Most kids start gambling at home, at a card table with family and friends. Thirty percent of children who gamble now started gambling before their eleventh birthday.
Jacobs said by age 15, more than 80 percent of students had gambled for money.
Paradoxically, state laws prohibit children under 18 from gambling, and in Nevada and New Jersey, a person must be 21 to enter a casino.
“It boggles the mind how a phenomenon so pervasive, openly practiced, and patently illegal could continue in virtually every state across the United States, without drawing the attention of the media or authorities,” Jacobs said.