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poker / life
hi everyone im new to this well ill start with my story
im 20 years old i started playin poker a couple of years ago and now im playing everyday hours on end , i am currently unemployed so most of the money i get i will gamble , i will win and then never bank my winnings and get greedy. i play with friends but i like that its fun , i now find myself wasting my life playing online or going the bookmakers betting on anythin to try and get some money back , im really down i need to get out of this circle i did have a job and a life now i hate everythin about it and wonder will things ever change now ! <!-- sSad --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_sad.gif" alt="Sad" title="Sad" /><!-- sSad --> <!-- sSad --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_sad.gif" alt="Sad" title="Sad" /><!-- sSad --> <!-- sSad --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_sad.gif" alt="Sad" title="Sad" /><!-- sSad -->
Hi Craig

I probably wouldn't class u as a compulsive gambler...YET !

The best thing you could do know is listen to some people who have gambled and lost.
In many cases the gamblers of GA have lost everything. This includes houses, cars, investments etc. not to mention the damage to, or loss of family relationships.

I think the best thing u can do for yourself is go to a GA meeting. Listen to the stories...feel the heartache...look at the eyes... Then think to yourself..." this could be me if I keep gambling " ! <!-- s:o --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_surprised.gif" alt=":o" title="Surprised" /><!-- s:o -->

Go along to a few meetings. This may be all u need to arrest your problem.

Re your gambling. You sound as tho u are bored. I think u need to find a few hobbies. There are lots of free things to do.The internet is one avenue. How about reading, walking the dog,excercising,volunteer work...etc.

Best wishes
Hi Craig,

What is it that you are looking for on this site? Do you wish to stop gambling?? If so the next step is to locate a meeting (see under "Meetings") and then attend. If you are comfortable losing your giro AND WASTING YOUR LIFE then carry on............!

I used to do what you are doing (it's a long time ago now and I went to a smoke filled bookmakers and a poorly lit amusement arcade
to lose my dole money) and for quite some time I didn't realise I had a problem. Then one Saturday afternoon I lost my money (nothing new there) and had to go without food (that was different) until the Monday morning when I got my next fortnightly payment. There was no food in my flat and (of course) i'd gone to "try my luck" before going shopping! I went to the citizens advice bureau and there was a poster on the wall in the waiting area with a telephone number for Gamblers Anonymous (GA). I made the call, attended the meeting ten miles away and have only benefitted from it.

Only you can decide if you are a compulsive gambler or not, but you can attend a meeting if you let the 'chairperson' know why you are there. You are assured a warm welcome and most meetings provide refreshments - why not pop down and have a look.

Kind regards

'Poster' David (Barnsley)

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