Gambling is perhaps as old as humankind, and it has a long and storied history in the U.S. Although legal gambling is becoming increasingly popular, it is not without controversies, including addiction and association with crime and other social problems.
As this infographic by Nowsourcing shows, more and more states have been legalizing some forms of gambling. Where I live, in Washington D.C., local officials and media are hotly debating a proposed plan for a new casino across the river in Maryland.
Whether to approve a new gambling center is a complicated question, that must weigh the costs of increased policing, more drunk driving, more traffic, job creation, addiction, and other issues. Historically, a lot of people have opposed gambling on moral grounds, although it’s clear the practice has been far from stamped out.
And what to do about online gaming?
We thought this infographic was worth a look. What do you think?
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