Is Legalizing Gambling a Good Bet for Addiction?

Gambling back in the early 1990’s posed a problem on American soil. On June 26, 1991 there were public hearings held on sports gambling with the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks. The testimonies of several persons that were opposed to legal gambling led Congress to pass the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 1992 that stated how sports betting would proceed going forward. The act, except for the states of Montana, Oregon, Delaware, and licensed sports pools in Nevada, outlawed any sports gambling in any capacity nationwide.

This act has remained intact until last month in May of 2018 when the Supreme Court deemed that PASPA was unconstitutional by the definition of the Tenth Amendment. This amendment denotes that the individual states have rights that are not specifically granted to the government to protect each state and their residents such with the regulation of gambling.

The state of New Jersey started the ball rolling to legalize gambling in 2009 by formally challenging PASPA. State Senator of New Jersey, Raymond Lesniak, filed a lawsuit that stated that the protection act discriminated against forty-six states by allowing four states to allow sports betting.  For the next nine years, New Jersey helped gain momentum with the support of their residents and eventually the backing of the state’s government to get PASPA repealed. Now it is only a matter of time before Atlantic City will become another epicenter for sports gambling.

With approximately $150 billion dollars are gambled illegally in the United States each year, New Jersey has led the way for other states to grant the capability for legal gambling going forward. There will be no surprise that this opportunity to bet legally will spread like wildfire with big business and state government wanting to get a piece of the pie.  

The biggest problem that legalized gambling poses is the surge of people that could gain a process addiction disorder from the accessibility to the licensed sports betting. Research has already shown that there are 15 million Americans that have a gambling addiction with the lottery, slots, and other casino gaming. Statistics of addiction would most likely increase with the addition of sports betting, which may help with the economy, although it could become a disaster for someone’s pocket book and potential for addiction.

Gambling addictions are started by lack of impulse control which makes opening up gambling to all sports a danger to some people. Legal betting may get some people to double down and for others, gambling will keep them at odds.  

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