(Not So) Fun Gambling Facts

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Gambling can be a harmless pastime for most, but just like a drug, for some people, gambling becomes an addiction.  Estimates put gambling addiction in the United States at 5% of all gamblers.  It doesn't seem like much, until you realize how many people pass through the doors of a casino each and every day.  In California, by 2007, there were an estimated 1.2 million gambling addicts in the state, "300,000, or about 30 percent, more than before voters approved Proposition 1A in 2000 to allow Las Vegas-class gambling on Indian lands in California, according to figures compiled over the past decade by the state attorney general’s office and the California Council on Problem Gambling."  (Source:  "Tough Odds for Gamblers", Kevin Fagan, San Francisco Chronicle, December 24, 2007) 

(Not So) Fun Gambling Facts!   For more information on casinos, crime, and social and economic impact,  and to read the source material for these (Not So) Fun Facts,  visit our HOT LINKS!!  page, and read the reports available there  Also read Jeff Benedict's article "A Losing Hand"..


Did You Know?

- In 2004, tribal casinos in California grossed $5.78 billion.

- Only 9 percent of California's Native Americans benefit from casino profits.
- Electronic slot machines reach winning combinations much less often than might reasonably be inferred from the frequency of near-misses.

- By gobbling up the discretionary  - and non-discretionary  - spending of local residents, casinos devastate the economies of the host communities by making that money unavailable to be spent in local stores. .

- Casinos create only a modest number of new jobs, and for every job created by a casino, two to three jobs are lost amongst other businesses.

- Historically, wherever gambling has been legalized, the huge amounts of money involved have invariably corrupted the political process.


Did You Know?

- Gambling addicts tend to progress from losing all their money, then to losing all they can get from their family, and then from their friends, and finally to taking or stealing money from strangers.

- Two-thirds of gambling addicts eventually turn to crime to finance their habits.

- People who live within ten miles of a casino are twice as likely to be a problem gambler or pathological gambler as those who do not.

- 3% to 5% of all gamblers become problem or pathological gamblers. 

- That 3% to  5% represents more and more humans beings every day, as the number of gamblers increases due to increased opportunity to gamble at nearby casinos.

- California now has almost 1 million problem and pathological gamblers - and the number is growing.

- Addicted gamblers have a direct impact on the lives of 12 other people on the average.

- Gambling addicts account for between 35% and 50% of all casino revenues nationwide. They are the life-blood of the gambling industry.

- 80 percent of those problem gamblers are addicted to Indian casino gambling.
- Gambling addiction costs California taxpayers $1 billion a year in criminal justice costs,  debt, mental illness including suicide, substance-abuse, unemployment and public assistance.

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Did You Know?
- Violent crimes are 10 percent higher in casino counties.
- In the first fifteen years Atlantic City had casinos, violent crime rose by 199%, and larceny skyrocketed 481%.
- In Deadwood, South Dakota, arrests have increased 262% since the advent of casinos.
- In Black Hawk, Colorado, calls for service went from about 25 a year before gaming, to between 15,000 and 20,000 today.
For more information on casinos and crime, and to read the source material for these (Not So) Fun Facts,  visit our HOT LINKS!! page, and read the reports available there.



  Graton Casino Crime Watch, Rohnert Park, CA
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