What Is Gambling?

Hey! hey! heyyyyy man, “I bet i can beat you in a race” says seven-year old little johnny to nine-year old big mike. “Loser has to be the winners slave for a WEEK, doing whatever the winner say” exclaims big mike as he takes the challenge.

Little johnny is about 4’8, skinny, with a bush of nappy hair on his head for hair. He is the smallest of all his friends hints the name “little” johnny. Of all little johnny’s talents, his speed has been known as his best. He is on the speed demons track team, which is a team that was mad only for kids ages 9-15, but they made johnny an exception, considering the fact they knew he would ALWAYS bring them victory . In all seven years of his life, he has yet to lose a race to anyone in any track meet or just running for fun. Sometimes he gives his friends heads starts, and the still somehow manage to fall to the mighty feet of the young man.

Big Mike on the other hand is 5’0, skinny, with a buzz cut because his father was a navy admiral for 20 years. He is the tallest kid of all his friends and for those who don’t call him big mike call him “stretch” for his long legs. Mike was not very fast, but the length of his legs gave him an extra step on all his competitors, aiding him to victory most of the time. Mike also is a part of the speed demons and has only had one loss and that is to the infamous little johnny of course by a foot, so he considers this a rematch to gain his pride back.

Its April 31, 2012, and today is the day the race occurs. After school, the two boys and all their friends meet up at the track to watch the two fastest kids on the team go head to head. With no time wasted the boys line up on the line to continue on with this wager. They shake hands to make it official and now its on. “On your mark, get set,…… GO!” shouts one of their teammates.

Little johnny takes off on big mike from the gate!!! but to his biggest surprise, big mike is trailing not too far behind. Big Mike comes in on little johnny like a hawk and now they are neck to neck with 15 feet left to run. GO GO GO!!! screams the teammates not really cheering for anyone in particular. Big Mike takes the lead with 10 feet left to go and as soon as he turns his head, little johnny passes him with the blink of an eye, winning the race. Big Mike finishes the race teary eyed while little Johnny jumps for joy at the fact of not only winning the race, but at the fact of having a new slave. This is a prime example of gambling at its finest at such a young age.

Gambling means taking part in any activity or game where you risk money or a valuable object  in order to win money or other stuff. Gambling is mostly about chance, although some games can involve skill too. Some gambling like lotteries, slot machines, or bingo depends on luck, and no amount of knowledge or practice can help a person win. Other games  like pool or darts, for example require skill. So knowing how to play and practicing can influence the results (Problem Gambling).

“Problem gambling affects people from all walks of life. Whether you bet on sports, buy lottery tickets or scratch cards, play roulette, poker, or slots, in a casino or online, problem gambling can strain your relationships, interfere with home and work, and lead to financial catastrophe. For those considered severe problem gamblers, otherwise known as gambling addicts or pathological gamblers, you may even do things you never thought possible, like stealing money to gamble or taking money meant for your children. Gambling addiction can even lead to an increased risk of suicide (Help Guide).”

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