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Continued: St. Anthony: Online poker entrepreneur is willing to take a gamble

  • Article by: NEAL ST. ANTHONY , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 16, 2014 - 1:42 PM

Gambling opponents say the gaming industry will use techniques perfected in online advertising and marketing to target vulnerable consumers, leading to a spike in problem gambling.

Proponents say prohibition, whether of alcohol or betting, doesn’t work.

Said Carlson, a recovering alcoholic, “I’m in a restaurant with a bar in it, and that’s fine. Gambling only addicts about 1 percent who try [it]. ... Addiction is a hard-wired thing, and if I’m addicted to gambling, I’ll find a way to gamble, either illegally or through legally, state-sponsored lotteries or charitable pulltabs.

“I don’t connect our business to perpetrating ­addiction,’’ he said. “We don’t target that 1 percent. We target entertainment for poker players.”

 

neal.st.anthony@startribune.com • 612-673-7144

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