An Unsafe Bet?: The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the by Jim Orford

By Jim Orford

An harmful wager? The Dangerous Rise of Gambling and the Debate We Should Be Having unearths how playing represents a hazard to public future health because of its inherent dependancy power, that's being deliberately downplayed via the playing and governments. 

  • Lays naked the level of playing and its results on society
  • Exposes the predicament for coverage makers, who're charged with keeping public health and wellbeing but additionally more and more depending on sales earned from gambling
  • Written through Jim Orford, an across the world revered authority at the topic
  • International examples develop the argument and display the worldwide stakes involved

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The Millennium Dome in London was one of the 27 applicants. The government was finally forced to concede, under the Freedom of Information Act, that prominent members of the government had been meeting with a US businessman who had a stake in the Dome and who also had business dealings with one of the members of the Casino Advisory Panel. In the end, instead of recommending the Dome, or the seaside town of Blackpool, long considered the front runner with a strong case on the grounds of need for regeneration (one of the selection criteria), the panel recommended Manchester City Council’s proposal to site the regional casino in a relatively poor part of inner Manchester, one of Britain’s very largest provincial cities.

2 shows how difficult it is for anyone thinking of installing a machine on their premises, let alone for a member of the public, to understand the differences between the different categories of machine and which types in what numbers are legal in what settings. In fact the Gambling Act allows for four categories of machine, with sub-categories, differing in permitted sizes of stakes and prizes. Although, under the new Act, machines of any kind would no longer be permitted in some premises where they had P1: OTA/XYZ P2: ABC c02 BLBK317/Orford September 17, 2010 12:49 26 Printer Name: Yet to Come An Unsafe Bet?

The fact of the matter is that they have been responsible for one of the shifts in the direction of mixing different forms of gambling and increasing the scope of gambling forms available at a single location. As previously mentioned, betting offices had already been allowed to extend the sports and other events on which they could lay bets, to use the telephone and internet to receive bets, to provide commentaries on sporting events from around the world, to advertise more freely and to modernise their premises.

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