Compulsive gambling, like any other addiction is a cycle. It is important to realise this and understand the nature of the cycle to accept that it can be broken. Gambling addiction usually arises after that initial big hit, a big win and the excitement and adrenaline that goes with it.
Some problem gamblers feel that they can 'beat the system' and replicate the same success. This usually leads to more gambling, ultimately resulting in frustration, disappointment, and financial loss.