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Having a Casino/resort built in Nashville?

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Since a lot of  there's a lot tourism in Nashville wouldn't this be a good supplement with "the diner" and "broadway"? Also with the influx of bachelorette parties wouldn't it increase tourism and the economy? 

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I think they’re illegal, outside of Indian reservations (but I don’t know of any Indian casinos in Tennessee). I think in some states they’re legal as long as it’s not on land (riverboat casinos, casinos built over water, etc), but I’m sure if that was the case here someone in Memphis or Nashville would have tried it already. 

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We're allowed to bet on horse racing and lotteries. Kind of ironic, but having one specific building only for gambling would be cool. I never understood the reasoning behind the nick name Nashvegas if we don't have any gambling available. 

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Gambling is not allowed in Tennessee per the state constitution with the exception of the lottery which was allowed by amendment to the constitution several years ago.  Casinos are not allowed.

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If casinos ever became legal, I'd be willing to bet Pigeon Forge would be the Vegas of the East.  You can tell they're just itching to make that strip nothing but neon and go carts.

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1 hour ago, cottontown said:

Gambling is not allowed in Tennessee per the state constitution with the exception of the lottery which was allowed by amendment to the constitution several years ago.  Casinos are not allowed.

Correct, Cottontown.  And welcome to the forum!  Hope you can make it to one of our meet-ups that happen on the first Saturday of each month.  : )

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1 hour ago, MagicPotato said:

 I never understood the reasoning behind the nick name Nashvegas if we don't have any gambling available. 

I can promise you that natives from Nashville didn't come up with that nickname, and most that I know hate the term.

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To be honest I wouldn’t want casinos in Nashville. I mean, if they could be limited to one geographic spot outside of downtown, or if only one casino received a license to operate, I’d be ok, but otherwise they’d just take over Nashville, particularly downtown. 

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Casinos are actually illegal as well in Mississippi even though you have them in Tunica, Biloxi, etc. They did it the clever way, though......they’re all on barges on water, casinos are only illegal on land.

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19 minutes ago, jmtunafish said:

I cannot think of anything that would be worse for Nashville than casinos.  Why would we even entertain the thought?  Nashville is doing just fine, thank you.

Eh, he’s just speculating. I’ve done the same at times, but the negatives just outweigh the positives. 

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2 hours ago, jmtunafish said:

I cannot think of anything that would be worse for Nashville than casinos.  Why would we even entertain the thought?  Nashville is doing just fine, thank you.

Exactly. End of story.

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NO. Just NO. We are doing just fine without them. Having previously lived near casinos and I have friends working for casinos,,,,,,NO

Casinos bring a major negative people element that would be bad for Nashville's image. Casinos will pay their employees a decent (never high) wage designed to suck the workers off lower Broadway.

Also, all profits would go to Las Vegas casinos, because they will be the ones to quickly open casinos the day they would become legal. ALL other states with casinos are the proof. Let's keep those dollars in Nashville!!!!!!

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I totally agree that Nashville doesnt need them, because they would just suck people away from downtown and negatively affect the unique vibe Nashville has spent years creating. 

However, I do think some are vastly overstating the negative effect they have on some other communities.  

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Unfortunately, I remember reading years ago that Carl Icahn was holding on to the scrapyard property with the hope that casinos would be legalized someday. He is into casinos, apparently.

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Yeah,  agree. I was thinking of an economics stand point from all the bachelorette parties and tourism.  It will supplement well with those two factors, but bring in a lot negative aspects too.

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