While it’s true that gambling and politics seem like a strange combination, there are actually a lot of similarities between the two activities.
The key distinction between the two is the types and risk levels. Both endeavors primarily focus on assessing, understanding, and controlling risk.
Risks on Politics & Gambling
The risks in politics are numerous and vary across the entire political spectrum of social, environmental, and economic government. On the other hand, the risk in gambling is mostly economic, the fundamental procedure for reducing risk in both endeavors is the same.
Politicians must be aware of the risks involved in each given circumstance, be able to gauge the degree of risk there, and take steps to minimize that risk as much as possible.
The same applies to any sort of gambling that a player may choose to engage in.
Difference between Politics & Gambling
The primary difference between the two is that politicians answer under public examination of the electorate, while most gamblers only have themselves to answer to.
Politicians who are subject to public examination by the electorate need to not only appear to be playing by the rules of the game (and so need to have a solid grasp of both parliamentary and legislative rules), but they also need to appear to be actively participating in the game