'Gambling' on your candidate


Tuesday, November 4th 2008, 12:25 pm
By: News 9


By Darren Brown, News9.com INsite team

ANADARKO, OK -- On this historic election day, all Americans are urged to get out and vote.  It's your one chance to make your voice heard.

But what if you had two chances, or three or four?  What if you really could vote early, and vote often?

You can do just that at Gold River Casino in Anadarko.  The casino is currently running a "Pick a President" promotion.  Commemorative player club cards, with Obama's and McCain's faces are bering used to "vote" at the casino.

Customers swipe their cards in Gold River's "voting booth" and pick their candidate.  Then while they play the machines, the points earned become votes for either McCain or Obama.  All the while, the casino keeps a runing tally overhead. 

But here's the kicker...you can change your vote.

"At any point in time, the customers can take their card back to the voting booth, and they can flip-flop from day to day--so they don't have to be married to any one candidate throughout the promotion," Said Michael McClane, Gold River's General Manager.

And on election day, there's $10,000 headed the voters' way. 

"The $10,000 is more or less spread amongst a lot of different people--it's not going to just one individual," said McClane.  "We're taking the Obama approach."