New book chronicles the 'High Stakes' of America's gambling addiction

October 18, 2011

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Sam Skolnik's new book 'High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America’s Gambling Addiction' looks at the costs of legalized gambling.

The battle over gambling is not unique to Illinois. In the last two years, at least 37 state legislatures sought to do the same: During the past three decades, legalized gambling has become a $92 billion industry nationwide. Journalist Sam Skolnik said this revenue also has its costs. He chronicled the downside of gambling expansion in his new book High Stakes: The Rising Cost of America’s Gambling Addiction. Skolnik told WBEZ’s Steve Edwards that Las Vegas offers a window into the problems that legalized gambling can bring.