AirTalk for June 9, 2010

Should online gambling be legalized, regulated and taxed?

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In this photo illustration a 'join now' button is displayed on a screen on an online gambling website on August 7, 2006 in London.

Some people just can’t stop gambling: no matter how much they lose, the rush of adrenaline keeps them coming back for more. Online gambling, although technically illegal, just gives these stricken people another route for feeding their habit. Now Congress is considering another approach: legalize it, tax it, monitor it, and, just maybe, use some of the funds to help reform compulsive gamblers. But will this really help the situation, or just make it easier for more people to fall into the trap of compulsive gambling?

Guests:

Michael Waxman, Executive Director of the Safe and Secure Internet Gambling Initiative, which is supporting the push for regulation of online gambling.

Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the California Council on Problem Gambling

Les Bernal, Executive Director of Stop Predatory Gambling, a DC-based non-profit that works to restrict what they see as predatory forms of gambling, including state lotteries.


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