The Effects Of Gambling In Las Vegas

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Known as the gambling capital of the world, it 's no surprise that Las Vegas is infested with issues that come with such a title. Las Vegas thrives on attracting tourists to come over for the weekend and spend all their hard-earned money at the slot machines and poker tables conveniently placed around everywhere around the Strip. Gambling is not just monopolized on the Strip, though; it can be found all throughout the city. Locals are greeted with the oh so familiar sound of a slot machine being played upon entering a grocery or convenience store. Gambling had been so normalized in Las Vegas that locals no longer bat an eye when stumbling into a gambling lounge in a building that usually wouldn 't warrant it. Gambling has become so normalized …show more content…
There are many different reasons why someone may begin to gamble. Being placed in an environment surrounded by the constant necessity of being able to win money is a reason many suffer from a gambling addiction and find it difficult to recover. In his book, Everyday Las Vegas: Life In a Local Tourist Town, Rex J. Rowley interviewed Howard Schwartz, owner of Gambling 's Book Shop, who stated, "This man won $800,000 in three days playing craps... a day later, he didn 't have a dollar." (164) When asked how he had lost it, the man replied with, "I 'm a degenerate gambler. I was always wanting a million." (164) Las Vegas over exerts the notion that anyone can win it big at a game of video poker and once they do actually win, they continue to play with the idea in their head that they will continue to win; much like the man who lost $800,000 because he was so close to winning a million. Earlier on in his book, Rowley interviewed Chuck Ballard who explained that, "The most dangerous thing is a person who comes to gamble, and wins." (69) This common misconception of being able to win an enormous amount of money negatively affects tourists, but hurts those who live in Las Vegas even more. Tourists come and go but locals remain in the place where their addiction is capitalized …show more content…
More information should be posted about Gambling Anonymous, a support group much like Alcoholics Anonymous, that tries to help those with gambling addictions who are searching for help to overcome it; one cannot get the help that they need if they do not even know it exists. Another way we can help to minimize the problem is to hang information and warnings on the side of slot machines and in casinos about gambling addictions. Just like cigarettes have their warnings for possible causes of lung cancer, slot machines should have a sign on the side that lists numbers that people can call to receive help on their addiction or for more information about them. More information about gambling addictions should also be taught at school. It may sound like a silly idea at first, but this is Las Vegas and if we are going to live in an environment surrounded by gambling, we should at least be informed about the problems that can arise from it. Schools in Las Vegas have curriculums about addictions surrounding drugs and alcohol and gambling is just as serious. Another way we can help minimize gambling addictions is to restrict gambling to just the Strip and not all over the city. Or have stores be required to own a

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