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When Gambling is not considered gambling

Updated on February 2, 2011

It has to do with legality

A good source for writing “triggers” is the chat discussions that take place on Facebook and appear on your Newsfeed. The following is a segment from just one of these:

“…bingo and the church. isn't gambling a sin yet it's used as a fundraiser for the church?”

Bingo is certainly a form of gambling because the players contribute a fee in order to play a game of chance to win greater sums of money. Lotteries are gambling but they have become socially acceptable because they are supposed to be providing funds for worthy causes but the players are only trying to win the larger prizes that are rewarded to an extremely small number of participants.

And, depending upon where you live, horse racing, dog racing, slot machines, poker, sports outcomes and many other activities have become socially acceptable forms of gambling. Even the Internet provides access to these forms of gambling with varying degrees of access throughout the world.

Strangely enough, the insurance industry is never classified in these groups probably because their method of gambling is a little bit of a reverse position to standard gambling. The insurance company is betting that whatever you want their institutions to protect you from financially will not happen and they willingly take your premium payments and invest them in other forms of gambling like the stock market, commodity futures and foreign exchange markets. Now if you want to make a claim against that policy, then you will find that they are reluctant to give back monies from the premium pool and may even increase your payments as a result of making a claim.

So gambling is not considered gambling when it is legalized and that only means that a number of wealthy bodies have convinced a large number of people that what they are doing is beneficial to the local society. They show their “generosity" by ensuring that a few individuals are allowed to share in their wealth. It is no coincidence that the church, insurance companies, casinos, online gambling sites, financial institutions and licensed gaming operations are all extremely profitable operations. It is very rare that any of these businesses ever go out of business. They usually cry fowl when their business suffers a down turn and the good people of the community ensure that they get the “much-needed” injection of cash to ensure that they don’t suffer unnecessarily.

Meanwhile, the poor get poorer buying more lottery tickets, insurance policies, donating to the church, playing bingo, playing slots, and going to the race track. They believe that one of these houses of gambling will provide the answers to all their needs. After all, somebody wins at these ventures, so why can’t it be me? The brains behind all these operations are counting on that philosophy. That’s how they got to be so big and powerful.

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