For those immune to the draw of the bright lights of Vegas, or who see gambling as a "tax on stupidity", it may be hard to understand why it appeals to so many of the country's sharp young minds.Hmmm, let’s hear their stories, then:
"After receiving my student loan payment one day, I took a large chunk of it and decided to have a really good go at making some money online. I got on to a winning streak, and before I knew it I had thousands in my gambling account. Unfortunately I was only allowed to make small withdrawals per day, and when I went back to the site the following day to make the next withdrawal,
I decided to see if my luck was still in/b>. I lost my remaining funds within an hour."Sharp as a billiard ball, that one…
"It's time to open up a conversation about gambling in universities," says Trevor David, Gamcare's lead training and development consultant.
"For the first time, student finance officers have been coming to us and requesting we come to events and give information to students," David continues.
"Universities seem to be becoming aware that there is a growing problem."Yes, but not with gambling, per se. It’s with the growing number of people for whom ‘deferred gratification’ is an alien concept.