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A gambling couple

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A man looks at a football betting ticket. Photograph: Phnom Penh Post

Today I will share one of my experiences with gambling. A few years ago, most people gambled on football and the lottery.

Not just young people, but also adults: for example, in my district, there is an adult couple who is especially skilled at gambling. The husband is an expert in football, and the wife takes the lead on the lottery.

Gambling is for them a daily activity.

Early in the morning the husband usually sits in one place, doing nothing except looking at the paper with the forthcoming football matches.

He tries to predict which team will win.

If he sees someone he knows walking near him, he will go straight to him and ask for advice about the upcoming match. Other than that, he also spends his time sitting at the gambling house, which is like his second home.

As for his wife, the first thing she does when she leaves the house is asking her neighbours: “What did you dream last night?” According to the dream, she guesses which number she should bet on.

If she does not get it right in the morning, she will bet again at noon and again in the afternoon, until night falls.

Her betting three times a day is as regular as eating rice.

The couple is the wealthiest family around Serey Pheap district.

Whenever they win, they host a party. Whenever they lose, no one gives them a single cent.

But they are addicted, and they love playing.

Before they started gambling, the family were extremely wealthy. Now they are just like anyone else – although not yet poor.

But if they don’t stop gambling, we can hardly know what will happen to them.

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