Some people are hesitant to pretend to be a gambler, because the stigma would chase them forever. People have different reasons why they play. Some bet to forget their problems, others to have fun or to spend time, those who play seriously and those who are dependent.
But not everything is negative when it comes to gambling, because there are untapped benefits that are not visible in the walls of the casino, the race track or the bingo hall.
In Las Vegas, the employment ratio is 60% attributed to the presence of land based casinos. Imagine what would happen in Las Vegas if all the casinos suddenly stopped working.
Self-discipline is the key. The gambling is for entertainment, as it was meant to be. Others simply could not bear a loss and always thought that the next card would be the one that would save all that had been lost. But it never does. And these types of players represent only a quarter of the population of players who can not play responsibly.
Imagine the remaining 75% playing responsibly. It is these gamblers who find the joy and entertainment value of the gambling and they are never blinded by the illusion that hitting it once is the key to financial freedom.
It is sad to note that only a small percentage of the gambling population misunderstands just how destructive gambling can be. Friends, families, jobs, property, crime and deception pervade the destruction caused by gambling, but it is still only a small part of the gambling population.
Winnings from gambling activities have helped provide the necessary financial support for worthy causes. They use gambling activities such as bingo or lottery with a percentage of jackpot winnings equal to those of charities. Some big celebrities even show their prowess in poker games to entertain viewers and win for the charity they represent.
Studies have shown that retirees 65 years and older who gamble have fewer health problems, such as depression, alcoholism and bankruptcy, because they find that play is therapeutic because it exercises their minds and keeps them on alert.
However, the study was not conclusive because retired players are recreational players who find the entertainment value of the game. They are healthier because they are healthy at first and not because they play.
In the end, it is not the act of playing that makes it beneficial or harmful to the individual. It is up to the individual to decide whether the game would govern him or regulate his gambling habits.