[quote=Joe Kelley]It has been my experience that Church run gambling, like all house gambling, caters to the gambling addict - multiple cards, large prizes, early bird specials - all designed to increase the participation. The Church uses the same approach as any casino.
Note that most products have limited per person sales. To increase sales the seller must appeal to a larger audience. However, gambling, liquor, and tobacco/drugs increase their sales most easily by increasing the sales to each individual - creating addicts.
While the products are not evil, this catering to addicts definitely is and must be avoided.
Remember where parish casino nights came from, also. They originated in a time when gambling was formally illegal in most places and you didn’t have the boats all over the place. So this scheme was devised so that the parishioners could basically go to Vegas without having to get on a plane. All the heavy drinking, gambling guys who were doing this in the church basement or their buddy’s house, anyway, could invite more people in and have more games while raking in the dough for the parish instead of just keeping it to themselves.