Leah Scott: What Is The Gaming Board Doing?

May 29, 2019

“According to the Official Gazette the Government has announced the Board of the Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission – but with no prospect of gaming soon, what is it doing,” Deputy OBA Leader Leah Scott asked today.

Ms Scott said, “What are they being paid to be board members? What is their mandate now? Are they taking instructions direct from the Minister or are they being allowed to operate independently?

Screenshot of the official notice:

Board Bermuda Casino Gaming Commission

“What is the status of getting a new Executive Director to replace Richard Schuetz who left almost 18 months ago? Is there a replacement for the Commission’s General Counsel Deborah Blakeney who left earlier this year?

“Casinos could have provided some jobs for Bermudians, instead we have nothing. It is yet another lost opportunity by this Government.”

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  1. Joe Bloggs says:

    “It is yet another lost opportunity by this Government.”

    Is it, Leah? Or was it always pie in the sky. No correspondent bank doing business with any of the 4 Bermuda banks wants to touch the proceeds of gambling in Bermuda. As you should know, there are a number of reasons for that.

    So it is a lost opportunity or is it simply pie in the sky that will never materialize?

    • Question says:

      All hope was lost when Schuetz left and then failed to replace him. The PLP dropped the ball again. Distracted with Arbitrade. They like shiney things.

    • wahoo says:

      So you are saying that the present government are wasting their time and our money on a “pie in the sky” deal? That does sound like them now that you mention it (Arbitrade comes to mind and $1.7M bus schedule come immediately to mind). Nice try at least you didn’t say jetgate or 25-11.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        Actually, I was not saying anything about the present PLP Government or the former OBA Government or the previous PLP Government. I was simply making that point that organised gambling in Bermuda is pie in the sky as long as there are no banks to deal with the proceeds of organised gambling.

    • Red rose says:

      The regulations were done under dunch (watch the bernews interview with him) but the plp started all over again and ….

    • Pork & Bean says:

      JOE BLOGGS. Every other country in the world has managed to figure the banking issue out! If the PLP can’t then shut the idea down, wave the white flag and leave it alone until there is a competent person or government in place.

      Furthermore, if the PLP truly believe in the strength and future of fintech, why aren’t they suggesting one of the cryptocurrency banking options?

      Things that make you go hmmm.

      • Joe Bloggs says:

        Countries do not “figure the banking issue” unless a country starts its own commercial bank.

        And it is not necessarily the banks in Bermuda that are the problem, it is what are called “correspondent banks” abroad, over which the Bermuda Government has no authority or control.

        This is not news, this has been widely reported for some years now.

  2. 2 Bermudas says:

    Pee El Pee!! Pee El Pee!! Making Bermudians worse off since 1998!! Hahahaha!! 25-11!!!

    • Getafix says:

      Hey hey, have a sip of this and you will be just fine.

    • Swing voter#989 says:

      Did the obaUBPeeeee find more surrogates yet. 25 plp 11 obaUBPee will be happening yet again if you don’t, but it didn’t help you last time either.

  3. Red rose says:

    Those jobs for bermudians that could have been created. Ah well.

  4. Kevin says:

    Its is yet proof again of a group (plp) who don’t know what they are doing , they don’t possess the ability to progress gaming , hell they cant get a bus schedule to work , can’t get a trash pick up schedule to work …yet I hear 25 -11 that only shows that those who voted for them don’t have a clue either.
    Great job plp voters you can also take credit for our current situation
    and guess what if you vote them in again you are only sealing Bermuda to a 4th world status –

    The PLP must RESIGN

  5. Trump supporter says:

    Collecting a check like a bunch of other, JUST COLLECTING.

  6. kevin says:

    It doesn’t matter if the subject is
    Tourism Gaming and its progression or not
    Transportation ( Bus schedule and now operator dispute)
    Public Works Trash Collection
    Education School closing
    Health Increased cost of health care brought on by Gov initiative
    Human rights about to spend over 3 million on trying to curb human rights going to the privy counsel
    PLP MUST RESIGN they are lost and haven’t the ability to govern

  7. amstel light says:

    getting paid well to do jack sh** while you and i struggle. thanks PLP for nothing

  8. La Verdad says:

    Once again, paid oba hackers spewing their hatred for the PLP. Go back to sleep. Gambling is bad news for Bermuda. I hope it never materializes.

  9. PBanks says:

    Would’ve been cheaper for the OBA to have stuck with their pledge of a referendum on this, instead of 7 years later a bunch of $ down the drain and things totally stagnant. PLP should just cut our (the Bermudian public’s) losses and move on.

  10. lav says:

    “Would’ve been cheaper for the OBA to have stuck with their pledge of a referendum”

    No one cares enough to be bothered to vote