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Why do we gamble?

When you gamble you bet money by way of a game. In that game, you have the chance to win, or lose, money.... Hence, we will talk about "games of chance" in this context. The outcome of a game of chance is determined by chance or fate. This is in contrast to 'games of skill,' where the outcome can be largely influenced by technical skill and practice.

The fun and 'thrill'

The chance to win or lose evokes all kinds of emotions. The more at stake, the more exciting for the player. Gambling can be extremely exciting and thrilling. So exciting that you forget everything around you and go into a stupor or trance.

Every gambler plays to win. Winning produces euphoria by stimulating the reward system in our brains. And in our competitive society, everyone also likes to be seen as a "winner.

Economic or financial reasons

If you believe in extraordinary windfall, gambling can be seen as a way to make easy money. But know that gambling is a leisure activity that costs money, like attending a festival, going to a restaurant, and so on. If you don't see it this way you risk wanting to win back losses.

With some games, the lotto for example, dreaming of possible riches often turns out to be more important than the game itself.

To belong

In some circles there is more gambling than in others. If you want to connect with such a group, you will have to play along. For example, some people want to be part of the "beau monde" in the luxury casinos.

In some cultures, for example in China or certain regions of Africa, gambling is completely intertwined with the day-to-day culture. Children grow up in this culture and adopt the behavior of their parents.

Other reasons

As you become more addicted to playing, gambling can also take on additional functions.

It can give you a certain identity and status. Someone who plays often and a lot often feels "elevated" above the amateurs who don't really follow through.

It can also become a way to cope with problems or to dispel feelings of displeasure, an "escape from reality. Often a vicious cycle can develop in this way, with players seeking to compensate for their increasing losses by making bigger bets.

Excessive and addicted players usually start inventing all kinds of 'systems' to predict winnings. Thinking mistakes and "magical thinking" give players the illusion that they can control the game. Or they assume that one day they will 'strike a big blow' that will bring them definite wealth.

Heavily addicted players also engage in gambling to combat "withdrawal symptoms. Indeed, frequent losses can trigger anxiety, depression, anxiety and low self-esteem. During the excitement of gambling, all these disappear into the background.

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