Why Casinos Matter

Here is a report on the impact of casinos on our society. Full of significant statistics, this report presents 31 impact statements from health and social sciences.

http://americanvalues.org/catalog/pdfs/why-casinos-matter.pdf

Some startling statistics (with proof following) from the report:

#5   Modern slot machines are carefully designed to ensure that the longer you play, the more you lose. (pg 16)
#6   Modern slot machines are highly addictive. (pg 16)
#7   Modern slot machines are engineered to make players lose track of time and money. (pg 17)
#8   Casinos depend on problem gamblers for their revenue base.  (pg 18)
#11  Problem gambling affects families and communities as well as individuals. (pg 20)
#12  Young people are viewed as the future of casino gambling. (pg 21)
#16  Casinos extract wealth from communities. (pg 24)
#17  Casinos typically weaken nearby businesses. (pg 24)
#20 State regulation of casinos creates a conflict of interest, in which the state is charged with protecting the public from the very business practices that generate revenue for the state and which the state is co-sponsoring. (pg 26)
#23  Some states are propping up failing casinos. (pg 28)
#25  Regional casinos are a regressive source of revenue for the states. (pg 29)
#26  Research on gambling in America is largely funded by the gambling industry. (pg 31)
#28  State sponsorship of casinos is a policy contributing to patterns of inequality in America. (pg 33)

CONCLUSION:  State sponsorship of casino gambling is regressive and damaging policy. (pg 36)

Get the facts and help protect our families and communities.

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