Online Casinos/Chasing Losses/Addiction
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(11-27-2017, 07:32 PM)416 Wrote:
(11-27-2017, 07:13 PM)Moff Wrote:
(11-27-2017, 06:03 PM)416 Wrote: Very familiar tales to those on here.
I gambled compulsively for 25 years. Despite a relapse I haven't gambled for nearly 3 years now. Checked my current account today and noticed I have 2 months worth of wages in there (plus a savings account) and get paid on Friday. Going to Japan in just over a week.
Just a few years back I remember looking in my empty wallet having maxed out the daily withdrawal limit on my debit and credit cards. I don't feel like gambling, but still wouldn't trust myself in Vegas etc. Best of luck to all those struggling to beat their addictions

Fair play to you mate long may it continue.  Care to share your coping strategies?!

This is gonna sound obvious, but it's true.  You have to want to stop.
Sure, I'd "wanted" to stop thousands of times when I'd done my bollocks in previously, but as soon as I had a bit of spare cash and I'd seen someone just drop £50-60 in a fruit machine that idea of stopping became a distant memory.
I remember the first time I really wanted to stop.  I'd had a shit day at work and popped in Paddy Power and put a score in.  I then lost £380 in less than 5 minutes which included going to the cash machine next door 3 times and withdrawing £100 each time.  
I stopped looking at people playing fruit machines, I stopped looking at oddschecker.com for football odds on saturday mornings and going to the casino.  After a few weeks I even found myself going in to pubs for something to eat/drink and not even noticing what fruit machines they had.  I distanced myself from anyone who gambled or who might tempt me to gamble and over the course of a few weeks the desire to gamble lessened.  
I think I'll always be a compulsive gambler .... hopefully just one that doesn't gamble.

Cheers for that mate.  I’ve had a good run myself before when I’ve gone 8 months without a single bet.  It all went tits up because there was a euromillions mega jackpot of about £160m that everyone was going on about so I bought a few lines.. must have triggered something off as next thing i know I’m doing my brains on Rainbow Riches. Sad times!
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#22
(11-27-2017, 09:31 PM)Moff Wrote:
(11-27-2017, 07:32 PM)416 Wrote:
(11-27-2017, 07:13 PM)Moff Wrote:
(11-27-2017, 06:03 PM)416 Wrote: Very familiar tales to those on here.
I gambled compulsively for 25 years. Despite a relapse I haven't gambled for nearly 3 years now. Checked my current account today and noticed I have 2 months worth of wages in there (plus a savings account) and get paid on Friday. Going to Japan in just over a week.
Just a few years back I remember looking in my empty wallet having maxed out the daily withdrawal limit on my debit and credit cards. I don't feel like gambling, but still wouldn't trust myself in Vegas etc. Best of luck to all those struggling to beat their addictions

Fair play to you mate long may it continue.  Care to share your coping strategies?!

This is gonna sound obvious, but it's true.  You have to want to stop.
Sure, I'd "wanted" to stop thousands of times when I'd done my bollocks in previously, but as soon as I had a bit of spare cash and I'd seen someone just drop £50-60 in a fruit machine that idea of stopping became a distant memory.
I remember the first time I really wanted to stop.  I'd had a shit day at work and popped in Paddy Power and put a score in.  I then lost £380 in less than 5 minutes which included going to the cash machine next door 3 times and withdrawing £100 each time.  
I stopped looking at people playing fruit machines, I stopped looking at oddschecker.com for football odds on saturday mornings and going to the casino.  After a few weeks I even found myself going in to pubs for something to eat/drink and not even noticing what fruit machines they had.  I distanced myself from anyone who gambled or who might tempt me to gamble and over the course of a few weeks the desire to gamble lessened.  
I think I'll always be a compulsive gambler .... hopefully just one that doesn't gamble.

Cheers for that mate.  I’ve had a good run myself before when I’ve gone 8 months without a single bet.  It all went tits up because there was a euromillions mega jackpot of about £160m that everyone was going on about so I bought a few lines.. must have triggered something off as next thing i know I’m doing my brains on Rainbow Riches. Sad times!

Hopefully you stay quit for good if that's what you want.
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#23
Im taking a break from online. After some good wins but also bad losses I recon im probably around the break even mark for the past few months, but its just too easy to do brains.

Going to just stick to the odd fruit punt, so hopefully ill kick gambling before it really turns to shite.
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#24
I'm always open to DMs as well. I've been a gambler for 35 years and have been through counselling, abstinence and periods of uncontrolled tiltage so have lots to say on the matter.

At the moment I keep the gambling demons at bay with some low level punting on pub machines. I don't go online, and in fact am self excluded from most reputable casinos as I'm excluded from all uk bookies.

I don't think I'll ever quit entirely, unless they remove machines from pubs and arcades because it's my guilty pleasure.

Ed.


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(11-27-2017, 07:13 PM)Moff Wrote: Fair play to you mate long may it continue.  Care to share your coping strategies?!

I'm not a problem gambler myself, but I am affected by impulse gambling.  That's where I don't think about it 99%.  I do my day's work, then as soon as I leave the office, it hits me and I want to play B3 machines in the arcades or bookies.  Normally £50 or £60 per visit.  So while that isn't a lot of money to some, I just can't afford to do it all the time.  Therefore my main coping strategy is to leave my cards behind (1 debit card and 1 credit card), and if I need to buy food, I'll just use Android Pay on my phone.  That's where you use your phone with any linked cards (debit card in my case) and it works by using NFC on the checkout's chip sensor - the same way as using contactless.  Also, if I need to use the credit card for cashflow, I've got it set up so that it clears to 0 every month by direct debit right after pay day.

So yeah, this isn't a solution for compulsive gamblers, but I find it works for me as an impulsive one.

Not sure about online gambling - I think a dodged a bullet there in that I've never really got on well with online, so I self-excluded last year and haven't played for a year now.  It's just too easy to go on tilt when it's from the click of a mouse.  At least with bricks and mortar, you have to go from A (work) to B (town) to C (cash point) to D (arcade / bookies) and then to E (home).
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#26
Once you accept that everyone is down over time and there’s really no point to gambling and all the highs and lows just aren’t worth it that’s the first step.

As previously said, unless you want to stop then you wont imo. It’s all well and good being moody after a big loss but it means nothing in the long run.

There was a time when I couldn’t go in a pub without playing a fruity, thankfully hey are so shit now there’s no point and it’s been so long that I’ve broken the habit now. Same for horse gambling, used to a do a tenner here and there most days but after a month that could easily mount up to 200 quid, when you think what you could do with that instead you become much happier.
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