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just carnt quit poker
hi my names nathan and im only 19 years old, its the first time ive been on here but i just thought id have a quick look and the things ive seen makes me realise, ' am i really addicted to gambling?' now the way i see it was pokers not gambling because theres a skill involved i told myself it for soo long, but now my girlfreinds starting to get on my back, i work at a casino which really doesnt help. the thing is i do really enjoy having the occasinal game of poker with freinds, but then i started at the casino and online where i crnt seem to value money. is there anyway i can learn to control my gambling so i can still enjoy it with freinds but not loose all my wages? or is it just gamble completely stops or do it all the time. i mean i thought because im only young it doesnt matter but i can see myself lying to myself and others who care so much about me... really confused to be honast because im thinking to myself i'd hate never to play poker again, but reading these storys i dnt want a life with no money and lies.. would really appreciate sum1 to chat to and any advice i can get would be great.. thanks alot
Hi mate, I guess, unfortunately, I am in a better position to advise on this than most. Firstly, you are still young enough to walk away from this; you really have better options at your time of life. I escaped at the last chance saloon. I have always been a gambler since leaving school, fruit machines, which I luckily kicked once and for all ten years ago, but hit online poker big time. Average earner, wife and two kids. I can't win on poker sites, I am just a very little fish, with comparitavely little money. I stopped when I was all but about to end it all, cant believe I didn't, even took out extra life insurance in anticipation. Was in lots of debt, now got it down significantly after 4 years and going well. Weigh up what you could have done for yourself with the money you have blown and think about it. I'm 42. I just got away with it before I realised. You are just setting out, make the most of your life. Hope my musing helps and good luck.
Mate, don't kid yourself about gambling with small amounts.

That losing, sinking feeling will still be there when you lose and you'll think you can win it back and get back to even at least.

I'd try stop if I were you altogether, maybe try download gamblock or something so you physically can't go on.

Or maybe play with friends for no money just for fun if you enjoy the game.

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