Quit diary
#1
Before you all call me a cunt, I know I've said I'll quit before, but I've always fallen back into it.

The pointlessness of Betcoms and not having the discipline or knowledge to play anything else means I'm steadily losing money which on the £100 jackpots is getting expensive.

So I'm starting a quit diary thread. Anyone else who's quitting feel free to add to it.

The weekend has been generally easy as I've been busy. The test will come when I'm at a loose end or drunk. I'm not an online player so all I really have to do is walk past pubs...
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(04-22-2018, 04:14 PM)Boulderdash Wrote: Before you all call me a cunt, I know I've said I'll quit before, but I've always fallen back into it.

The pointlessness of Betcoms and not having the discipline or knowledge to play anything else means I'm steadily losing money which on the £100 jackpots is getting expensive.

So I'm starting a quit diary thread. Anyone else who's quitting feel free to add to it.

The weekend has been generally easy as I've been busy. The test will come when I'm at a loose end or drunk. I'm not an online player so all I really have to do is walk past pubs...

Good Luck

When I stop gambling but go out drinking, I’ll take 1 credit card and that’s it. I don’t know the pin, it’s contactless. So can buy drinks food taxi. And don’t gamble. Hope that helps
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#3
Good thinking. I don't even need to take a card - I can pay with my phone in most pubs.
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#4
Getting hammered or worse will often cause discipline to be broken and if you are a chaser it is very important not to start in that state, especially in a casino!
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#5
Good luck. Will probably be joining you soon
When I gave up the fags I stopped drinking for a while to make sure I didn't weaken fwiw
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#6
@ Boulderdash - good luck Smile
@ DJWarden - good thinking about bringing a contactless CC without knowing its PIN

I'm not a quitter myself, but I do sometimes have to stop gambling for 1-2 weeks at a time. This is either to save up for an event or get together funds to replace a kitchen appliance. Gambling temptation tends to kick in after I have left work as my work isn't far from town. So on these days, I'll just bring a £5 / £10 note with me as it will be enough for lunch or bring in packed lunch, and if I need to go shopping afterwards, I use my phone (Android Pay) as the payment method as already said by Boulderdash.
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#7
Glad to hear a fellow Android user. I can't bear iPhones. iOS drives me potty
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#8
Agreed iOS is awful. Good luck quitting
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#9
Good luck mate. I think if you’re gonna do it, and this is talking from past experiences, if you’re gonna quit it needs to be 100% cold turkey.  I don’t even think you should come on this site, as it still means you are interested in gambling.  If you’re interested in it then you can never truly have the desire to stop.  

Take up a hobby such as weight lifting/resistance training and eat all the right foods.  You’ll feel so much better and you’ll be on a natural high that will replace the endorphins released by gambling.  Don’t allow yourself to have any cash on you, not even £1 to put in a shitcom. Because a gambler will still try and chase that back too.  And it could kickstart the addiction again.

‘All the diamonds in the world is still not enough for a gambler’ I believe is the saying.  Doesn’t matter how much you win it will never be enough, it’s the chemical activity in the brain telling you it wants more and you will eventually lose any profits anyway then the high will have gone and you’ll feel like absolute turd.  I imagine it’s akin to a massive comedown.

This may seem a bit over the top for someone that claims to only play betcoms, but if anyone else is interested and serious about quitting these are steps I think are necessary to rid your mind from it. 

 I wish I’d quit years ago, I did quit everything for 8 months solid, and it was a Euromillions ticket that gave me the buzz back and I went and spent £300 in about 10 minutes, then tried to win that money back and failed miserably, then you’re forever trying to get ahead again in the false pretence that you’ll quit when you get your money back.  It never happens!! 

I ended up getting so sick of losing that I paid someone for methods on certain machines so if I did get the urge to go and gamble at least I could do it and avoid losing so heavily.. but ultimately the addiction wins and any profits you did win would only end up in a FOBT or £500.  At the moment I’m on the fence, I know money can be made, but I do think that people posting big wins on YouTube etc, or players on social media posting big wins claiming they have an empty or a sus doesn’t really Help the situation as I still feel there’s a chance somewhere someday to get well ahead, pay off all debts then quit.  It’s absolute delusional talk I know hey, but I’m sure I’m not the only one!!
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#10
Thanks Moff.

Part of me thinks you're right and I shouldn't come on here, but the other half thinks there are enough stories of losses on here to reinforce the message.

I've played fruits since I was 11 and I'm 47 on Sunday, so it's basically a lifelong habit. That's not easy to break, hence all the attempts over the years. I wouldn't really call myself a gambler though. I don't generally bet on anything and have no interest whatsoever in online or even pub digital slots. It was always the thrill of beating the game. Of course the money has something to do with why I play, but if I was really chasing the money I'd pay something you can make big on.

So what I'm essentially saying is this is a fun habit, but it's getting too expensive. It's not something that has me in debt or struggling to pay bills.

Anyway, maybe I'll post back here every few days for a while because in previous attempts it's always helped to be able to tell someone I've stayed away.
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#11
Good luck in your journey, I have also decided once and for all to quit online, again l know, 2 weeks in today. Also looks like we share a birthday!
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#12
Been hard today walking past pub after pub on my route. But I'm almost home...
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#13
If I could just quit online now id be in a seriously happy place (gambling wise). Hoping worst case by the end of the year to stop online completely. 

Nothing else physical interests me, apart from fruits, and the shiteness has cured that addiction for me perfectly.
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#14
All the best Boulderdash, don't let my DMs put you off.
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#15
Easy to quit online tbh just limit every site to £10 and you can never be bothered to even do it for that rubbish stake so you never do! Worked for me anyhow
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#16
Where's your "dun my bollocks" story then Jerz?!
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#17
I haven't actually done my bollocks for a change, just want to shake off online gamblings depressing hold on me!
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#18
Working from home today and haven't had the urge to sneak out for a lunchtime punt, which is good. Helps that there are three Betcoms in my local, Pug, LALP and Plopeye.
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#19
Struggling today. Have a lunch date but the way home is going to take some willpower
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#20
Only take out what you need for lunch! And remember, you're only missing out on losing a few quid in a heap of shit, if you've got anything left over from lunch buy a small memento or something
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