Saturday 29 April 2017

We are finally catching a glimpse of the invisible gambling monster

It hasn't reached 'critical mass' yet, but more people are becoming aware of this hydra-headed phenomenon, writes Declan Lynch

'It hasn’t reached ‘critical mass’ yet, but more people are becoming aware of this hydra-headed phenomenon.' (stock picture)
'It hasn’t reached ‘critical mass’ yet, but more people are becoming aware of this hydra-headed phenomenon.' (stock picture)
Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

I think it is fair to say that I've taken an interest in the gambling boom, particularly in the rise of online gambling.

Over the last 10 years, I have written many articles on this hydra-headed phenomenon. I have written books touching on this theme, the non-fiction Free Money which appeared in 2009, and the novel The Ponzi Man which is soon to be published. And while I always felt that eventually there would be a lot more interest in this subject, for the most compelling reasons - the casualties are mounting all the time - these days I can sense that interest is getting stronger.

For example, I am writing this in the context of a series of articles which this newspaper group is undertaking, on this thing which in some places is being called an epidemic.

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