Note: This is not a scientific poll.
It should be outlawed outright.If a person is doing it for "fun" or "relaxation" then let him do it with play money. Half of you people out there can not police yourselves doing day to day tasks, doing stupid, risky things every day. So why should we allow a large percentage of irresponsible minors and 'adults to fitter away junior's tuition money, or the mortgage payment or the baby's formula?The people condoning legalization are preying on peoples gullibilities and stupidity. Someone has to take a stand for the large number of blithering idiots walking among us!
I agree with airedale1950. I watched a good friend and her husband go down the tubes because of gambling. They lost their home, car and her husbands business which he had for over 20 years.
I agree with much of what you say, but just like drugs, the problem is not going away anytime soon, if ever, and similarly, the most we can hope for is harm reduction.
Currently, most, if not all online gambling is based offshore/overseas, and not unlike with drug cartels, many BILLIONS of dollars are needlessly being siphoned out of the country.
Sort of like Walmart.
We live in a culture where gambling is glorified, if not regaled.How many weeks are left before the lead story on every local newscast is about Saratoga?Oh, wait, The Gazette just had some breaking news online, that Saratoga merchandise will now be sold at Hanniford. Never mind.
Wanna have some fun?Saratoga Gaming And Raceway!It's a WHOLE new game you know.By the way, the jackpot is now TEN! MILLION! DOLLARS!
And if OTB isn't the epitome of sanctioned online gambling, I don't know what is.
As is the case with drug addicts, HARD CORE gamblers care about "junior's tuition money, or the mortgage payment or the baby's formula", about as much as a crack head would.
P.S, It already IS outlawed for the most part (you can't use credit cards if you're a NYS resident)., but many have found their way around it.
Your abolitionist Carrie Nation line of reasoning doesn't work in the modern world, and that is why they are seeking to regulate it.
Banning something isn't going to make it go away; just ask drug addicts. If you regulate it, however, you can exercise at least a modicum of control.
If someone is that intent on gambling (an addict, if you will) and you take away their website, they're just going to take the two- or three-hour drive to Turning Stone or Mohegan Sun or they're going to find so-called backroom games. Taking down these websites is only affecting the casual player who wages a few dollars here and there and the professional player who makes his living (and in some cases a pretty good one) in these games.
As long as there is ANY form of gambling (legal or illegal), there are going to be gambling addicts, just as there will be drug addicts as long as there is ANY way (legal or illegal) to obtain marijuana, cocaine or whatever the mind-altering substance of choice is. Too many people in society have yet to realize that you can't solve a problem simply by simply outlawing it.
I think regulation is better than banning. We all have a right to make decisions about our own lives and take responsibility for the consequences. Unfortunately, human nature does cause us to lose control, sometimes. That is the point where regulation can help.
How many 10 year old children get to change Daddy's bad decisions? They only get to suffer the consequences.