play games of chance for money; bet.
“he gambles on football”
synonyms: bet, wager, place a bet, lay a bet, stake money on something, back the horses, try one’s luck on the horses; More
take risky action in the hope of a desired result.
“he was gambling on the success of his satellite TV channel”
synonyms: take a chance, take a risk, take a leap in the dark, leave things to chance, speculate, venture, buy a pig in a poke; More
an act of gambling.
“Dad likes a bit of a gamble”
synonyms: bet, wager, speculation; More
a risky action undertaken with the hope of success.
“we decided to take a gamble and offer him a place on our staff”
synonyms: risk, chance, hazard, speculation, venture, random shot, leap in the dark;
pig in a poke, pot luck, blind bargain;
“I took a gamble and it paid off”
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Seems to me PvP with a turret-based ship is a gamble. The use of a turret is what makes it a gamble. The ship is your wager.