Casinomania, the Rise of the Machines

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With Americans feeding in coins at the rate of a billion dollars a day, slot machines make more money per year than McDonald-s, Wendy-s, Burger King and Starbucks combined. State legislators all over the US are discovering the slots as an easy way to reduce debt without raising taxes. This week, the Pennsylvania State Senate voted to authorize more slot machines than any other state but Nevada, in the hopes of keeping local gamblers from crossing the line to New Jersey or West Virginia. But some of the new video-type machines are creating false expectations that keep gamblers coming back. Warren Olney joins representatives and consultants to the gambling industry, an advocate for traditional family values, and journalists and psychiatrists for a look at compulsive gambling and its use as a course of revenue for law enforcement and schools.
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National Center for Responsible Gaming

National Council on Problem Gambling

National Gambling Impact Study

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