It seems that there is a human weakness for gambling. Maybe it’s the thrill of the action, maybe it is the temptation of getting some fast money without having to work for it, but whatever the reason it is clear that people like to gamble. I was first introduced to gambling as a high schooler growing up (too) close to Yonkers Raceway. A childhood friend of mine had a dad who liked to bet on the horses there, and I went with them once and was hooked. My sophomore year in high school began with a teacher’s strike that lasted about a month and for many of those nights I found myself at the track, gambling $2 in a race with a total risk tolerance of about $10 for the night. I learned about addiction to gambling though as I saw many grown ups there every night I came, including my friend’s dad. And unlike me, it was clear that these grown-ups were gambling money that they could not really afford to lose.