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gamble

a bet, wager, or other risk or chance taken for possible monetary gain
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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.
I myself was at heart a gambler. At that moment I became acutely conscious both of that fact and of the fact that my hands and knees were shaking, and that the blood was beating in my brain.
A little later in the evening, the subject of farming having remained uppermost, Hall swept off into a diatribe against the "gambler's paradise," which was his epithet for the United States.
Their morality in business and politics was gambler morality.
Dan MacDonald, pioneer saloonman and gambler on the upper Yukon, owner and proprietor of the Tivoli and all its games, wandered forlornly across the great vacant space of floor and joined the two at the stove.
"Dot iss goot," Olaf Henderson muttered, regarding the gambler with profound admiration.
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.
Predictors of therapeutic failure in slot-machine pathological gamblers following behavioural treatment.
What's more, their finding that 1.4% of the people surveyed met the criteria for pathologic gambling established in DSM-IV is similar to the percentage of pathologic gamblers identified in other studies.
Another 63 per cent fell into the category of non-problem gamblers. But for one in four of the study participants, gambling is taking a social, emotional and financial toll.
The PNP AKG said gangs penetrated casinos and offer loans to gamblers at usurious rates.