The Gambler

A CBC News story today highlights research that suggests an "alarming number" of young Ontarians believe that poker — particularly the online variant — may be a viable form of work. This probably should not surprise us, given that many ad campaigns for online poker companies have promoted just such a fantasy in a thinly veiled fashion.

He said, son, I've made a life out of readin' peoples faces / And knowin' what their cards were by the way they held their eyes / So if you don't mind my sayin', I can see you're out of aces / For a taste of your whiskey I'll give you some advice. …

"We must presume that as the casino becomes more virtualized, thus offering more privacy to the end-user, that catheterization will become the next evolutionary stage for the human-datapod hybrid, allowing urine to freely flow away to unseen underground canals in a fashion that allows for the uninterrupted complementary inflow of (seen) information channels." » resample

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  1. Natasha Rubenschuh says:

    I sometimes think that we forget that in all elements of life there is a certain amount of risk, luck and chance associated with what the outcome of that given event will be. Sometimes we get lucky and we happen to be in the right place at the right time, other times we wish there was anywhere else in the world we might be at that particular moment. Why don’t individuals who make a living and even a career out of gambling derive the same satisfaction from normal everyday life? Is it the thrill of the unknown? Is it because it allows individuals to completely numb themselves to the world? Perhaps, gambling provides an individual with hope of that one lucky big break? I’m unsure. However, I find it incredibly sad that individuals can reduce their dignity to such a level that they cannot even part with their machine for five minutes while they take a trip to the washroom. If anything, my gut tells me there is something fundamentally wrong in a society that allows people to become so addicted and involved in the world of gambling that they are willing to compromise a piece of their own self-respect in order to have even a small chance of winning big. I firmly believe true happiness cannot be found in money, or machines or even in bright lights and all the bells and whistles. That is not the way that life is supposed to be lived. Being hooked up to a machine provides more opportunity for disappointment rather than success and instead of having any control over the outcome of the event we stay longer in hopes that our constant presence will increase our odds. Athletes do not sit around and wait in diapers for their Olympic dreams to come true. They go out, create opportunities for themselves, challenge their limits, and train to the best of their ability in order to compete on the world stage. If someone dreams of millions of dollars and all the perks that go along with monetary riches they should get up and go after their dream in a realistic way. Society needs to recognize how dangerous gambling practices can become. Providing more opportunities for greater addictions to gambling will only increase the number of individuals who live their lives on a daily basis consumed by the gambling industry.