I’m a Proud Gambler! – 4 Misconceptions About Gamblers

Aren’t you tired of people thinking that you’re on the verge of disaster just because you’re a gambler?
I am a woman, I pay my bills, I exercise, go on trips, I have a great life and I even dare to say, more than a functional life, actually. Oh yes, and guess what? I’m also a gambler! I am! I love walking into casinos, their smells, sounds, I love the game, I love playing online in my pajamas, I have a monthly gambling budget and enough to get around.

What I’m trying to say is that I’m sick and tired of people thinking and judging me for being a gambler like if that made me a crack head on the street. So people wake up and smell the coffee, the flowers or whatever it is that you smell in the mornings and realize that there’s another reality out there too. Some of the greatest gamblers I know are actually serious businessmen who don’t drink and are heads of families with small children. Come on!

So, here’s a list of the four worst misconceptions I have heard:

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  1. Gamblers are indecisive, uncontrollable and will bet on anything:

    It’s believed by many, that gamblers are compulsive people who can’t help themselves and bet on anything and everything. SO not true! The weird thing is that I consider myself and all the gamblers I know, to be very organized and extremely careful with every step they take. Gamblers actually have their strict preferences of games and stick to them.

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  3. Gamblers are pompous risk-takers:

    Many think that gamblers are showy, bling bling irrational risk-takers who scream out to the world when they play and win. This is so far from the truth. Beginners who gamble and win might be those show-off ones. Some gamblers are actually loners or prefer quiet environments to seriously practice and improve their game. Maybe that’s why video poker and online casinos were invented.

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  5. Gamblers are Criminals:

    Nope! Gambling money doesn’t come from the Colombian Drug Cartel or from a ransom reward. We’re not shady people. We’re very normal people who have jobs, children and bills to pay. I do know many people who are so good at the game, that they’re able to live off their gambling winnings. And shouldn’t they? I mean, people who invest in the stock market also take risks. Are they criminals for that? Or for quitting their day to day job if they make a bunch of money? I don’t think so!

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  7. Gamblers Live off “almost wins” or “lucky days”:

    No, no, no! Nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s true that lucky days exist and they rock! But, real gamblers have strategies and styles that they follow in order to make a living off gambling. Or at least, make sure that they don’t lose. Their success lies on the fact that they know it’s a serious method or strategy that needs tweaking and lots of concentration.

  8. Have I sent a point out there into the world yet? I really hope so. If not, at least I got it out of my chest.

Laura Barton

Laura Barton is a self-declared "adventurer". Highly energetic and unpredictable, you will never find her without something to read on her hands. She loves casinos, after all it's in her blood: her father was a Las Vegas mogul and a former owner of some of the largest casino entertainment chains in the US. Loves rock climbing, surfing and playing drums.