are they the same beast in different disguises….maybe…maybe not…but I think both are additive and can take ur money away…and i guess thats were the similarities end…I believe or I shld say learnt to believe that world favours the bravest…and mind you, its bravest, not stupid…i guess we are at a point of life where we know the difference ;)…its all abt how much money you are ready to lose…or in other much you wont mind losing to get more, which you wont necessarily need anyways but wont mind having…so i guess the most important part is not how much you make out of our “gamble” but where you draw the line of how much you can live without…but then, if its so clear then why do ppl end up losing all that they own in gambling or in the market…now dont tell me there arent many like that but..cause u know there are a bunch and i dont know if they have a name for it already like lactose intolerant….who knows…you never know….but then thats what seperates brave from the stupid….so at the end of it, I guess stock market is a better place to lose than in a casino, cause for one…hmmm…ur odds are better to make some money and two…you are much more sober when trying to read the company financials than when you are trying to pray for a dice in a house of smoke…so go ahead take some risks and may all end well…peace..