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05-30-2005, 10:20 PM
Poker risk high for teen players: counsellor

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Poker risk high for teen players: counsellor
WebPosted May 30 2005 11:09 AM NDT
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ST. JOHN'S The teenage passion for poker which has rolled from rec rooms into school cafeterias may be breeding the next generation of problem gamblers, says an addictions expert.CBC NEWS INDEPTH: Gambling (http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/gambling/)
"The fact that we have young people gambling at all is a concern," says Kim Baldwin, director of mental health and addictions services with Health and Community Services, St. John's Region.

A recent provincial youth survey on drug use also polled participants on gambling. About 75 per cent of respondents said they had gambled in the last year. "That's a pretty alarming figure, when you're thinking that three out of four students are engaging in gambling activity." Card playing ranks behind pull-tickets as the gambling mode of choice for adolescents. Baldwin says she is troubled that traditional games of cards are giving way to games where money is on the table. Poker particularly Texas Hold 'Em, which is featured on televised tournaments has become a favourite activity of youth. The prevalence of poker has also become a political issue, with Liberal critic Gerry Reid pressing it in the House of Assembly this month before the summer break. No need for alarm: minister Education Minister Tom Hedderson says he has been assured that gambling is not an issue in schools. "We have no knowledge of reports of these issues," Hedderson said last week. "There doesn't seem to be any overt gambling in the schools that the teachers or administrators are aware of." Poker has been a phenomenon with teenagers over the last couple of years.

However, a CBC crew that visited Churchill Square in St. John's during one recent lunch hour had no trouble finding high school students willing to discuss poker, and the fact games are played on school premises. "We got yelled at a lot," one student says. "It was pretty popular," says, Mark Ridell, a recent graduate. "It was a big activity at lunch time. You'd find a couple of tables where you go and get it, [and] hopefully win a bit of cash for your lunch." Ridell says school officials cracked down on their games, with players moving to new spots to play. Baldwin says young people who begin gambling for money may fall prey to the same sorts of problems as adults. "They're spending the money that was allocated for something else for lunch, or for clothing or whatever," she says. "They're actually using some of their personal belongings as stakes in the game. At that point, they have been crossing the line, where they are starting to bet more and more." Players attracted to 'action' in poker: researcher Louis Chiaramonte, an anthropologist in St. John's, says poker has long had an allure for players.

"There's something that gamblers think about that they call action. You become involved in the action," he says. "I suppose it's saying that people are looking for something that they can become involved in, something they can participate in, something that gives meaning to their lives, on some level." Several bars in St. John's openly advertise tournaments for poker, but those contacted by CBC did not want to discuss the games. Baldwin says there is an obvious attraction in poker for youth, but an underside they may not see. "What we're finding with adolescents is that they're gambling for the excitement of it. It's a form of excitement [but] they're not seeing the risks," she says. Clinically, no youth have come forward in the St. John's area to be treated for gambling addiction, she says. As well, she says authorities are hampered by a lack of research into gambling trends among youth. However, Baldwin says, research done elsewhere has pointed to troubles arising from the rising popularity of poker. As well, experts have learned plenty from what older gamblers have told them about how they got hooked. "Retrospective studies have shown that adults who have gambling problems pretty well started when they were in their teens," she says.

05-31-2005, 03:41 PM
I was almost expelled from high school for gambling. Someone thought another player stole money to pay off debts. We played cards, flipped quarters, bet on sports. High School was fun.

06-01-2005, 03:22 AM
You can buy smokes, porn, and go fight in a war at 18... but wait a few years and it's ok to jump in a casino and have a little fun.

Whatever. lol

I still haven't been to a casino since I've began playing cards more. Florida is dryyyyyy.