Letter From Las Vegas, Nevada: Expelling Demons on the Strip
To much of the outside world, gambling is a vice not worthy of mercy: It is a symptom of recklessness, of compulsiveness, of greed. But compulsive gambling is also an addiction—one that affects some three to four million people in the United States alone.
Why the DraftKings Insider Trading Scandal Could Be Great for Fantasy Sports
If gambling isn't technically legal, how can we be sure it's fair? The case for making fantasy sports a better place for betting men.
On Vegas Strip, Blackjack Rule Change Is Sleight of Hand
Casino operators are changing blackjack payouts to give the house an even greater advantage. Is this a sign that Vegas is on its way back from the recession, or that the Strip’s biggest players are trying to squeeze some more cash out of visitors before the well runs dry?
This Part of Your Brain Makes You Fall for Casino Tricks
Scientists may have figured out which part of the brain makes us think we can win roulette. It's part of the same knot of neurons linked to love and hunger.
For Many, Playing the Lottery Undermines Self-Control
New research refines our understanding of how materialistic thoughts diminish our ability to restrain our impulses.
Should We Dump the DSM: An Interview With Gary Greenberg
Gary Greenberg's new book skewers the inner workings of the DSM just three weeks before the latest version is scheduled to be released.