Out of all past times in the world
Out of all past times in the world
the most popular among adults. Thousands line up
inside casinos to spend their cash on a game of baccarat or slot machine. However as exciting
as it may seem, the possibility of winning
the grand prize in say, Megabucks slot machine, is around 49,836,032
it’s so slim! The odds are
always stacked against the you. Now in this video
I’m going to talk about gambling, specifically
Now, we know it is illegal in many countries.
The common age requirement to gamble in most
western countries is around 18 years old.
Go to Ontario, Canada, and they require you to be 19 years old
However, if you go to Germany
you need to be at least 21 to enter a casino.
So why did countries impose an age requirement
on gambling? Well, chances are if you’re 18,
you are still in school and the money you have
is either from your parents or from other
However, introducing teenagers to gambling and wagers
might also cause them to develop gambling addiction in their adulthood.
And besides, shouldn’t you be focusing on your academics
That is why there are age
Despite these limits, there are still some
people who circumvent these restrictions just
to take advantage of the young and inexperienced
audience. I would like to turn our attention
to the recent controversy involving the video
game Counter Strike: Global Offensive and
two famous Youtubers by the name of Trevor
Martin and Tom Cassell.
Trevor Martin has a Youtube channel named
TmarTn, and Tom Cassell has a similar channel named
Syndicate. Both have millions of subscribers
in total. They regularly upload videos showing
themselves betting on a website called “CSGOLotto.com.” Usually, their videos are provocatively
titled: “HOW TO WIN $13000 IN 5 MINUTES.” Sounds like something you’d see from a web ad.
But what if I tell you, that the website themselves: CSGOLotto gave these two Youtubers money
to play on their website? If that doesn’t sound shady enough, what if tell you that these two Youtubers
they own the site.
That’s right, TmarTn and Syndicate are both
owners of CSGOLotto. In fact, it was TmarTn
himself who filed the certificate of incorporation,
with him as president and Syndicate as vice
president. Now what does this mean? It means that
they have access to the betting systems, meaning that
they could manipulate the results of the bets
so that they always win every time. This is
why it is unlawful for casino owners to gamble
on their own machines.
If you think that’s bad enough, they never
said in their videos that they own CSGOLotto.
What’s even more worst, is that the minimum
age to bet on the site is 13. This is so unethical
in many levels. Not only did they hide
the fact that they own and operate the site,
but they also made it accessible to 13 year olds
If you want to learn more about this issue
I suggest you watch this video over here
by h3h3Productions, he goes into further detail discussing this matter.
Now, there are some philosophies that might
say that gambling is ok. In the case of hedonism
by Aristippus, wagers are fine as long as
you derive happiness from it. Hedonism argues
that pleasure is the primary good. Hedonists
strive to attain maximum delight, and since
gamblers are often motivated to bet by the
chances of winning against the odds,
hence, they are hedonists. It can be also
argued that humans are naturally gratified
when we win against impossible odds. For example,
say you took a test that you didn’t study
for. You are bound to fail the exam, but the
results showed that you passed. Immediately
you’ll be met with a great sense of pleasure
knowing that you should have failed the test,
yet you passed. In underage gambling, as long
as the gambler is happy in placing bets, it
is totally fine.
However, those who are against underage gambling
and gambling in general can be said to be
utilitarians. Utilitarianism by Jeremy Bentham
argues that the action that generates the
most happiness out of other actions is the
correct one. Thus, for utilitarians, it is
wrong to wager because instead of betting
the money, use it for more important things
like food, clothing, or recreation. In addition,
if you have a family, it is wrong to exchange
temporary happiness in the poker table with
unhappiness of your loved ones. Furthermore,
a gambler might find pleasure in betting,
but it won’t last as long because it might
lead to a financial burden later on. In the
case of underage gambling, a utilitarian can
argue that it is wrong because a child trades
temporary pleasure in wagers with the parents
being upset with him, eventually making the
child unhappier in the long run.
Personally, I am strongly against underage
gambling simply by the fact that the money
that child gamblers use are from their parents
and that they did not earn it by themselves.
On the premise of philosophy however, the
utilitarian theory is more ethical and correct
since it is true that gamblers should not
use the money to place bets in hopes of winning
against major odds or for sheer pleasure,
but to spend it on other more important things
like food, clothing. These things are more important than
gambling in that they create more happiness and retain that happiness longer than in a session
So hear my advice, fellow CSGO players, don’t
bet. As they say, the house, always win.