Jokers Wild: Legalized Gambling in the Twenty-First Century

Jokers Wild: Legalized Gambling in the Twenty-First Century

Jokers Wild: Legalized Gambling in the Twenty-First Century

Jokers Wild: Legalized Gambling in the Twenty-First Century

Synopsis

A history and analysis of gambling in the United States from bingo to state lotteries to Indian gaming and the rise of Las Vegas, this book reveals how we have become a nation of gamblers and what the future holds for the gambling industry. From the colonial era to the present, Americans have enjoyed a love-hate relationship with gambling. It is a pastime that has gone from sin to recreational activity, and an industry that has moved from control by organized crime to management by executives with MBAs. While gaming is one of the nation's fastest-growing industries, Barker and Britz predict that this process will slow or stop in the next century as the result of market saturation and unknown social and economic effects which loom over the glitz, glamour, and action.
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