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Wellesley Institute:
        Casinos and Your Health
•   Professor Jim Cosgrave
•   Department of Sociology
•   Trent University (Oshawa)
•   jimcosgrave@trentu.ca
•   Co-editor/contributor:
•   Casino State: Legalized Gambling in
    Canada
State-owned gambling
•   Alibi model          • Risk model
•   Organized crime      • Gambling as
•   Not private profit     legitimate business
•   Public benefit       • Entertainment framing
                         • Revenue
• Canadian approach        maximization
• >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>       • Risk management
                         • From gambling to
                           “gaming”
Issues and tensions
• State as regulator and promoter/beneficiary
• Finance vs. public health
• 4.8% of gamblers generate 36% of revenue: $4B
• (Williams and Wood 2004, 2007)
• Canada Safety Council: 360 gambling-related
  suicides/year
• Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs): slot
  machines and VLTs: highest rates of addiction
  (casino’s bread and butter)
• Least risk gambling>>>greatest risk
Issues and tensions
•   Casinos 24/7 vs. restrictions on alcohol
•   “voluntary” taxation (stealth)
•   “Responsible gambling”
•   State/government>>>market/corporation
•   No more alibis (e.g. online gambling)
I’m Losing Money. So Why Do I Feel So Good?
                  By RANDALL STROSS
                Published: January 12, 2013




• http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/busin
  ess/how-slot-machines-raise-our-hopes-
  even-when-were-losing.html?_r=0

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Casinos and Your Health

  • 1. Wellesley Institute: Casinos and Your Health • Professor Jim Cosgrave • Department of Sociology • Trent University (Oshawa) • jimcosgrave@trentu.ca • Co-editor/contributor: • Casino State: Legalized Gambling in Canada
  • 2. State-owned gambling • Alibi model • Risk model • Organized crime • Gambling as • Not private profit legitimate business • Public benefit • Entertainment framing • Revenue • Canadian approach maximization • >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> • Risk management • From gambling to “gaming”
  • 3. Issues and tensions • State as regulator and promoter/beneficiary • Finance vs. public health • 4.8% of gamblers generate 36% of revenue: $4B • (Williams and Wood 2004, 2007) • Canada Safety Council: 360 gambling-related suicides/year • Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs): slot machines and VLTs: highest rates of addiction (casino’s bread and butter) • Least risk gambling>>>greatest risk
  • 4. Issues and tensions • Casinos 24/7 vs. restrictions on alcohol • “voluntary” taxation (stealth) • “Responsible gambling” • State/government>>>market/corporation • No more alibis (e.g. online gambling)
  • 5.
  • 6.
  • 7.
  • 8. I’m Losing Money. So Why Do I Feel So Good? By RANDALL STROSS Published: January 12, 2013 • http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/13/busin ess/how-slot-machines-raise-our-hopes- even-when-were-losing.html?_r=0