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Three gambler profiles
Games of chance are risky if you play for any reason other than to have fun. According to the experts at Centre Dollard-Cormier, there are three types of gamblers:
  • Recreational gamblers:
    • Gambling does not pose a problem to these gamblers.
    • They gamble only for fun.
    • Gambling is a social pastime for them.

  • “At risk” gamblers:
    • Gambling causes them problems.
    • They feel guilty about their gambling habits.
    • Gambling may get them into quarrels.
    • They sometimes feel depressed.
    • Gambling often takes a big bite out of their budget.
    • They have to pay back their losses.

  • Problem gamblers:
    • They have many serious problems related to their gambling addiction.
    • They are subject to depression.
    • They may have suicidal thoughts.
    • Their gambling obsession may lead to divorce.
    • They have debts, and sometimes live in poverty.
    • Their desperation may lead them to commit criminal acts.

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