By Past Chairwoman of the Board Shirley Rodgers
I have never been a fan of professional football. I did, however, marry a man who very passionately followed professional football. I could tolerate his passion regarding watching his favorite team. However, I did not understand why it was necessary to watch all other games. He said it was because the other games affected league standings – which affected his team. To another passionate football fan, this explanation probably makes perfect sense. To me, it was ridiculous. So, in an effort to turn me into a football fan, he decided I should bet parlay cards with him. more »
The U.S. and the world recently “celebrated” Super Bowl Sunday for the 46th year. The festivities and hoopla have grown more intense with every passing year. So, too, does the economic impact. Hosting the game alone is estimated to have added $500 million dollars to the Indianapolis, Indiana economy (Associated Press), and the total estimated wagering on the football game is between $7-10 billion dollars in casinos, online and with bookies (ABC News). Perhaps the greatest emerging challenge to the field of problem gambling prevention and treatment is the looming prospect of online gambling of some kind or another. Recent initiatives in Iowa, Nevada, and the District of Columbia appear to be the precursors of efforts by state and/or municipal governments to “enhance revenues” in the face of crippling shortfalls in gross revenues. As we have already seen, proliferation of gambling venues and expanded access to legalized gambling have already come with significant social costs as well as the expected social/economic benefits.
Online gambling opportunities proliferate with the speed of the Internet. For example, as described by Howard Shaffer, PhD, CAS, Harvard Medical School, Division of Addictions, “by 1996, according to Rolling Good Times Online gambling magazine, there were 452 gambling-related sites on the net. By January 2, 2004, a casual Sherlock search of the Internet identified more than 377,000 web sites related to “Internet gambling.”
Internet gambling may be a particularly insidious form of gambling activity, since it erases most obstacles to gambling behavior and allows for the even greater privacy and ease of access of gambling in the home. That is, it may be easier for gambling to remain a “hidden” addiction longer, with increased severity of impact. It may provide a greater vulnerability, as well, if personal information, financial transactions and credit/banking information is shared online. Whatever its potential impact, and however it may be regulated, the prospect of online gambling, whether intrastate or internationally, should be cause for careful thought among those interested in or concerned about problem gambling.
The next step to United Way grant funding was completed 2/9/12 following our application for $75,000 in grant funds. Denise and George gave five United Way Board members the grand tour of the Center and answered questions about the “TOPGUN” grant that RPGC submitted (“Treatment Opportunities for Problem Gambling Urgently Needed”). more »
Judy Cornelius has been known to gaming and problem gambling experts, therapists, researchers, teachers and economists for years as the go-to gal at the University of Nevada, Reno’s Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming for more than 25 years. This past June, Judy packed up her office and headed home to her cat, her garden, and a long list of plans including visiting family in Las Vegas, traveling with her loved ones, and enjoying a real retirement. She has been seen at the Center several times, especially at the recent October Parking Lot Sale, looking very busy and reporting that retirement is busier than she imagined! more »
By Shirley Rodgers, Past Chair and Board of Directors Member, RPGC
Is Internet Gaming the Answer? This is the question addressed in an article by Matt Richtel published in The New York Times on August 14, 2011. The District of Columbia and many states believe the answer is “Yes!” Adding funds to depleted coffers is the main objective. According to one D.C. official, $9 million in revenue would be realized in D.C. from the legalization of Internet gaming. This revenue would come from a combination of new gamblers and existing gamblers who currently travel to neighboring states to gamble. Illinois budgeted a staggering $200 million in additional revenue by moving their state lottery online to capture more players. California estimates $140 million to $200 million in added annual revenue if they legalize internet gaming. more »