Gambling is a form of entertainment that many adults use to relieve stress, but for kids who do not know the dangers of gambling, it could become a problem.

That is what is happening in New York, according to a recent survey which suggested that problem gambling among teens is becoming more and more of a threat.

The survey, which was conducted in New York by the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), claimed that questions were asked that target signs of problem gambling to around 5,800 students.

“These findings give us critically important information and insights into the prevalence of problem gambling in New York,” said OASAS Commissioner Karen M. Carpenter-Palumbo. “New Yorkers, young and old, need to understand that gambling is a serious problem when it interferes with a healthy and productive life.”

Among youths, the most frequent activity in those who experienced problem gambling in the past year was playing cards, followed by betting on games of skill such as their own activities, sporting events, dice and lottery games.

The study suggests that it is important to teach parents about how to talk to their children about gambling in order to keep them from having problems with the activity.

“Parents need to understand that gambling may not be just harmless entertainment for their children and be looking for the signs which may indicate a compulsive behavior developing,” Commissioner Carpenter-Palumbo said. “Those signs can include a preoccupation with gambling activity, lying about the activity or stealing in order to get money for gambling.”

Gordon Price, Casino Gambling Web’s expert gaming analyst, said of the study, “With all the money coming into states with the expansion of gambling, a good percentage needs to go to programs designed to teach the community about the possible dangers of gambling, especially to the nation’s youth.”

Extensive studies have showed that gambling problems actually go down in areas where gambling has expanded if programs are instituted to teach the community about the possible perils of gambling.

The education system in Nevada is largely reliant on the action of gamblers as they receive millions and millions of dollars from casinos in the state.

Now a group of teachers are preparing to ask the state to impose higher taxes for casinos in the state.

The Nevada State Education Association initiative is being pushed by teachers to get it on the ballot for a vote. the concept of the initiative is that a 3% tax would be added on gambling revenues from the states biggest casinos.

By big casinos, they are speaking of those casinos that gross more than $1 million a month. the current rate of tax is 6.75, which would mean the tax would rise for these select casinos to 9.75, and would create over $200 million a year for education.

The casino industry takes care of one third of the total cost of public education in the state, which means that an increase would further advance their contribution to the education cause.

The initiative would have to pass both the 2008 and 2010 election before going into place.

Alcohol Ruled Not A Problem At Barona Band of Mission Indians Casino


Residents and county officials who oppose gambling in their communities have always used crime and unruly behavior as a crutch for their argument, but a judge has sided with a casino in the latest battle in court.

Judge Rodolfo Echeverria took the side of the Barona Band of Mission Indians and is recommending that the tribe be allowed to continue to serve alcohol at their large casino resort in San Diego.

Opposition tried to manipulate statistics to show that car accidents in the area and crime in the area was a direct relation to patrons drinking at the casino, but testimony from a traffic expert disputed their claims.

Further complicating things for the opposition is the fact that alcohol is only served in select locations in the casino resort, and not on the gaming floor, and the judge claimed that to be one of the reason’s for his recommendation.

The judge’s final decision will be reviewed by Steve Hardy, the director of the ABC, and a final decision will be made.

Whatever the final decision is, the battle for either side of the issue will not be over as Hardy’s decision can be reviewed by an appeals board.