High Stakes

Paperback $18.00

Beacon Press | Jun 16, 2015 | 248 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807006375

  • Paperback$18.00

    Beacon Press | Jun 16, 2015 | 248 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807006375

  • Hardcover$25.95

    Beacon Press | Jul 05, 2011 | 256 Pages | 6 x 9 | ISBN 9780807006290

  • Ebook$25.95

    Beacon Press | Jul 05, 2011 | ISBN 9780807006306

Praise

“This important book will be of interest to all Americans but should be required reading for politicians who see gambling as a panacea for their state’s fiscal problems.”—Library Journal 

“Read this book: If you have a casino near your home. If you know someone who gambles. If you have kids. If you gamble. Sam Skolnik has drawn from a mind-boggling array of sources and data on gambling pathology and casino-industry economics, proving that, like it or not, casinos and gambling addiction are inexorably entwined.”─Christina Binkley, author of Winner Takes All: Steve Wynn, Kirk Kerkorian, Gary Loveman, and the Race to Own Las Vegas and columnist for The Wall Street Journal

“Combining his award-winning skills as an investigative reporter with his insights as a gambler, Sam Skolnik’s High Stakes examines the underbelly of America’s addiction to gambling. Propelled by the gambling industry’s promises of jobs and economic development, and ushered in by politicians assuring painless revenue streams, Skolnik reveals the truth in this important and long overdue book. High Stakes is a must read for every citizen who wants to understand the true cost of legalized gambling.”—Reverend Tom Grey, Field Coordinator and National Spokesperson for the Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation

Sam Skolnik tells this story with the added chilling authority of someone struggling to control his own poker habit. The result is a fascinating glimpse at the gaming industry’s seductive appeal and the price we’re paying as gambling is legalized more and more around the country.”─Pete Earley, author of Super Casino: Inside the “New” Las Vegas  

“Sam Skolnik takes you into compelling territory—the nation’s trillion-dollar gambling empire, the world of pathological addiction it has spawned, and its deceitful public relations spin.  With the research skills of a journalist, a cast of poignant characters, and a provocative personal story, Skolnik’s High Stakes is an important exposé.”—Sally Denton, investigative reporter and co-author of The Money and the Power: The Making of Las Vegas and its Hold on America

“Skolnik rips off the sparkly silicone sheen of glamour that coats the [Las Vegas] Strip and shows the whole skein of pathologies we live with here.”
—J. Patrick Coolican, Las Vegas Sun columnist


From the Hardcover edition.

Table Of Contents

Table of Contents…

Introduction: A Gambler’s Journey, and a Country’s
Chapter 1: The Other Gambling Addicts: The States
Chapter 2: Welcome to Las Vegas, Problem Gambling Capital of the World
Chapter 3: The Asian Connection
Chapter 4: The Rise of the Poker Junkie
Chapter 5: The Online Fix
Chapter 6: Evolving Science, Questionable Research
Chapter 7: A Federal Role, and a Look Forward
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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