Technological Advancements in Gambling

A discussion on whether legislators are able to keep up with the technological advancements made in the gambling field.

This paper examines how gambling has played a great role in the birth of the United States and many educational institutes and how it has also helped to fund a number of charitable causes. It looks at how gambling is a double-edged sword that is beginning to cut through the very fiber of our society via the quick pace of technological advancements. It explores how state legislators are having an extremely difficult time with this quick pace and cannot pass legislation fast enough to halt the damage being caused by Internet gambling, video lottery terminals, and other computer-enhanced gambling devices.

Gambling Defined
American History of Gambling
Technological Evolutions Which Assisted in the Rise of the Popularity of Gambling
Internet Gambling
The United States Federal Government’s Attempt at Eradicating Internet Gambling
After the American Revolution and during the westward expansion, gambling began to evolve beyond lotteries, dice and card games. While it was still common for taverns and road houses to offer these simpler gambling vices, a new venue was starting to take off. By the beginning of the 1800’s, spurred by the increased populations of towns, rich-looking casino-type establishments began opening up. This was especially true in the Mississippi Valley which had the advantage of waterways which allowed for the transportation of cash-laden passengers by river boat to the variety of gambling venues upon and down the Mississippi River. The river boats which allowed for ease of travel up and down the rivers brought more people into the coastal southern towns. While the river boats themselves were not used for casino-like gambling, they were instrument in the rise of gambling which helped boost the southern state’s economies.