What’s the point of gambling?

In the BBC Radio 4 programme The Infinite Monkey Cage, Alex Bellos, author of the outstanding Alex’s Adventures in Numberland, was discussing randomness and made the following claim. 'I've interviewed lots of mathematicians and none of them say, "yeah I love gambling." They just don’t do it. I mean, what's the point?' I don’t know if I count as a mathematician, but I've made more trips to Las Vegas than I can remember. Were Alex interviewing me, I guess he’d ask me, "why?"

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