not in favor of casino gaming either but am OK with sports books. Most of the cons that come from casino gaming do not apply, in my opinion, to a sportsbook. There will be plenty of time for the Bevin bitch fest to continue on this site but let’s at least let him comment on this before digging up a casino gaming quote and applying it to this issue.

  8. Han

    Ah, but the real question is how many innocent children will get raped while their parents are out gambling on sports or in casinos like the filthy commie liberals they are?

    1. katfan33

      This is good! Well done, sir

    2. cats646

      Got the filthy commie liberals part right??

    3. katfan33

      Yawn!

  9. UKWillGetNine

    As a day one Trump train supporter, this is the dumbest move if he doesn’t consider it. I live close to Evansville, and if you circle the parking garage at Tropicana, it’s 80% plus Kentucky plates. All that revenue going to Indiana. That’s been happening for years. And if you have a light understanding of bitcoin, sports gambling is there for the taking. Kentucky could lead the way using horse racing as a catalyst.

  10. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    I’m a conservative with libertarian leanings, so I don’t necessarily disagree with the SCOTUS ruling because I believe it probably should be a state issue and not federal. However, the number of folks commenting on this site who are obsessed with gambling is disturbing, and some of you give fodder to those who are morally opposed like me.

    I have seen no evidence from anyone that tax revenue from gambling has improved education in any state, or lifted people out of poverty in any state. Anecdotally, I have a friend who isn’t anti-gambling, but he will tell you that when he has been to casinos, the VAST majority of those he sees gambling are those who can afford it the least. They’re chasing a rainbow that for 99.9% of them won’t ever be found.

    1. BBN in H-Town

      Meanwhile, thousands of Kentuckians travel a short distance across the river to Indiana, contributing vast amounts of money to Hoosier education and infrastructure.

    2. Cletis75

      I believe in freedom of choice. You can oppose it if you like, I should be able to enjoy it if I so choose. Man, do I love freedom.

    3. Wilfred Smith

      So – you believe in gun rights, gay marriage, legal drugs, low taxes, legal prostitution, and immigration? Sweet.

    4. Cletis75

      If you want proof of tax revenue from gambling improving education and poverty, research Switzerland County Indiana. Was historically one of the poorest counties in the state. Schools and roads were terrible. Since belterra casino came, it is much improved from years before.

    5. Bobbum Man

      I haven’t seen one comment that implies anyone is “obsessed” with gambling… just because people are in favor of it doesn’t mean they’re “obsessed” dramatic much?

    6. Bobbum Man

      This is a ridiculous comment lol, so ur friend who goes to a casinos sees people and presumably just judges them off appearance and decides they can afford it? Does he go speak to and get financial records of everyone at said casino? And that’s what u base ur argument off of? Lol ooooookay…..

    7. cats646

      The funniest thing I’ve seen on here is Cletis75 left his first comment, took 8 minutes to google if tax revenue from gambling improved education and poverty, found one little town in Indiana it helped a little and then acted like he knows what he’s talking about. Ha. What a moron! I’m with you Chris. I also love the fact that if people like you and me voice our opinions, liberals get offended and try to make fun of us. But wait… Isn’t everyone entitled to there own opinion according to liberals? It’s hilarious how hypocritical you leftys are. Smh. Go find something else to whine about.

    8. katfan33

      Boo whoo

    9. cats646

      Dang. Good argument cat fan. I can see that you, just like cletis, are very intelligent. Liberals. Smh

    10. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Wilfred Smith, I think you were addressing Cletis, but just in case, my libertarian leanings are more on the economic side. I’m not with them on 2, 3, 5, & 6 (I’m against *unfettered* immigration that is) that you list.

  11. BBN in H-Town

    This is yet another reason the Bluegrass State continues to lag. Numerous common sense opportunities exist for the taking, yet legislators seemingly defy logic repeatedly.

  12. CoachCat

    The political powers that be are keeping this state from getting ahead. We run a massive deficit yet other states have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes as well as recreational. Millions of tax dollars to be taken in by the state. Indiana and now Ohio make millions in tax revenue with their casinos while our state leaders decide its better to have Kentucky residents fund their coffers instead of ours. Now legalized gambling will be passed up by these idiots while other states will welcome the taxes with open arms. Just seems stupid to me

  13. Irish son

    How in the world did you people vote in this moron? geeeesh

    1. Bobbum Man

      That’s what I’m wondering, it’s truly astounding

    2. katfan33

      Some of us immediately saw through Bevin’s sh!t show. Please don’t blame us smart ones.

    3. Crushgroove

      Much like Obama’s poor policies and leadership led directly to Trump, decades of Dem-controlled KY failures prompted a paradigm change. We were so sick of the left, anything the right offered seemed better and I’m still not sure that decision was wrong, even if you degenerates still can’t gamble in-state. #MAGA

    4. katfan33

      You’re ignorance is astounding. Why don’t you just come out and say what you really want about President Obama. Just say it!!!

    5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      katfan, since you oppose Trump then you hate all whites. Is that fair of me to say? I’m as conservative as they come and you know nothing about me and what is in my heart. If I can’t oppose a man’s policies without you assuming racism, then the problem is yours my friend.

    6. cats646

      It’s ok Chris. Katfan doesn’t understand simple logic. He thinks if you say anything against democrats then your a total racist. That’s what all liberals say these days because that’s the only argument there simple animal like minds can come up with.

  14. Trevathan

    he said “god” and they all voted.

  15. Lex Commenter

    Kinda weak to dig up last week’s quote. The Bevin bashing is a little ridiculous. Even the teacher quote was taken out of context. Bevin was talking about how, if tons of teachers across a whole state just don’t show up for work one day without prior or planned notice, then that can be disastrous for some children who come from homes without the best support system for the kids. But take that out of context and it’s easy to make it sound insane.

    1. CoachCat

      You must be joking. Let’s try a easy one. Didn’t he buy a $3m property for 1.5m and then give the owner of said house a government appointment?

    2. Cattington

      Maybe because it was insane.

    3. cats646

      Now let’s try this one coach cat, some guy offers you a 3million dollar piece of property for half that price if you give him a job. Do you take it? Leave your answer below. And be honest, God is watching.

    4. katfan33

      No, of course not. Anyone can see that no good could come from that. It’s simple common sense.

    5. cats646

      You literally are insane aren’t you?

    6. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      Lex Commenter, I have to differ with you on the teacher quote at least somewhat. Even if it was taken out of context, you should know a statement like that is only going to get you shredded. He should have just stuck to the issue.

  16. BCO

    We do need to legalize something in Kentucky but this ain’t it. #420

    1. katfan33

      Why not both?

  17. rlburd2

    Julian Carol is that dude who was demanding bj’s from young guy interns, right?

    1. DelrayCat

      Yeah right…that sounds accurate for most 86 year olds doesn’t it? shm
      Sounds more like a right-wing fake news hit job on one of the last great politicians with a little integrity left in Frankfort. Had there been any truth to it, he would have retired.

  18. chris43

    What a DUMB ASS!!! Need to vote him out ASAP!

  19. Ninjashock

    The only sucker’s bet I see is Bevin’s reelection bid.

  20. CoachCat

    Cats646. Answer to your question is No. Personally I wouldn’t use my new office as Governor to trade a house for a job. Seems like a good way to loose votes

  21. Witnessedd

    Make weed legal