The Impact of Casino Gambling

Father John Flynn , Zenit, 9/30/2013

Casino gambling is extending its reach into the American population and is causing a large range of problems, as well as contributing to economic inequality. This is the argument of a report published Tuesday by the Council of Casinos titled "Why Casinos Matter: Thirty-One Evidence-Based Propositions from the Health and Social Sciences." The council is an independent group of scholars convened by the New York based Institute for American Values... Evidence from scholarly studies on the relationship between casino income and problem gambling consistently and robustly points to the conclusion that casinos disproportionately rely on problem and pathological gamblers for their revenue base," the report stated. The report cited a variety of estimates from numerous sources. The percentage of gambling revenue from problem gamblers ranged from about one-third to up to a half of total revenues.

Subjects: Gambling, Casinos


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