I liked watching horse racing since I was a teen, at the track or on tv, but only bet a few times over the years for little money. In my forties, I used to like to go with my husband to catch the early races at Santa Anita and then go over to the big Los Angeles Arboretumand walk around, then leave, beating the race crowd to the freeway to get home. Never bet then, but we would have a kind of picnic on the infield, enjoying watching the horses and the people.
Same with gambling: I've been to Las Vegas a few times, and in those time spent less that five dollars total - more interested in the people and the wild architecture and the casino lighting, etc. Tacky place, in my sardonic view, but with a sort of blowhard sense of go-for-broke about it.