Gambling interests continue to push for expansion of the industry at the expense of the country and those who are victimized.
Numerous states this year are considering proposals to introduce sports betting bills.
According to Les Bernal of Stop Predatory Gambling, Americans lost $117 billion to government-sanctioned gambling schemes in 2016, three times more than any country in the world.
"Now what you have," says Bernal, "is that number's not big enough for them."
The biggest push by state governments, he says, is commercialized sports gambling that Bernal claims would change the way people view and interact with sports because there is now a financial incentive.
Sports betting is predictably most often a loss for the better and Bernal says it's nothing more than a massive redistribution of wealth from ordinary Americans into the hands of gambling interests.
"The economy suffers because all that wealth that's gambled away - there's no wealth creation," he warns. "It's just milking existing wealth and it's being transferred over to some people with kind of a special privilege to run these games at the expense of everybody else in our society. "