Philadelphia is in the process of auctioning off it’s second casino license. The city is already home to Sugar House Casino but a half dozen or so individuals are now lining up for the chance to develop another casino within the heart of Philadelphia, with projects being proposed at sights such as The Philadelphia Inquirer’s old headquarters on Broad Street, spearheaded by none other than Temple University Alum Bart Blatstein . Not long ago natives of Philadelphia would have to travel to Atlantic city for the prospect of winning some money on the black jack tables but before long a Harrahs popped up in Chester and then in 2010 Philadelphia opened its first casino. Now, Developers such as Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn are eyeing the situation carefully as this opportunity is the first of its kind in Philadelphia and holds the potential to better Philadelphia as a center of attraction. One needs to look no further than Las Vegas to understand the economic activity created by gambling. Year after year tourists from all parts of the globe travel to Nevada to drown themselves in a vat full of vices. By legalizing Gambling in Las Vegas, the city opens its doors to new visitors everyday and in turn businesses which have nothing to do with Gambling thrive. Restaurants feed new customers everyday, hotels stay booked, venues have less trouble selling tickets, taxes are collected from slots machines etc. That’s the good side, as for the bad, well, the cons are all too obvious. Gambling addiction is no different than any other addiction in the sense that it holds the potential to ruin people’s lives by enticing users with the prospect of winning money. The question then is this? Do the Benefits of opening a casino outweigh the negative effects, such as an increase in degenerate gamblers living in Philadelphia? All i can say for certain is that the house always wins.