In the CNN interview, Ludwick said that Van der Sloot's troubles included a gambling addiction and problems with money.
But for those with a passion for gambling, this time of year can be particularly dangerous.
The elder son repeatedly embarrassed his father with his gambling and shopping jaunts across Asia and Europe.
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.).