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    Exclamation Do You Think Gambling Is Wrong?

    The only good thing I see coming from gambling is when someone actually wins. Whether it's poker,lottery,slot machines,football pools and others of course. Who wouldn't want to win some mad cash?

    We all know that no form of gambling is guaranteed, unless you're the only one that's playing. Since it's clear that the average person usually loses more than he/she wins, then wouldn't the bad out weigh the good?

    Do gambling destroy a lot of homes and families? Can it kick you out in the streets? Maybe, if you are gambling with your rent money.So I guess my question is "Is gambling a sin?" Is it putting money before God?

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    Some people will put "money before God" as you put it - the gambling addicts. These are the people who gamble with the rent and the food moeny, or steal money from other to gamble with.

    I, however, gamble regularly. But, I know my limit and never gamble with money I can't afford to lose. Losing the money feels bad, of course, but winning it back feels great. And I know that gambling is not a way to get money - well, not for me anyway. It's just a passtime I enjoy, and like a lot of passtimes, it costs me money. Oh well.

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    While gambling isn't something that I have any interest in (I don't even buy Lotto tickets), I don't think you can say that "all gambling is wrong".

    As with anything addictive, gambling needs to be treated with respect and kept under control, and provided it is, then I think it can be considered harmless fun.

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    I don't gamble either. I used to gamble at the casino 4 years ago, and I did lose some money, but it wasn't much, maybe $10 or $15 bucks, but I'll tell you what, it wasn't my rent money. I also won a little too, so it wasn't a complete lost.

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    Gambling is part of the human life so nothing is wrong with it. It only depends to the person who deals with it.

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    Everything in life is a gamble. It is a gamble that you will still have a job tomorrow and that the bank you put your money in isn't going to collapse overnight and that you will not be run over by a bus as soon as you walk out your front door tomorrow morning. The odds are fairly good in your favour but it still isn't guaranteed. It is a matter of deciding which gambles have a risk you are prepared to take and offsetting one risk against another where you can.

    Some things have a higher risk and therefore a potentially higher return. Investing in the share market is likely to give a better long term income than just sticking your money in the bank but if you need to pull your money out at the wrong time you will make losses. Some people will gamble on not needing that money while the market is down while others will not.

    There are things with progressively higher risks and progressively higher potential returns and the things people usually think of when they think of gambling are just those at the end with the highest risks. Everyone gambles, just not everyone is prepared to gamble when the risks of losing are so high.
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    I don't gamble and do not advocate that to any one. You may feel excited when you win but the chances of winning is very less and in the end you are likely to loose a lot. I have seen many persons' life ruined merely because of gambling...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smart-Guy View Post
    I don't gamble and do not advocate that to any one. You may feel excited when you win but the chances of winning is very less and in the end you are likely to loose a lot. I have seen many persons' life ruined merely because of gambling...

    You just gambled that you know how to spell lose in posting that reply - and lost.
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    Don't think that gambling is inherently wrong - like anything, it's abuse is wrong.

    As long as you only ever gamble what you can afford to lose then I don't see the harm. As long as you have that self-control and know when to stop.
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    i don't gamble but i don't think gambling is wrong. it's actually fun. it's when you overdo it that it becomes wrong. just like too much of anything is wrong... whatever it may be.
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    I don't think it's wrong. ..and when it comes to abuse and addiction and losing your job, home and family... well it really depends on the person.
    if a person lose, he can only blame himself imho. but it is so easy to blame the game and all other things...

    I once had a friend who started to gamble heavy, on different types of gambling machines. he could stand there for hours and use every penny he had.
    this didnt happend before he found himself a girlfriend, and even if many things can be said about that girl. it was still him who gambled away all his money.

    I once asked him why he did it and he answered something like this "no.. i don't know. i don't have anything to do..it's fun, last week i won $100"

    well, he should have gotten himself a hobby then.

    he also betted on horses, bought lotto tickets etc.. everything he could get his hands on but it was worst with those gambling machines. after a while he also started drinking.

    he had a big house and a new car back then, now he is a wreck.. he lives in a small government apartment where a nurse is keeping an eye on him and gives him his medication, he also drinks as a pig, is full of nerves and last time i met him he didn't know who i was. I had to explain who i was...

    I don't think he can blame his situation on gambling (and he does not as far as i know) what i think is that there is a reason behind all things in this universe...
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    I have always thought that the Lottery is particularly sinister and no more than another tax on poor people. It is often defended because of the money it donates to good causes but I still don't think it adds up when I see young mothers in my local shop, spending their welfare money on Lotto scratch cards and Lottery tickets because they really believe "it could be them". It could, of course "be them" although; I don't suppose for a moment it ever occurs to them that the odds are something like 44'000'000 to 1.
    It's somehow never seen as gambling or held in the same contempt as the comparatively "honest" gamble of say 10 reasonably matched nags all racing for a line, even my wife draws an arbitrary line between the two and donates about 3.00 twice a week to the lottery while having a right go at me if I go to the "races" which I do about twice a year.
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    I feel like I gamble every time I leave the house...

    But fundamentally it's not wrong, though some controls should be in place to discourage abuse. At least 1 state has a law that put known gambling addicts on a "no gambling" list... if one of those people enters a Casino then that establishment is required by law to remove that person... seems Draconian, but it also makes sense to some degree...
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    I've never gambled in my whole life and I don't have the need to do this in the near future. I know very well that the chance of loosing is higher than wining ...so I don't feel like trying only for the thrill of being ripped off

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    I'd like to add that I think there is a big difference in the type of gambling that requires skill, and the gambling that is just dumb luck. This is things like card games, etc. vs slot machines and lotto.

    I can't see how anyone gets any enjoyment out of the dumb luck games - just pouring money into a slot machine. You don't even have any influence on whether you win your money back or not!

    I only gamble in games where I can actually influence the chances of winning. I don't even play the lottery - I think it's just throwing money away.

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    I don't think gambling is wrong...just like other habits, anything that you abuse that's when its wrong
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    Gambling in the form of casino type gambling is pointless, its addictive, and the odds are never on your side, thats how casinos make so much money. Most people who do win any money, are so pleased with the rewarding feeling, they go and continue gambling till they loose all their money. And most of those who havent won, gamble to try and get their losses back.

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    Do any of you know anyone who has actually made money out of gambling or casinos? I've never heard of it.
    Some of the English football stars suck millions of $ on casinos.

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    In my opinion guys, gambling is "WRONG" only if the players are into something selfish. I mean, if he/she wants to earn something and he/she is not thinking anymore of the camaraderie of playing,. then it s already "wrong"...

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    I don't gamble, and I have nothing against people who do. I don't see anything wrong with it, as long as

    a. They can actually afford it
    b. They don't inconvenience anyone

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    There is nothing right nor wrong about gambling, as long as the person can afford it and how the person treat gambling as, whether an instrument to earn a living or just normal leisure. In fact, nothing is right or wrong in this world, all people have different perspectives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall View Post
    Everything in life is a gamble.
    Now this is philosophy!

    I don't gamble as a rule. Maybe a lotery ticket from time to time. I don't think that gambling is wrong. As with anything in life, any excess will take you out of control. Being out of control is wrong because you will take risks that you know you shouldn't or wouldn't if you were your normal self.

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    Gambling is as wrong as alcohol and kitchen knives -- dangerous if mis-used, but can't live without them otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by php_daemon View Post
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    Gambling isn't wrong, no.

    If you end up loosing all your money to gambling in a casino, you shouldn't blame the casino. Blame yourself.
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