Using Credit Cards for Gambling

THE QUESTION:

Should we allow credit cards to be used for gambling?

THE SIMPLE CASE FOR YES

Credit cards companies are responsible for extending appropriate credit and how customers choose to spend their available credit should be up to them. Gamblers will find a way around credit card restrictions making them ineffective.

THE SIMPLE CASE FOR NO

We all agree that a primary signal of problem gambling is wagering in excess of a person’s means and gambling using credit cards is gambling outside a person’s means as it’s money they do not have. It won’t prevent all problem gambling, but it will reduce overall harm.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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