Sure there is. The first ploppy has four more hours of his life he can spend doing other things. If those other things are more profitable than the -EV from gambling, the first ploppy wins.Quote: AxelWolf
There's no difference in a ploppy playing a 5% loser for 1 hour, or someone playing a 1% loser for 5 hours.
And a crack addict can just limit the money they bring to crack house and leave when they are no longer having fun.Quote: Nathan
I remember someone saying he/she was getting and got a second job just so they wouldn't have time to go to a casino. If you're not wanting to take it that far, you can just limit the money you bring to casino and leave when you are no longer having fun.
That would depend on how one measures gambling entertainment value. If someone really enjoys playing for many house hours they might actually win. They also get more free drinks (-;Quote: MathExtremist
Sure there is. The first ploppy has four more hours of his life he can spend doing other things. If those other things are more profitable than the -EV from gambling, the first ploppy wins.
This gives us an insight that goes much deeper than the need to understand addicts. Professor Peter Cohen argues that human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It’s how we get our satisfaction. If we can’t connect with each other, we will connect with anything we can find — the whirr of a roulette wheel or the prick of a syringe. He says we should stop talking about ‘addiction’ altogether, and instead call it ‘bonding.’ A heroin addict has bonded with heroin because she couldn’t bond as fully with anything else.
So the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. It is human connection.
Actually it's not good to replace an addiction with something else, even with something as innocent like exercise. He needs to further address the problem with a professional if he really wants to stop.
I'm glad to see he's smart enough to realize this.... "Craps passline/don't with odds. I would chuckle to myself at the craps table as the "suckers" made proposition bet after proposition bet, when I was playing the minimum line bet with whatever odds I deemed fit. But I soon realized that I was just a bad of a sucker as they was, simply grinding away with the same bets, allowing the house edge to reap my bankroll "
It's not that simple and everyone is different. There's many different reasons people get addicted. There's people who lived happy normal lives people who never took drugs or had depression or emotional problems. Suddenly they get into a car accident and are prescribed drugs and become addicted. Happy teens just having fun drinking consistently can become addicted. They may not have even wanted to drink or do drugs for any reason other than pure pressure.Quote: Rigondeaux
In short, what they've found is that people, and other animals, become addicts because they are unhappy with life, and particularly, don't have lots of good relationships. .