"Gambling is entertainment," says Vic Taucer, casino program...

"Gambling is entertainment," says Vic Taucer, casino program director at the Community College of Southern Nevada. This describes the way gambling is most often presented, both to the public at large and to communities where casinos, riverboats, and other gaming sites are being considered.

Despite concerns raised by organizations such as the National Council on problem Gambling in the United States, the argument that it's just good fun seems almost irresistible—until one looks behind the glitz and false hopes. This deeper look reveals that gambling tends to take over in many people's lives, that even in a busy casino, isolation may surround the individual staring into the face of a slot machine, that the expectation of a "big break" tends to be false.

Gaming: a benefit or a blight?
March 25, 1996

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