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gambling

 [gamb´ling]
betting money or other valuables on the outcome of a game or other event.
pathological gambling an impulse control disorder consisting of persistent failure to resist the urge to gamble, to such an extent that personal, family, and vocational life are seriously disrupted.
An activity in which a person wagers against another person or organization on the likelihood of a particular outcome, either in a game of chance, a sports event or other activity for which the outcome is not known in advance

gambling

Vox populi An activity in which a person wagers against another person–eg, friend, acquaintance, bookmaker or 'bookie', or organization–eg, casino, horse race track, internet company engaged in said activity, either legal or illegal, on the likelihood of a particular outcome, either in a game of chance, or sports event or other activity for which the outcome is not known in advance. See Compulsive gambling.

gambling

1. Wagering or betting.
2. Risking something of value in the hope of winning something even more valuable or rare in exchange.

Patient discussion about gambling

Q. Do people substitute one addiction with another? If someone used to be addicted to alcohol and drugs, but is now clean for several months, is it likely that he will develop an addiction to something else (for example cigarettes or gambling)?

A. I'd just like to add my 2 cents worth: Addictive behavior transfers to just about anything; addiction is the problem. Just as addicts have to learn that alcohol is also a drug, we must recognize that addiction is the problem; it is the behavior that is the problem. A common thing for addicts to do is to stop using drugs (including alcohol) and to substitute with people instead, for example, to become involved in codependent relationships with others, or to recognize that their ongoing relationships may also be codependent. It's not uncommon for individuals to go to CoDA (Codependents Anonymous) in addition to AA/NA or GA(Gambler's Anonymous), MA (Marijuana Anonymous)...Others find it more beneficial to use one program (like NA, e.g.), while realizing that addiction refers to more than just a drug or substance.

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Among the requirements for being considered a professional gambler engaged in gambling as a trade or business, the profit motive requirement may easily cause a dispute with the IRS.
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The movie is set primarily at a Hong Kong hotel in the 1960s (Chow lives in Room 2046), but the action moves back and forth in time as Chow recalls his experiences with a Cambodian professional gambler (Gong Li), a ravishing call girl (Ziyi Zhang, sexy, sad, never better) who lives next door in Room 2047 and the hotel owner's daughter (Faye Wong from Wong's ``Chungking Express'').
Professional gambler John Bailey,nicknamed the ``Pencil Man'' stole thousand of pounds operating a ``distraction scam'' in betting offices nationwide.
Professional gambler John Bailey, 32, travelled all over Britain visiting small independent bookies and exploiting their lax security.
A RETIRED professional gambler today warned Barry people not to be tempted by the bright lights and glamour of Las Vegas-style casinos.
A PROFESSIONAL gambler accused of taking part in a horse doping and betting scam shared a pounds 1 million win just a few weeks ago, a court heard.
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In 1995, Phillips left his job in an attempt to become a professional gambler - and in four consecutive days lost pounds 200,000 at bookmakers William Hill.
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