Author: Thomas

Don’t be daunted by the huge variety of poker games. On the whole they all revolve around the same principle – the player with the best five-card poker hand wins (although there are some versions where the worst hand takes the money, but more on that later). This means that poker (in all its forms) is a vying game. The players bet on who holds the best combination of cards, progressively raising the stakes (and thus the value of the pot) until either a showdown occurs, when the player holding the best hand wins the pot, or all but one…

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The amount of time that employees had worked in the gambling industry did not appear to exhibit any linear relationship with PGSI scores, as no significant correlation was detected between the two variables (R=0.038, p=0.257). Nevertheless, it is worth noting that those employees who had been in the industry for less than one year exhibited the lowest levels of moderate risk and problem gambling, as can be observed in Table 36. As can be seen in Table 37, these employees also were the least likely to have increased their gambling since they began working in an OLG or resort casino.…

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Approximately 19,000 people are currently employed by Ontario‘s casino industry (J. Berkovitz, personal communication, January 6, 2010), and many more are employed by the province‘s more extensive, general gambling industry. The gambling industry‘s ability to create jobs in Ontario and other parts of Canada has received considerable attention and it seems to often be perceived as an especially important benefit that the industry provides. For example, the CGA recently released an ―Economic Impact Study‖ boasting that Canada‘s gambling industry directly sustains over 135,000 full-time jobs nationwide, with nearly 50,000 of them in Ontario (Canadian Gaming Association, 2008). Such figures were…

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