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Compulsive (Pathological) Gambling:
A progressive disorder characterized by a continuous or periodic loss of control over gambling; a preoccupation with gambling
and with obtaining money with which to gamble; irrational thinking; and a continuation of the behavior despite adverse consequences.
(Source: Dr. Richard Rosenthal, Psychiatric Annals, February 1992)

Some activities or ways to gamble that are
normal for most individuals, but may become pathological for a compulsive gambler:

Casino Gaming   Stock Market  Day Trading
Online Gaming   Bingo            Sports Betting
Horse Racing     Dog Racing    Craps
Blackjack           Roulette        Slots
Poker                Baccarat        Keno
Bingo                Texas Hold 'Em
Twenty One      
Raffles               Charity Events
Office Pools        Bar Games    Snooker       Liars Poker         Dice
Card/Board Games                 Flipping Coins
Shooting Marbles                   Sports Cards
Coin Operated Machines (to win a prize)

Types of Gamblers


Gambling: Any betting or wagering, for self or others, whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depends upon chance or "skill" constitutes gambling.
(Source: Gamblers Anonymous)

Problem Gambling: Continued participation in risky gambling behaviors that negatively impact an individual's well being and affect his/her relationships, family, financial standing, social interaction and vocational pursuits.
(Source: Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.)
Click on the links below to learn more:


1.  Action Gamblers
2.  Four Phases of Action Gamblers
3.  Difference Between Action/Escape Profiles


1.  Escape Gamblers
2.  Four Phases of Escape Gamblers
3.  More Facts about Escape Gamblers
4.  Inside the Mind of The Escape Gambler
5.  Escape Gamblers - Gender or Type?

Reading Note: Although the pronoun "he" is used
 to describe the Action gambler and the Escape gambler is referred to as "she," this is NOT intended to imply that ALL action compulsive gamblers are male nor that ALL escape compulsive gamblers are female.