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Gambling in New Mexico: The Big Bet

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About This Series
(Originally published January 2005)

    DAY ONE: Gambling explodes after New Mexico takes a chance
    DAY TWO: Lottery sales are booming
    DAY THREE: A slot subsidy revs up horse racing
    DAY FOUR: Casino baron is a friend of Gov. Bill Richardson
    DAY FIVE: Problem gamblers are left largely to chance
    DAY SIX: The economic winners and losers of gambling
    DAY SEVEN: Regulation, New Mexico-style: Casinos, hot dogs and pizza parlors
    DAY EIGHT: Another crossroads


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    The first state-tribal agreements to legalize Indian casinos were signed 10 years ago next month. New Mexico has now had slot machines at horse-racing tracks for more than five years. In its eight-day series "The Big Bet," the Journal looks at the gambling industry in New Mexico and how it affects our pocketbooks, our neighbors and our communities.
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