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In the Betting Channel you will understand where betting is legal and how betting is different when you're in a casino versus betting online.

How Online Gambling Works

The first online gambling Web site opened 10 years ago, and paved the way for the hundreds of gambling sites that now exist on the Internet. But what is the appeal? Learn about the legality of online gambling and find out what it's like to gamble online.

Big Money, Big Money: Flashing Lights, Music Can Turn Rats Into Problem Gamblers

A study showed flashing lights and loud music made rats take more gambling risks. HowStuffWorks Now investigates why. See more »

Slot Machines Are Amazingly Efficient Wage Suckers

Anthropomorphizing a slot machine could make gamblers gamble more. Learn more about slot machines at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

How Casinos Work

Casinos bring in billions of dollars in revenue each year. Learn about casinos and find out how security keeps casinos safe and fair. See more »

Casino Gambling Basics

Almost everywhere you look, it seems casinos are dotting the landscape. Learn the basics of casino gambling. See more »

How Sports Betting Works

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How Online Gambling Works

Online gambling has grown in popularity since the first site opened 10 years ago. Find out how online gambling works and what online gambling games are available. See more »

How do big city shell games and three card monte games work?

I recently visited a big city, and I saw some "three card monte" and "shell games" on street corners and in the subway. I know these games are a scam, but I can't figure out the trick. How do these games work? Is there any way to win? See more »