“Moral Crusader” is a high roller
By staff
William Bennett, author of “The Book of Virtues” and a relentless moral crusader in the US, has been revealed as a high-rolling gambler who lost more than $8 million at casinos in the last decade, according to online reports from two magazines.

According to The Washington Monthly magazine’s web site, “over the last decade Bennett has made dozens of trips to casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, where he is a ‘preferred customer at several of them, and sources and documents provided to the Washington Monthly put his total losses at more than $8 million.”

According to the online version of Newsweek magazine, 40 pages of internal casino documents show that Bennett received treatment usually afforded to high rolling gamblers, including limousines and “tens of thousands of dollars in complimentary hotel rooms and other amenities.”

Bennett has so far declined to comment on the stories. Bennett’s gambling is not a secret – he has in the past admitted gambling for relaxation. What is unusual is the apparent extent of his losses.

Bennett told the magazines that he has broken even over the years. 'I play fairly high stakes,' he said, but added: 'I don't put my family at risk, and I don't owe anyone anything.'

The magazines said that in one two-month period, Bennett wired one casino more than $1.4 million to cover his losses.

Bennett earns $50,000 for each appearance on the lecture circuit, where his moral invective rails against the sins and vices of modern society. However, Bennett has said that he does not consider gambling a moral issue. 'I view it as drinking,' he said. 'If you can't handle it, don't do it.'

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