Gambling Information, Odds, and Fallacies
Gambling: What are the Odds
is an article that I wrote on the ethics and odds of gambling. Although it was written in 1997, I believe the issues it raises are still relevant.
My students and I have assembled a large
Annotated Bibliography on Gambling
that should be helpful to anyone beginning to research gambling topics.
Students from my Winter 2003 gambling seminar at Brigham Young University wrote the following papers:
Psychology, Lottery Marketing and Regulation
Complementarity and Substitutability of Casinos for Lotteries
A Comparative Study of Pathological Gambling and Alcoholism
Gambling and Islam
Efficiency in Sports-Betting Markets
And students in my Fall 2004 seminar wrote these next papers:
Betting with Magic: The use of magical belief systems in gambling
State Gambling Deregulation: Competition and Loss
Native American Casinos: The New Buffalo?
Many gamblers are victims of fallacious thinking.
Some of the common fallacies that plague gamblers
(and other people, too), include:
Anchoring and adjustment errors:
Illusion of control:
Mis-attribution of cause:
Arguments about gambling issues are themselves often filled with fallacies. Here is a
short list of logical fallacies common in writing about any controversial topic
LDS (Mormon) gambling resources
Some facts about gambling in Utah
Harvard Basis Online
Report on how religion--especially for Mormons--helps protect against addicitive gambling in Las Vegas.
President Gordon B. Hinckley's April 2005 talk on gambling
Other articles available at the LDS church's official web page
Articles and Reports
National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago:
"Final report to the National Gambling Impact Study Commision." March 18, 1999
Maryland Task Force Report on Gambling Addiction
National Council on Problem Gambling
Hope and Help for Problem Gamblers
or call the national helpline: 1-800-522-4700
Women Helping Women
support for women in gambling recovery. (Gambling addiction affects both women and men.)
Minnesota Gambling Problems Resource Center
Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey
Odds for California Lottery
PBS report: True Odds
Copyright © 2000-2006. Tyler Jarvis.