He was a gambler of the highest order, and he was never under any illusions that the stakes he played for excluded his own life.
The culinary world is waiting for some gambler out there to take the next step.
The gambler set the second stage of the proposition for Tony's restaurant.
1726 (implied in gambling), from a dialectal survival of Middle English gammlen, variant of gamenen "to play, jest, be merry," from Old English gamenian "to play, joke, pun," from gamen (see game). Or possibly gamble is from a derivative of gamel "to play games" (1590s), itself likely a frequentative from game. Originally regarded as a slang word. The intrusive -b- may be from confusion with gambol. Related: Gambled; gambling.
"risky venture," 1823, from gamble (v.).