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The Case Against Gambling Addiction

May 19, 2014

A significant amount of books, guides and articles exists on the topic of gambling and understanding why many become addicted to it. Casino games provide an escape from the normal aspect of life but sometimes that leads to other issues. It is important for casino players to know that games, both online and off provide an escape and nothing more. There is no guaranteed winning or anything, just an entertaining and engaging time of playing either table games or slots or Keno or the like. Online games offer a sense of comfort and safety that many writers of the subject find odd, but most, if not all casino players provide this explanation. So is there really such a thing as a gambling addiction? There is a notable amount of data that does exist to support the notion that gambling addictions are fact. From playing mobile games to online table games, casino players can spend as much money as they want, play anytime they want and this is what propels the addiction.

Yet, if this is the case why do some casino players play for awhile, but not become addicted? How is their playing different from other casino players that do become addicted? Explanations of this have ranged from whether the casino player is a novice or an expert, that the type of online casino is fixed, and that some individuals are more prone to being keen to play for a certain period of time and get tired of playing at that particular moment. Many former gamblers and current ones for that matter state that when they gamble they are in the proverbial zone and have the ability to interact with either people, if they are in a regular casino - or with the computer if they are playing online. This is why they play as a form of engagement of some type.

Casinos understand this fact and it could be argued that they play on that but that does not mean that gambling is bad. In fact, gambling can be quite entertaining, thrilling and can yield a notable amount of money. It only becomes necessary for casino players to know their limits and not to pass them or defy the ones they have set when they are participating in gambling - either online or in land casinos. Another explanation often noted by writers on the subject tends to be centered on receiving what is known as a false win, where the machine lights up and provides a win to the casino player then they play and play and play until they achieve that same win again. The casinos understand this as well as know that most casino players will continue to try and score that same win or something comparable to it as to avoid any dry spells. So online casino playing and regular casino playing should be done in moderation and casino players must plan out their gambling beforehand otherwise there is risk that they will potentially become addicted.