Funny how they always advertise Casinos with young beautiful people having the time of their lives, not the reality: retirees using walkers and oxygen tanks.
From a psychological point of view, I'm wondering what primitive part of our reptilian brains is fed by gambling... it seems to exist throughout history in most cultures, so I suspect it appeals to a fundamental aspect of human nature.
I view it as a tax on people with a poor understanding of probability and poor impulse control. While I won't go out and picket the local casino, I find it sad to see elderly folks gamble away their social security checks.
Its the thrill of failure
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This makes some sense, but there's a part that I don't understand. I understand the idea that risky behavior is thrilling, it's similar to thrill of getting away with something illegal such as shoplifting, and the fear of getting caught (failing), but one would think that in gambling, given that the odds are stacked against the player making "winning" in the long run is virtually impossible, that the habit of failure should stop being attractive at some point.