Gambling in Nevada and Missouri Comparison Essay by SBurtis

Gambling in Nevada and Missouri
A brief history and comparison of the prohibition and legalization of gambling in Nevada and Missouri.
# 152678 | 1,412 words | 10 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Apr 15, 2013 in Political Science (State and Local Politics) , Law (General) , History (General)

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The paper looks at how both Nevada and Missouri have experienced some form of gambling prohibition prior to the legalization of gambling and the implementation of regulatory laws. The paper finds that the gambling laws established by both Missouri and Nevada are similar in the ways in which they set forth rules, regulations and penalties for violations, however, the Nevada statutes focus mostly on eligibility for gaming licenses and outlines violations and penalties, while Missouri's provisions are given with regard to a gambler's right to recover losses in a court of law. This paper posits that all states that eventually approved gambling made wise decisions for the benefit of state and local governments, as well as for those gamblers who are able to benefit financially.

Las Vegas

From the Paper:

"Gambling in the United States carries with it a sordid history at best. Dating back to the Colonial era, acceptance and regulation of gambling has been a back and forth issue, ranging from the legalization of certain forms of gambling and tolerance of some illegal gambling to absolute prohibition at one time or another. This back and forth nature of the matter has had much influence on modern gambling policies. Society's standards and acceptance of gambling is prone to rapidly swing from acceptance to disapproval. Regulatory laws have alleviated some of the attitude of non-acceptance. Scandals and political agendas have lent themselves to gambling regulation and prohibition since the Colonial era. Gambling expanded alongside Westward expansion in the U.S., tolerated though hardly regulated. Legalized gambling came late to some states, merely following suit as the Mob built up Las Vegas and public opinion of gambling became one of acceptance and willingness rather than that of Puritan disapproval (Dunstan, 1997).
"While Las Vegas has maintained regulated yet lenient gambling laws since before the mid-20th Century, Missouri has not always been so tolerant of gambling, and is, in fact, fairly new to the family of legally regulated gambling states. Vegas, a one-time semi-ghost town founded on gaming and dependent on the revenue thereof, offers a far more large-scale gambling arena than the state of Missouri."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dunstan, Roger. (1997). Gambling in California (chapter I). Retrieved from
  • Dunstan, Roger. (1997). Gambling in California (chapter II). Retrieved from
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  • Gambling in American History. (2009, Nov. 20). Missouri - gambling in America. [Weblog post]. Retrieved from
  • Gaming statutes & regulations: Nevada Gaming Control Act and ancillary statutes. (2012). Nevada State Gaming Control Board Gaming Commission. Retrieved from

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