*ding, ding, ding* *whiiiirrr* “You’re a winner!”
“I just won $100!” (after spending $150 total)
This is where the point of no return begins. The hypnotizing colors, the little tug of hope every time you spin that wheel or pull that lever, or pick up those cards, the satisfaction of making even the smallest win, the devastation when all your winnings or money spent go down the drain after being a little too hopeful, sometimes there’s the exhilaration of making a big win, thinking it could happen again.
This is the beginning of the end for a lot of people. This is the start of gambling addiction.