Does your college have a gambling policy? Don’t bet on it, new site says


The online quiz tells students that, among other stats, 6 percent of students have gambling disorders; the legal gambling age varies from 16-21, depending on which state a campus is located; and that lotteries are the most frequent gambling activity among college students.

Forty-three percent of students who said they gambled in the past year admitted to playing a lottery, 38 percent played card games, raffles, office pools, and charitable small stakes gambling.

About two in 10 students said they bet on sporting events, and 20 percent placed bets on skill activities, such as pool, golf, or darts.

CollegeGambling.org also debunks gambling myths. Strategies for hitting the big time on slot machines are thoroughly deconstructed.

“No matter what you do, or what is going on around you, the slot machine’s computer is continually generating random combinations,” the site says. “Each time you play the slot machine, it stops on a random combination and displays the results. The next time you play, it simply repeats this process.”

The website also addressed students who may consider themselves gambling pros.

“Casino games are designed with a house advantage. Mathematically, the house advantage is a measure of how much the house expects to win, expressed as a percentage of the player’s wager,” the site says. “In some games, player betting or skill decisions can affect the house advantage, but it’s important to keep in mind that the house always has some advantage against the typical player.

Most schools with official gambling policies have a simple prohibition, especially private colleges with religious affiliations, Reilly said.