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U.S. Gambling Research Shows No Increase in Problem Gambling

If you didn’t know it beforehand, now you do.

The Chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation (LVSC) and creator of the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling (CSIG), Sheldon Adelson, does not have the Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo in his pocket.

The results of a decade long study on the effects of gambling in the U.S. have been released and it’s good news for those who wanted to know that the number of problem gamblers has not increased in direct comparison with the rise in gambling outlets currently available to American punters.

We compared results from two nationwide telephone surveys, conducted a decade apart,” said John W. Welte, senior research scientist at the Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo. “We found no significant increase in the rates of problem gambling in the US, despite a nationwide increase in gambling opportunities.”

The survey was conducted via telephone, with 2,613 people interviewed between 1999-2000, with the follow-up questions being fired at a crowd of 2,963 people in 2011-2013.

Whilst it appears to be a blow to the anti-gambling brigade, the doom-mongers will no doubt point to the timing of the two reviews, with particular emphasis being drawn to post-Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) and the subsequent nightmare forever known as Black Friday as evidence that the assertion that there are more opportunities to gamble is rather flawed.

But we’ll take it.

The researchers found no statistically significant change in either problem or pathological gambling. Although we had no clear understanding of the measures used in the study, rates of problem gambling remained in the 3.5 to 5.5% range, whilst rates of pathological gambling remained in the 1.0 to 2.4% range.

The only other snippets of information that were released from the report were the facts that men are twice as likely to gamble as women, the prevalence of problem gambling amongst the females of the species decreased from 2.9% to 2.5%, the percentage of people who gambled in the past year had decreased from 82.2% to 76.9%, and there was a reduction in the average number of days that people gambled per year, dropping from 59.9 days per year to 53.7.

Our results show it is clear that US residents are gambling less often,” Welte said.

The reason that I don’t have more information for you is because the report is only available if you trump up the $39.95 to buy it, and I’m not saying I have a problem with gambling or anything like that, but I lost my last $50 betting that the raindrop on the left hand side of my window pane would reach the sill before the one on the right.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funded the rather expensive report.

Palestine is a Made up Nation That Only Exists to Destroy Israel

Whilst the Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo create ammo to fight against Sheldon Adelson and the CSIG, his all-seeing eye is firmly set on matters of greater concern.

Speaking at the first conference of the Israeli-American Council, (a Los Angeles-based group created to serve Israeli Americans in support of Israel) Adelson said: “The purpose of the existence of Palestinians is to destroy Israel.”

The octogenarian also suggested that they “build a big wall to protect themselves” and then give Palestine five years to prove “that they have given up on any intent to destroy Israel.”

When talk turned to their problematic neighbors in Iran, Adelson said he would “take action” against them. Let’s be grateful that his fellow Israeli-American Council buddy, Haim Saban, isn’t part of the online poker war, because when he responded to the Iran question, he said if he were the Israeli Prime Minister and a nuclear deal between the two nations threatened Israel, he would, “bomb the living daylights out of those sons of bitches.”

I dare to think what he would do to problem gamblers.



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Lee Davy

Life can be viewed as the sum of the parts or the parts themselves. I believe in the holistic view of life, or the sum. When dealing with individual parts you develop whack-a-mole syndrome; each time you clobber one problem with your hammer another one just pops up.