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May 25, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Addicts have only selves to blame

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Regarding the recent article in the Las Vegas Sun, “Committee wants more money to help problem gamblers”:

As a gambler, I understand the pitfalls of gambling addiction — thanks to the Las Vegas Sun and the public library, I have read it all.

Just like every other business, casino operators promote their business and offer many rewards to gamblers to entice them into the casino. Slot machines and gambling tables do not create gambling problems — people create gambling problems for themselves.

As adults, we have many decisions to make in this world — if we gamblers choose to spend our money at the casino and live like “tobacco road hillbillies,” that is our decision to make and we should not whine and cry about it.

It’s time for problem gamblers to face reality — if they can’t handle losing money, they should stay out of the casino. It is a well-known fact that casinos are the place where almost everyone loses money.

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