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Richard Caborn: Gambling within sport a serious problem – ESPN FC

Dan Le Batard comments on Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating during Sutton’s FA Cup match against Arsenal. Wayne Shaw steals the show in the FA Cup, Conan O’Brien joins Gio dos Santos and more in The Sweeper.

Former sports minister Richard Caborn labelled gambling within sport a “serious problem” after Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating stunt in Sutton’s FA Cup clash with Arsenal.

The 46-year-old reserve goalkeeper handed in his resignation on Tuesday as he prompted a betting probe after he was shown on television tucking into the snack towards the end of the 2-0 loss.

Discussing gambling within sport on BBC Radio 5 live, Caborn said: “It is a serious problem. People are jesting about it, particularly the incident the other night, but there’s a very serious question underlying this, and the responsibility of the gambling industry itself.

“It’s not just football — we’ve seen what’s happened in cricket, in snooker. You can in many sports.

“This is an area of some concern about the integrity of sport. If we are going to see the central point, as an ex-sports minister, I would be saying, ‘The integrity of sport is absolute — it should not be compromised.’

“We’ve seen that, whether it’s been in anti-doping, now gambling — you don’t have to throw the result, but you are creating a situation which is not fair on the playing field.”

Sutton held their own against a strong Arsenal side, only for manager Paul Doswell to be left dealing with the fallout of Shaw’s antics.

The departing keeper admitted after the match he was aware Sun Bets — who also sponsored Sutton’s shirts for the night — were offering 8-1 on him to be shown eating in the dugout during the game.

Both the Football Association and Gambling Commission announced independent investigations into the stunt, which Doswell felt had taken something away from his players on the biggest night of most of their careers.

“Wayne has offered his resignation to the chairman this afternoon and that has been accepted. It’s a very sad end to what was a very good story,” he said.

“He’s absolutely devastated — tears down the phone this afternoon. There’s no joy and nothing good coming out of this particular situation for him.

“It’s taken the gloss off my players’ performance and gone on to something it shouldn’t have gone on to. I feel very sorry for the players in many regards that that spotlight has been taken away from them.

“It was an honest error but one that’s had quite sad ramifications. Wayne’s been swept along with what’s happened in this last three or four weeks.”

The FA announced on Tuesday that it will launch an inquiry to determine whether Shaw breached its gambling regulations.

There could also be fall-out for the bookmakers, with the Gambling Commission confirming its own investigation into the incident to decide whether Sun Bets had breached its licence requirement by offering such a bet in the first instance.

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Gambling Commission believes insider betting is rife within football – ESPN FC

The gambling commission believes betting breaches are widespread.

Former FIFA and Interpol adviser Chris Eaton has told BBC Sport that 53 footballers that have been reported for breaching betting rules are only “the tip of the iceberg.”

Eaton, who is now a sport integrity expert, added that only “naive or careless players” would be caught and highlighted specifically ones who use their own name and account.

BBC Sport obtained the numbers from the Gambling Commission’s Sports Betting Intelligence Unit (SBIU) after making a Freedom of Information request.

SBIU confirmed it received 53 allegations of footballers placing bets on matches between Aug. 1, 2014 and Dec. 23, 2016, but that figure is reported to relate to uncorroborated reports rather than confirmed instances of rule breaking.

However, SBIU also confirmed more alleged breaches were being investigated as a result of its own intelligence work.

As a measure against corruption in football, new rules came into effect as of August 2014 that applied to not just players but anyone involved in football.

Wayne Shaw, who was asked to resign from his position as Sutton United goalkeeper and fitness coach, is one player currently being investigated following a potential breach of betting rules.

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.

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Bill to raise funding for problem gambling draws no opposition – Las Vegas Review-Journal

CARSON CITY A bill that would significantly increase the amount of funding available to address problem gambling in Nevada saw no opposition Wednesday during a Senate committee hearing.

Senate Bill 120 would increase funding from the approximately $1.8 million in fiscal year 2018 in Gov. Brian Sandovals proposed 2017-19 budget to as much as $2.8 million a year.

Anthony Cabot, a member of the Advisory Committee on Problem Gambling, said the current revenue comes from a $2 fee on slot machines. But the number of machines has been declining, reducing the amount of money available for the program.

The bill would change the source of funding from the $2 per slot machine fee to a set amount of license fees that would see an annual increase for inflation.

The change would end the link to the number of slot machines and provide for a more stable funding source going forward, Cabot told the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services.

Sen. Tick Segerblom, one of two sponsors of the bill, said the gaming industry is supportive of the bill.

Nevada is a live and let live state but it also needs to support programs for people who suffer from addictive behaviors, he said.

There was no testimony in opposition to the bill during the hearing. No immediate action was taken on the bill.

Cabot said the original legislation approved in 2005 opted for the $2 per slot tax with the belief that the number of machines would continue to increase over time. But the number of slot machines has declined by 50,000 in that time, reducing the revenue to combat problem gambling, he said.

Slot fees from the current program are estimated at about $1.3 million a year for the coming two years.

Denise Quirk, chairwoman of the advisory committee, said the fees have been as low as $800,000 a year during lean times in Nevada.

Nevada is a leader in global gaming and the state should also be a leader in reducing problem gambling, she said. The state has the second highest incidence of problem gambling in the nation, Quirk said. An estimated 142,000 Nevada residents are problem gamblers.

The funding change would mean about $1 per capita to combat problem gambling, up from the current 60 cents, she said. Nevada is among the states with the lowest funding for such programs, with Delaware at $1.40 per capita and Oregon at $1.30, according to information provided to the committee.

The funds go to various programs administered by the state Department of Health and Human Services that address several areas, including prevention and research.

The bill also proposes to change the composition of the advisory committee to include additional professionals who can participate in the effort to combat the problem.

Contact Sean Whaley at swhaley@reviewjournal.com or 775-461-3820. Follow @seanw801 on Twitter.

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MGM Resorts will launch responsible gambling program at all its US … – Las Vegas Review-Journal

MGM Resorts International by the end of the year will introduce a new program to reinforce responsible gambling among its players in a bid to normalize the conversation about compulsive play.

The company on Wednesday is announcing a partnership with the British Columbia Lottery Corp. to license its GameSense responsible gambling program at all of MGMs U.S. properties, including its 10 Las Vegas resorts.

MGM also will donate $1 million over five years to UNLVs International Gaming Institute to conduct research on compulsive gambling using data collected through the GameSense program.

UNLV will share its findings with compulsive gambling researchers at the University of British Columbia and Harvard University with whom UNLV has had long-term relationships.

Addiction experts say about 2.5 million gamblers suffer a compulsive gambling disorder, with 3 million more considered problem gamblers and 15 million more at risk of becoming problem gamblers. Thats about 2.9 percent of the adult gambling population, although percentages are greater in Nevada where its estimated that between 2.2 percent and 3.6 percent of players suffer some form of addiction.

DEFINING COMPULSIVE GAMBLING

Compulsive gambling is defined as having a preoccupation with gambling and the uncontrollable urge to gamble despite the negative consequences it may produce. Addicts often play to recover their losses and will lie, steal and cheat to support their habit.

When MGM was licensed to build its MGM Springfield resort, due to open next year in Springfield, Massachusetts, the states gaming regulators ordered MGM to institute GameSense at the property as a condition of licensing. When MGM reviewed the program, executives were so impressed with it that they decided to integrate it in all its U.S. locations.

Initially, MGM will set up signage and kiosks at its properties with personnel to counsel players about addictive gambling behaviors. As the program develops, MGM officials hope to integrate it into the companys mLife loyalty card program to enable players to set time and spending limits on play to alert them when they are approaching the levels they set.

The partnership announcement was scheduled to be made Wednesday afternoon at the three-day New Horizons in Responsible Gambling conference in Vancouver.

OK TO STOP

Alan Feldman, executive vice president of global government and industry affairs for MGM, said the core of GameSense is reinforcing healthy gambling behavior.

If the customer believes that this program is the problem-gambling police coming to get you, theyre going to run and hide, Feldman said in a telephone interview. If the public, on the other hand, sees this as were just here to remind you that youre supposed to be having fun, it should help.

If at any moment its not fun and its not affordable, its totally OK to stop, Feldman said. Were not going to be upset. Were going to still appreciate you and value you as a customer, in fact, maybe even more because youve made that decision and good for you.

Feldman said GameSense signage and collateral material giving facts about gambling and slot machines will be available on the casino floor. He said its too early to determine how many GameSense advisers will be hired, but he added the company is planning for 24/7 coverage and the size of a casino floor may determine how many advisers there will be.

BETTER INFORMED CHOICES

For the British Columbia Lottery Corp., which operates GameSense in Canadas casinos as well as in lottery ticket sales locations, the company will receive an undisclosed licensing fee from MGM as well as a relationship with a well-known U.S. operator.

The use of the system at MGM properties should help enhance the effectiveness of the program, said Jim Lightbody, president and CEO of the British Columbia Lottery Corp.

Lightbody said the GameSense concept is to be more inviting and transparent with players to encourage them to make better informed choices when gambling.

In each of our gaming facilities we have 36 of them here in British Columbia we place GameSense information centers within the facilities and they have advisers in them. The centers are bright and attractive where people can come sit down and talk to somebody about their own behavior, or maybe a friend of theirs is having a problem or needing some counseling.

Staff members are trained to look for players who may be in distress and to counsel them about taking breaks from play if they are spending too much time or money in their play.

RESEARCH TEAM

Bo Bernhard, executive director of UNLVs International Gaming Institute, said its too early to determine what kinds of problem gambling research will emerge when a team of scholars gets access to GameSense data.

Bernhard said an interdisciplinary team will be formed with policy, regulatory, operations and addiction specialists working together with the quantitative and qualitative data UNLV expects to gather.

He said he hopes the research will better educate playing customers with information that will enable them to make better consumer decisions, much like nutrition labels that provide information on consumable products.

WYNN AND PENN

Wynn Resorts, which operates Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Encore, and Penn National Gaming, operators of the Tropicana and the M Resort in Southern Nevada, also are being licensed in Massachusetts and will be required to implement the GameSense system at their properties in Everett and Plainridge Park, respectively.

Wynn and Penn National officials did not respond to inquiries on whether GameSense would be used by them in Las Vegas.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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Champaign council taps brakes on gambling expansion – Champaign/Urbana News-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN After detailed discussion, the city council passed an ordinance Tuesday that will temporarily halt the installation or operation of video-gambling terminals in newly licensed liquor establishments.

The moratorium will last until June 7 and affect every kind of newly licensed establishment containing terminals.

According to the Illinois Gaming Board’s Video Gaming Report issued in January, there are 53 spots in Champaign that offer gambling including gambling parlors or cafes and 244 total terminals.

Mayor Deborah Frank Feinen said the suspension’s aim isn’t to curtail a free market. Rather, she said it’s so the council can take the time to decide if it wants to enact a gambling ordinance the city doesn’t regulate it separate from regulating alcohol and what its relationship with gambling should look like in the future. She added that the city is also in the process of revising the liquor code.

“It’s not a morality issue,” Feinen said. “We need to make a decision on how (gambling) will impact the city as a whole.”

The only council member not to vote for the ordinance was Tom Bruno, who said gambling is similar to buying a lottery ticket and that it hasn’t been identified as a cause of crime.

“I don’t want government stepping in to exercise moral judgment every time someone spends their money in a manner I wouldn’t spend mine or in a way that’s foolish and wasteful,” Bruno said.

Fellow council member Matthew Gladney said the government already regulates businesses, especially those dealing with alcohol and drugs.

Council member Greg Stock said he doesn’t think the council can definitely say that gambling isn’t linked to crime, because that’s difficult to determine.

Gambling is “particularly present in low-income areas,” Stock said. “I think that makes it borderline predatory for people in bad financial circumstances.”

Most council members who supported the ordinance said their constituents contacted them with complaints about the city’s gambling offerings.

A study session is slated for April for residents to hash out opinions and ideas on how to move forward.

“I don’t think I should tell people how to spend their money, but I also don’t want to do any harm,” said council member Clarissa Nickerson Fourman. “The amount (of gambling) doesn’t bother me; it’s the immediate access that people have to go in and feed this thing. It’s scary.”

Illinois’ Video Gaming Act, which legalized terminals in places licensed for alcohol consumption on premises, went into effect in July 2009. It allows for municipalities to ban gambling via an ordinance.

If an establishment violates the temporary moratorium, its liquor licence will immediately be suspended and subject to revocation, according to a city staff report to the council.

In other business, Feinen took time to address President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration, saying Champaign is “proud of our strong, diverse community” and encouraging residents to foster a “community free of fear and intimidation.”

In that vein, Feinen said the city partnered with the C-U Immigration Forum to provide the public education about immigrant rights and what to do if you encounter discrimination. She said the city will look to partner with other similar groups across the state. In cases of discrimination, Feinen encouraged the person affected to report it to the city’s Community Relations Office.

In addition, the council completed the last of its dealings with ex-police Officer Matt Rush by voting unanimously to settle an excessive-force lawsuit filed by Precious Jackson against him and two other officers for $250,000.

After resident complaints and accusations of displays of misconduct, Rush was fired twice by police Chief Anthony Cobb, only to have an arbitrator reverse the decision each time. The city council approved a $50,000 separation agreement in January to end Rush’s employment without further court proceedings.

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Charitable gambling organizations look for tax relief | Local News … – Post-Bulletin

MANKATO Charitable gambling organizations parlayed a big sales year in 2016 into more donations to community causes.

But they feel they could help out even more if state taxes didn’t claim so much of their gross receipts. In 2016, the nonprofits donated $62 million to charities, while paying $60.6 million in state taxes, according to the Minnesota Gambling Control Board’s annual report.

The organizations may be in luck. Legislation passing through tax committees at the Capitol in recent weeks calls for charitable donations to be exempt from the state gambling tax rate.

Similar proposals haven’t gained much steam in past sessions, but there’s renewed optimism this year might be different. Al Lund, executive director of the Allied Charities of Minnesota trade group representing 1,200 organizations statewide, said he feels there’s growing recognition that the state tax is cutting into the nonprofits’ abilities to donate in their communities.

“Our members are more and more getting to the tipping point, so more are realizing that they need to get involved,” he said.

Currently, a charitable gambling organization pays out more than 80 percent of its sales back in prizes to its patrons, which wouldn’t change. The remaining percentage is then taxed incrementally depending on how much the organizations do in sales for pulltabs and other select forms of gaming from 9 to 36 percent for the top sellers. Whatever amount remains is then spent on lawful expenditures like charitable donations, building upkeep and expenses.

The new legislation would only lower taxes on the money organizations donate to charitable causes.

“What our charities are saying is we didn’t get involved to become a primary tax collector for the state,” Lund said. “We got involved to help our community.”

Local gambling managers say the tax relief could be a major help, both in terms of allowing them to stay in the gaming business, and in how much more they’d be able to donate to their communities.

John Lamm, gambling manager for the Lake Washington Improvement Association, said he’s reached out to area legislators in the hopes they’ll get on board with the legislation. None of the 23 representatives signed on as authors for the bill are local.

Lamm said lowering the high tax rate his organization is big enough to fall in the 36 percent rate would be a step in the right direction.

“I think more should be done than that, but this is a start,” he said. “What we’re paying them is phenomenal.”

One of the biggest charitable gambling organizations in the state, the Mankato-based Community Charities of Minnesota, paid more than $65,000 in state taxes in January alone, according to gambling manager Mark Healy. Municipal taxes in some communities further cut into gross receipts.

Healy said any dollar they don’t have to pay in taxes would be a dollar put toward community causes.

“What’s unfortunate about this is we can get money to charities and needy people a lot quicker than the Legislature can,” he said.

Jim Steiert, president of Mankato Area Hockey Association, said he knows exactly how the tax relief could help his organization. With youth hockey participation on the rise, the extra money could be put toward a capital campaign for a new ice sheet in Mankato.

“Any tax relief would be welcome,” he said. “Whether it’s for charitable gambling or your personal tax return.”

One roadblock for the tax relief is how it could impact funding for U.S. Bank Stadium. Charitable gambling has helped fund construction costs for the stadium since 2012.

Speaking to the tax committees in recent weeks, the Minnesota Department of Revenue’s Tax Policy Manager Paul Cumings said the relief could negatively impact stadium funding. The hit to the state’s general fund could also be greater than estimated, he said.

Lund said his organization has offered to work with the department of revenue to address the stadium funding issue before its potential inclusion in the omnibus tax bill.

“It’s complicated and we have ideas on how to address that,” he said. “We’ve offered to work with the tax chairs and department of revenue.”

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FA Cup goalkeeper’s pie-eating leads to gambling probe – RT

Published time: 21 Feb, 2017 13:39Edited time: 21 Feb, 2017 15:59

A gambling investigation was launched against English non-league goalkeeper Wayne Shaw after he was filmed eating a pie on camera during his teams 2-0 home defeat in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.

The Gambling Commission launched an investigation into a possible breach of regulations after Shaw, Sutton Uniteds reserve goalkeeper, was filmed eating a pie on the sidelines in the 83rd minute of a match with Premier League Arsenal, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Prior to the game, bookmakers had offered 8-1 odds on Shaw being filmed eating a pie during the match.

The commission is investigating whether there was any irregularity in the betting market and establishing whether the operator has met its licence requirement to conduct its business with integrity.

Integrity in sport is not a joke and we have opened an investigation to establish exactly what happened, said Richard Watson, the commissions enforcement and intelligence director.

Shaw himself has dismissed any notions of foul play, saying after the game that it was simply banter.

The reserve keeper, 46, said that he was aware of the bet, but hadnt put any money on it.

I think there were a few people [who placed bets]. Obviously we [players] are not allowed to bet. I think a few mates and a few of the fans, he told the Daily Mail.

Sutton and Shaw made headlines for the teams remarkable FA Cup run, which ended in the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Monday.

Arsenal, currently fourth in the Premier League, lie 105 places above Sutton who are in 17th place in the fifth-tier National League.

Suttons FA Cup exploits included unlikely wins over league opposition Wimbledon and Leeds United.

The goalkeeper has captured the publics attention with his less-than-athletic appearance, weighing in at 23 stone (322lbs).

He even had his picture snapped in the clubhouse bar during halftime of Mondays match.

Goals from Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott sealed the win for Arsenal, although Sutton won praise for the fighting spirit they showed throughout the game.

The hosts themselves came close to scoring through Jamie Collins and Roarie Deacon – who hit the crossbar with a fierce 25-yard drive in the second half.

It has since been reported that the club have asked Shaw to resign and he has accepted the request.

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Hearing to continue tomorrow; anti-gambling advocate says ‘can’t define away pieces of Constitution’ – The Spokesman-Review (blog)

TUESDAY, FEB. 21, 2017, 9:41 A.M.

Jonathan Krutz with the group Stop Predatory Gambling told the House State Affairs Committee that gambling is dangerous to people and economies. Theres an army of people behind me that are not going to come before this committee that are devastated by gambling, he said. Its certainly true that gambling has enriched the tribes, but it has done so at the expense of the local economies. Theyr not bringing new money into the economy, theyre just taking money out of the economy and putting it into a different place. Committee Vice Chair Jason Monks advised Krutz to stick to the bill.

Gambling increases crime, it increases embezzlement, it increases bankruptcy, Krutz told the committee. Theres a reason why our Constitution says that gambling is prohibited. Its having a very negative impact. People who are addicted, who cant control their gambling, theyre not there to win and theyre not there to be entertained, they go into a zone. Rep. Paulette Jordan, D-Plummer, objected to the testimony on a point of order, and Monks again cautioned Krutz to address the bill. The concern that I have is that our laws are not being respected, Krutz said. Are we going to honor an Idaho statute that violates our Constitution? You cant just define away pieces of the Constitution, and thats what this statute does.

With that, the committee had run out of time for todays hearing though there still were another 10 or so people signed up to testify. Monks announced that the panel would adjourn until 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, when it will continue the hearing. Only those already signed up today will be allowed to testify tomorrow; no new signups will be taken. We apologize for the inconvenience, Monks said, but this is an important issue, and I think you can see that the committee is doing a great job of doing their due diligence and asking the questions.

The House is now due on the floor for its morning session.

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Bill in works to legalize casino gambling – Cherokee Tribune Ledger News

A locally elected state senator is carrying a bill aimed at legalizing casino gambling in Georgia and bringing two destination resorts to the state as early as 2019.

Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, said Friday that Senate Bill 79, which he introduced late last month, could fill the states coffers by helping Georgia collect revenue residents currently spend in surrounding states with casinos.

Beach said hes trying to get the bill before the Senate Regulated Industries Committee for a vote sometime this week.

In order to become reality, he said, casino gambling must be approved by Georgia voters in a statewide referendum. The cities or counties where the casinos would be built must then hold local referendums where voters will decide whether they want a casino in their community.

The bill requires the casinos be built within 30 miles of a large convention center one in a large metro Atlanta county, either Fulton, DeKalb, Clayton, Cobb or Gwinnett and the second in either Macon, Columbus, Augusta or Savannah, which also have large enough convention centers.

It would require a local referendum, he said. It just depends where they decide to locate.

According to the legislation, the state would levy a 20 percent tax on casino proceeds. Of that revenue, 60 percent would go toward education funding, with 30 percent allocated for the HOPE Scholarship and 30 percent for a needs-based college scholarship. Additionally, 15 percent would go to fund rural hospitals, 15 percent would be used for trauma care, 5 percent would go to expanding broadband in Georgia and the remaining 5 percent would go to law enforcement agencies across the state.

Beachs bill also calls for the creation of a gaming commission, with three members to be appointed by the governor, three appointed by the lieutenant governor and one appointed by the House speaker.

In the past, opponents of casinos have argued that they would take customers away from the Georgia Lottery, but Beach said that would not be the case.

These casino resorts will be so high-end that they wont hurt the lottery, he said. The people going to these destination resorts are not playing keno at the Chevron.

But not everyone is open to the idea of having casinos in the state, and Beachs bill faces opposition in the General Assembly, even from members of Cherokees legislative delegation.

Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs, said he opposes casino gambling in the state, not for moral or ethical reasons, but because he says Georgia taxpayers would be the ones who end up having to keep the states casinos afloat.

A lot of states have casino gambling so its not as appealing to the average tourist anymore, Turner said Friday. The only place it really works is Vegas. Every other state that has casino gambling ends up subsidizing it with massive amounts of tax dollars.

Aside from Nevada, he said, states with casinos ends up having to prop up the industry with tax money. And while casinos might do well for the first few years, Turner said that success rarely lasts.

Its a raw deal for the taxpayers, he said. After a few years, well end up having to bail them out.

Additionally, Turner said, states with casinos often see a spike in crime rates.

I have no problem with gambling and I enjoy going to a casino, Turner said. I just dont want to live in a place that has them.

Beach maintains that gambling is already legal in the state and said his bill would generate millions of dollars while increasing education funding for Georgias students.

We already have gambling here, he said. And the lottery plays on people who really cant afford to play the lottery.

Turner, however, said there is no moral equivalency between convenience stores that sell scratch-offs and casinos that offer commercial gambling.

Those two things are not the same, he said. A convenience store that sells lottery tickets does not increase crime rates or burden our criminal justice system the way casino gambling does.

At a 20 percent tax rate, Beach estimates casinos could generate up to $450 million of additional revenue annually. He also said the industry would create about 5,000 jobs for Georgians.

He said getting the bill through the Senate and House would be a heavy lift, but Georgians could stand to benefit from all the additional revenue.

But Turner said the bill has a zero percent chance of passing the House with so many residents opposed to it.

I dont think it has enough support, he said. The broad coalition of opposition across the state is widespread.

Beach said between tourists and residents who would attend the destination resorts, the industry would have enough support to thrive.

He said he and his wife took a trip to a couple North Carolina casinos after Christmas and realized about 80 percent of the cars they saw had Georgia tags.

Were funding North Carolinas education, he said, adding that those who are morally opposed to legalized gambling dont hesitate to send their children to college using the HOPE Scholarship, which is funded by the Georgia Lottery.

Without using any taxpayer money, the state could generate millions of dollars to be reinvested in education and healthcare. Thats hard for me to say no to, Beach said. Thats a good deal from an economic development standpoint.

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Veteran who lost millions wants military to screen for gambling addiction – My Fox Boston

by: Michael Yoshida, ActionNewsJax.com Updated: Feb 21, 2017 – 1:22 PM

A veteran said that he lost millions of dollars as a result of his gambling addiction, and he’s speaking out now that government officials are recommending that military members be screened for such addictions.

He said gambling addiction is a threat to the health of service members and to national security, whether it’s the pressures of being in debt or the debt being used to get information or other details. He said the concern is real when it comes to gambling and the military.

He didnt want his identity revealed but spoke anonymously with ActionNewsJax.com anonymously on an issue that he knows personally.

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The Army veteran said he lost in todays value, $10 million while gambling. ActionNewsJax.com

I was betting $5,000 a roll of the dice at my highest point. Because its never enough, the veteran said.

Gambling is an addiction that he said doesnt get the attention it deserves.

Nobody talks about gambling as an addiction. Doctors dont screen for it … were just having fun, the veteran said.

Someone who knows this person has this issue can use that to extort information from them.

Thats just one reason why the Army veteran wants the military to do more to address gambling addiction.

Its not harmless. Its not just entertainment It leaves them exposed, the veteran said.

He hopes that along with screening, the military will do more to help those who are serving.

(We need) initial orientation and education when youre first coming into the military especially if youre going into a region where its so readily accessible and part of the norm, the veteran said.

He said his gambling started in the military.

My very first trip to a casino was while I was in the military at Fort Dix in New Jersey, he said.

He said his addiction got worse.

I was risking everything from January through August, I lost $275,000, he said.

He said he has recovered and owns his own business. He hopes his story can bring changes to the military and help those who are still serving.

It may just look like entertainment, but it has the potential to ruin your life and your military career, he said.

But that could soon change. The Government Accountability Office has recommended that the Department of Defense start screening for gambling addiction, and provide better guidance to help service members who might have an addiction.

A lot of time, you know, guys have down time thats one of the things they turn to. Its easy, readily accessible, whether its playing cards, dice, etc., the veteran said.

The Army veteran said he was an adrenaline junkie and gambling can help feed a need for adrenaline.

The National Council on Problem Gambling estimates that 36,000 active-duty service members meet the criteria for a gambling problem.

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Betting turf war is torpedoing efforts to help problem gamblers – The Guardian

Bookies earned about 1.7bn from fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) last year. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

Problem gambling experts have criticised rival factions of the betting industry for waging a selfish war of words to protect their own interests amid the threat of tighter regulation.

The UKs leading gambling charity also warned that a narrow focus on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), potentially ignoring online betting and fruit machines in pubs, amusement arcades and casinos, risks undermining efforts to help addicts.

The government is conducting a review of gaming machines that industry figures fear will lead to tighter curbs on betting machines and reduced profits.

The review has seen amusement arcades and casinos go on the offensive against bookmakers by highlighting the addictive nature of FOBTs, which make up more than half of bookies revenues at about 1.7bn last year.

The machines have been publicly reviled as the crack cocaine of gambling, a phrase thought to have been coined by President Donald Trump when he was running casinos to draw attention to video game bingo, which posed a threat to his business.

GambleAware chief executive Marc Etches said that while attention should be paid to FOBTs, which allow punters to stake 100 every 20 seconds, ignoring other types of gambling was a disservice to problem gamblers.

Theres a particular focus on machines in bookmakers but Ive observed the industry for the best part of two decades and in my experience its always been the same, he said.

When the National Lottery was introduced, elements of the industry didnt care for that.

When there was discussion of expanding casinos, there were businesses within the industry that campaigned against it. Such is the case around machines in bookmakers.

He added that it was problematic that a cross-party group of MPs, which has recommended slashing the maximum FOBT stake to 2, is backed by firms that profit from rival forms of gambling.

Groups that fund the MPs efforts include amusement arcade body Bacta, pub chain JD Wetherspoon, which operates fruit machines, and Hippodrome casinos.

The Association of British Bookmakers recently fought back against criticism of FOBTs, latching on to research published by industry regulator the Gambling Commission.

Using data compiled from real betting sessions, the commission found there was no consistent evidence that particular gambling activities are predictive of problem gambling.

The ABB also pointed to figures suggesting that on average gamblers lost more money and spent more time on amusement arcade-style games.

ABB chief executive Malcolm George warned of the danger that adult gaming centres and other forms of gambling escape proper scrutiny.

The arcade industry and elements within the casino industry, which are commercial competitors of the bookmakers, have unfairly used FOBTs as the whipping boy for far too long when it comes to problem gambling.

In particular arcades, with vastly more machines, need to wake up to their responsibility to help problem gamblers, in the same way as the bookmaking industry has.

Bacta accuses the ABB of cherry-picking data that suits its own argument, focusing on averages rather than the extreme losses that can affect higher-stakes FOBT players.

The two sides have also drawn opposing conclusions about whether studies suggest that reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs would stem players losses.

Etches said the back-and-forth between competing firms in the same industry suggested that they were losing sight of the need to address problem gambling.

The industry needs to think more carefully about that bigger reputational issue and recognise that those who are thoughtful can see through some of this selfish behaviour, he said.

There are a lot of people who have a problem so we need to have a better discourse. A narrow focus that gets very shouty between campaign groups puts people off having a more grown-up more mature discussion.

The row over the role that FOBTs play in addiction reflects the limited amount of hard evidence on problem gambling.

One of the most comprehensive studies, by research group NatCen, looked at whether people who hold loyalty cards with bookmakers changed their behaviour over time, in an attempt to show whether FOBTs coincide with a slide into addiction.

It found a correlation between the use of machines in bookmakers and a descent into problem gambling, with the unemployed and ethnic minority groups worst affected.

But NatCen associate research director Heather Wardle, who sits on the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, is wary of drawing too many conclusions from this.

It shows an association, we just dont know whats driving that association. In all likelihood there are some people for whom the machines are causing them difficulties.

Others have immense problems with all types of gambling and happen to play machines.

She points out that similar research has not been done into amusement arcades, fruit machines or online betting, so it is difficult to compare the risk of addiction.

This raises the possibility that while FOBTs do pose a risk, a blinkered focus on them could allow other forms of betting whether its amusement arcades or online poker to escape scrutiny.

Like Etches, Wardle is concerned by the tendency of the warring factions to highlight data that suits their cause.

There is a lot of energy expended on different interest groups trying to make a case that one activity versus another is the most harmful thing, she said.

You end up with a polarised debate that misses the complexity of whats causing people harm and what you do about it.

I can perfectly understand why different stakeholders do that but its not particularly helpful. Id like to see people combine their energies into really thinking about how we help people and stop the horrendous problems they experience.

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For Schools, Gambling Funding Is No Jackpot – CityLab

Though states often pledge to fund public schools with taxes levied on lotteries and casinos, that money tends to get funneled elsewhere.

In 2008, after years of political squabbling over whether Maryland should host casino gambling, the question came up before voters in a referendum. The state government and the gambling industry lobbied hard for the votes, pledging that taxes levied on the gambling establishments would go to public education. TV commercials promised that casinos would bring hundreds of millions of dollars directly into our schools, and warned that if Maryland missed this opportunity, those stacks of cash would instead benefit students in the bordering casino-friendly states of West Virginia and Delaware.

The referendum passed. In 2012, after the most expensive political campaign in Maryland’s history, a ballot question expanding gambling to table games also passed, narrowly. Maryland now has six casinos, including the Horseshoe Casino in downtown Baltimore, which opened in 2014. In the last seven years, these facilities have welcomed tens of millions of visitors and generated around $4.5 billion in profits. That has translated into $1.7 billion in funds for education, including $200 million from Horseshoe.

Yet Baltimores schools are in dire straits: Last month, city schools CEO Sonja Santelises announced that, due to a $130 million budget deficit, she is considering laying off more than 1,000 workers, including teachers.

That same week, the Baltimore Sun reported that the casino money the state had promised for public schools is instead being siphoned to pay for other government expenses, such as salaries and roadwork. As a result, Maryland schools have received the same amount of money they would have without the casino tax. And Baltimore schools have received less state money than they did before the casino opened.

The casino pitch that Maryland voters went for in 2008 is one that was honed over decades, as one by one states agreed to host the gambling industry. Its been a big turnaround for an industry that was all but banned nationwide in the early 20th century. Though Nevada legalized casinos in 1931, most states began to allow them in the 1990s. The promise of reaping economic benefits has driven the trend: Statistics from the American Gaming Association show that casinos bring thousands of jobs to host communities, and they also have a multiplier effect, in which new businesses then open in the surrounding area. This is particularly helpful, says Erik Balsbaugh, the associations VP of public affairs, for struggling post-industrial cities like Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Springfield, Massachusetts.

To win support, casino boosters often emphasized that a percentage of these benefits from lotteries and casinos would be funneled directly into public education. They countered fears of gambling with this emotional reference, says Patrick Pierce, a professor at Saint Marys College in Indiana who has studied the topic. Americans, at least on a symbolic level, place a great deal of emphasis on public education.

The tactic did the trick: Today, you can play the lottery and/or bet at a casino in most states.

Experts on gambling and state funding say that Maryland is only one of dozens of states taking gambling revenue meant for education and using it for other purposes.

In almost every case states either earmark the funds for education but then decrease the general fund appropriations for education by a similar amount, or, in more cases, they simply put the money in the general fund, says Denise Runge, a dean at the University of Alaska Anchorage and editor of Resorting to Casinos: The Mississippi Gambling Industry.

In the first year of operation, taxes from lotteries generally do go toward education, according to a study Pierce co-authored that looked at the period 1966 to 1990. You saw an initial bump in education spending by about $50 per capita, he says. But after a number of years, the practice of using the money for other expenses became commonplace. After eight or nine years, says Pierce, states with lotteries were spending less on education than states that didnt have the lottery tax.

State lawmakers welcome the lotteries and casinos for this very reason: The tax revenue gives them the flexibility to fund other programs or even cut other taxes. If youre a state legislator and youre telling citizens that you supported gambling because it improves childrens education, and then you used the money someplace else, you did a bait and switch, says Pierce.

And politicians become dependent on the moneysomething the gambling industry understands well. Pierce notes, for instance, that while Nevada is famous for its casinos, it doesnt have a state lotterycasino operators dont want the competition. The industrys pull with Nevada lawmakers is a major reason why we havent seen an effective push to put a lottery in place, he says.

Earl Grinols, an economics professor at Baylor University, says this relationship between government and gambling amounts to crony capitalism, in which the industry and state politicians stand to gain from each otherand do. The public system should be designed so that it leads people to do the right thing, he says. When you set up a system in which the gambling industry and state government have interests in common, you do the opposite. You create a system that encourages back-room deals.

But not all gambling-sourced school funds are fated to disappear: The exception are scholarships like Georgias Hope Scholarship program, which provides merit-based funding to students pursuing an undergraduate degree. The program didnt exist before Georgias lottery, which began in 1992, and so wasnt financed through a general fund that could be monkeyed with.

Every dollar from the lottery that comes in for the Hope Scholarship program goes to that program, says Ross Rubenstein, a Georgia State professor who studies lotteries and education funding. Whats more, Georgias model spurred states such as Tennessee, South Carolina, and Florida to create similar lottery-funded scholarship programs.

Still, because these scholarships are merit- rather than need-based, they often benefit middle- and upper-income students rather than their poorer counterparts. Thats particularly problematic, because virtually every study on lotteries shows that lower-income households spend a larger amount of their earnings on lotteries or casino gambling than higher income households. Youre redistributing wealth from poor people to wealthier people, says Pierce. (Rubenstein notes that Georgia also straightforwardly distributes lottery money for pre-kindergarten programs. Benefits for pre-K are a little more even across income groups, he says.)

Politicians also like taxes from casinos and lotteries because theyre voluntary: However regressive these taxes are, no one has to pay them. As a result, theyre less likely to complain to state legislators about them. But this also makes these revenue streams unstable.

Runge of the University of Alaska notes that over time, casinos tend to make less money, as general interest drops off. Baltimores Horseshoe Casino, for instance, has seen a 14.5 percent decrease in its revenue in the past year. Rubenstein says theres a similar trend with lotteries. Everyone wants to play them when they are first available, he says, but then many people start to realize theyre not going to win, or they get bored with the games. So even if public schools were benefiting from these taxes, the revenue stream is not reliable.

The key, then, is not to reform this flawed system, but to scrap it for a better one. Pierce wants politiciansstate governors in particularto have the courage to tell constituents that taxes from stable sources, such as income or sales, are needed for education. And then they need to actually raise taxes.

If everyone really wants to support our schools, we need to make a public commitment to them, says Pierce. The way to do that is not through gambling.

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Top 5 Online Gambling Sites in 2017 – Best Casinos & Betting

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Pegasus World Cup wont survive without changes

The inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup, won by Arrogate on Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park, will need tweaking to become a sustainable model.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed Wednesday that the league is re-examining its stance on gambling.

A game that featured the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history by the greatest quarterback of all time also produced a record wagering handle in Nevada.

Super Bowl LI will be remembered as one of the worst bad beats ever by Falcons bettors.

Overall, most books reported winning days but William Hill suffered a six-figure loss, most of it on in-game wagering.

Tom Brady and Matt Ryan generated a lot of individual action around town in proposition bets with Brady rewarding his backers handsomely after leading New Englands comeback in the Patriots 34-28 overtime win Sunday in Super Bowl LI.

The Patriots trail the Falcons 21-3 at halftime and bettors are backing them in the second half as favorites of between 4 points and 6 points at Las Vegas sports books. The total is 30.

The total has dropped to 56 at several Las Vegas sports books after staying at a record-high Super Bowl total of 59 for most of the two weeks leading up to the game.

A bettor using his phone app made a $1.1 million wager on the Falcons plus 3 points Friday at CG Technology.

A survey of opinions from Review-Journal staff members, other media, oddsmakers, professional handicappers and one former Las Vegas mayor.

Three Las Vegas sports book directors dont have to think back too far for a vivid Super Bowl betting memory. It happened at the end of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015.

The new sports betting and analysis multi-platform network was an idea that took a long time to come to fruition.

Wynn sports book director John Avello watched his beloved Giants escape with a 20-19 upset of the Bills to win Super Bowl XXV on Jan. 27, 1991.

Two years after the movie Black Sunday hit theaters in 1977, another Super Bowl disaster played out in Las Vegas, where sports books were buried by bettors who middled Super Bowl XIII.

Jay Kornegay had no line to Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, and he did not dial up a pair of kneel-downs from backup QB Bubby Brister.

As usual, stakes are high for those placing bets on the Super Bowl. This year, for those who cant handle the pressure, a local Las Vegas startup is offering a way out.

Will either Brady or Ryan break Kurt Warners Super Bowl record of 414 passing yards? Station Casinos bettors say Yes, which is at plus-350 after opening at plus-400.

Another unique prop offered at Caesars is Will the ball hit the uprights on an extra point or field goal? Yes is plus-450. No is minus-550.

None of the eight highest-scoring teams in NFL history won the Super Bowl, with only the 2013 Broncos, 2007 Patriots and 1983 Redskins even reaching the title game.

Its 13 weeks until the Kentucky Derby, so we will be seeing many more days like Saturday, when three Derby preps will be run from coast to coast.

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City Council to look at removing zoning restrictions on gambling entities – Watertown Public Opinion

A section of a Watertown city zoning ordinance pertaining to gambling establishments could go by the wayside.

The Watertown City Council is set to conduct a first reading amending Title 21 of Ordinance 17-02 removing zoning restrictions on those entities on March 6. The potential revision would put the city in compliance with a 2011 South Dakota Supreme Court ruling that municipalities could not regulate gambling institutions, including casinos and video lottery establishments.

The proposed amended ordinance was put forth by City Attorney Justin Goetz, who has been busy in working with the Plan Commission and City Council in updating the ordinance book since assuming his position last summer.

Under the current ordinance, gambling establishments are confined to commercial zoning areas under a conditional use permit, similar to restaurants, motels, and other businesses.

However, in 2011, the Supreme Court sided with the South Dakota Department of Revenue over the City of Sioux Falls as the Department of Revenue argued that the City of Sioux Falls ordinance on gambling establishments was invalid because it infringed on the sovereign prerogative of the state.

While the proposed ordinance wouldnt be able to explicitly restrict gambling establishments in commercial districts, that doesnt mean that those establishments are going to be able to pop up anywhere in the city.

Goetz noted to the Plan Commission last week that in issuing the ruling, the Supreme Court said municipalities such as Watertown could effectively enact restrictions on the placement of gambling establishments.

There is still the ability of the city to determine locations of alcohol licensees. The gambling license is effectively attached to the alcohol license it is a certification attached to the alcohol license. That allows the city to be able to regulate placement, Goetz said.

According to Goetz, the proposed amended ordinance would allow Watertown to get out ahead of any potential legal challenge against the current ordinance brought forward by either the state or another party.

No lawsuits against the City of Watertown on the issue are pending or currently underway, which left Plan Commission member Dennis Arnold questioning the timing of the proposed ordinance.

(At any given time) there are a lot of court cases and things around the county where organizations are challenging something and it gets changed, Arnold said. I think the residents of Watertown have liked our (gambling locations) ordinance the way it is, or at least thats what I assume. Nobody has challenged it. Why do we have to change it if nobody has challenged it?

While Goetz said he empathized with Arnolds point of view, he also said that the proposed ordinance reflecting the court ruling is an extension of the state establishing its authority back in the 1980s when the original law cited by the court was written, thereby not leaving it up to different interpretations by municipalities.

In interpreting the courts ruling, Goetz said, If localities were allowed to determine where gambling establishments could be in South Dakota, there would be a lot of dry communities, if you will, for these kind of establishments These forebears at the state level saw that writing on the wall and saw that municipalities would have issues certain municipalities more than others. In order to ensure that this was provided statewide, municipalities couldnt butt in and occupy the field of state regulation that they had set for themselves.

After the first reading of the ordinance amendment occurs on March 6, a second reading, and possible approval, may occur at the following City Council meeting scheduled for March 20.

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Gambling expert calls on provinces to step into daily fantasy sports … – CBC.ca

A gambling researcher is calling on Canada’s provincial lottery corporations to enter the controversial business of daily fantasy sports, citing their ability to best regulate the activity that has been characterized as illegal gambling by some U.S. states.

Daily fantasy sports differs from the more familiar season-long game where fans act as managers for a roster of selected real-life players over the course of a season.

In DFS, fans select a roster of players who are competing on the same day. Those selections are then entered into contests against other fans’ fantasy rosters with the players’ real in-game stats determining the winners.

In this March 18, 2016 file photo, daily fantasy sports player Scott Burlingame poses with the Syde site on his smartphone at his home in Aldie, Va. (The Associated Press/Harry Hamburg)

While some competitions are free to enter, DFS becomes controversial due to the entry fees providers collect and the payouts they provide to winners.

“When you’re putting money down to win money and there’s a probability that you’re not going to win money, then that’s gambling,” said Prof. Jeffrey Derevensky of McGill University.

Derevensky is encouraging provincial governments to consider adopting DFS into their stables of online games, saying they’re best equipped to label the activity as gambling, and lend their expertise enforcing identity and age verification, self-exclusion programs and voluntary daily limits.

“Any form of fantasy should have those same kind of responsible gambling features built into their site,” said Derevensky.

He is one of many experts who assert that DFS is a form of gambling, but legal opinions aren’t as clear and vary widely between jurisdictions.

In Canada, the federal government has shown little interest in exploring the legality of DFS. And, even if it considered daily fantasy to be gambling, Ottawa has historically only prosecuted sites with servers in Canada, which most DFS providers do not have.

But in the U.S., industry leadersDraftKingsandFanDuel havefaced a more hostile legal environment and spent much of 2015 and 2016 fighting legal battlesfor their survival, as a number of states moved to shut them down as a form of illegal gambling.

This despite DFS branding being increasingly hard to miss with providers securing sponsorship deals with pro teams across all major sports and even entire leagues.

Logos of daily fantasy sports companies like FanDuel are easily found at many sporting events, including this NCAA college basketball game in New York state. (The Associated Press/Kathy Willens, File)

Currently, DFS is restricted in 10states while seven more have partial restrictions.

Somestates, including New York,Massachusetts and Virginia, have regulated DFS and require providers to pay registration fees and implement age-verification policies.

While the game may be labelled as fantasy, there is serious money at stake with an estimated 57.4million fantasy players in North America,according to theFantasy Sports Trade Association.

Those who play daily fantasy sports compile a roster of real-life players with pre-assigned values. (Yahoo Sports)

Derevensky says DFS represents an opportunity for Canada’s provincial lottery operators to add a new and growing product.

He’s scheduled to speak in Vancouver on Tuesday at the New Horizons in Responsible Gaming Conference, an event hosted by the British Columbia Lottery Corporation where experts share new research.

BCLC says its aware of DFS’ popularity, adding thatit’s seen double-digit growth in the amount wagered on sports compared to last year. But, spokeswoman Angela Koulyras says there are no immediate plans for BCLC to offerDFS on its site just yet.

“We recognize that DFS is growing in popularity and interest and we’re just keeping a close eye on it at this time.”

Those already in the businesssaythey’renot afraid of newcomers and stand by their product.

“We have competition everywhere. That’s what drives us,” said James Chisholm, DraftKings’s director of public affairs.

“No one has a greater incentive to ensure people who are playing our game are who they say they are than we do.”

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Bill to lower gambling age appears to be DOA in Nevada Legislature – Las Vegas Review-Journal

If youre old enough to fight and die for your country, you should be old enough to play blackjack and drop a few dollars into a slot machine at the local casino.

At least, thats the logic of Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, R-Gardnerville, who brings to the table Assembly Bill 86, which, with any luck at all, will be 86d right out of the Legislature.

The bill would reduce the legal age to gamble in Nevada from 21 to 18.

Credit to Wheeler for introducing a philosophical debate among lawmakers. But with just four months to complete the business of the state and the introduction of a solution to a problem that doesnt seem to exist, it makes no sense to spend any time on a proposal that isnt going anywhere.

Dead on arrival, one gaming regulator said at a recent meeting.

Colleague Colton Lochhead reached out to Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman Tony Alamo about the proposal, and he was as puzzled as everybody else about it.

The industry has not come to us with any wants for dropping this, Alamo said. Everyones happy with 21 years of age.

Indeed, Virginia Valentine, president of the Nevada Resorts Association, said her membership isnt bucking to change the law.

Weve never supported it in the past, she said. Theres really no compelling reason to change that position.

In fact, the change could create a problem.

With a legal gambling age of 18 and a legal drinking age of 21, drink servers at casinos would be compelled to card patrons to see if they could be served a drink.

Of course, the argument could be made that carding a customer might be a good thing because casinos could guard against underage drinking as well as underage gambling.

Some observers say that adding players who are 18, 19 and 20 could increase play and thus generate additional tax revenue for the state.

But really, just how much money would the average 18-to-20-year-old spend gambling? For the state, it looks like a big investment with little return.

Nevada is no longer the only state with casinos. Whats the legal gambling age everywhere else?

For most, its 21.

According to the casino.org website, the legal age to gamble at tribal casinos in Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota and Wyoming is 18.

In some states, the legal age is 18 or 21, depending on the game. For example, the age to legally place pari-mutuel bets the type most commonly associated with horse racing is 18 in Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Washington.

If youre 18, you can play bingo at casinos in Connecticut, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon, Wisconsin and at tribal casinos in South Dakota (but not the commercial sites in Deadwood).

For real confusion, the legal gambling age is 18 or 21, depending on the casino, in California, New York and Oklahoma.

Its easy to sympathize with 18-year-olds who wonder why they can drive, vote and go to war but cant consume alcohol or gamble. It doesnt make sense.

But its a debate from which legislators should keep away.

Contact Richard N. Velotta at rvelotta@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3893. Follow @RickVelotta on Twitter.

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Dr. Rosenberg’s 7 Dark Insights Into Gambling Addiction – Casino.Org News (blog)

What do insurance fraud, meditation and a tendency to show off have in common? The answer is they all form part of the messy web that is gambling addiction. To get the full story on what real-life gambling problems can actually do to a persons life, we spoke with Dr. Steven Rosenberg.

Dr. Rosenberg is a psychotherapist and behavioral specialist working in Philadelphia. Hes helped tens of thousands of clients to manage issues that are having a negative impact on their lives, like drug and gambling addiction.

We started off by asking Dr. Rosenberg what leads to someone developing a gambling problem. His answer was simple:

Gambling addiction starts with the need to feel better about oneself. Then, the person will start slowly with a friendly wager. This will grow into finding a lottery to play, then a football pool, then an organized crime pool.

People become addicted to gambling because they have a multitude of problems. The first is low self-esteem. To feel better, they pick up on gambling.

Peer pressure and group dynamics also come into the mix. They see other people win money and think that somebody has to win.

What about personality? Does your natural disposition mean youre more at risk from becoming a gambling addict? Dr. Rosenberg says, yes:

The personality of a gambler is someone who wants to show off after a win. The person has a tendency to be more extroverted. Even if the gambler is somewhat introverted, the extrovert inside will come out.

For example, the celebrity who likes to be out there is a prime candidate to gamble. It would not be surprising if the whole Kardashian clan would gamble. This goes with all of those on reality TV programs. They like being in trouble. Most gamblers end up being in trouble!

Dr. Rosenberg also says that the culture youre from can affect your chances of becoming a gambling addict too:

Gambling is more accepted in some cultures. The Asian population is more accepting of gambling. The same with those of Eastern European heritage. The reason is that their ancestors were into gambling. It became a part of their culture. It all started with games that were played in those cultures, then betting became a part of the games.

When we asked Dr. Rosenberg what the worst gambling story hed ever heard was, He took a long deep breath and shared this:

So when does something go from being a fun thing you love to do, to an addiction?

The drive to win more money fuels the addiction. The person may win enough jackpots to keep this drive going. Next comes stealing and hocking jewelry to finance this need to hit that big jackpot.

This is the addiction cycle. The addict uses gambling to feel better. This is self-medicating. Thats the definition of an addict. To self-medicate.

Once youre addicted to gambling, Dr. Rosenberg says your need to gamble could lead you down a dangerous path:

Being addicted to anything opens you up to doing risky things. The addict can commit forgery, armed robbery or prostitution to help finance the addiction.

There is a great deal of insurance fraud with the gambling addiction. Its easy and they think they can get away with it because they feel that they paid premiums to be able to collect.

When it comes to curing gambling addiction, Dr. Rosenberg has some advice that many other doctors dont even consider:

The best way to treat gambling addiction is to have the person in talk therapy as well as a twelve-step program. The gambler must learn to improve self-esteem and self-confidence. Meditation is a great tool to help with the neediness of the gambler.

Dr. Rosenberg also says that if meditation isnt effective, good old medication might be:

Many people who are addicted to gambling are depressed and have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) tendencies.

There are medications that a person can take for this disorder. The problem with medication is trial and error. What can work with one person may not work with another.

Talking therapy is more effective than going the medication route, unless there is severe depression or bi-polarism.

Dr. Steven Rosenberg is a psychotherapist and behavioral specialist practicing in Elkins Park, Pa(suburban Philadelphia).He has worked with tens of thousands of clients over the past 30 years to help them manage/conquer a wide range of emotional and mental health issues as well as smoking cessation, weight loss, sports performance, stress reduction, work/life balance and more. To learn more about him, visit his website athttp://quititnow.com.

If you think you or someone you know has a gambling problem, here are some useful resources:

Our Gambling Addiction page https://www.casino.org/gambling-addiction/

National Council On Problem Gambling http://www.ncpgambling.org/

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders definition of gambling addiction http://www.ncpgambling.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/DSM-5-Diagnostic-Criteria-Gambling-Disorder.pdf

Gamblers Anonymous http://www.gamblersanonymous.org

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Las Vegas Casinos & Gambling | Vegas.com

Gambling’s what this place is known for. If you come to town and don’t pull an arm, hold some cards or toss some dice, we have to question if you really lived it up at all. And it’s OK. If you’re new to the scene, we have some tips for you.

Bet you didn’t know this. When things got ugly during the Great Depression (mining was petering out, and people were leaving the state like barflies when the lights flicker), Nevada had a brilliant idea. They said: “Dudes. Stay. As of now gambling is legal. And guess what? So is divorce!” With two gems like that, who needed silver? Suddenly and forever after, Las Vegas was the promised land. Still today, you can gamble to your heart’s content. And get divorced (and married) whenever you want too.

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