There are many consequences of underage gambling. I remember my mother telling me to stay away from strangers and strictly avoid talking to them. Today, unfortunately Internet has made such a huge impact on every single member of the family that norms and values look secondary in today’s acquisitive world. Children, especially teenagers of today have become much privacy oriented as compared to teenagers, about two decades ago. They want least family interventions and want to live their life, much more independently.

The cyber world have opened their eyes wider, intriguing them and making them cyber-addicts. In addition, they know things well before their age. This was a major cause of a massive migration of teenage population towards the “evils of the world”; as they were attributed a long time ago. These “evils” include various harms of society out of which one of great magnitude is Under-age Gambling. Internet has provided a huge platform promoting excessively about free online poker games which involve monetary benefits. This fascinates youth and plays disastrously with a child’s mind and according to the philosophy of “Who Hates To Be Rich”, they fall prey to it. Just like oxygen rusts a pure metal, gambling rusts a child’s fresh mind.

Mostly, this habit is born from betting with friends on a certain issue or a sports match. The bet is done just to make a name for him, like” I told the other day that England will win the match.” In this type of bet, the amount of money is not as much important as the prediction of the bettors. The losing party gives a treat to the bettor and all the witnesses around. But, doing this repeatedly and winning it gives a thrust of confidence to the winning bettor which paves way for him to bet at higher stakes and on higher grounds to win the jackpot one day. In addition, with the emergence of online gambling platforms like, it is now easier for young people to access and play gamble games such as poker. They no longer have to go to land based casino just to have fun and enjoy. With just a few clicks, they can now enjoy.

Research depicts that players who are renowned gamblers today used to gamble from a very tender age. But not all teenagers who used to gamble are not gamblers today. Some intelligent minds forfeited their habit, somewhere along the line when they felt that it was the right moment to leave it. But unfortunately, for some people this goes on to be an addiction from a very immature age and they start hiding it from their family and old friends.

Parents should be careful in maintaining their child’s present and make sure that their child is not going astray in the wrong direction. They should be careful in politely checking their child as to whether he/she is carrying or possessing gambling materials such as a dice or a pack of cards. They must also make sure that their child does not take desperate actions to take more money such as stealing. This is indicative mostly for having financial resources to support their gambling activities.

Moreover, parents must also make sure that the money which the child took from them is spent in the right direction and is not overly wasted. The child is also taking his meals at the right time and whether he is coping up with his school assignments or not. Amongst many other things, the most important one is that he is not neglecting his family and neither is making his family norms and values, a secondary priority.

Mood swings are the most important trial on whether the child is going in the right direction or not. The child is usually on a high note when he is on a winning run. All the stakes are high and everything around him seems to be looking smooth. He possesses hard cash in his pockets and spends life on his desired pace. But, when he gets on a losing run, his depression and frustration can easily be mirrored off from his face. He gambles again to release his anguishes and try his luck, but rather fails to do so.

In countries where there is legislation for gambling casinos and poker tables, a strict check and balance is made to ensure that players are over 18 or 21 years of age. For instance, commercial casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada and Atlantic City have a limitation on the players gambling shall need to be at least 21 years of age in order to place a bet. They also check identification of the players who are suspected to be underage. If any gambling player or a casino is found not obeying the rules, the gambler is subjected to prison with severe punishments and a ransom fine. Furthermore, his academic career is also over and his job prospects also become gloomy.

Casinos are there to provide quality entertainment rather promoting and creating new and young gamblers. All the online and physical gambling and gaming revolves around one theme, “Enjoy responsibly.” On giving liberty to teenagers and asking them to gamble, I strongly believe in the following words of Den Barnett:

“One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds” .

The consequences of underage gambling can be huge.