Suck it, Robert J. Sawyer!
(BTW, this was my post - I forgot to log in first)
What it says is that everyone has a different idea of fun. The parent said nothing about addicts. Contrary to your belief, not everyone who goes to casinos is an addict. Some, yes, but not all. Most are there just to have a good time.
As for throwing money away, the parent made it pretty clear that he is spending money on an experience that he enjoys. It's pretty likely that there are people who consider the things you call fun to be a waste of money and time. It's all relative.
Yes, exactly. Nero wanted Spock to live with the pain of Vulcan's destruction so he left him on DV where he could watch helplessly and eventually get to safety. The real punishment was to allow Spock to live.