Advertisement

Hart supports slots in Maryland

December 12, 2004

Slot machines are dangerous for gambling addicts, but they belong in Maryland, Ben Hart said.

"Because that happened to me doesn't necessarily mean it's going to happen to a vast majority of the people," said Hart, whose addiction to gambling at Charles Town Races & Slots led him to steal, over time, more than $15,000 from his employer, the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

He thinks his addictive behavior is hereditary.

Maryland is "making a huge mistake" by not competing with nearby states with legalized slots, mainly West Virginia, Hart said.

"Gambling has become an American way of life" - and of tourism, he said.

- Andrew Schotz

Advertisement
The Herald-Mail Articles
|
|
|