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New MA study on citizen addiction to state-sanctioned gambling will lead to nowhere

Most lottery profits are extracted from daily lottery players. Gambling addiction studies like this one create the public appearance that state governments and problem gambling councils are helping the millions of Americans who are being harmed by state-sanctioned gambling. But… Read more

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More than 500,000 Michigan citizens called the state’s gambling addiction hotline number

More than 500,000 Michigan citizens called the state’s hotline number because they’re being hurt by state-sanctioned commercialized gambling. It’s one of the many ways that state-sanctioned gambling has been a spectacular failure. http://wwmt.com/news/local/thousands-calling-michigan-gambling-helpline-as-state-fights-addictions  

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Gambling addicts made more than a million pleas for bookies and online casinos to ban them last year

American predatory gambling operators often point to the UK as a “model” when lobbying for more government-sanctioned gambling. Below is one example of how it has been a spectacular failure. Gambling addicts made more than a million pleas for bookies… Read more

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Do casinos improve lives? The Atlantic forcefully says no

The Atlantic, one of America’s most influential magazines, has ripped the curtain off predatory gambling in its December edition. It’s one of the most compelling and revealing stories ever written about the issue. Please read it and then share it… Read more

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The Casino Trap for the Elderly

There is no doubt that casinos target the elderly. Seniors have access to money until they run out. They respond positively to attention they do not get at home. They come during the day which is often a slack time… Read more

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Gambling kills one Australian pre Day

Australians spend A$761 per capita per year on gambling, the highest rate in the world. As a result nearly 400 per year commit suicide over gambling debt. Australians spent A$23 BILLION last year, over half of it on slot machines…. Read more

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Are 12 Step programs successful?

There has been controversy over how successful 12 step programs are. Early proponents claimed that they were as high as 50%. Some critics have suggested they are ineffective, helping only 5% overcome an addiction. There are many 12 step programs… Read more

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Why Sheldon Adelson Opposes DFS

Sheldon Adelson is the owner of the largest gambling empire in Las Vegas, the Sands. He is the main mover behind the $1.9 billion football stadium planned for Las Vegas and the move of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas…. Read more

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Types of Legal Gambling and the rates of Gambling Behaviors

The June 2016 issue of the Journal of Gambling Studies carried an article about the relationship between availability of legal gambling and gambling problems. Five authors contributed to the article and the results were pretty much what you would expect…. Read more

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Italy Expands Gambling and Damages Economy

Italy provides a cautionary tale about where the ever expanding American gambling efforts are leading us: recession and a gambling addiction disaster are the end result. Italy has reached the desperation point after two decades of expanding gambling. At first… Read more

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Italy Expands Gaming and Damages Economy

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Italy Expands Gambling and Damages the Economy

Italy provides a cautionary tale about where the ever expanding American gambling efforts are leading us: recession and a gambling addiction disaster are the end result. Italy has reached the desperation point after two decades of expanding gambling. At first… Read more

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Comments on workplace theft

A new study has been conducted of workplace theft in Australia. A special focus of the study was of medium sized businesses where the theft involved cash, electronic fund transfers and false invoices for goods never received. Fast growing businesses… Read more

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Australian Sports Betting

Sports betting is legal in Australia, unlike the US where it is legal in only four states, although widely practiced in many other states by means of fantasy sports sites. In Australia, as a result, there are serious concerns about… Read more

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New gambling for kids

Now we have a “weird” new $2.3 billion gambling game involving garish virtual assault rifles. The latest scandal involves “video game weapon skins” available to any age including kids using parents credit cards. The video gaming world based on “Counter-Strike:… Read more

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Kids and Simulated Gambling Games

Australia is frequently ahead of the US in developing gambling problems, because gambling is so readily available there. The latest report from the Australian Gambling Research Centre   indicates the popularity of simulated gambling games has been growing, with a third… Read more

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Illinois Creates Addicts

Back in October 2015 Keith Whyte, director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, called the Illinois video gambling law ”perhaps the worst model for legalized gambling in the country right now.” Whyte further pointed out that there is no… Read more

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Most Gambling Addicted States

WalletHub.com has published its evaluation of the states that are most gambling addicted. Not surprisingly Nevada, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Jersey made the top seven. But there were a few surprises in the top ten. WalletHub.com used 13 key… Read more

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Self-Exclusion Programs used too little

Do casino self-exclusion programs really help people who are addicted, or are they window dressing to make the casinos look like they are doing something to help the addicted. Over the last seven years there have been several useful studies,… Read more

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Citigroup shuts off Fantasy Games

CITIGROUP AND FANTASY GAMES On February 5, 2016 announced it was blocking payments from credit and debit cards to FanDuels and DraftKings fantasy sports game sites from New York patrons. The New York attorney general has declared the sites to… Read more

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Suicide

SUICIDE AAmericans do not want to face the ugly side of gambling. One of the hidden side effects of gambling is suicide. Here in the US we do not even collect information about suicide and gambling. They do in Canada…. Read more

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DraftKings and Exclusion Lists

DraftKings has finally admitted that it is a gambling game and not a game of skill. Since more than 90% of the winning is done by less than 10% of the players who use special computer based algorithms to pick… Read more

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Australian Pokies

Gambling opponents in Australia are trying a new approach. The government and the casinos are pushing the “Gamble Responsibly” message which implies that the problem is a few irresponsible people that are causing the addiction problems with basically harmless machines…. Read more

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Illinois Lottery Mess

Many of us have read about the road fund mess in Illinois that is beyond the ability of the state to fix. Then came the Great Budget Impasse of 2015 (since July15). The legislature has been deadlocked and is months… Read more

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Growth of Bankruptcy

The connection between the opening of a new casino and the increase in the number of bankruptcies has been hotly debated for over a decade. On the one side is the American Gaming Association, the lobbying arm of the casinos… Read more

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Video Debate renewed in St, Charles, Illinois

A year ago St. Charles, Illinois town Aldermen would not even discuss allowing video gambling in a town that prides itself in being family friendly. On August 1 the topic came up again in a fashion that once again showed… Read more

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Current Statistics

I went to the eye surgeon yesterday, and while his assistant was doing the preliminary refraction of my eye so I could get a new lens for my right eye (the one with four surgeries) we fell into conversation about… Read more

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South Dakota Tribal Marijuana Center

The Flambeau tribe in South Dakota thinks it has discovered a new revenue stream as fruitful as its gambling casino. The tribe has legalized marijuana, even though the state has not, raising a new complication between the Interior Department and… Read more

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Abandoned children while parents gamble

For over 20 years stories of children left unattended in cars while a parent or guardian gambled in a nearby casino have made the news. As Illinois has invested its hope for more tax money in placing up to five… Read more

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The growth of pathological gamblers

How do gambling advocates get away with saying with pride that the percentage of pathological gamblers has remained at 1.5% for decades? It is really quite simple. They may be correct that the percentage of “active” pathological gamblers is from… Read more

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Gambling and Hypnosis

Treatment of “disordered” gamblers does not get enough attention. Since most states have chronic budget problems, many of them have looked at the money for treatment of addicted gamblers and either reduced or eliminated it. Much of the research about… Read more

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The basic dishonesty of “Responsible Gaming”

Casino representatives claim that the casinos “take addiction seriously.” The evidence points in another direction. One bit of evidence is the location of “Responsible Gambling” information on websites. On many casinos websites it is difficult or impossible to find the… Read more

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Is day trading fading

About 15 years ago there was a rising tide of concern over compulsive gamblers getting hooked on day trading of stocks. The fear among those who treated gamblers was that day trading fed the worst kind of addictions, and that… Read more

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Effects of Gambling Parents

  Gambling treatment specialists have long suspected that having parents who were disordered gamblers increased the probability that the children would have gambling problems. The difficulty has been to figure out whether the connection was genetic, or environmental..   A… Read more

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About Gamblers Anonymous

Many people have heard of Alcoholics Anonymous which is a 12 step program to assist people in overcoming alcoholism, With a good dose of will power this program has helped tens of thousands. Gamblers Anonymous is a similar organization for… Read more

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The relation of casinos to divorce

Today we return to the abc’s of gambling addiction.  The topic is divorce.  Scholars have established that pathological  (or disordered) gambling results in extreme financial stress on the gambler and his or her family.  Financial stress is one of the… Read more

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Addictive gambling and health problems

One of the least noticed aspects of gambling addiction is the impact upon health.  The economic effects like bankruptcy and foreclosure are well known, and the social effects like divorce receive attention, but the health effects are neglected.,  So far,… Read more

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Gambling Addiction notes

The unraveling of the moral fabric of our nation is evident from the attitude toward gambling addiction.  Gambling is different from most other addictions in several ways. Gambling addiction is more hidden. Families cover it up, and often bail out… Read more

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Problem Gambling Under the Radar

One reason that gambling problems are often minimized is that they are often not obvious.  An interview with Al Antle of the Credit Counselling Service of Newfoundland and Labrador revealed several of them.  One reason is that the wealthy are… Read more

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Columbia School of Public Health publishes major story on impacts of casinos and lotteries

The Columbia School of Public Health published a major national story about the massive public health impacts of government-sponsored casinos and lotteries. Investigated by Elaine Meyer, it spotlights how predatory gambling is harming millions of Americans and the communities they… Read more

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