Despite the ever growing popularity of casinos and Poker tournaments, there are still those who view gambling as nothing more than a wasteful diversion. But anyone who cares to study the facts objectively will realize that the gambling industry has served, and continues to serve society and the economy.
During the 1600s, the English settlers introduced numerous forms of gambling activities, and one of the most popular was the lottery. As more and more people patronized the game, the revenues generated from the purchase of the tickets went to funding several commercial and business enterprises. This helped a lot of people, and the situation repeated itself in California.
It is also a fact that gambling transformed Las Vegas from a small dusty town into the entertainment capital of the world. During the 1930s revenues from gambling spared Nevada from the difficulties of the Depression. As revenues increased, so did the proceeds that went into funding schools and other public services.
The same can be said for Atlantic City, which was rescued from economic stagnation by casino operators, providing employment for thousands of people. This situation, of course, is not unique to the United States, but is repeated wherever there are gambling establishments anywhere in the world.
In some countries, there are specific government run gambling and gaming establishments, whose income goes directly to charitable organizations. Bingo, for instance, is well known for being a consistent fundraiser for churches.
Needless to say, casinos also provide job opportunities for thousands of people. As some job openings for casinos do not always require a college degree, this provides other people with little formal education to improve their status in life. Certainly all of these contribute to the economy and overall health of a nation.
Of course, entertainment is a major part of the services rendered by casinos, and this also comes with the very best security and comfort than anyone can aspire for. How often does hear of a client complaining of a casino that does not pay out on time? Almost never.
When all the facts are taken into account, it becomes clear that gambling has a definite place in society, and is the reason why it has always been there, from the dawn of civilization to the present. Yes, it is a source of entertainment, but it also provides for the other needs of society and the economy.
It is true, there are those who still look at gambling negatively, but fortunately that number is decreasing, as more and more people are becoming aware of the benefits that it has, and continues to bring to people.