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Difference Between Gambit and Gamble

Terms used in gaming can sometimes sound similar or be wrongly used in place of other words. For instance, the terms gambit and gamble are sometimes used synonymously. However, these two have different meanings. In this article, we have outlined the difference between these two terms. 

What is Gambit?

Derived from the Italian name gambetto, this is a chess opening whereby a player lets go of material to achieve positional dominance. Gambit is also used to detail tactics used by business persons or politicians in their struggles with other rival groups in their fields. 

Examples of Gambit include King’s gambit, Evans Gambit, Latvian Gambit, Englund Gambit and Greco Countergambit. An offer made by a gambit to the opponent can either be accepted or declined. 

A gambit must be sound. This is determined by the capability of getting enough concessions from the opponent. The criteria used to determine whether a gambit is sound include:

  • The production of differential activities
  • Time gain
  • The production of positional weaknesses

What is Gamble?

Gambling is the act of engaging in risky activities with something of value the aim of achieving something. This may not always be the case as in most times, gambling results in losses. This can be anything from money, cars and even property. The outcome of gambling is instant. As such, the winner or loser is determined instantly after a bet or game. 

In the recent past, gambling has become a serious problem globally due to gambling addiction. The industry is now regulated by gaming control boards, especially due to the influx of online gaming sites. Although it is a legal commercial activity, the need for regulation is paramount. 

Similarities between Gambit and Gamble

  • Both involve a sort of game 

Differences between Gambit and Gamble

Definition

Gambit refers to a chess opening whereby a player lets go of material to achieve positional dominance. On the other hand, gambling refers to is the act of engaging in risky activities with something of value the aim of achieving something.

Gambit vs. Gamble: Comparison Table

Summary of Gambit vs. Gamble

Gambit refers to a chess opening whereby a player lets go of material to achieve positional dominance. On the other hand, gambling refers to is the act of engaging in risky activities with something of value the aim of achieving something.

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References :


[0]Douglas M. Walker. The Economics of Casino Gambling. Springer Science & Business Media, 2007. https://books.google.co.ke/books?id=MiO7kYe8ztUC&pg=PA93&dq=gambling&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiO6OmZ0o_vAhU97uAKHeSpAA04ChDoATAFegQIBhAC#v=onepage&q=gambling&f=false

[1]Walter Tevis. The Queen's Gambit. Rosetta Books, 2014. https://books.google.co.ke/books?id=i2hsDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=gambit&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiGlKHx0Y_vAhUT6OAKHQGrCFMQ6AEwA3oECAIQAg#v=onepage&q=gambit&f=false

[2]Nikolai Kalinichenko. The Club Player's Modern Guide to Gambits. SCB Distributors, 2019.https://books.google.co.ke/books?id=xAS1DwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=what+is+gambit&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi10OXl0Y_vAhWKsBQKHXaNB3IQ6AEwA3oECAEQAg#v=onepage&q=what%20is%20gambit&f=false

[3]Image credit: https://pixabay.com/photos/gambling-sweepstakes-poker-luck-4178457/

[4]Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:English_gambit.png

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