By Stephen Katz
By Stephen Katz
"Americans no longer believe the pitch that gambling is 'economic development', and a 'painless revenue stream.' People aren't listening to thieves promoting gambling as 'just another form of entertainment' like shopping and the movies.' The bloom is off the gambling rose and its thorns are starting to pierce the consciousness of America." - NCALG (National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling) Executive Director Tom Grey.
After having many years of support group experience in a leader capacity I have learned a few things about appropriate support and confrontations. Many of the situations I dealt with were life and death and loss of a loved one for many reasons including addictions of all sorts. So even though I'm on the other side of the fence right now, I still have the knowledge to be able to relate this information to this group, so it can be more functional. I can hear a lot of frustration in some of the posts right now... so without having to address each and everyone of these...
Written by a 37 year veteran of the casino industry
If people do not lose their money in casinos
They will lose it somewhere else Why not take their money
All gamblers are MUGS All we have to do is get them in the door
They cannot win No casino has ever gone broke It is a license to print money
If people are stupid enough to gamble
They deserve all they get
Or all they DON'T get We sell them a dream
And a dream is all it is
And all it ever will be
We never talk of "gambling" We talk of "playing"
We never mention the word "lose"
The following is part of a comprehensive study (re-written) on pathological gambling (gambling addiction) from the Library and Archives of Canada: "3. Conceptualizing, defining and measuring problem gambling." The original study is in the public domain.