They are no different to me than all of the other types of advertisements that can potentially prey on vulnerable people.
For example “Need a quick boost before pay day? Have poor credit history? Come and borrow £X and get approved in 5 minutes.”. Then insert ridiculous interest rate at the bottom.
Weight loss miracle cures that have little to no medical benefits but prey on the desperate wanting to lose weight when really it’s the “when taken as part of a healthy diet and regular exercise” that is the actual solution.
How about the national lottery? Probably the most recognised and seemingly accepted form of gambling that has millions partake in it weekly. The odds of you winning are so improbable yet here we are. We all know the phrase “You have to be in it to win it” and adverts like “it’s a 3x rollover this week worth £X million, someone has to win it” which is then followed by a huge increase in ticket sales.
Gambling, drinking, junk food, etc are all things that can be enjoyed by the masses. Like everything, it’s in moderation. However, there will always be the exceptions in every case and so we see the outcome of gambling addiction, alcoholism and obesity.
I’m not saying I agree with the advertisements. I personally dislike all adverts and wish I could be rid of them everywhere. I’m simply saying that gambling is a potential issue for certain people as are many other things that we see pushed onto us on a daily basis. At the end of the day, it’s about profit. These companies will push the limits of the regulations they must enforce that still allows them to maximise profit.