Gambling in DC

Anyone who has been keeping up with DC news lately knows there is currently a controversy brewing over bringing legalized gambling (slots) to the district. The group trying to get the slots initiative on the ballot are having problems with the petitions they turned in.
How different would DC be, if gambling was legalized? I cannot imagine large casinos operating in the district–it just wouldn’t fit in well with the family tourist thing, not to mention school trips. The 24/7-ness of Vegas-style casinos would not happen here. However, I could imagine several smaller places where people could go & play a round of poker, as an alternative to a happy hour or an ESPN Zone. What do you think: would legalized gambling have a deleterious effect on DC residents or the tourism economy of the district?

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