Legalized Gambling

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Legalized Gambling Have you ever wagered on a game? If so you were gambling and should have been fined. Gambling should be legalized in the state of Florida. The lawmakers, who have decided that it is evil for you and me to gamble, have justified it as a means to scam billions from citizens in order to compensate for their mismanagement of tax money. First they waste what they collect in taxes and then recover the wasted billions with gambling scams to get more, much more. Adding insult to injury, they pass laws that could put a taxpayer in jail for placing a dollar wager on a pool game. God forbid we should lose a few dollars to a slippery pool hustler, when we could be hustled legally by the state, Shamos has argued this point before (97-101). Gambling as with most ideas came from Europe. It evolved from simple bets to games of chance, later evolving to cards and etc. Some colonists such as the Quakers and Puritans lost little time in enacting America's first law against gambling in 1638(Shamos 103). Gambling continued in the form of lotteries, which supported most schools and public works. During the late 18th century card games were enjoyed as a fashionable after dinner alternative to music in America's homes. Supposedly during the late 1700's every commoner gambled. George Washington at Valley Forge, where men were desperate for food and morale was low among the troops, gambling was a daily activity (Shamos 103). " A typical colonist in attitude was the untypical man George Washington who was content to gamble at cards all day" (qtd. in Solotaroff n.p.). As America grew gambling (casino) grew as well. One invention had the greatest impact on America than anything else, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ai alai, or just casinos. If gamblers want to risk it all on one shot, it is their money, their profession, and their choice. Bibliography: Works Cited Cardoza, Avery. Casino Blackjack. New York: Cardoza Publishing, 1981. 7-31. Dambrink, Jane. The Last Resort: Success and Failure in Campaigns for Casinos. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 1990. 7-18. Saad, Lydia. "Gambling Attitudes: Americans on Sports Betting". Gallup Poll Monthly December, 1992. n.p. Solotaroff, Ivan. "The Book on Gambling". Esquire. September, 1994. n.p. Thompson, William. Legalized Gambling: A Reference Handbook. Santa Barbara, Ca: ABC-CLIO, 1994. 31-45. Ugret, Carl B. House Rules. Boston: Penguin House Company, 1996. 73-75.

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