Is Gambling an Acceptable Form of Leisure?

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Is gambling an acceptable form of leisure?

Nowadays, gambling industry is already become a huge global industry. Due to the rapid development of technology, people can place the bet in another country simply by using internet without travel, which make much easier for gambler. According to Roberts (2004, p168), gambling also become one of the leisure industries, such as visit a casino can be seen as a leisure activity. Also is different personal perspective with no doubt. Devereaux (1968) defined that ‘gambling is a form of activity in which the parties involved, who are known as bettors or players, voluntarily engage to make the transfer of money, or something else of value among themselves’. Since colonization in 1788, the culture of
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According to Roberts (2004, p170), Gambling generally been divided into two section which are soft and hard gambling. Soft gambling is between two events has a cooling-off time period, such as football pools and lottery. The continuous play is hard gambling, such as casino. And hard gambling generally considered especially dangerous. That is because people play in casino, even they lost money, and they (gambler) probably will continue play and lose more as they normally always have the thought that they are going to win back. ‘The industry of gambling has its body of ‘scientific’ knowledge, or trade know-how, on how to maximize profits’ (Roberts 2004, p170). This is underlying a fact that is a small chance to win such in casinos. To assist the horse property owners and racing industry is an objective of brought in the slot machines (Gambling’s bad bed 2005), and University of Nevada (2001-2008) indicates that slot machines plays very important role in casinos. Based on the Nevada Gaming Almanac 2001eds (cited in University of Nevada, 2001-2008) research shows that almost half income of casinos in Las Vegas is come from slot machines. Therefore, slot machines considered the cocaine of gambling, also is an element of people obsessed with gambling so much. But in the Australia, gambling is an activity that people regards as morally stained (O’ Hara 1988).
Las Vegas represent a great example, this is because Las Vegas is the most exciting and

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