Gambling Addiction and Issues Regarding Law and Gambling


Gambling as we know it today began as something of recreational interest for many ancient societies. With its increasing popularity as a past-time, gambling has come into its own as a safe and legal activity. Gambling is the risky wagering with the intention of winning something valuable on an unpredictable occasion with no guarantee of a win or a loss. Gambling therefore requires three components to be present: risk, consideration, and a reward.

Gambling can take many different forms but the basic rules always remain the same. When people place their bets, they must at least guess the right number that will correspond to the outcome of the game. This is because, when gambling, people are in a ‘think tank’ session and trying to weigh all the possible outcomes. When you place your bets, then you can win or lose on the outcome based on the numbers that have been randomly chosen. In addition, when gambling you need to be aware of the fact that casinos and sports betting houses do not play fair; if you are dealt a bad hand or you bet too much, then the casino may not pay you back or if you bet too little the house can run riot and you will not get your money back.

A popular type of gambling done at land-based casinos includes lotteries. While lotteries have a lot of controversy as a source of revenue for the casinos, lotteries do provide entertainment for the general public and they also serve as a means to generate revenue. However, lotteries are closely scrutinized by the law and many times used as a source of tax-free income for those that bet on lotteries. However, there are many different kinds of lotteries, such as drawings, raffles, slot machines, scratch off games, horse races, bingo, video games and lotteries organized by state and municipal governments.

Gambling can also be legalized, either through state or federal laws. While state legalized gambling is against federal laws, some legal aspects of some forms of gambling, such as online lotteries, are against federal laws as well. In the case of online gambling, the Internet allows for anonymity for those that gamble online and therefore it is very easy for people to try to circumvent anti-gambling legislation by using false identity information or purchasing a false identity. Similarly, in the case of state legalized gambling, state funded programs allow for corruption and often those that would benefit from state regulated gambling also benefit from the state legalized gambling. This corruption extends to the bingo industry in which too, the state regulates many aspects of the bingo industry, including the roll and face value of the bingo cards.

Many proponents of legalized gambling argue that it creates an atmosphere where people can be more disciplined about their money and more responsible consumers of goods and services. This is especially true for people who suffer from gambling addiction. This is because gambling addiction has such a strong influence over the victim’s perspective on money and they will often spend their gambling money in ways that are not desirable to them.

The legal issues surrounding online gambling are the same legal issues surrounding offline gambling and they include issues with the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate as well as the U.S. Conference of Organization and Management. These bodies have determined that the U.S. government should regulate online gambling in the same way that it regulates offline gambling. Although no final resolutions have been reached, the U.S. House and Senate have put forward measures to address the issue of online gambling.