"Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature."
Edmund Burke: Speech in House of Commons, 1780.
"Most players lose more often than they should because they know little or nothing about gambling."
John Scarne: World renowned gambling expert.
"We've become essentially a gambling nation. And yet it's amazing how little attention has been paid, in the academic world, to the rise of gambling."
Alan Wolf: Boston College political science professor.
"Gambling profoundly intersects with politics, economics, culture, and even theology."
David Swartz: Center for Gaming Research, UNLV.
"Certain it is that men, from the earliest ages, have been addicted to some form of gambling, or settling matters by chance. There is not an age of the world nor a people, who have not been gamblers."
George Devol: King of the Riverboat Gamblers.
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In the early thirties the State of Nevada teamed up with the existing illegal gambling industry operating in the state and a partnership was developed that would set an example for the rest of the states for the next eighty years. Nevada would lead the legal gambling movement and Las Vegas, a dusty little town in the desert, would become the Gambling capital of the world.
Today a large majority of Americans participate in or endorse gambling activities of one form or another. Individual gambling and the business of gambling, is experiencing a renaissance not seen since the gold rush days of the late 1800's.
Yet, gambling remains one of the most misunderstood activities in the country, even though it is practiced by a large majority of the people.
The games and the gamblers have been studied by scientists, mathematicians, historians, and other scholars for many years and the work continues today. A large body of factual information has been compiled about gambling and the gamblers, still few people know much about the work, or how it relates to today's gambling culture.
There is little non-bias information available to the public. They're continuously miss-guided by information put forth by supporters or detractors of gambling who have a position to protect.
The It's About Gambling Series, is an effort to educate the public. It's not for or against gambling; it's about gambling.
Taking advantage of his years of gambling experience and extensive academic research, Terry Terril designed this gambling presentation specifically for the general public.
This series of educational books examines the gamblers, the gambling towns, and the gambling games. They dissect the politics, economics and the social impact of the gambling industry. From gambling in the early colonies, the exploits of the river boat gamblers, the mining camps of the old west, to the current Mega Gaming resorts, Indian Casinos, and the Internet gambling boom, the new gambling culture of America is reviewed.
The "It's About Gambling" series can be purchased in paperback from Amazon.com along with Kindle books and Nook books from Barns and Noble. The series is also available in paperback and on CD from this web-site.
Speaking engagements can be scheduled for your school, your club, and other organizations. Individual classes can be arranged for groups who are interested in this well known but rarely understood activity, and would enjoy more of a face to face question and answer format.
As a gambler or a non gambler, you will surly profit from this information. That, you can bet on!
"Consider gambling. It is a fundamental human activity--that is, people have always gambled, they are gambling now, and will continue to gamble in the future. Gambling has been ubiquitous in human history, and the gambling impulse has served us well. It is part of "the adventurer within us"--that part of ourselves which lust for change, the wooing of the unknown, chance, danger, all that is new.
It sends us to both, the gambling tables and the moon, the laboratory and the numbers man. It is part of what makes us human."
Felicia Campbell, Ph.D. UNLV, Gambling Behavior and Risk Taking.
One of the first respected modern day voices in gambling to discuss the importance of honor and trust amongst his peers, was Doyal "Texas Dolly" Brunson. Brunson came to personify the notion that gambling could be a respectable profession. History also tells us that in the early days of the old west, gambling was considered a profession. It was as legitimate a calling as the clergy, the law, or medicine.