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Additional Resources for Gambling Handbook

What follows is a list of Videos, Websites and Books related to topics covered in this mini-encyclopaedia. It is by no means exhaustive but is merely presented for those wishing for more information. Information from the Internet is aimed at different audiences – it ranges, as we know, from extremely technical academic texts to brief clips of celebrity views on a range of improbable topics. We have devised a legend to act as a guide to the accessibility of the various resources listed. It is as follows:-

Easily accessible material. Reading level at about Grade 10 – 12 or Adult Basic Education Training Level 3 – 5.
Slightly challenging material calling for a measure of focus and interest in the topic. Matric to post-matric level.
Academically sophisticated material probably requiring tertiary level education or definite prior knowledge of and familiarity with topic.


Grading Topic Video
We start with a quirky video which makes you think!
This is a video about how the solution to a gameshow problem turns out to be a problem in probability.
Monty Hall ProblemMonty Hall Problem
Working out Probability from events
This is a video about how one calculates the probability of a particular event from first principles by dividing an event
Probability & statisticsProbability & statistics
Video about the odds for throwing a die!
This is a video about how one works out the probability of a particular number on one die or pair of numbers on 2 dice.
Rolling a dieRolling a die
Example of a classic dice game
This is just one example of the very many dice games that can be played either for fun or for money if one is gambling. Of interest to those who may not be aware of how dice games work. Needs a fair degree of familiarity with the concept of gaming hence the grading.
Rules for dice gamesRules for dice games
Example of Blackjack – a popular gambling game
This is a video a clip of interest to those either familiar or not with the game of Blackjack. This is an extremely popular game at Casinos although it can also be played at home. Needs focus but is not intrinsically challenging to watch.
History of Gambling in the USA
This is a fairly long video (8 minutes) but it gives a very clear and detailed overview of the beginnings of gambling in America. Links to the whole series are given in the section on the History of Gambling in Gambling in the encyclopaedia.
History of gamblingHistory of gambling
Example of a slot machine
In this video you can see an example of a slot machine such as those you find in Casinos throughout the world, including in South Africa. Once again of interest perhaps particularly to those unfamiliar with Casinos.
Bally Blazing slot machineBally Blazing slot machine
Anti-Gambling Videos
Two very short video clips which try to show why gambling is not a good idea and is a waste of money. Very accessible and in many senses again a good example of "propaganda" aimed at the lowest common denominator in audiences.
Down the drainDown the drain Betting on our futureBetting on our future
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Grading Topic
Risk Taking in Teenagers
All gambling involves some risk taking and adolescence is a time when young people start developing risky behaviour. This article is not about gambling but is about risk taking behaviour. If used for educational purposes, working in pairs is recommended in order to discuss content.
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Risk Taking Questionnaire
RiskThis is an example of a questionnaire that is given to adolescents between the ages of 11 and 14 in an attempt to identify those adolescents who are potentially high risk takers. Obviously if such instruments are used they are to be done with full consent and guarantees of confidentiality. Language is easily accessible as it is aimed at adolescents.
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WheelWhat is Gambling?
This site gives a brief overview of what gambling is. It is useful to discuss with a person who may have a problem potentially with gambling. Fairly comprehensive and an attempt not to oversimplify but generally straightforward language and concepts.
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What is Gambling all about?
WheelThis is a very detailed article. We suggest you read the introduction and then go to point 3.1 and 3.2 to see the different types of gambling. You can follow the links to other sites about each form of gambling if you are interested. Fairly advanced level in terms of detail and language.
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HistoryHistoryHistory and types of Gambling
This is a very detailed and exhaustive article on the different types of gambling that are available such as those found in Casinos; betting on sports; or card games.. It also has many links to more detailed articles on each type of gambling. Graded at three level partly on language and partly on level of detail.
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Select Recommended Reading List

What follows is a short list of texts with a brief description of each, selected from the many available, relating to the topics covered in the mini-encyclopaedia. Users interested in reading more widely on any topic should go the Amazon site; select Books and then type in the topic concerned, such as Gambling Addiction for a list of available texts of possible interest.


Breakwell, Glynis M; (2007)
The Psychology of Risk
Cambridge University Press

As we know, risk surrounds all of us all the time. With insight into the topic our lives can be enhanced. This accessible text comprehensively unpacks and analyses the psychology of risk, looking at how individuals think, feel and act when faced with risk. In addition it explores how society and institutions deal with and categorise risk. The book contains chapters on all the major issues in the psychology of risk, including risk assessment, the perception of danger, decision-making, the emotional aspects of risk and crisis and risk management. The author uses examples to demonstrate the significance of her research findings. It is an excellent overview of current thinking on the topic which also shows intriguing possibilities for further exploration of the topic. Grade 10 – 12; ABET level 3 – 5 Level

White, William L; (1998)
Slaying the Dragon: The History of Addiction Treatment and Recovery in America

Chestnut Health Systems

This is an extremely comprehensive and virtually exhaustive text on the history of addiction treatment and recovery. Much more than a simple history of Alcoholics Anonymous, it in addition, explores the various cures, including successful and sham ones, attempting to deal with the issue. It is an excellent overview of the many challenges that have been faced and are still being wrestled with, in a bid to successfully treat substance abuse in the USA. It is highly recommended reading for anyone with an interest in treatment and recovery.  
Grade 10 – 12; ABET level 3 – 5 Level

Addiction: Treatment
Shavelson, Lonny; (2002)
Hooked: Five Addicts Challenge Our Misguided Drug Rehab System
New Press

Dr. Shavelson in this text raises the issue of the failings of our (USA) treatment system for addicts. This is of course one that primarily hires recovering people who are poorly trained at best and untrained at worst, to treat a condition that a highly trained, specialized counsellor or psychologist should be handling. Dr. Shavelson also adeptly points out the fact that a disease is normally treated while it's in progress, whereas in the case of many treatment models followed in substance abuse, one does not get treatment for drug addiction until one is clean or substance free in many instances.! This is recommended reading for all who believe that 'AA,' 'NA,' etc., are the only way to treat addictions, and that only the 'recovering' person can treat addictions!  
Grade 10 – 12; ABET Level 3 – 5 level
Adapted from a reader review by Ronald E. Hestand a Registered Addictions Specialist on

Addiction: Theory / Thinking
Twerski Abraham J; (1997)
Addictive Thinking: Understanding Self-Deception
Hazelden Publishing

Dr Twerski, originally a Rabbi, then later trained as a psychiatrist who came to be known as an expert in the field of chemical substance abuse, has written many texts in this field. This book is a highly accessible text, in which he uses many vivid examples from his own practice to expose the irrational and contradictory patterns of addictive thinking. He then demonstrates ways to overcome such self-destructive behaviour patterns both from a “user” and a “helper” perspective.  There is particular focus on two very central tenets of addictive thinking, namely - low self-esteem and the issue of relapse.  Grade 10 – 12; ABET 3 – 5 Level.

Problem Gambling
Ross, Don; Sharp, Carla, Vuchinich Rudy E, and Spurrett, David; (2008)
Midbrain Mutiny: The Picoeconomics and Neuroeconomics of Disordered Gambling: Economic Theory and Cognitive Science
Bradford Books

This book, as is mentioned several times in the section on Gambling in the mini-encyclopaedia, is an excellent text on new cutting-edge research into the role dopamine plays in addiction, particularly when applied to pathological gambling.  It is a challenging text to read as it requires knowledge of both neuro-psychology and economic theory. In the eyes of some critics’ this is a flaw. The other side though is the view that the effort required however is worth it as it raises many interesting and fascinating issues in this complex field.

Money Matters
Benz, Christine; (2010)
Morningstar’s 30-Minute Money Solutions: A Step-by-Step Guide to Managing Your Finances

This is a very accessible and practical book. Morningstar is an investment research firm, and the author, Christine Benz, is Morningstar's Director of Personal Finance. Her particular interest is in financial planning. The "30-minute" part of the title refers to the fact that the book is divided into 11 parts, and each part has several chapters that are organised to help you accomplish specific goals in 30 minutes. The text is not geared to solving complex financial situations but is instead intended as a guide for the average person. A key attribute of the book is that it breaks down the financial planning process into manageable, do-able steps. You can make a list of the steps relevant to your situation, check them off one at a time, and move on. This is in line with the approach adopted in the mini-encyclopaedia but it may require more sophisticated reading skills than those needed for Money Matters. Grade 10 – 12; ABET Level 3 – 5 Level