A gambling lesson not taught in school

The legalization of sports betting in all 50 states became plausible this summer as a result of the Supreme Court decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, which ruled the anti-gambling Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act violated the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. As the NFL and NCAA football seasons are upon us, now might be an appropriate time for a reminder of the most popular gambling prevention phrase: the house always wins.

Yet, science explains that gambling addicts don't get the biggest high off winning, rather they do off the act of gambling itself. Whether it be waiting to see if their roulette predictions come true as the ball spins in a seemingly endless circle, or rooting for their home team beside their buddies with money on the line and chances of a big win, gambling addicts like the way their synapses fire during unparalleled anticipation.

Further, “the house always wins” proverb may be failing as a prevention phrase considering the sports betting market is a $70 billion industry, with billions more floating around the black market and still operable illegal gambling sites. If the old saying sufficed, the American gambling and casino industry collectively wouldn’t have profited $115 billion in 2016. Given the mass profits within the business, the dangers of gambling aren’t resonating and the ineffective phrase is in need of an update because the truth is the house doesn't always win.

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