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Gamblers Going Broke

January 26th, 2009 at 06:08 pm

Native Dancer, 1953 Belmont Stakes

"You know horses are smarter than people. You never heard of a horse going broke betting on people." ~~Will Rogers

*No slam intended Disneysteve, I was just reading a local paper talking about how our state is in a quandry over their legalized gambling stance and what it's doing to the working poor. This quote came to mind. It should be noted that people who have their bills paid and their life in order might choose to gamble with their fun money with no harm done to their bottomline. It's those who gamble with the rent money, etc., that cause themselves problems.

3 Responses to “Gamblers Going Broke”

  1. Broken Arrow Says:

    Heh, funny quote.

  2. Analise Says:

    Yes, sadly, those who gamble with the rent money probably have an addiction. Isn't there a Gambler's Anonymous?

    My dh doesn't like to gamble at all, but when I go (about once a year), $20 is my limit. When it's gone, I stop. I do get $20 worth of fun, and once I won $500.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    I agree completely. I think gambling is just like any other form of entertainment. If you enjoy it and can afford it and do it within reason, go and have fun. If, however, you can't afford it, you shouldn't be doing it.

    Gambling is a "crime" of opportunity. As casino gaming has spread around the country, problem gambling has spread as well. Folks who might not make a 2-hour drive to a casino won't think twice about stopping by the one that's on the way home from work. Heck, I'm glad that the nearest casino is 25 minutes away. If it were much closer, I'm sure I'd go more often.

    The problem is the folks who go and actually expect to come out ahead. I go prepared to lose a set amount. If I win, that's great. If not, that's okay too because I only wager an amount that I'm comfortable losing.

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