Do You Gamble?
15 Dec 06
I've been of age to gamble for over 2 years now and I've only stepped foot into a casino one time. I went in with $20 and left with nothing. I try not to get into the gambling scene too much because I fear that I could be one of those people who become addicted...there would be real trouble then! Once in awhile I'll play a "BINGO" scratch ticket...the most I've won with that is probably like $10.
• United States
2 Jan 07
I very rarely gamble. I live in a town that's known as a gambling mecca (Reno) and gambling is everywhere, even the grocery stores! I just never have gambled much, especially since i can't afford to throw my money away. The funny thing is, I have a weakness for poker. I love the game. I will watch the WPT on tv for hours on end just to learn strategy from the professional players.
31 Dec 06
Gambling is an activity historically associated with organised crime and has now become more socially acceptable, Legalised gambling is one of the fastest growing industries. Lotteries, scratchcards, greyhounds, fruit machines, casinos, horse-racing, bingo, football pools... The list goes on.... My cousin told me that The UK is the largest gambling nation in Europe and The US is by far the largest country in terms of total gambling yield — she works in a casino in London. Gambling is so diverse and fragmented that there are about ten UK trade associations representing various stakeholders of the industry. There's the Bookmakers, Lotteries Council, Amusements, British Casinos, Casino Operators, Gambling, Bingo, Horse racing, Greyhound and I think the other one comes under hospitality. I play the lottery every week and also like the occasional game of Bingo and sometimes will put the odd £1 in a slot machine. I would love to have a night in a Las vegas casino playing roulette and blackjack but as I could never afford to lose any money don't think I ever will.
3 Jan 07
I used to gamble on slot machines a lot, I was a member of a working man's club and the fruit machine jackpot was £250.00, I lost an awful lot of money and it became a bad addiction, I DON'T play machines any more,and I don't go to the club any more, but I do occasionally buy scratch cards and play the lotto, I never win though.
• United Kingdom
3 Jan 07
Yeah I've just eased myself of the slots, I used to play them online, and it can get out of control if you are not careful and once you gone down that line then its difficult to stop. I refuse to buy scratchcards now, recently I got given 5 James Bond scratchcards at £2 each for FREE as part of a promotion I was so disgusted at not winning anything that I vowed then never ever to buy another scratchcard again. I hope you do better.