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Americans bet $125B on sports in 4 years since legalization

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Stevicus, May 14, 2022.

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  1. Yes, people should be free to gamble as much as they want

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  2. No, gambling is harmful to society

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  3. Lotteries, race tracks, and sports betting are okay, but I am against casinos

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  1. Stevicus

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    Americans bet $125B on sports in 4 years since legalization | AP News

    I thought this was interesting, since there has been more and more gambling in America overall. When I was a kid, gambling tended to be associated with just Nevada and Atlantic City. Even state lotteries weren't all that common, and they were nowhere near the big bonanza of the Powerball or MegaMillions that we have today. Sports books existed, but they were generally illegal and underground, in the realm of organized crime. Even where it was legal, organized crime seemed to dominate, such as the Mob's control of Vegas up until the 70s and 80s.

    But there are also those who think of gambling as evil and a terrible vice, something that respectable people wouldn't do. My paternal grandparents had that view, as they saw any winnings from gambling as the same thing as stealing it. I even recall a local Catholic church was under attack for running bingo games (to raise money for the church), but since it involved gambling, some people were against it.

    But now, it seems that societal attitudes have changed quite a bit. Gambling seems to be a big industry now. But as a result, the article mentioned that this has increased the number of problem gamblers out there.

    As for me, I've never been much of a gambler. I've dabbled in it, but I'm just not very lucky. Never gamble more than you can afford to lose.

    Any gamblers here? Is there anyone who believes that gambling is against their religion or that it could be seen as stealing? Should gambling be legal?
     
  2. ChristineM

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    Not American, not a gambler, so my opinion for what it's worth, it may not be worth much.

    Gambling can be addictive, it can break apart families, leave people homeless, so it should not be legal and illegal gambling should be dealt with with the full force of the law.

    However it is legal so the body who legalised it should take responsibility for their actions and provide adequate support for the hardship they have caused
     
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    I just play poker.
     
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    Alcohol can do that. What makes gambling different?
     
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    Nothing, alcohol should be treated the same way
     
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    That "not be legal" part, that doesn't work except to make dangerous criminals rich and powerful. Do people across the pond tend to know the name Al Capone? That's what illegal alcohol got us, and it was the same with illegal gambling.
     
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    It is better to be legal and with some control over it than illegal. The internet is international so banning gambling in the US did nothing. Do you think that gambling miraculously climbed to that number from nothing? I am sure that it increased a bit, but very few gamblers paid any attention to US laws against it. Keeping it illegal only supports organized crime. There will still be organized crime associated with it, but now they get a much smaller slice of the pie.
     
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    I like blackjack card counting.

    I use the Hi-Opt 2 blackjack card counting system in order to determine my deviation from basic strategy play, this in conjunction with a six vs. ace side count to formulate a Zen count for calculating my mathematical win advantage in order to determine my bet amount.



     
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    I didn't know it had been illegal in the US :)

    I'm not in favour of addictives being legal, generally.
     
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    I don't know how on line Black Jack works. but casinos tend to have experts that can tell when people are counting cards. Though not illegal casinos do have the right to trespass anyone from their property that they want to at any time. That is why there are no professional Black Jack players. One may be able to get away with it on the occasional weekend for a while, but sooner or later one will get caught, or perhaps I should say that a counter will raise the suspicions of a casino to the point that they will kick them out.
     
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    I do not like it being legal either. Here is the question, how would you ban it? It is better legal and under some control than illegal and without any control.
     
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    Yes a toughie. Banning murder doesn't seem to eradicate that either. I do think laws (and education) should present a bulwark against certain behaviours in order to (try) maintain a civilised society. Otherwise, what do we make illegal?

    (I drank alcohol for nearly 40 years, so maybe I'm just a hypocrite).
     
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    Casinos fund support groups and prevention treatment programs for compulsive gamblers.
    I stay under the pit boss radar by changing up my appearances, and I never spend too much time at the same casino. :cool:
     
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    Not exactly the same thing. Banning murder does greatly reduce it. If one was free to murder Chicago's present murder rates would look like heaven. Banning gambling online was as ineffective as banning breathing. Many people did not even know that it was illegal since it was so easy to do.

    By making it legal one opens the doorway to more control. Something that one does not want to do right away. If legal sources offer the same ease and odds that illegal sources do they can quite often out compete them. And one thing that one is more sure of with legal sources is getting paid when one wins. When the illegal sources have diminished then the way is open to taxation and other regulations. It also gives a surer way to prosecute people that use illegal sources. Remember it was the IRS that put Al Capone behind bars, Not the FBI.

    If one can tax and regulate then money can be set aside to help those addicted to gambling.

    By the way, my gambling is very limited. When either Megamillions or Powerball gets to at least 300 million I will buy one single solitary ticket for $2.00. I know that I will lose, but it is a cheap fantasy. I also know that there is no point in buying more since at my level of buying there is almost no change in my odds of losing by purchasing more than one ticket.
     
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    That is a good policy, but one can be caught doing it even in a single session. Good luck to you, and just don't push it too hard.


    I played blackjack once. I lost a whole $20.00. That would be $40.00 in today's money. Maybe a bit more. Dang that was an expensive lesson:rolleyes:
     
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    If it's legal for the state it should be legal for the private individual.
     
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    I can assure you there are professional Blackjack players.
     
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    ̶W̶h̶e̶n̶ ̶I̶'̶m̶ ̶i̶n̶ ̶c̶h̶a̶r̶g̶e̶ if I were in charge, all proceeds from gambling would go to charity, and all losses would be a tax write off.
     
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    I'm the same way. If I can't win with one ticket, I won't with ten.

    I keep my limits in check as well.

    I still remember seeing a person literally buy about a hundred lotto tickets and I had the compulsion to advise instead for him to buy something nice for himself, but alas, if that what he wants to do with his money.....
     
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