This is a discussion on Is poker passion or addiction to gambling? within the online poker forums, in the General Poker section; Has it happened to you that the hours go by and they can't stop playing? how did you solve it?
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It can be one or the other, or both. When it becomes a disease it is very difficult to detect it without help. Like everything in life there are very good stories, but also sad stories.It never happened to me, but I know people who do well and others who do not.
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I think it can be both. There are days that I spend most of the day playing poker (mostly weekends) and I think it’s ok, because I’m having fun and I only do that when I don’t have anything important to do. But when the player miss work days or friends and family reunions to play poker then the hobby is becoming an addiction.
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I don’t gamble, poker is not gambling, poker is strategic investment. If I ever do play a gamble game, it’s not gambling to me, it’s throwing money away for the purpose of entertainment. I have absolutely no hopes in winning anything or coming ahead by ‘gambling’.
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Undoubtedly, there is excitement in poker, but nevertheless this is not roulette or a lottery, but a game that requires constant perfection and laborious work, so this is definitely a passion that makes us sit down at the table and play again and again!)
Poker is gambling just like the casino who offers blackjack is gambling as well. There's a chance the casino can lose.
The Casino/Operator isn't gambling in poker. Every player playing poker has a chance they will lose or win.
There are some sitautions in poker where it isn't gambling such as when you have a 100% chance of winning. Comes up every now and then but most of the time there's a chance of losing.
You could say long term you have a 100% chance of winning which a casino has in table games and some players in poker might also have. So I would say it's gambling for most players long term and short term apart from the occasional 100% chance of winning and sometimes not for some players long term.
I think there's some addiction in it. For example, when I was playing a cash game and accompanied by my girlfriend in vain he told me to go home I didnít want to. I had won enough, but I didn't want to leave. I thought once the cards came so well, you shouldnít stand up. Decide for everyone whether itís addiction or good thinking.