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Steve
April 21, 2009, 8:17am Report to Moderator

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Gambling problems are not at all uncommon, but some are so bad they can destroy lives. Either way you dont want to let it even slightly make you unhappy. Below are some suggested resources but you can always search for assistance locally:

http://www.problemgambling.vic.gov.au/
http://www.gamblingtherapy.org/
http://www.ncpgambling.org/
http://www.gamcare.org.uk/
http://dailystrength.org/support-groups/Addiction_Recovery/Gambling_Addiction/

Problems with gambling dont mean you weak - just that you let it go too far and it's very easy to do that. I'm no counselor but I've known many people with gambling problems and the worst thing you can do is try to win back your money. Irrespective of how you plan to win back losses, it is just the worst mentality to have. You are best to accept the loss as painful as it is. In a year or so it probably wont even matter anyway, but at least you'll have control back.

The typical signs of gambling problems are:

1. You are trying to play to win back losses
2. You are losing more than you can afford
3. Playing seems to make you unhappy, or you don't really enjoy it anymore
4. You have to hide it from others
5. You tend to gamble alone
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April 21, 2009, 11:43pm Report to Moderator

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"Actually many people I've dealt with have gambling problems. But if I identify this before they become a player, I ask them not to even bother looking at gambling, irrespective of the effectiveness of any device or system. Players with gambling problems tend not to do well anyway. When someone emails me with something like "please please help me i have lost $10000 and need to make money back" etc etc this is a clear problem.

NEVER should you play to win back losses. As far as I'm concerned, you should only play roulette for either casual fun (once in a blue moon), OR play professionally which is completely different.

If you have lost a lot with gambling, I suggest accept your losses. Money comes and goes. If you try and win back your losses and play solely to win back losses, you are likely going to make mistakes and lose even with the perfect strategy - dont make matters worse. I've had losing players, but very rarely if they apply the system correctly. Usually those with gambling problems just lose discipline in their betting and lack required patience. Understand money is just money, and we have all had losses at some point - I was once scammed for literally millions and had to let it go because the police and laws are pathetic. Yeah I will shoot the bastard if I ever see him again, really I will crack his head open, but you need to move on if nothing can be done. It is not much different with gambling losses - let the loss go, and move on. Dont bet to recover losses because you'll likely make it ten times worse and fall into a depressing cycle. Money is not what makes you yourself - money is useful but it comes and goes.

Anyway gambling problems are not uncommon. But it may be difficult for someone to identify they have a problem. It does not mean you are weak, just that you have let things go too far and need to get control. So if you are in this boat, walk away and accept the losses. This is very different to a professional player who has the occasional loss. If you want to revisit roulette or a casino later, only do so when you dont give a rats arse about previous losses, but be in control. If you tend to lose control and become unhappy, then it is time to walk permanently."-Steve hoo-hoo
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1894
August 6, 2009, 6:57am Report to Moderator
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The only problem I have with gambling is people touting on about people with problem gambling :S
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Tomas
August 6, 2009, 8:54am Report to Moderator

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The most common gambling problem is not winning enough.
Sort of the same for my drinking problem.
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mr j
August 9, 2009, 3:28am Report to Moderator
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I always wondered about the definition of a gambling problem? Lets say a guy bets on three games every weekend. He goes 2-1 every time, year after year, never misses a weekend. (Assume all 3 bets are  $200 a pop) So, does the guy have a gambling problem?  Ken
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Tomas
August 9, 2009, 3:48am Report to Moderator

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I'd bet he'd be neurotic if a weekend was missed.

My definition is that when anything else is suffering (credit, wife, dog, family etc), and you can not NOT gamble (drink, smoke, etc), then you have a problem. Before that? Just human, I guess...
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1894
August 20, 2009, 10:21am Report to Moderator
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I guess people dont like this section lol
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Anandram
August 20, 2009, 11:15am Report to Moderator

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either that or alot of people are in denial re their gambling problems p
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Tomas
August 20, 2009, 8:09pm Report to Moderator

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A lot of people here are in denial about a lot of things... gravity is one... Not surprised if Gambling Problems was another.
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Anandram
August 26, 2009, 12:46am Report to Moderator

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Im in denial that i am steve and as a result tomas and bombus and boats.
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1894
August 28, 2009, 8:20am Report to Moderator
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da-niel is a big river
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Tomas
August 28, 2009, 8:26am Report to Moderator

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Quoted from 1894
da-niel is a big river


As in Poker?
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1894
December 16, 2009, 8:28pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Tomas


As in Poker?


no! as in THE RIVER IN EGYPT!
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rnd revolver
February 21, 2010, 2:52am Report to Moderator
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Quoted from Steve
Gambling problems are not at all uncommon, but some are so bad they can destroy lives. Either way you dont want to let it even slightly make you unhappy. Below are some suggested resources but you can always search for assistance locally:

http://www.problemgambling.vic.gov.au/
http://www.gamblingtherapy.org/
http://www.ncpgambling.org/
http://www.gamcare.org.uk/
http://dailystrength.org/support-groups/Addiction_Recovery/Gambling_Addiction/

Problems with gambling dont mean you weak - just that you let it go too far and it's very easy to do that. I'm no counselor but I've known many people with gambling problems and the worst thing you can do is try to win back your money. Irrespective of how you plan to win back losses, it is just the worst mentality to have. You are best to accept the loss as painful as it is. In a year or so it probably wont even matter anyway, but at least you'll have control back.

The typical signs of gambling problems are:

1. You are trying to play to win back losses
2. You are losing more than you can afford
3. Playing seems to make you unhappy, or you don't really enjoy it anymore
4. You have to hide it from others
5. You tend to gamble alone


4-5 are untrue
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Spinmaster
February 25, 2010, 6:00am Report to Moderator
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As many of you will know it's very very hard to quit gambling once your addicted.  Stopping smoking is much easier in my opinion. To stop smoking is hard but to stop gambling can be close to impossible. I know of a guy locally who lost his house to online poker. He finished up gambling all his credit cards away , gambled girl friends wages away , emptied all his bank accounts to poker!. Lives with his mum and dad now lol. ..
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