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I answered drily that I had very little money in my possession, and that, consequently, I was hardly in a position to indulge in any conspicuous play, even if I did gamble.
Gambles as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression).
There is no individual, psychological or social predictor of problem gambling; anyone who gambles regularly can experience problems.
The athlete gambles on consecutive days, perhaps trying to get even on earlier losses.