There is no single answer to why a person would take the path of gambling. The founder of FedEx, Frederick Smith, went to Las Vegas with his last $5000 to try to save his company and won $27,000 that day. Professionals gamble to make a career in the gambling tournaments like WSOP and to get recognized for their true gambling skills and knowledge. Some people gamble to escape from their boring life and try out something thrilling. The compulsive gamblers, however, gamble out of their habit, which makes them addicted to gambling. One does not really need a reason to gamble and can enjoy it as a recreational activity.