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The Ethics of Gambling

Given that most people who gamble lose most of the time, why on earth do they do it?

Chris Bratcher, who has been a regular casino-goer and occasional punter elsewhere for many years, as well as a former Treasurer and Chairman of Conway Hall Ethical Society, examines the reasons for doing it, and losing at it. Risk – and the judgement of risk – is part of life, and can be life-enhancing. The mushrooming variety of forms of gambling and places to do it, with attendant social evils, give gambling a bad name, as the ‘opium of the people’. Chris will attempt to rehabilitate some forms, whilst condemning others, by examining the plethora of gambles on offer that have come to dominate the lives of many. Is it immoral? If so, where does the immorality lie: with the industry, the Government, or the punters? What joy do they get out of it? Is there a pleasure to be safely had? Chris presents a personal ‘safe sex’ guide to gambling.

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