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Should gambling be legal?(Casino)

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
My grand-parents are totally against gambling at Casinos(they don't know much about the other types of gambling that happens, sports, horse racing, ect.)

They believe that gambling at Casinos should be illegal. I was wondering what your thoughts were on the issue? Do you agree with them, or you don't mind it that it's legal?

Personally, I have no problems with gambling at Casinos. I don't go often, maybe two to three times a year, but I don't believe it should be illegal.

Thoughts?
 

Nevyrmoore

AKA Ass-Bandit
Isn't gambling the whole point of a casino? Wouldn't banning gambling from casinos put ALL casinos out of business?
 

Babe_Ruth

Sultan of Swat
Staff member
V.I.P.
Yes, it would put them out of business if was illegal.

But the question I'm asking is whether do you believe gambling at Casinos should be legal or illegal?
 

Hilander

Free Spirit
Staff member
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I have no problem with it being legal. The problem comes in when someone is so addicted to gambling they can't stop and their kids end up homeless. I really don't know what you can do about that though. Just like you can't stop a alcoholic from drinking but it shouldn't be illegal for everyone else.
 

Danno

Registered Member
I don't think it should be illegal. I've been a regular in a casino for 5 years now but never gambled in there, I just go for a drink after work. Gambling isn't my thing.

Touching on what Hilander said, I thnk it would be a good idea to treat heavy gambler's as you would treat somebody who was way over the limit after drinking. If you're in a bar or something and you are so drunk that you can barely walk, a manager or whatever may as you to leave as you've had too much.

Same should go for gambling. If you see someone putting a ridiculous amount of money into a machine or a table, subtly advise him/her they are spending too much.

I know casino owner's couldn't care less how much money the average Joe throws away, but in that case, don't put up those responsible gambling signs everywhere if you aren't going to help people yourself.
 

Nevyrmoore

AKA Ass-Bandit
But the question I'm asking is whether do you believe gambling at Casinos should be legal or illegal?
Considering the fact that gambling is what casinos are all about, I'd have to say I'm for it being legal. Banning gambling at casinos would effectively be like banning casinos (unless they can find a way to keep people visiting). The casinos aren't actually doing anything wrong; the people gambling are free to stop at any time.

On another note, I would like to address what Danno said:

I thnk it would be a good idea to treat heavy gambler's as you would treat somebody who was way over the limit after drinking. If you're in a bar or something and you are so drunk that you can barely walk, a manager or whatever may as you to leave as you've had too much.

Same should go for gambling. If you see someone putting a ridiculous amount of money into a machine or a table, subtly advise him/her they are spending too much.

I know casino owner's couldn't care less how much money the average Joe throws away, but in that case, don't put up those responsible gambling signs everywhere if you aren't going to help people yourself.
The reason managers and landlords don't sell people alcohol when they're too drunk is because alcohol affects your actions and such, and can be a health risk. Further, having heavy drunks hang around is bad for business as the other patrons don't want to deal with that. Gambling doesn't affect your actions, isn't exactly a health risk in and of itself, and having big spenders at a casino won't turn other people away. Finally, putting up the responsible gambling signs and doing nothing about it when people don't gamble responsibly is pretty much like a tobacconist having stop smoking leaflets on the counter.
 

ChaosHerald

Registered Member
Well, I agree with all of you. I think that it's ok if gambling in casinos is legal. Like everybody said, casinos would most probably go out of business and to be honest, you are not posing a danger to anyone if you gamble.

I'd like to point out something else though: making casinos illegal could just tempt people to go there even more. We're mostly still like children, so the more something's not allowed, the more fun it is. And, if you think back to the times of alcohol prohibition in the US, this could even become a potentially high income criminal enterprise, with gangs fighting over territory and so on... I know I'm exaggerating, but still, it's possible.
 
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