Smoking ban helps push gaming revenues down 18%

MontanaSmokingBanSmoke ’em if you got ’em, but if you’re in Montana, do it outside and far away from the video gaming machines. State video gambling tax receipts dropped 18% in the last quarter of 2009, and much of the blame is being placed on the recent ban on smoking in bars and casinos. Here’s an idea — embed gaming machines in the exterior walls of the venue, like they do with ATM’s. You’re welcome. Read more.