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There is a lot of publicity now about the downside of gambling. I am an addict. I am in a lot of debt because of gambling. I gamble to avoid thinking how f***d up my life is and what a total retard I am. My gambling takes me off being isolated and suicidal - for a few hours. But, most of all, and the point of this post, I enjoy gambling when I get the chance. The fact that gamblers enjoy gambling - even if that enjoyment is short-lived and 'fake' never seems to get mentioned in all the chat nowadays. It's because it is enjoyable that it is hard to give up. There are a lot of triggers which drive me to the bookies - I have managed, finally, to get onto Gamstop - times of the week, the type of weather it is even. My brain associates those triggers with the pleasure of gambling. Am I the only one who feels this or am I talking a lot of bollocks?

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In my eyes no your not talking bollocks 

Everybody feels different about how they gamble.now on a Saturday I put 5x£2 bets on the football and probably £5 in a fobt but I still do enjoy gambling I look forward to it 

Now I probably wouldn’t enjoy it if I lost 5x£20 bets on a Saturday 

what triggers my gambling is boredom and when the football season ends I bet on other sports 

Men’s brains are wired to gambling drinking football and tits (sorry Darren)

i wish you all the best @hitopz1

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12 hours ago, Stepandstop said:

In my eyes no your not talking bollocks 

Everybody feels different about how they gamble.now on a Saturday I put 5x£2 bets on the football and probably £5 in a fobt but I still do enjoy gambling I look forward to it 

Now I probably wouldn’t enjoy it if I lost 5x£20 bets on a Saturday 

what triggers my gambling is boredom and when the football season ends I bet on other sports 

Men’s brains are wired to gambling drinking football and tits (sorry Darren)

i wish you all the best @hitopz1

Cheers m8 - will keep battling on and it will get sorted. 

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 I like the highly volatile slots and in my mind every spin could be a massive bonus or wild line, there is no logic to it. I have to limit my slots to once a week excluding free spin promotions and do sports bets the rest of the week, which are kind of fun and not compulsive for me. 

Moderation can work but depends on the person. Some things can't be. I had to stop drinking/smoking years ago because it was the only way. Lucky I can still gamble a bit and do other hobbies without wrecking myself.

 

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On 1/23/2020 at 10:50 PM, hitopz1 said:

There is a lot of publicity now about the downside of gambling. I am an addict. I am in a lot of debt because of gambling. I gamble to avoid thinking how f***d up my life is and what a total retard I am. My gambling takes me off being isolated and suicidal - for a few hours. But, most of all, and the point of this post, I enjoy gambling when I get the chance. The fact that gamblers enjoy gambling - even if that enjoyment is short-lived and 'fake' never seems to get mentioned in all the chat nowadays. It's because it is enjoyable that it is hard to give up. There are a lot of triggers which drive me to the bookies - I have managed, finally, to get onto Gamstop - times of the week, the type of weather it is even. My brain associates those triggers with the pleasure of gambling. Am I the only one who feels this or am I talking a lot of bollocks?

Well I'm a woman an I can totally relate to how you feel,I have joined gamstop now it's only been 10 days I'm not going to say I'm finding it easy cause I'm not, I've been gambling for ten years I've already lapsed went on to gamcare forum an someone mentioned national lottery doesn't belong to GamStop desperate for a fix went on an lost 50 pound in 10 minutes,I can't believe they don't belong to gamstop,the  thing is If i hadn't gone on the gamcare forum I wouldn't have found out,but it's my thought I know, I'm going to shut my account, slots are the only thing that gave me  the buzz a love hate relationship with them, it's going to take time,thing is I  have always felt a emptyness inside me a void an when I played the slots they temporarily filled that void but  once the money ran out the cycle would start all over again,an getting into debt going without so many things an effecting relationships is what made me join gamstop, I'm getting cancelling an hope this will help me fight my demons,I wish you well.

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I've been gambling since I was about 8,(I am 50 now) ,the local laundrette had two slot machines in them they changed now and then I was obsessed with Lineup , Hyper vyper, Super Bank etc etc, also used to go to arcades with my parents and have a go ,2 of my most visual childhood memories were around slots once when I won ,probably a quid or so and put it all back in and cried all the way home I was probably 9, and winning the 50p jackpot in a cafe on a bandit called pot Black walking away happy only to see a older boy put 10 p in and the 50p three black balls hold 3 times !! My Grandad was a big gambler he was a great bloke skint one minute going on cruises the next on his winnings on the gee gees, My 79 yr Mum has always liked a go on the slots too ,she  loves watching Darrens vids when she pops over to mine and will come in the bookies with me when I take her shopping ,she also likes watching me play online but if I win over a tenner she will say' now put it in your bank!' so I am sure it's hereditary, I am addicted I accept that and it has caused loads of crap over the years ,I have never been well off and probably have only gone 3 years without a bet in my adult life, but then I was doing coke and drinking, I have an addictive personailty ,I limit myself online to deposit amounts and I have self excluded myself from a few gambling sites ,I do have a problem but I have always paid the important bills before going to play slots etc but I often wonder how I would be if I had never gambled ,online gambling is the worst because you are not physilcally putting cash in a slot you're just typing your CVV number ,gambling is a illness ,but a very enjoyable one, since Novemeber I am about 5 grand up on slots ,its bought me a car, a fridge freezer,repairs on car, council tax up to date ,spoit my 3 yr old estranged son for xmas etc etc ,but I know I will have another bad run and I will be living hand to mouth again soon enough ,will it stop me gambling? will it fuck....

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iv been at it since i was 12 , an ex school teacher used to send me to the local bookies with his bets , it didnt take me long to realise i could hand in my own as well , 38 years later im aware that sometimes its not just loosing thats a problem when you win it can be just as bad ,  as when i had loads of money i started drinking like a fish and doing drugs , mary jane mostly but when your doing both 7 day a week its not good especially when you have young kids  , i remember waking up all happy as i knew id got a big  football acca up , then the horror of logging in and seeing the dreaded 0.00 balance , id spunked it on a basketball game that i had no memory backing , this happened more times than darren got a bonus 😞 ,   my nan used to say a fool and his money are soon parted and by christ i know she was telling the truth . be careful out there people , back in the day the bookies closed at 530 pm , now with the internet there is no closing time unless your balance says zero . i think im the same as rob with the addictive personality , we are all hardwired for some kind of destruction that left unchecked can be devastating . good luck out there 

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I think the first question you should ask yourself is, am I a good person? Just because you gamble does not make you a bad person. If you can look in the mirror and honestly say that you are a good person then that is the most important thing. If you are not a good person, a thief and a cheat or whatever, then you need to put that right first. 

Being any kind of addict is an illness not a nasty part of you or your personality. Even addicts are entitled to have an illness. 

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