The gambler has two ready answers that he always uses.
May it be separate or in combination for the question, ‘Why gamble?’ ‘I do so because I want to, and to win money,’ he will say, ‘I gamble because life bores me, and gambling not only excites me; it gives me thrills.’
Constant probing into the gambler’s keen motivations affirms this line of reasoning: the chance of earning ‘hard-earned money’ by normal work is restricted in general, if not impossible.
On the other hand, there are actually people who get rich quickly through gambling.
Why can’t one try that way? The most apparent objection – that he will eventually lose in the process – is briskly denied.
Each gambler is an expert with examples that allegedly prove it is, somehow possible, to win a fortune by gambling alone.
It is rather interesting that such examples are often known to him through hearsay.
Plenty of successful about stories about these gamblers give the influence of arrested movement. This is like witnessing a movie in which a certain situation had an influential attraction for you.
You halt that certain scene, all the consequences inadvertent. Now, the chosen moment, as it materializes, is precisely what you call the moment of success.
Its aftermath — the unfortunate end of one-shot to fame, his bankruptcy — then the attempt to cease his existence with his own hands – all this is ignored. His contemporaries who admired him would remember him only as he was — at the peak of his success.
If this person did not exist, he would definitely have been invented. The persistence with which this allegory of the fixed successful gambler is well-maintained shows that gamblers need it as an excuse, within themselves.
His guilt, evident only after he takes away the screen which this alibi presents, must be depicted genetically. The gambler also calls upon three affixed arguments – all of them illogical, but to him totally convincing otherwise.
First, he is narrowly certain that he will win. How can he be so sure? He just knows. Neither his scoff nor his conviction can be argued. Devotees are not at all moved by rational argument, and the gambler is a devotee in his faith in conclusive success.
If only the gambler could perfectly rationalize his principles, he would, naturally, not only amass huge amount of money – he would also mark his name in the history of gambling, admired and looked upon for his success.