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Casino Grants to Fight Underage Gambling

Underage gambling is a problem, regarding both online casino sites and the rooms of private homes. Casino grants have been issued to help with this nationwide problem, with one state in particular taking this matter very seriously. Missouri nonprofit organizations, this year, will share a total of $160,000 in grants from the Kansas City Port Authority to fight underage gambling. Because the inception of online casino sites into the every day lives of people everywhere has occurred at such a rapid pace, online casinos have been a major cause for underage gambling in the US. They have also forced state governments to review the law on future policies regarding online gambling.

The largest grant of $93,938 goes to the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, located at Washington University in St. Louis. This grant has been given to help research the scope of the youth gambling problem in Missouri. It is certain that online casino sites will be included in this study. Online casino games and regular casino favorites are being played secretly among members of this demographic, many times leading to addictive gambling and the problems associated with gambling addiction.

A visiting associate professor to the university, Renee Cunningham-Williams, has stated that researches plan to interview hundreds of young people from the ages of 14-25 to establish prevalence rates for youthful gambling addiction. The key is to learn why, at what age, and how these young people start gambling. Although online casino sites are a joy for many online gambling fans, they can prove detrimental to young, underage gamblers. Both online casino sites and governments around the world know this is a serious matter, and are working towards finding a solution to this growing problem.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.

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