OPINION: What the gambling industry doesn’t understand about the anti-gambling crusaders

OPINION: What the gambling industry doesn’t understand about the anti-gambling crusaders

Article brief provided by Casino Reports
  • Christopher Gerlacher, Casino Reports
June 12, 2024 4:01 PM
  • Christopher Gerlacher, Casino Reports

There’s a common perception that if someone is an anti-gambling activist, they’re either excessively religious or they just don’t like gambling.

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There can be some degree of truth behind that perception, but it also misses some of the legitimate concerns that anti-gambling people raise.

People who oppose gambling for religious reasons have biblical text to cite, but the actual negative impact of gambling can go far beyond what’s cited in a biblical injunction against gambling.

Anti-gambling organizations also raise issues besides morality. A lack of responsible gambling policy, inadequate enforcement of existing gambling, and flawed incentive structures can lead someone to oppose gambling expansion without invoking moral concerns.