Gambling Casinos – Chances Are You Will Enjoy Them

Gambling casinos are establishments that provide accommodation for individuals to engage in gambling activities as well as to entertain themselves through concerts, sporting events and stand-up comedy, among many others. These establishments were created to keep gambling off the streets and to be able to control some individuals from taking advantage of those who are into betting and taking chances. These include card games such as poker and black jack, horse racing and lottery to name a few. The amount of betting may start from a very small amount perhaps a dime to a dollar but can rise to thousands of dollars.

The origin of gambling can be traced back to the Chinese in 2300 BC but it was believed that every society had its own form of gambling during the ancient times. Dice are considered to be the oldest form of gambling which were originally used for fortune telling in ancient Egypt. These were made of bones and teeth of animals while the shape of dice we know today was created in Korea and used in the Buddhist game called Promotion. Subsequently games using dice were brought and developed in different countries such as Rome where even children were taught to gamble and throw dice.

Another integral part of gambling similar to the dice is the deck of playing cards. Its origins can be traced back from the Chinese Turkestan in the 11th century but it was the French who were credited for the invention of the playing cards in 1387. These already had the suits we know from the playing cards of today which are the spade, club, heart and diamond. Johann Gutenberg of Germany was the first to print a full deck of cards in 1440.

Gambling casinos, on the other hand, began in Europe where the term casino meant a small villa or summerhouse which was usually built on the grounds of large Italian homes or palaces. Subsequently, in the 1600s different forms of gambling found their way in the United States through immigrants who introduced various kinds of games. In the 19th century public buildings where gambling and sports took place were called casinos as well as riverboats on the waters of the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers in early 1800s.

Gambling casinos became illegal due to professional gamblers who resort to cheating to make money. This made gambling in general immoral and professional gamblers were blamed for curtailing the economic growth and endangering the streets because of numerous crimes they committed. However, this did not stop gambling casinos to go underground and gaming operations for organized crimes were created. The 20th century witnessed the building of the first of many casinos in Nevada which were believed to be financed by mobsters such as the Flamingo in Las Vegas which was opened by known New York mobster, Bugsy Siegel in 1947.

In subsequent years gambling casinos, even though tinged with concerns on the morality of gaming and betting, were legalized in different states such as New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Monte Carlo among others. The reason leading to the legalization of gambling casinos was to help revitalize the economy of different states and cities.

Offshore Gambling – A Real Review On Offshore Gambling

Offshore gambling is commonly defined as the voluntary risking of a sum of money called a wager, stake, or bet, on the outcome of a game or other event. Gambling is risking something of value on the outcome of an uncertain event. Gambling is central to almost everything we do as human beings. Gambling is legal in 48 of 50 states. Offshore gambling is very much a leisure activity.

Internet gambling, for the compulsive gambler is defined as follows: Any betting or wagering, for self or others, whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depends upon chance or skill constitutes gambling. Casino gambling involves betting, whether individually or in pools, in games of chance where the odds of winning or losing are artificially created so that those who win do so (at least in part) at the expense of those who lose. Offshore gambling has been branded the new “opium of the people” in a Church of Scotland report presented to the General Assembly. Internet gambling becomes a problem when it causes a negative impact on any area of the individual’s life. Internet casino gambling can include playing the on-line or video lottery games, playing cards, dice, or dominoes, playing slot machines, betting on sporting events (with or without a bookie), betting on the horses or greyhounds, betting on games of skill (bowling, pool, golf, video or arcade games), and many other activities.

Offshore gambling is the new pre-marital sex. Online gambling can be addictive, but only to persons that have an addictive personality. Online casinos are a choice adults make about how to spend their own money. Internet gambling is a more responsible way of gambling than going to a brick and mortar casino where there is no limit on the amount you loose, where you are encouraged to continue gambling. Blackjack gambling online for example, is growing rapidly over the last 2 years and attracts many companies to invest in this ancient game. Gambling systems can be better monitored to avoid problem gambling than traditional forms of land-based gambling. Online casinos have regulations in nations such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and Antigua ensure that consumers are treated fairly and the games are completely honest. Online poker fans from the States are already comparing this era of prohibition to that of the 1920s. The level of interest in online gambling remained relatively consistent throughout the year and actually increased in July 2001, at the same time as the introduction of the Interactive Gambling Act.

Online casinos as they do present some difficulties for the new player to get accustomed to, have none of the intricacies as land-based casinos do. Gambling is based on the evil desire to get money or goods, which belong to someone else without giving fair value in exchange. Offshore gambling is big business, bringing in huge amounts of cash and tax revenue, and employing thousands of state citizens. Gambling is essentially an expression of a covetous spirit and in my opinion offshore gambling is so appealing because of the opportunity to get something for nothing. Online casinos are successfully regulated in many parts of the world, so it can obviously be regulated in the United States. If you think of gambling as a form of entertainment, that seems to take a lot of the mystique away, and it may be easier to see that gambling is pretty harmless if one looks at it from an economic point of view.

To be continued…

Casino Gambling in Georgia – Should Casino Gambling Be Made Legal in Georgia?

The State of Georgia is facing a budget shortfall for fiscal 2009 of over $2 Billion. And states do not have the luxury of running deficit spending, and printing up paper money to cover the shortfall. State budgets must be balanced each year. So, Georgia needs to give serious consideration to a new revenue stream.

State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) has announced his intention to introduce a bill in the 2009 legislative session to allow voters to decide if they want gaming in Georgia. His bill would allow voters of each Georgia county to decide whether or not they wanted gaming in their county. The Georgia Assembly and recent governors have been cool to the idea of casinos in Georgia. But the legislature has never allowed any gaming proposal to be voted on in a general referendum or any other popular vote.

The big question is: Should gambling be made legal in the state of Georgia?

Answer Number One: In a free society, individuals are free to use their income and assets whichever way they choose. There should be no moral, ethical, or even Biblical sanction against gambling. Some people believe that gambling is a sin, but a sin should not be made illegal when it does not initiate force or fraud against another individual. Said another way, if I use my money to gamble with, it’s my business.

Answer Number Two: The State legislators have already settled any moral trepidations they may have ever had over gambling. It is already legal here in Georgia in one form. Fifteen years ago, lottery gambling became legal in Georgia, and to date, has generated over $15 Billion in tax revenue. Sales for fiscal year 2008 climbed to a record-breaking $3.5 billion, exceeding the revenue generated during fiscal year 2007. So, the State of Georgia has already been in the gaming business for over 15 years. Casino gambling is simply another form of gambling. However, with casino gambling, the state will not have the monopoly, but private enterprise will own and operate the casinos.

With a 15-year history of successful gaming under its belt, it is going to be pretty hard for the Georgia General Assembly to refuse casino gambling without exhibiting massive hypocrisy. But massive hypocrisy has not stopped them in the past.

But, what about other states where gaming is legal? What has their experience been?

To find out, I went to the website of the American Gaming Association in Washington, DC.

In Nevada, the granddaddy of them all, where gaming began in 1931, tax revenues from gaming have been a large part of the state budget. In 2006, Nevada gaming had 201,000 employees and tax revenues were $1.034 Billion. Nevada’s budget for 2009 is set at $6 Billion, so gaming revenue comprises about 17% of that state’s total income each year.

Mississippi legalized gaming in 1990, passed by legislation and local option vote. There are 30,500 gaming employees, and tax revenue for 2006 was $350.44 Million.

Louisiana legalized gambling in 1993, passed by legislation and local option vote. Tax revenue last year was $559 million, another $68 million from racetrack casinos, with 20,300 gaming employees.

Michigan legalized gambling in 1996 by statewide referendum, local option vote and legislation. Michigan has 3 casinos that generated 2006 tax revenue of $365 million.

So we see here that other states have long histories of success with casino gambling.

Casino gambling would be a welcome addition to the convention business in Atlanta and other Georgia cities. Las Vegas has been stealing away convention business for years now with their gaming and entertainment attractions. The Georgia hospitality and restaurant industries would also get an infusion of business as they support gaming tourism.

Atlanta has another competitive advantage as a gaming destination…Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the busiest airport in the world. It’s been said that you can’t even get to heaven without connecting through Atlanta. Our presence as a Southern regional transportation hub makes Atlanta an easy gaming destination for the two thirds of the population of the US that lives east of the Mississippi River.

Casino gambling can be a valuable addition to the economy of Georgia. I hope that the Georgia General Assembly can find its courage and conscience and votes in favor of casino gambling in the 2009 Legislative Session.