By Jim Orford

An damaging wager? the damaging upward thrust of playing and the controversy we must always Be Having finds how playing represents a risk to public overall healthiness as a result of its inherent dependancy capability, that's being deliberately downplayed by means of the playing and governments. Lays naked the level of playing and its results on societyExposes the limitation for coverage makers, who're charged with keeping public future health but additionally more and more depending on sales earned from gamblingWritten via Jim Orford, an the world over revered authority at the topicInternational examples develop the argument and display the worldwide stakes concerned

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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. The fact of the matter is that they have been responsible for one of the shifts in the direction of mixing different forms of gambling and increasing the scope of gambling forms available at a single location.

Ever since the Gaming Act of 1845, the agreement that a gambler entered into by betting with another gambler or a gambling promoter was not considered to be a legal contract; if the debtor did not wish to pay up there was nothing in law that the creditor could do about it. Gambling was in that sense viewed as outwith the law. Needless to say, however, promoters had their ways of enforcing payment of gambling debts. 92 Even after the legalisation of off-course betting in 1960, that position, consistent with the principle P1: OTA/XYZ P2: ABC c02 BLBK317/Orford 38 September 17, 2010 12:49 Printer Name: Yet to Come An Unsafe Bet?

Scratchcards, betting on horse races, using ‘slot’ EGMs and playing lotteries other than the NL, are the only forms where the past year percentage of players exceeded 10%, and in all those cases more than half of those who did play said they did so less than once a month. Despite all the media attention and controversy that surrounds casinos, the proportion who said they had done any playing of casino table games in a casino was a mere 4% and threequarters of those said they had done so less than once a month.

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