Could Legalized Gambling Actually Decrease Crime?


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Imagine a world in which police and other law enforcement officials could spend more time concentrating on violent crimes instead of illegal gambling operations. That is the possibility that presents itself if more states would legalize casino gambling.

Authorities in West Virginia this weekend have raided an illegal gambling operation and walked away with 144 gaming machines. They made no arrests in the raid. Dozens of law enforcement officials were involved.

At a time in the US when even law enforcement agencies are cutting back jobs, more focus is needed on illegal activity in which people are getting seriously, if not fatally, hurt. The time to focus on minor gambling operations has passed.

“In the US, there are people being robbed, homes and businesses being vandalized, and children being abducted. yet, law enforcement agencies continue to focus much manpower on crimes such as illegal gambling. It is taking up valuable resources that could be used efficiently in more serious crimes,” said a former officer who wished to remain anonymous.

States have started the process of changing their gambling laws. They are doing so to help with shortcomings in their budgets, but the residual effects could impact crime in these areas.

With gambling becoming legal in casinos, people will no longer have to go to illegally run operations to enjoy slot machines and poker.

“If more states legalize casino gambling, there will be no market for these illegal operations. If the demand is not there, then the money is not there. Once the money disappears, so does the illegal operations, leaving police officers to do more important work,” said the officer.



Craps is perhaps the most popular game of casino dice . It is a unique game in that there are two ways by which you can win in this game. Either you play as the shooter (the one who simply rolls the 2 dice), or just as a spectator making the bets based on the shooter’s throw.

Playing as the shooter:

A player throws 2 dice from one end of craps the table to the other. The sum of the dice is determined if the shooter wins or loses. Rolling “2”, “3” or “12” on the first roller is a loss for the shooter. On the other hand, shooting “7” or “11” is an automatic triumph. If the shooter rolls any other number however, he or she gets to roll again (and again as necessary). That the first rolled number (except for 2, 3, 7, 11 or 12) becomes the “point” of the shooter (or simply target). The shooter then aims to roll until he or she rolls the point or “7”. Roll the point before rolling “7” is a triumph. Rolling “7” before the point is a loss.

Place bets as a spectator:

Being a spectator is really a bit complicated than being the shooter as there are quite a number of bets that you can make apart from betting on whether or not the shooter wins. Here are some of them:

Step line – this pays off at 1: 1 if the shooter wins (ie the shooter rolls “7” or “11” on the first roll or the shooter rolls the point before “7” on rolls that have success). The bet is lost any time the shooter loses (ie rolling “2”, rolling “3” or “12” on the first roll or rolling “7” before the point).

Is the game played? the bet comes while the bet line of the pass, except that these are for bets only after a first roll has been made, and the shooter has neither won nor lost yet

does not pass the line – also paying off in 1: 1, this is simply the opposite of the bet line of the pass. In other words, if the shooter loses, the bettor also loses.

He ?? no bet is played because it does not pass the bet line except that these are for bets only after a first roll has been made and the shooter has neither won nor lost yet.

Odds Bet – these bets can be placed with any of the above bets. Disbursement depends on the point number, however.

6 large and 8 large bets – If the roll is “6” or “8” respectively before “7”, the bettor wins. This pays off at odds of 1: 1.

Ace and twelve bets – this pays off at huge odds of 30: 1 and is won by the spectator if on his next roll, the shooter rolls “2” or “12” respectively.

Any 7 and any 11 – the wins of the bettor if on his next roll, the shooter rolls “7” or “11” respectively. Any 7 pay off at odds of 4: 1 while any 11 pay off at 15: 1.

There are several more types of bets that one can make and the returns depend on the success probabilities of those rolls. The ones listed above are just some the most popular.