The average casino earns $1.9 million per day with $662,000 of this attributed to gaming bets. For the most recent year for which data is available, this accounts for nearly $14 billion in annual revenue. While gambling is big business in Las Vegas, it can also be a serious issue when people do not take it seriously.
It is estimated that 2 million people in the United States suffer from gambling addiction. If an individual believes they or their loved one may have a problem, they should watch for these warning signs:
- The gambler uses gambling to escape a problem or to deal with a depressed mood
- The gambler loses time from work or school due to their habit
- There is a personality change, such as increased irritability
- The gambler uses the money for bills or other essentials on gambling
- The gambler experiences anxiety or emptiness when not gambling
- The gambler is experiencing financial problems due to their habit
- The gambler is borrowing money from others to support their habit
- The gambler has trouble controlling their impulse to gamble
- The gambler is neglecting other responsibilities like work, school, or family
In a city like Las Vegas, it is easy for a fun pastime to suddenly become a serious addiction, so it is important to carefully watch for these signs if gambling is becoming a problem. Some additional tips from the Daily Journal for gambling responsibly include:
- Don’t use a credit card to gamble – Gamblers should only be using disposable income that they can afford to lose, not using a mortgage payment or racking up debt.
- Set limits – Before venturing out to a casino, one should set a hard budget for how much they are willing to spend. Leaving cards at home won’t be tempted to take more money out. Also, setting a limit for how much time a person will devote to gambling will be helpful.
- Participate in other hobbies – Don’t turn to gambling as the first way to cheer up. Enjoy other activities, too.
- Don’t drink and gamble – Drinking lowers inhibitions and affects judgment, two things that can majorly impact decisions when it comes to gambling.
- Admit to the problem – If a person believes they have a problem, the first step is to acknowledge it. Then, reach out to someone for support, such as Gambler’s Anonymous.
About the Law Office of Joel M. Mann
The Law Office of Joel M. Mann is a Las Vegas-based criminal defense firm. Joel M. Mann represents clients throughout Nevada who are facing criminal charges for casino marker debts, DUI, drug charges, domestic violence, sex crimes, and other state or federal offenses. Joel M. Mann represents clients in all of Nevada’s state and federal trial and appeals courts and is among the few attorneys who have been sworn in before the U.S. Supreme Court. Joel M. Mann is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, National College for DUI Defense, and Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Defense. He has been listed in Nevada Super Lawyers every year since 2011.
Those who have questions about gambling debts or Las Vegas criminal charges can contact Joel M. Mann today. He offers a free consultation to discuss the case and legal strategy.
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