The Hidden Dangers of Gambling

We perceive gambling as one of the prevalent recreational activity in contemporary society today. The game of the lucky ones as some call it attracts people from all generations, young and old ones.

As you know, gambling refers to those activities (or games) that involve risking money or other valuable items. These activities or games mostly depend on chance (slot machines for instance), but in some cases people can also use their skill to manipulate with the game (like in game of poker).

The reason why gambling is so popular these days is because of the endless profitability that it offers to the players. But despite these popularity, most of the people involved in the gambling, do not know how it started and who actually started it. joker123

With that in mind, lets now take a look at some of the people, who are in various ways responsible for the development of gambling. We will start with slot machines.

The first one is Charles Fey, a car mechanic from San Francisco, who back in year 1895 invented the first slot machine ever called Liberty Bell. This slot machine was made out of 3 spinning wheels that featured 3 different shapes: hearts, diamonts and spades with a cracked Liberty Bell at each reel.

The next person worth mentioning is Henry Stephen Mills, a manufacturer, who in year 1907 started to reproduce similar machines to Liberty Bell, but he named those slot machines as Operator Bell. From there on, slot machines have slowly evolved into the form that we know today.

When it comes to card games, like blackjack for instance, it is hard to tell how the game started and evolved itself or who started and promote it. No records were ever made for the purpose of history. But despite no history records, the evolution of basic blackjack strategy still took place.

The first blackjack strategy, that caused lots of disturbance among players and statisticians, was distributed to the public in 1958 by the following men: McDermott, Cantey, Maisel and Baldwin. A book called Winning Blackjack was published as well, describing the basic strategy by using hand calculators.

This book on blackjack is considered as one of the most valuable resources for playing blackjack, also responsible for the development of so called card counting techniques.

Due to the men, mentioned above, gambling has evolved itself into a big world phenomenon, which also has some negative effects on the society (addiction is one of them), but never the less, these men are still great inventors, whose ideas still live in modern world

Have you been shying away from playing in an online casino because you believe it isn’t safe? Are you afraid that these websites will just steal your money and disappear the next day? In truth, there is nothing to be scared about when gambling online. There are various safety checks websites have to undergo before they can operate an online casino business.

Businesses need to have a license from the government before they can begin operating online. The government will make sure that they have all the safety measures set up for the security of future customers like you. For example, these websites need to be equipped with an encryption system which will prevent hackers from stealing your money and personal information.

There are also numerous groups whose job it is to monitor these online casinos in order to make sure that they will not resort to any foul play.  สมัคร live22  They monitor your fellow players to ensure that they are not cheating in any way. Likewise, they monitor the business itself, to ensure that they aren’t rigging the slot machine or blackjack games.

Indeed, owners of these online gambling businesses do get rich fast. But it’s not because of any wrongdoing on their part. It’s just that so many people get addicted to gambling and end up throwing away all of their money. If you are someone who is just gambling for fun, or someone who is trying to improve his skills in a certain game, then online gambling will work well for you.

Should you find yourself on a losing streak, this doesn’t meant that another player or the business owner is purposely making your lose. When gambling, it is normal to experience a losing streak for a certain amount of time. That’s just the way online gambling works too. If you are currently on a losing streak then you can expect your winning streak to come sometime soon.

Is gambling really a viable option for those who wish to seek a social outlet? I have worked with many gambling clients and for those women who are over the age of 50, I have a warning for you, be extremely careful. Even though 1-4% of the population are considered compulsive gamblers (addicts), the toll of being addicted to gambling is frightening.

Women gamble on an emotional level, if they are feeling excited, depressed, stressed out or lonely. Beware. It is also not a means to build a retirement savings. The house always wins.

The effects of gambling can be devastating for women, especially those who are living on their own. I have personally worked with women gamblers who have lost everything in a matter of months, just from playing bingo! So if you think that bingo is a safe and seemingly benign way of passing the time, or socializing, then think again. It is not an acceptable way to deal with loneliness or to meet people. Gambling venues and lottery tickets can be found 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It doesn’t take long to blow through your monthly budget.

Did you know that your brain chemicals change when you are gambling? The same brain chemicals are triggered just as if you used drugs or alcohol. This is what gets and keeps people hooked on gambling.

There are also all kinds of psychological games that we play with ourselves and others that keep us ‘in the game’. These are called cognitive distortions, magical thinking and reframing. When we lose a game of bingo for example, the gambler starts to reframe the loss as nearly winning, as if they stand a better chance of winning the next time, which is untrue. There is no such thing as a ‘near win’; it is called a ‘loss’. Other gamblers think that they have a system that helps them win. The truth is that there is always an element of chance with any game. You cannot outwit chance. This is a cognitive distortion. Another issue is magical thinking whereas people think that if they bring some sort of good luck charm, or do things in a certain way all the time, or go to a certain machine, or just wish it to be true, that this will improve their chances of winning. It does not!

The truth is that older people who are looking for a social activity are being bled dry of their savings and in truth while the ride there and back, as well as lunch, may be a social activity, the act of playing the game, whatever it is, is isolating, even though you are in a large group of people. Stick to outings where you can talk to others and really mingle, dance or exercise!

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