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    Default Poll: 67% of NJ residents oppose online gambling

    A statewide poll conducted by Fairleigh Dickinson University says a majority (67 percent) of New Jersey residents oppose legal online gambling in the state. The same poll also reported that a majority of N.J. residents support legalizing sports betting.

    A press release about the poll can be found here:

    https://www.gpwa.org/article/poll-sa...ambling-196513

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    I bet you that most people who oppose to this is because they don't no much about the subject anyway! They just hear the word gambling and they'll reject it in their subconscious

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel_LCP View Post
    I bet you that most people who oppose to this is because they don't no much about the subject anyway! They just hear the word gambling and they'll reject it in their subconscious
    Absolutely. Anyway I don't see what's the difference. Betting is betting whether it's on sports, casino or any type of game.
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    Or they could have family members who have lost everything to gambling and know the social costs of gambling.I would think there may be many in Las Vegas who feel the same.In Atlantic Canada there are big issues with the VLT in the bars ,Just in my tiny hometown there are plenty of people who lost everything , school teachers who were considered well off now have to work during their retirements.People divorced even some suicides.

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    "New Jersey voters are not ready to embrace betting by Internet" , maybe it is because of the frauds scattering over the web. Perhaps New Jersey players find internet betting not safe rather than the actual betting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagerjunction View Post
    Absolutely. Anyway I don't see what's the difference. Betting is betting whether it's on sports, casino or any type of game.
    Really? You don't see the difference? That's like saying any shopping is shopping. Or any meal is just calories. Or perhaps you're playing devils advocate?


    For what it's worth - here is my opinion ...

    Sports betting tends to be event based, and outcome oriented, and because of this there tends to be a significant delay between placing the bet and getting the profit / loss.

    Addtionally, sports betting has the potential for a social element that comes back to the real world. Betting on the local team, or old school, and then watching the event on TV. You talk about the game all week, talk about it at the bar - and perhaps place a wager.

    Finally, an additional factor in New Jersey is that I understand that internet horse racing bets within the state are perfectly legal thanks to a special interest carve-out. If sports punters have got used to betting on "the ponies" via the internet - then betting on sports via the internet seems a natural extention.

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    Conversely, casino and poker betting are far shorter duration events, and so the addictive factor is far higher.

    You only have to see the location of the slot machines in physical casinos to grasp the idea that the "one-armed bandits" are the "crack cocaine" of the gambling world.

    Casino losses occur in seconds, and significant losses are ramped up far quicker than in sports.

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    Outside of the US, sports betting is probably seen at the same level as taking a ticket in the weekly lotto/keno draw. There is very little negative connotation or stigma involved.

    If you say you are playing the pokies, slots, or blackjack online, then people do still tend to think negatively about that.

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    Just to clarify the results of the poll in case there is any confusion, the question about sports betting does NOT refer to betting on sports on the Internet. Rather, it asked whether people sports books should be allowed to operate in brick and mortar casinos outside of Nevada.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGooner View Post
    Really? You don't see the difference? That's like saying any shopping is shopping. Or any meal is just calories. Or perhaps you're playing devils advocate?
    That hurt Gooner

    I understand your point of view. On the other hand though, having worked in sportsbetting for about 4 years, I have seen that it can be as destructive as betting in casinos addiction-wise.

    I've seen people lose everything - job, spouse, house, etc - because of sportsbetting. Same applies to horseracing.
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    Maybe its the wrong connotation of the word "gambling", but in reality its just like other betting game its just how you play the game. I wonder if this will affect the decision of Gov. Christie?

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    I wouldn't ever wonder why the people of New Jersey is opposing online gambling.. Their state governor itself is still also undecided regarding the matter and his reason maybe is that he is being pressured by some other US senates that are against the legalization of online gambling. Another factor is after the positive vote of the senate, some conservative members of Christie's party speak out their negative opinion about this move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casinobonusguy View Post
    Or they could have family members who have lost everything to gambling and know the social costs of gambling.I would think there may be many in Las Vegas who feel the same.In Atlantic Canada there are big issues with the VLT in the bars ,Just in my tiny hometown there are plenty of people who lost everything , school teachers who were considered well off now have to work during their retirements.People divorced even some suicides.
    Exactly.

    What a refreshing response to read on an affiliate forum.

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    The quote from casinobonusguy makes an argument for online gambling as opposed to it (IMO). Why? The amount of funds that can be lost by a player are limited to the credit card capacity. This is an important limitation that curbs the potential damage that can be done by problematic gamblers. Also, there's regulated online casinos such as (LuckyLiveCasino.com) that force players to configure limits on how much they can lose in a day, week, month or year. When a player reached those limits then the casino stops taking bets. These limits can not be adjusted until after 24 hours after a request. In my opinion this is a big step in fostering the recreational gambler seeking entertainment vs. the problematic gambler who exceeds his financial ability to such extend they do harm to themselves.

    A regulated environment will help protect players, generate tax revenue and stabilize the industry in the US.

    Quote Originally Posted by casinobonusguy View Post
    Or they could have family members who have lost everything to gambling and know the social costs of gambling.I would think there may be many in Las Vegas who feel the same.In Atlantic Canada there are big issues with the VLT in the bars ,Just in my tiny hometown there are plenty of people who lost everything , school teachers who were considered well off now have to work during their retirements.People divorced even some suicides.
    About Gooners comments, I always read his thread and learn a lot from what he writes.

    I don't know that much about sports betting. The first bet I made on sports was superbowl 2010 (Go Saints!). Betting on the Saints made watching the superbowl much more fun. That being said, it's hard to make a relation between the problematic nature of sports betting vs. casinos soley on the bet frequency. I think you would have to take into consideration many other factors as well when comparing them. Average wager amounts and deposit methods (agents who come to your door knocking for money etc) being some. I think the issue is complex. I would like to see sports betting regulated as well as online casinos and poker.

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    I think folks may be missing an obvious reason for NJ residents opposing online gambling: It competes with Atlantic City and the state's tax base. NJ draws players from outside the state, to atlantic city to spend money. Online gambling draws players away from AC. I'm not sure what people in Nevada think, but i bet it's similar.

    I'm sure there are plenty of people who are against gambling, period, but many who are ok with it would likely want online gaming banned forever to protect their gaming and tourism business.

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    Betting is gambling, don't they know it? No matter what the time lapse on both, both still utilize two common elements, a wager and a result.

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