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  • Date Submitted: 01/28/2010 06:29 AM
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Through the years, gambling has become America's

              pastime.   Over 60 million Americans make some sort of

              wager every day.1   When compared to other recreations(in

              billions of dollars) in 1990, gambling institutions made

              2.2 more than magazine sales, 8.3 more than book sales,

              20.9 more than theaters, and a whopping 21.8 more than

              movies.2   This number has increased to this high level

              because of the growth in the amount of legalized gambling

              establishments and the accessibility to these

              establishments, both of which increases the number of

              gamblers.   The compulsive or pathological gambler affects

              society most.   According to Stuart Winston,


                    The compulsive gambler is the backbone of gambling.

              Without the compulsive gambler, there would be no Las

              Vegas, no Off Track Wagering.   Two thirds of the race

              tracks in America would close.   The attendance of sporting

              events would drop 50%, and T.V. wouldn't bother with

              sports beyond championship events.....The compulsive

              gambler bets a piece of his life everyday, and a piece of

              his family's.   The other 45 million people who gamble are

              having fun.(Out of the 60 million who gamble every day)3

              These gamblers often resort to crime to pay off their

              debts and anger.   Even though legalized gambling has

              changed through time, and has been "accepted" in America

              today, it...


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