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Gambling age—what do you think?
Posted: 13 January 2009 03:05 PM   [ Ignore ]
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What do you think about the current legal age for gambling? Do you think it should be lowered or raised? Do you think it fits in with the other legal ages for certain things in the US—like voting or marriage or drinking, etc.? I’d like to hear what you think.

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Posted: 13 January 2009 11:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I think it’s fine where it is. To be honest, the age is borderline anyway - most of the people when they turn of age gamble and end up in heaps of trouble and debt around here. I think it should be raised in some places.

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Posted: 14 January 2009 09:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Well the legal age for gambling varies. I know some of the Indian Casinos here in California, 18 is the age. However, I would say that as a general rule I would go no lower than 18 but 21 would probably be a little bit better.

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Posted: 14 January 2009 11:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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UpsideDown - 14 January 2009 09:48 PM

Well the legal age for gambling varies. I know some of the Indian Casinos here in California, 18 is the age. However, I would say that as a general rule I would go no lower than 18 but 21 would probably be a little bit better.

It’s 21 here where I am and I really think half the people who gamble should really wait a few more years. However, I’m 21, so I’m a hypocrite, lol.

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Posted: 15 January 2009 06:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Before I turned 21, I thought it should have been lowered to 18, but then I realized most casinos serve liquor, so it would be useless as you can’t be around alcohol like that till you’re 21.

I was convinced they should lower the drinking level as well.

However, I’m now 24, so I don’t care. I think it’s a sense of accomplishment when you finally are able to gamble. I think it should be left alone.

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Posted: 15 January 2009 07:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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People are very irresponsible and I personally think it should be raised a little bit. Not a lot - maybe a year or two.

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Posted: 17 January 2009 05:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I think in USA, they raise age to 21 for drinking but 16 for driving and carrying weapon. They should have an age range of 21 to cover everything. Why are you able to commit to marriage or have sex early but yet you can not drink or gamble? Marriage is important and so is sex but why are you able to do it? They should make 21 the legal age for anything because they can not control themselves at an early age and maybe they need some extra few years to grow up wiser.

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Posted: 17 January 2009 12:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I agree that the arbitrary ages of some things in the United States is absurd.  It should either be everything at 18 or everything at 21.  The ambivalence is confusing and makes absolutely no sense to me.  I don’t care which one it ends up being but should be more uniform.

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Posted: 17 January 2009 03:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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RUkiddingme - 17 January 2009 12:59 PM

I agree that the arbitrary ages of some things in the United States is absurd.  It should either be everything at 18 or everything at 21.  The ambivalence is confusing and makes absolutely no sense to me.  I don’t care which one it ends up being but should be more uniform.

Everything should just be at 18. That’s pretty much when you become an ‘adult’, so I think it should be 18.

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Posted: 17 January 2009 03:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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I still stay by what I said before, 21 is a good age for it.

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Posted: 18 January 2009 02:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Thanks for the replies. I think 21 sounds like a good age but I think a lot of it depends on the person too. Some people are still “kids” at 21 and have no business in a casino or drinking alcohol. While other individuals are mature at 16 and close to ready to take on the world. I think either way it’s never going to be perfect. There will always be some bad apples somewhere.

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Posted: 19 January 2009 02:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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IMO 21 would be proper enough. At this age one is expected to be responsible and mature. Casinos should impose minimum age requirement.

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Posted: 28 January 2009 02:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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If the government feels that an 18 year old is old enough to go to war, then they should also be old enough to drink and gamble IMHO.

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Posted: 28 January 2009 09:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I think the age limit should be 21. Where I live, the legal age for drinking, gambling and voting is 18, but kids aren’t even out of high school at that age, so they’re still teenagers thinking about teenaged things. They can drive at 16. But I think 21 is ideal as they’ve had time to sort out the hormonal [email protected] going through their heads by then (hopefully).

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Posted: 29 January 2009 02:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Jacob - 28 January 2009 02:52 AM

If the government feels that an 18 year old is old enough to go to war, then they should also be old enough to drink and gamble IMHO.

That is a very good point that I still do not fully understand and doubt I ever will. Most people that I know (and many are fine upstanding adults now) have already gambled and drank before than age, myself included.

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Posted: 30 January 2009 04:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Jacob - 28 January 2009 02:52 AM

If the government feels that an 18 year old is old enough to go to war, then they should also be old enough to drink and gamble IMHO.

That is such a good logical point Jacob. I’ve often wondered why it’s okay for kids of 16 to drive a projectile lethal weapon, kids of 18 are allowed to wield deadly weapons and fight to defend our country - but they can’t ingest alcohol or place a bet on the horses until 21?? Insanity.

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