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gamble

a bet, wager, or other risk or chance taken for possible monetary gain
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Around the tables, and at the further end of the room where the trente-et-quarante table was set out, there may have been gathered from 150 to 200 gamblers, ranged in several rows.
At length she expressed a wish to view the game closer; whereupon in some mysterious manner, the lacqueys and other officious agents(especially one or two ruined Poles of the kind who keep offering their services to successful gamblers and foreigners in general) at once found and cleared a space for the old lady among the crush, at the very centre of one of the tables, and next to the chief croupier; after which they wheeled her chair thither.
At first the old lady did no more than watch the gamblers, and ply me, in a half-whisper, with sharp-broken questions as to who was so-and-so.
Their morality in business and politics was gambler morality.
When they got hungry, they went, hat in hand, and begged the successful gamblers for a job.
"Dot iss goot," Olaf Henderson muttered, regarding the gambler with profound admiration.
The gamblers took heart of life, and soon the tables were filled, the click of chips and whir of the roulette-ball rising monotonously and imperiously above the hoarse rumble of men's voices and their oaths and heavy laughs.
He himself selected from among those with the least disreputable look, two guards whom he had formerly known, and whose only faults were being drunkards and gamblers. These men had not entirely lost all ideas of civilization, and under proper garments their hearts would beat again.
Mayo set the precedent that a professional gambler may be able to deduct ordinary and necessary business expenses under IRC section 162(a), even if the expenses exceeded gross winnings or receipts from gambling activities, as long as the activity constituted a trade or business.
The Tax Court held that the non-wagering expenses of a taxpayer who frequently gambled were not deductible because his gambling activity lacked the profit motive necessary for him to be considered a professional gambler. The court determined the taxpayer's gambling activity lacked a profit motive, after examining the nine factors of Regs.
Alas, despite these striking performances, something has gone very wrong during The Gambler's journey from storyboard to screen.
Spouses present symptoms that are traumatic in nature and can prevent both them and the problem gambler from recovering.