The Gamblers - Addiction, Lottery, and Hollywood

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"Gambling. It's enormously fun for many and even an occupation for some, but what happens when you become addicted to it? What is the driving force behind gambling addiction? What happens in the brain to compel gambling addicts to keep gambling, no matter what the consequences are? And lotteries are run by the government and only the government-- why is this, and is it truly fair? And lastly, how is gambling and how are gamblers portrayed in movies? Are the portrayals accurate, and why are gambling movies so emotionally vested?

Ana Kasparian (Host, The Point and Co-host of The Young Turks) lead this weeks panel to discuss these issues and more with Annie Duke (Professional poker player), Tim Fong (UCLA Gambling Studies Program Co-Founder) and Michael Shure (Current TV political commentator). Special thanks to Steve Tromans (Hypnotherapist) and Jeff Ma (MIT Blackjack team, profiled in the bestselling ""Bringing Down the House"") for sending in a point.


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"Everyone believes the harm is how much money is spent, and that what’s driving the compulsive gamblers is a desire to make money. But the idea of winning money falls away when you get to the point of addiction."


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