An Unsafe Bet?: The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the by Jim Orford

By Jim Orford

An damaging wager? the harmful upward push of playing and the talk we should always Be Having unearths how playing represents a risk to public health and wellbeing as a result of its inherent dependancy power, that's being deliberately downplayed through the playing and governments. Lays naked the level of playing and its results on societyExposes the difficulty for coverage makers, who're charged with maintaining public well-being but additionally more and more depending on sales earned from gamblingWritten by way of Jim Orford, an across the world revered authority at the topicInternational examples develop the argument and display the worldwide stakes concerned

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In contrast, use of lotteries other than the NL, football pools and bingo were well maintained even up to the oldest age group. The proportion of multiple-interest gamblers was at its highest amongst 25–34 year olds. The numbers of total abstainers from gambling were highest at the two ends of the age distribution: over 40% amongst both 16–24 year olds and those aged 75 and over. Although the numbers of Black and minority ethnic (BME) group respondents was comparatively small, there seemed to be a strong ethnic group effect, with participation in all forms of gambling lower for BME groups than for the majority White group.

67 Where the internet site is based is probably of less interest to players themselves. 69 If the aim of the British Government, when it decided to go for the most liberal option of legalising all internet gambling for British operators and players, was to make sure that Britain was at the forefront of the expansion of online gambling, then it appears to be succeeding. According to one review published in 2007, just over 100 online gambling sites were operating in the UK, a number only exceeded by Costa Rica, Antigua and Barbuda, Kahnawake Mohawk Territory in Quebec, Curacao and Gibraltar.

37 By redesignating FOBMs as B2 category gambling machines, and withdrawing initial objections to the siting of them in betting shops, the government and its gambling regulator have legitimised this new form of gambling and contributed to its normalisation as part of the accepted, modern gambling scene. This is a perfect example of how gambling opportunities have snowballed. It was argued that they were not offering casino games because they were machine controlled; also fixed odds P1: OTA/XYZ P2: ABC c02 BLBK317/Orford September 17, 2010 12:49 Printer Name: Yet to Come The Rise of Gambling in Britain 29 and a large maximum stake made it look as if they were suitable for a venue previously dedicated to horse race and other sports betting.

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