Predatory gambling is the practice of using gambling to prey on human weakness for profit. For-profit gambling, or commercial gambling, is illegal unless the government makes it legal. Where you have legal gambling the government has given its support and in nearly every instance operates in partnership with gambling interests, whether in the form of state lotteries, commercial casinos or tribal casinos.
How is government’s predatory gambling program different than social gambling like the office Super Bowl pool or a Friday night poker game with the guys in the neighborhood?
1) The speed of the games.
2) The “buzz” or high people get when they play.
3) The frequency of gambling and the length of time doing it.
4) The amount of money people lose.
5) The business practices used to promote it.