The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast. These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or firstname.lastname@example.org) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need. Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
The IRE Resource Center is a major research library containing more than 23,250 investigative stories — both print and broadcast.
These stories are searchable online or by contacting the Resource Center directly (573-882-3364 or email@example.com) where a researcher can help you pinpoint what you need.
Browse or search the tipsheet section of our library below. Stories are not available for download but can be easily ordered by contacting the Resource Center:
Search results for "slot machines" ...
This investigation reveals how pervasive illegal video gambling is in Indiana and Kentucky and why it is largely overlooked and unofficially tolerated. The stories also explore the effect such unregulated gambling is having on people's lives. Prosecutors in Indiana cite the long odds of winning any convictions if they try to prosecute the bars and truck stops that own the gambling machines because Indiana has legalized casino gambling. The machines themselves pay out at about 55 to 60 cents per dollar compared with 80 to 93 cents per dollar at regulated, legal casinos.
The Vecernji list (Croatia) digs into the assignation of the Croatian mobster and "king of the poker slot machines" Vjeko Slisko, but discovers a lot more about his assassin, James Cappau. Cappau, according to his mother, was the son of Josip Broz Tito, the former Yugoslav president. The investigation uncovered documents linking Cappeau with arms smuggling to ultranationalist groups in France and Chechnya and the sale of a satellite phone for Dzohar Dudaev, the Chechen leader. (A Russian spy satellite intercepted a call from the phone and killed Dudaev.)
High Rollers: At Riverboat Casinos, The Free Drinks Come With a Tragic Toll; Drunken Patrons Hit the Road and Cause Fatal Crashes; The Lawsuits Pile Up; No Help from Mr. O'Lucky
A Wall Street Journal investigation of riverboat casinos in rural areas reveals that most have a free drink policy that owners know contributes to drunk driving accidents. The Wall Street Journal was "able to prove that riverboat casinos, in pursuit of higher profits, plied patrons with free alcoholic drinks, often got them drunk, then allowed them to drive away. We showed that, because of the rural location of most riverboats, this policy often lead to fatal accidents; that the casinos knew of these accidents; and that they knew free alcohol helped impair the judgement of gamblers, thus tipping the odds in their favor."
A Des Moines Register investigation revealed that Polk County board members often "go home early on weekdays to run personal errands -- which for one includes playing golf and slot machines -- despite claims that they typically work all day." With a $68,313 yearly salary, Polk County board members are among the highest-paid supervisors in US counties of similar size.
This was a two part investigation into illegal gambling at about a dozen eating and drinking establishments in Northeast Kansas City. KSHB-TV learned that at these bars and restaurants are operating casino-type gambling operations through the use of Las Vegas-style video slot machines. Customers are paid off according to how many credits they earn by winning poker hands dealt by the machines or by combinations of objects that appear on the screen. This gaming activity is illegal because it is unauthorized, unregulated and untaxed according to laws and rules set forth by the Missouri Gaming Commission. (Nov. 2 & 3, 1995)