A Black Woman's Reflections on Casino Gambling

January 3, 2014

(Un)Happy New Year, Alicia Denice Brown!

Filed under: black women and gambling,gambling addictions — Sandy Adell @ 12:00 p01

For those of you who’ve made a New Year’s resolution to stop gambling, perhaps the arrest on New Year’s Eve of Alicia Denice Brown will be an incentive to stick by that resolution and get help doing so if you feel you need it.

According to authorities, Alicia left her four-year old daughter in her SUV for more than eight hours while she gambled in the Maryland Live! Casino in Hanover, Maryland.

There have been many reported incidents of people leaving their children in their vehicles while they went gambling. And each time, the public is outraged, as we should be. But it’s important to remember that this would not be happening if casinos weren’t overpopulating our landscape.

This in no way excuses Alicia Denice Brown’s behavior. What she did deserves to be punished. For now, her daughter has been placed in the custody of a responsible relative. She was arrested and released on bail.  That she is African American might be a wake-up call to the black community and other communities of color to rally against the continuing expansion of casino and internet gambling. As I’ve said again and again, casino gambling is not a victimless form of entertainment. It is turning otherwise responsible people into gambling addicts.

I hope Alicia gets the help she needs. Unless she is just an evil person who does not care about her child, she can put this behind her, but she will need to face the fact that her behavior is probably symptomatic of how seriously she is addicted to gambling.




  1. Thank you for this post about this persistent symptom of gambling addiction. I’d like to add a thought. Here in Philly, the state (with Mayor Nutter’s support) is considering applicants for a 2nd casino. Two of the applicants are downtown and they are proposing to use nearby parking garages. While some casinos in PA patrol their parking lots to look for children left in cars, I fear that this monitoring might not be as effective when it’s an offsite parking garage not owned by the casino. I intend to write the State and City to ask them to consider imposing monitoring requirements.

    Comment by Paul Boni — January 3, 2014 @ 12:00 p01 | Reply

    • Perhaps this story about Alicia Denice Brown might get them to thinking. This child was fortunate, but others might not be so.

      Thanks for your response.


      Comment by Sandy Adell — January 3, 2014 @ 12:00 p01 | Reply

  2. I happen to know the accused and her daughter. While she made an inexcusable choice to leave her daughter in a cold car, she is a very successfull college educated black woman who happens to have some severe psychological issues. She was actually in the mall the majority of the time and is not addicted to gambling as the news outlets would make it seem. Please do not use the actions of a very mentally unhealthy person to push anti gaming propaganda.

    Comment by Mike — January 5, 2014 @ 12:00 p01 | Reply

    • Mike, Your final phrase leads me to question your overall message. I don’t think that anyone who uses the word “gaming” does so accidentally. And, if all you’re trying to do is to simply set the record straight about the person you know, there’s no reason to deride this blog as “propaganda.”

      Comment by Paul Boni — January 5, 2014 @ 12:00 p01 | Reply

      • Thanks for your comments, Paul, and for supporting what I’m trying to accomplish with this blog.


        Comment by Sandy Adell — January 5, 2014 @ 12:00 p01

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