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Concern that VLTs Cause Gambling Addiction

The call to bring an end to gambling and online casino sites by the anti-gambling bloc in the United States is not a new one. However, recently this faction has declared war on a specific area of gambling devices – Video Lottery Terminals, also known as VLT’s. Experts on the subject are saying that Video Lottery Terminals cause a lot more harm than good. They do not contribute to the economy or the employment rate and are only good for their owners. These experts also contend that Video Lottery Terminals are highly addictive and can cause many gambling problems.

Those who disapprove of gambling and online casino are quick to point out that Video Lottery Terminals are considered the most addictive forms of gambling in history. They claim that two out of three people with gambling problems were addicted to video machines and that these gamblers became hooked within one year of gambling at VLT’s. The anti-gambling faction points out that gambling addiction is detrimental not only to the gamblers themselves, but to their families.

Only further research can show whether gambling at Video Lottery Terminals is really such a devastating pastime. It is safe to say, though, that gambling, like anything in life, should be done in moderation and players should stay in control at all times.

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.