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Provides print and electronic resources on the topic of gambling.

About Gambling

Las Vegas gaming.

Gambling, or “gaming,” is betting money on any game or event. It takes a variety of forms, from nickel-and-dime poker to state-sponsored lotteries. Different forms of gambling are legal in different parts of the United States.

Americans disagree on the extent to which the government should control or prohibit gambling. Some people claim that gambling is a dangerous and potentially addictive habit that can harm people emotionally and socially as well as financially. Some religions discourage gambling as well. Others say that for most people, gambling is a harmless form of entertainment. They argue that legalized gambling can actually benefit the economy without causing serious social problems.

(Opposing Viewpoints)

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  • Is video gambling harmful?
  • Is compulsive gambling a disease?
  • What should be done, if anything, about Internet gambling?
  • Do casinos benefit local economies? Is the benefit worth the social impact?
  • What is the relationship between gambling and crime?
  • Should companies disallow gambling in the workplace? (consider lottery pools/NCAA tournament brackets)
  • Does gambling contribute to animal cruelty (dog and horse racing)?
  • Is there a contradiction in the partial funding of education through Florida's state lottery?
  • What is the impact of the 2018 Supreme Court decision that allows states to authorize sports betting?