Every Lottery Ad Is a Crime

Hamilton Nolan · 11/02/15 12:37PM

Hee hee, ha ha, the New York state lottery has a new series of television ads coming out that pokes fun at the idle rich. Oh ho! Lottery advertising executives should be locked in jail for fraud.

Rich Bastards Love Tobacco Stocks

Hamilton Nolan · 05/06/15 09:35AM

People who buy stocks in alcohol, tobacco, gambling, or (new!) marijuana companies are said to be investing in “vice”—traditionally a good way to earn premium returns in exchange for being a morally bad human. Who are these successful bastard investors?

Hamilton Nolan · 11/19/14 12:41PM

Despite a serious "oversupply situation" of casinos in the Northeast, and despite the ongoing collapse of casinos in Atlantic City, Philadelphia has just issued a license for a new casino in the city. Well. Philly's full of degenerate gamblers, so maybe they'll "get lucky" ;)

Maybe We Should Just Let Atlantic City Die Already

Peter Moskowitz · 09/19/14 11:00AM

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — There are about as many ideas about how to save Atlantic City as there are residents of Atlantic City (39,551). I don’t say that hyperbolically. When I was there this past weekend every single person I talked to knew exactly what was wrong with it and how to fix it: it’s either Trump’s fault, or the lack of Trump, or because too many casinos opened, or because the casinos aren’t fancy enough—many don’t offer luxury massages and club experiences like in Las Vegas. Or it’s because the city’s inherently gritty casinos tried to be fancy and that was a bad idea. If Atlantic City just goes back to its roots, some people said, perhaps it could be the seedy, smoke-filled pleasure capital of the northeast once again.

Gambling Will Never Save Us

Hamilton Nolan · 09/09/14 09:07AM

As Boardwalk Empire begins its final season, so does real life Atlantic City, where grand casinos are closing at an unprecedented clip. Our elected leaders' solution to these financial troubles? More gambling. It will never work.

John Oliver Spotted a Crucial Flaw in This Anti-Gambling PSA

Jay Hathaway · 07/23/14 02:05PM

When Singapore legalized casinos back in 2005, it also established a National Council on Problem Gambling to produce educational messages about the devastation gambling addiction can cause to lives and families. Leading up to the World Cup, the Council released a heartbreaking PSA to discourage football fans from betting on the event.

Hamilton Nolan · 06/17/14 03:16PM

A new study finds that 12 of your genes that regulate dopamine also affect your betting behavior. So if your daddy was a loser, you'll be a loser, and your kids will be losers (probably).

Hamilton Nolan · 11/18/13 02:00PM

The cognitive dissonance of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson arguing that internet gambling is a "danger to society" will not stop the legions of Republican politicians in his pocket from loudly agreeing with him.