Do you know that there are many types of gamblers in the same manner that there are also many types of gambling? While most bettors don’t normally have problems with their gambling, you might be wagering a little too heavily for your own good or might even need psychological help. Our two part series begins with a list of what we’d like to call “Okay Gamblers.” If you’re in this category, congratulations!
Recreational or social gamblers view gambling as a leisurely activity. It’s put in the same category as going to the movies or playing a round of golf. Sure, they might keep a daily or weekly lottery ticket but gambling episodes are never frequent. Rarely do they lose control or money over any form of gambling activity they undertake. Unlike the serious gambler, they do not miss gambling nor do they think about it. Their behavior does not result in any negative consequences for themselves and for their family. Even other people do not see their gambling as excessive and they themselves make no attempt to hide it. Thankfully, most of us belong in this category
Heavy or serious gamblers belong to our classification of Okay Gamblers since they gamble only what they can afford to lose. They have allocated money specifically for their gambling needs but this is proportional to their earnings and remain constant over time. They don’t even borrow from their credit cards to finance their gambling. They still find time to spend with their family and this activity does not cause any problems with those around them. However, they have made gambling an integral part of their lives and unlike the social gambler, would miss it if they fail to engage in it. Those who belong in this category usually focus on one type of gambling. For example, they may choose to bet on the races or play poker. They don’t chase losses. Unfortunately, the heavy gambler is more prone to being a problem gambler if he is not careful. Most problem gamblers try to hide under this category.
Professional gamblers are placed here insofar as their gambling strategy is concerned. They rarely lose control when they bet and everything is always methodical and carefully planned. They are highly disciplined and rarely will you find a gambler who bets impulsively. They do not chase loses as well. The problem is, they rely on gambling as their primary means of income. There’s also the big chance that they will become problem or pathological gamblers in the future.