Look, I work in a casino and before I took the job, I was saying all the same things as those on here who think gambling should not be illegal. I had the same opinions to justify my employment. But after 4 years of this soul-crushing job that our poor economy has me trapped in due to a lack of other available jobs, I have come to realize just how negative gambling is and have since changed my stance on this issue. Let me tell you, nothing good comes from gambling. Only the dumbest people will gamble and on average, most casino gamblers are arrogant, entitled, greedy, stupid, lazy and selfish. The try to lie to us, they try to cheat the casino and other players and they are just simply very irresponsible. Gambling is not a hobby and no, people do not do it for fun, like they try to claim. To these people, gambling is serious business, not entertainment, because they would rather win their money than work for it and to those ends, they are not even smart enough to invest in low risk stocks and bonds. They would rather put money they don't have, that they most likely got from a credit card cash advance, into a slot machine called "Hee Haw," featuring a picture of a retarded, buck-tooth donkey on the front, than to invest it in something smart like a Roth IRA. And these people actually feel that this is a sound investment, yet they find themselves surprised when they lose, not if but when, and then they get mad about it and start blaming everybody else around them, because after all, blaming other people is easier than taking responsibility for their own actions. And the worst part is, these people do not learn from their mistakes! They just keep doing it and doing and doing it and retain nothing from previous experiences! I see it everyday, people sign up for a comp card and when I ask for photo ID, they open their wallet and there it is, the Foodstamp card or the Welfare card. And then the next thing they ask me is where they can get a cash advance on a credit card. Look, this is bad for society and for the economy, no matter how you slice it. Most gamblers cannot afford to be gambling in the first place and then it costs everybody tax dollars. I don't know if they are on Welfare because of gambling or if they gamble because Welfare pays all their expenses and thus frees up money, but either way, one is the cause of the other and neither is good. Look, gambling is a problem, not "fun," not "entertainment," and not a "hobby." There is no such thing as "responsible gaming." Gambling by its very nature is irresponsible. And if you are religious, its also a sin, because you are trying to take something that is not yours to take. Now granted I know the casinos are wrong too, not just the players, but the casinos would not exist if people didn't go to them. And nobody puts a gun to your head and makes you go to the casino. Both sides of the common argument are wrong, but more so the gamblers because they provide the demand for which the casino exists to exploit. Yes, the argument can be made that casinos benefit the economy, but for every tax dollar made, just think of how many tax dollars it costs to hire additional law enforcement, to fund more Welfare and Foodstamps, and to fund gambling treatment programs. The costs of legalized gambling far outweigh the benefits of it. Gambling is addictive and leads to compulsive gambling problems and unhealthy obsessions, it promotes crime, sin, stupidity, laziness, arrogance, greed, selfishness, entitlement, and neglect of ones family among other horrible things, and in general, can be most accurately described as an economic and moral cancer in our society. Trust me, I work in a casino and deal with this crap everyday. And I am trying so hard to find another job and I have been for over 3 and a half years now. I know that benefiting from gambling is wrong too and it kills me inside to know where my paychecks come from, but I am doing the very best that I can to get out now. I am not perfect, I have my flaws too, I am not trying to pass judgment while I myself do something just as bad - I'm not that hypocritical. But you can trust what I tell about gambling because I see it constantly. I know I would be out of a job, but the greater needs of society outweigh my own, and to those ends, I strongly feel that gambling is bad for society and should be made unlawful. Casinos should be shut down and gambling made illegal again.
Gambling is an addictive habit. In many cases it ruins lives because gamblers usually care about nothing but gambling. If it is made unlawful, people might give up the habit or desist from taking it up at all.
Gambling is bad for the society. It ruins peoples life. People only see the glitz and glamour part of gambling. Very few people ever look at the loss they could face. It is hard earned money that you are letting down the drain. As the stake increases, more money goes down the drain. I have to admit I have seen people win millions in Vegas. But, that is not going to happen for everyone. People come to Vegas in cars and many end up in a greyhound or Amtrak after gambling. This explains what gambling is all about. Vegas is a sinner's paradise and gambling is definitely a big part of it. I wish it was made unlawful, but it is not going to happen. If it did happen, that would be the end of Vegas.
The people who make money are the casino operators, state tax system, bankrupcy lawyers, pawn shops and payday loan sharks. The real losers are every bussiness in the communities. The money raised through gambling is way less than the impact on local bussiness. Slot machines are popping up all over the country, inside convience stores, bars resturants etc. We need to stop this trend now.
I can imagine that people who built casinos in black neighborhoods of big cities did it with the racist intention of keeping blacks subdued and out of white neighborhoods. Now, normally I'm not in favor of banning alcohol. It is a beverage and it's not something that can destroy a whole community. It can destroy some people's lives, however not an entire community. Gambling is something very different. It can destroy an entire community.
Every morning I have to pass 3 casinos to work. There is no single library that I see. I've been to the casino 4 times in my life and I HATE it. I am a hairstylist and one of my clients complained about how she lost close to $1000. And then she said her grand-son needs money for drug rehabilitation treatment? What is wrong with this picture?
Casinos make hundreds of millions. Where does the money come from? A huge lump of it comes from compulsive gamblers who cannot stop losing. Compulsive gambling is a disease. Casinos exploit it to their financial benefit. If there were only few compulsive gamblers casinos would never make that much money. Casinos must be outlawed for that reason.
Taking money from people under pretense of entertainment is wrong. How much is fun to lose thousands of dollars, paycheck or mortgage payment. If gambling was not so addictive casinos would not make millions of dollars every month. Let' s be honest, the only party that being entertained is casino moguls that collect money. Gambling is not entertainment. It is stressful, exhausting, degenerative, and morally wrong.
Casinos use all kind of strategies to lure and trap people inside their reward and comp maze. I used to be a diamond member in Harrahs for years. All harrahs ever wanted is to take my money. They lack service anywhere but Vegas. The only place to gamble should be Las Vegas. I met unfortunate people like me who lost their family, houses and jobs because of gambling. I wish I spent all the money I wasted in casinos on small businesses to help economy. SAY NO TO CASINOS!
There are 1507 casinos in the USA, money is not spent elsewhere but locked in casino billion profits. Economy went down since casino industry was expanded. Bad for small businesses, bad for community, people losing houses, foreclosure rate grows. POLITICIANS GREED HAS NO BOUNDARIES. Very sad. Casinos lure people and pray on their weaknesses.
In my opinion all it is, is pure fun. The Gambler has the choice to decide if it is responsible or irresponsible gambling. Brings entertainment and gives people the risk they feel they need in life. In this case the saying of don't hate the player hate the game would be switched for gambling.
I have gone to Casino's for years. I take in what I am willing to lose, because the atmosphere is great and there is a slim possibility I may walk out with more than I walked in with. Me and my wife love to go to a casino about two times a year, and just get away. We spend our "extra" money we have saved up just for that occasion. We should have a choice to spend OUR money any way we choose, and yes some people do have addictions to gambling, but I am willing to bet that drugs and alcohol addiction are a MUCH worse problem than a Casino where most people go for a good time. I have a dozen friends that feel the same way and some friends that don't like Casino's at all......That's their American right. No one has a right to infringe upon that right. All my friends agree that even though they might not want to go, I and anyone else in America DOES RESERVE THE RIGHT FOR CHOICE! Its no different than telling me I have to stay away from Disney or Six Flags because they rip you off at the ticket gate just to ride on a potentially life threatening roller coaster or bumper cars, and pay outrageous prices for a souvenir inside the park. Its my choice to pay those outrageous prices with my hard earned money and to "gamble" on my safety.....Not yours.
• People use critical thinking and strategies when gambling in casinos.
• When you are gambling it is healthy to your brain because your using critical thinking skills and strategies.
• Gambling is a different form of therapy.
• The gambler finds relaxation in gambling which causes some good effects to health.
• Our economy gets larger from the different job opportunities.
• The government get lots of revenue from different casinos.
• The resulting increase in the tax revenue will also lower the tax burden on other sources.
• A new casino resort can create up to 10,000 new direct jobs.
• There is a larger diversity where there are casinos and gambling.
• People gain self-confidence from gambling inside of casinos.
• Some gamblers do not care about the money, they just want to have fun.
• From casino wins, even a poor person can become rich after gambling.
• Gambling and casinos are major tourist attraction. (e.G. Las Vegas)
• Many structures get built from casino money.
• Sometimes casinos give there money to different charities and funding.
• Tourism can attract one million visitors annually.
• Gambling cannot physically hurt someone’s health.
• The majority of people who gamble do not experience
• Gambling is seen like a low-risk social activity for participants of all ages.
• People can control gambling unlike drugs, cigarettes, and alcohol.
People should have the right to choose whether they want to take the risk of gambling. Even if gambling were made illegal people would find a way around this law, this would mean that the government would not get any of the money. The Government uses the money for education and healthcare (such as the national lottery fund). If gambling were banned it would only be the people running the illegal gambling who would make a profit.
The alternative to regulated gambling is criminally supplied gambling. It will never go away, and those who get lost in it are responsible for their own folly. Making it illegal might reduce the total number of damaged lives, but there are normal healthy people who like to play a game of roulette, poker, craps, blackjack, etc... Listen to some music, have a drink, and then call it a day - no harm done, and a lot of fun. Keep it legal, not for those who can't handle freedom, but for those who can.
Gambling is the symbol of Australia’s freedom and this nation’s citizens are proud to say, ‘We can gamble’. So ask yourself this: what idiot thought of banning gambling? If we ban gambling, would we be any better than North Korea? Would we be any better than the racist English? If we ban gambling, the quote ‘Australians all let us rejoice, For we are young and free’ wouldn’t be any truer than the statement, ‘One Direction band members are the most exceptional humans of this world’. So let us gamble ‘Beneath our radiant Southern Cross’.
Lots of people gamble for the thrill/excitement/satisfaction. So many people here are talking about gambling how addictions, but an addiction can't actually be controlled. However, a gambling 'addiction' can be controlled, so it is actually more of an obsession. Therefore, a so called 'gambling addiction' is actually more like a 'gambling problem'.
Gambling is a commodity in our society, such as food, alcohol, drugs, sex, money, work, exercise. Any one of these commodities can turn into an addiction. One day we are using these is a responsible way (we are in control) and then we cross an invisible line into addiction, where (we are no longer in control). Thank god for 12 step programs.
Banning Gambling would likely result in people finding different ways of gambling, namely illegal gambling since it's human nature to want to do what we're not supposed to do. Illegal gambling sites do not generate taxes and formal jobs. People are more likely to go risk high amounts of bets when gambling illegally because they're against the law and there are no limits as to how big they can go. People gambling illegally are also at risk of getting scammed. Illegal gambling sites may offer money loans to gamblers and people who fail to pay would have to deal with "loan sharks". Lastly, organizations operating illegal sites are often gang affiliated and may expose gamblers to drugs or violent affairs.
If the gambling be legalized in a control manner in India, billions of rupees of black money involved in the illegal gambling activity can be made available to the legal economy. The Indian economy is already losing this precious revenue whether betting is legalized or not. Alongwith with this, there should be a well enabled law which can protect right of people for carrying out it safely.