Betting has been a ‘pastime’ for the rich ever since the Victorian Ages in Britain when the first pub came to be. The wealthy would bet on which dog to kill the most rats in the shortest amount of time in a sport called ‘ratting’. It was a very gruesome and violent game that encouraged animal cruelty but with little rules and regulations being put in place in that time it was not a bother to anybody. Betting can quickly become addictive. The thrill of ‘almost’ winning each time is what pushes the individual do keep wanting to bet more and more.
If you are considering starting to bet on horse races, then you may be concerned about how much more dangerous it is than any other types of betting. There is always a risk as with all types but the risk of becoming addicted is much higher with horse racing because you will believe that a specific horse has all the power in the world because it has won once. Horses do not get affected by emotions and so they are likened to machines that can keep going on and on. In comparison to a footballer if his girlfriend leaves him he is more susceptible to feeling pain and gloom thus performing less on the field. Betting on horse races is not much different to any other type of betting with regards to addiction. It is just as easy to start to enjoy the thrill of the risk and winning as it is with any other type of gambling and so there is no added danger. Getting carried away can be a risk with all types of gambling. The risk of spending more money more so present with horse betting due to the caliber of the sport. Horse betting is a past time known for the upper-class society who have money to spend and money to lose. They never consider how much money they need spend so they can safely bet. They just spend and go. For those with gambling problems this makes horse racing a field rife with bad opportunities as they can become more addicted and spend more than they can afford to catch up their richer counter parts. Peer pressures factors into why horse betters feel more pressure than any other sport. With horse betting you know that also everyone in the crowd is watching to see if their horse will win and whether they will lose their bet. The pandemonium and the screams can easily pierce the mind of the better. Making it more dangerous for them.
So, in conclusion, horse racing is indeed a bit more dangerous to gamblers than anyone else but once self-control is corporate one can overcome the niggling desire to unnecessarily spend more. Horse racing can be something that those who are not vulnerable can have a go at for the sake of experience and not profits.