Again, folks, Dayvid likes to stir things up. Usually, it is fun. But this one seemed to hit a nerve. I do know people with family members who are true compulsive gamblers and that can be a disaster. But, that is an addiction. Just as one person can have a couple of cocktails on vacation and leave it at that, while others can't stop once they start.
My perspective is HURRAY FOR GAMBLERS. They contribute significantly to the profit of the cruise lines, which means more money for the companies to spend on stuff I like. I win big by staying out of the casino. Don't object to it, just don't enjoy it. Besides, I am such a bad gambler that I have actually lost at my local ATM machine.