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Whatever experiences you've had with gambling, it may help to share your story and get things off your chest. And you might end up helping someone else in the process.

 

Describe your experience - what was the problem? How did you feel? You can give advice - what would you say to someone in a similar situation? Be honest. There's no point making things up, as YourSay is anonymous. Keep it short and simple, and don’t use rude or abusive language - BigDeal can’t share this with others. It may take up to 24 hours for your comments to appear.

  • Football betting addiction taking over my life

    I've been gambling for over 10 years now, starting off on small bets and only betting £5 max and built up to £200.

    I thought this was easy money so I thought I will up my betting to £20 max then fell into...

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  • ban yourself from casinos and bookmakers and other gambling

    I have been a gambler all my life since I was 14, now 49. It's been hell and I have now banned myself from all casinos and bookmakers. My solicitor has written to them and sent them my ID - you should do the same.
    ...

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  • Andy

    Same old story for me. Few weeks with nothing at all. Then today I slipped up. Really wish this would go away! Feel so deflated now it's unreal.

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  • Rob

    So, I'm 16 and began gambling around 3 years ago when my mates would talk about winning a lot of money, I started off by just betting say £1 and smaller stakes however as I've got older and lost more, I've started stakin...

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  • Mr bradbury

    Hi I think I have a problem because when I'm on my own I will gamble and when I try and stop I still go and gamble and I am easily led on by others to go to betting shops I just need some advice to stop would be much app...

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  • Counter Strike gamblin

    Hi I'm 15 and have been gambling in game items on roulette matches and coin flips and all sorts of differently gambling sites and games these in game items hold a real world value varying from $0.03 all the way to well o...

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  • Very concerned parent

    What you need to ask yourselves is this: would it be acceptable to show advertisements for cocaine, cannabis, heroine every 20 minutes on prime time TV? Or show programmes sponsored by the drug trade? Would it be accepta...

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  • The Roulette Slaves Poem

    I have a poem I wrote recently, after suffering heavy losses over the past few years (totaling nearly £80,000).
    I was betting big, and betting heavy, and am now in such a state financially, I'm screwed, but have t...

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  • Andrew

    My name is Andrew, I'm 30 years old, got a nice lady and a lovely seven month old boy named Troy. I work in a betting shop maybe not the smartest idea of mine when i applied for a job in this sort of environment, as I'm ...

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  • I've fallen off again

    I know I have a problem my best friend knows I have a problem but instead of talking to them about how I'm feeling about stuff I just dropped £100 online. As usual it started with £10 or £20 losing, breaking even, going ...

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  • Dont let them win

    24 year old, have gambled since was about 10/11 doing football coupons, then when was 18 started betting online a lot. Always just told myself that I liked the sports side and it was to enhance viewing it with a bet on, ...

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  • CHANGING FOR THE BETTER

    There was a point in my life where I never thought I would step a foot in the bookies and didn't even understand the odds, until one day my brother mentioned how much money he won on the football, so I thought I would ju...

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  • Time to change!! For my family

    I am 33 and have been gambling on and off for the passed 8 years like most started off with a few winners and think this is easy money! I then moved from horses to blackjack and again had some nice gains but the greed se...

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  • Changing Myself

    First time posting 22 years old. Worked for 4 years in bookies and got hitched on gambling then, when I was 18 I was spending my £800 pay checks and when I got older and got bills I would pay my bills and gamble the left...

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  • Gambled as long as I can remember

    Hi. I have gambled as long as I can remember, started as a child loved nothing better than seeing the flashing lights and the buzz. I got from winning something, my mother has always knew I gambled, slots are my downfall...

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  • feelin helpless

    This is the first time I have posted. Just back from work with no wages as they have been gambled and not for the first time. I even blew the mortgage money that I should have paid but no, not me, I decided to go and blo...

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  • Use my Advice

    At the age of 23, I realise I have a gambling problem and My whole personality has changed because of this problem. I have learned the best way to get away from this problem is to tell someone, get some advice on the lon...

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  • paul b

    I am playing since 10 years, maybe I lost more than £70,000, both bookies and online roulette, please my advice is dont play these games, you think you're using your brain and judging the numbers, it is not true, these m...

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  • Rock bottom

    I started gambling after I got reactive depression due to suffering trauma. I now have gambled myself into the point where I have received notice my landlord is evicting me, the only way I can stop it is to find £1500. W...

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  • A Birmingham boys gambling story

    Hi I'm Tom, I'm an electrician from Birmingham. I had a gambling relapse yesterday and gambled a years worth in one sitting. This got me looking online for somewhere to share my story to "get it off my chest" so to say. ...

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  • Remedy and advice...

    Hello there, I'm 26 years old, I've been playing since I was 15-16 on different slot machines, poker etc.
    I've lost a huge amount of money (above €20k) the most in one shot, that was my apartment...
    I've le...

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  • My gambling addiction

    I tried my luck and won. Then I tried my luck again and won again. Then I was hooked. 6 months later, £25,000 later and all of my savings are gone and – if it wasn’t for some help from my family – I would have lost the h...

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  • I lost everything

    I lost £10,000 last night on blackjack, 6 hours, my hard earned bonus reduced to £5. I wish I didn't have such an addiction but I do. I regret every single bet I've ever put on and now I can't afford to pay my rent or ch...

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  • Just wasted over £780 on gambling

    Basically I started gambling at young age. Through poker my dad taught me, anyways at around 17 started playing in pubs (poker) done that all through my college years. When I turned 18 I got a lump sum of £3000 what did ...

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  • My betting Abyss

    I'm 26 years old and have been gambling for around 10 years. This is the first time I've really looked for help and hope that by writing about my addiction will be the first step in getting better.
    I was 14/15 whe...

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  • Gambling: The Sure Way Of Getting Nothing From Something

    Since I was a young boy (maybe about 9) I've been gambling. My dad would allocate my brother and I a few pounds each and present us with the weekend football coupons. We'd pick out our lines (something like 2 50p lines a...

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  • Sick of lies

    Hi

    Im 21 and started gambling when i was 18 years old. I began winning so much I felt I was the king of the world. Eventually the lies started and I had to make up reasons as to why money was going missing...

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  • I dont care how startedor why, It just NEED to stop!

    Yes, everyone is right about stop before you start, or if haven't put myself in this situation I wont be where I am... But I don't care anymore how or why I started gambling... It seem to me that the real reason of ''wh...

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  • My ex and father of my unborn child.

    I was in a happy, loving, care free best friend kind of relationship. Everything was perfect and I was 6-9 weeks pregnant when all this happened. Just over 6 month it all spiraled out of control, due to gambling. I remem...

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  • 18 years old and need to admit I have a problem

    I started gambling as soon as I was old enough to. Why? Most of my friends do it and it seemed like good fun. It's promoted everywhere nowadays and it started off as a bit of fun. I don't earn a lot of money and I starte...

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  • Stuck in a gambling prison

    Hey everyone..the names Nikki..I am 30 this year and have been a gambling addict for 6 years..don't get me wrong I started gambling when I was 11 but never anything serious just the occasional visit to casinos with my pa...

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  • Hiding

    I am 19, currently at university studying maths and I have a gambling problem. It started only this year when my boyfriend introduced me to light sports betting and it was just a bit of fun. I found the sites had scatchc...

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  • Future

    I'm 19, I only started gambling less than 12 months ago, but I can already see my problem. I first put small sports bets on for fun, and sometimes making money, feeling pretty good about myself. I then started gambling m...

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  • Gambling ruins lives

    My story starts about 5 years ago..I had seen an ad for Take a Break bingo and thought I would give it a try..I won and so continued playing on and off until April 2010 when my husband had his first stroke then it seemed...

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  • debt

    My life have gone down hill since I know the roulette machines, I lost everything I had. A big debt left and right... I owe people money, bank credit cards, so many nights I've gone to bed dying of hunger. For years now ...

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  • fool

    I go to bingo once a week I will start by putting £40 in the bandit but try to win it back by putting more money in up to £300, afterwards I feel sick and so angry I say to myself what a fool I have been. I feel guilty, ...

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  • The Up's and Down's

    It all started in July 2014 as my 18 birthday was the 30th of June. I started off by playing with £200 in an online sport betting agency. Within about 2 weeks I had turned that into £1,500. At that point I revealed this ...

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  • Tried to be a pro gambler

    At 16 years old I kept detail records of all bets I would be spending around £100 a week with winning/losing £20 either side of it. One week I was doing the same however did not turn out just the same and spent a total o...

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  • what is wrong with me !!!!

    I am a 26 year old mum I have 3 children, my gambling started 2 years ago I could stop then... This year I practically spend every penny I have after I've bought shopping and the things for the kids! I spend a tenner and...

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  • 15 Years Gambling

    I have been gambling on fruit machines for about 15 years, it was first at the local arcade where I had some good "cheats" and made a living, but it didnt stop there the greed consumes you so what I made started going in...

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  • sorry its long any advice would be apreciated

    I'm a 25 year old female and since I was 16 I had the odd gamble with bingo, slots etc, I've been through a few phases over the years where I would spend 20 or 40 quid a month, but everything has got worse since I got my...

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  • Mrs Lucy Parker

    I don't have a story, I am just concerned about the amount of seemingly casual advertising for gambling of all kinds and am wondering who I can register my protest with. My brother-in-law was a gambler and he nearly rui...

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  • Hope for all!

    Hi, I have been a compulsive gambler for 35 years, lost everything more than once, been to rehab 4 times, the first 3 times just went through the motions, was kidding myself that I wanted to stop. The 4th time I took not...

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  • Michelle

    Hi my story is that all I think about is going on the slot machines. It used to be shopping for food. Now I don't get time because I'm always gambling. I now grab anything for dinner for my children I used to enjoy shopp...

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  • Mr

    I am 37 years old. I have gambled all my life from being 18 but back then I didn't bet as much I probably used to bet around £20 on the Irish Lottery every week and I used to stick to that amount I never used to bet on f...

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  • My experience

    Iv been gambling on stars for years, used to a good amount of loss but I made sure it didn't affect me & my family a lot.. Until my 7 months old girl who didn't leave the children's hospital since birth, passed away.. & ...

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  • Hoping for a 'clean' life- life without gambling

    Hello,
    My name is Dan and I started gambling (soccer betting) aroung 15 years ago. Firstly, i played little amounts of money as i was only a student back then. But after i had a job i started betting more and mor...

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  • Big win gone south

    I started gambling when I became unemployed, it worked well for a while making money to live on! Then when I became employed again on really good money I remembered my lucky days and began again.....i was very fortunate ...

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  • in deep again

    Been a gambler for 25 years. Had it under control but recently the scratch cards online slots and arcades have me hooked again. I owe 28000 in debts. Last night in bed I played on lines slots till two in the morning . I ...

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  • Feeling determined

    I have just read through all the stories on here, and I just want to say a big THANK YOU!
    I know my problem is spiralling. It's payday, and I've just spent £20 on one site, and then £30 on another, only because I...

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  • roulette machines

    I have a gambling problem, I play on the roulette machines and I want to stop. I need help, I got myself in debt and I owe people money... all I need is to stop gambling and I can pay my debts...

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  • Frustrated with throwing money away

    I on a daily basis gamble whether it's online or in a betting shop, it's not that I feel I need to gamble it's just I get bored when I don't and easily resort back to gambling. I usually waste what ever I have left of my...

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  • I am addicted to gambling, it has ruined my life.

    My name is Paul. I am addicted to gambling and have been for 20 years. First of all, gambling is something I used to do on family holidays to Blackpool, it was fun and part of the holiday occasion. My parents/grandparent...

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  • jed

    I have been gambling for 30 years I am at the stage that its making me very depressed and thinking of ending it all what can I do to stop gambling and make me a better person. I dont know how my lovely wife as put up wit...

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  • The illusion

    I'm 22, and started gambling when I started college, being a student made the thought of having more money was the lifestyle to be in. From small bets of winning big return, to big bets to bigger returns. The thought ...

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  • Hindsight is a killer

    I started off at the start of this World Cup gambling for fun. 2 weeks later, after ploughing £1300 of my own money and then talking my dad into placing £1000 worth of bets, i have lost £2500. It has left me feeling depr...

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  • selfish

    I am 27 and i've got a beautiful daughter age 3 who I have stay at my house at the weekends she's my world. I also have a loving girlfriend that would do anything for me they both love me and I love them, but I cant seem...

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  • Dennis

    my wife needs help, she plays on a bingo site on her laptop, needless to say she lost a few grand, she told me she would stop but this week said she had won 5 grand and it was being transferred into our joint account. I...

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  • I need to stop

    I have been gambling for ten years, I have been able to cope with some losses as I stop after losing 250 pounds plus. But recently over the past three months the losses are hitting 600 pounds every month. I was even cons...

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  • You can't win, think to lose!

    the longer you gamble for the more likely you are to lose and that is a fact, you never see a poor bookie/casino but lots of poor gamblers, gambling is pure risk and luck, gambling is not an income. I suggest to use gamb...

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  • Online gambling

    I started with online poker to start with, I was rather good but wasn't amazing and usually broke even with the occasional win. Then I lost it all several times and was very frustrating. This was when I turned the roulet...

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  • My History

    Where can i start? I have been gambling since i was 16, i am 35 next month, i have gone bankrupt through gambling in 2008, there is no better buzz when you win, i started off on the horses betting smaller amounts then ge...

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  • Confession from an online gambler.

    I haven't got much of a story just another bored middle aged woman wasting time and money. The crux of gambling is the high you feel, it is very much a cerebral thing it sucks you in and you play until all your winnings ...

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  • YOUNG GAMBLER

    I am 15 and have been playing online poker for 3 years. I recently had over 40k in my bankroll but recently have been depressed and starting playing poker for 24 hours at a time and not doing anything else. I have felt s...

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  • Seen better days

    I am 18 years old I have my pay coming in at the end of the month and from it I have 200 for my self once I pay back £1200 to Loan sharks due to gambaling but I just can't help my self from it think I might need help

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  • Gambler father

    Sadly if compulsive gamblers knew the damaged they do to their children. Maybe it would help them to stop. My father is 88 years old. He started to gamble on the horses as a child and continues today. I'm his youngest ch...

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  • gotta stop

    I've gambled slot machines and bingo, spent bill money etc. and lost about £3000. Only done it couple years, think I'm gonna stop.

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  • Greed , Us or Them

    I have Gambled over 300K on Roulette. I have tried to rebuild my life for over 3 years, with still no light at the end of the tunnel.
    I would like to set up a second chance charity for gamblers in my situation. Th...

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  • fruit machines ...

    I'm 21 yrs old and been gambling since I turned 18. I remember my 1st win like it was yesterday, I'd put £2 in a fruity in my local and won £20 from that point on I saw it as easy cash... first it was change I'd put in a...

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  • My Brother

    My brother has a gambling problem but will not allow himself to admit he has a problem, he has borrowed so much money and when he can't pay the loans off my family has paid off these loans and promised to pay them back c...

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  • gaming online

    I'm 26, male, the problem with gambling for me is how easy it is available - just walking up to the shops on my phone and PC, it's crazy. I have gambled thousands in the past two years and now in trouble as I lost my job...

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  • How stupid!!!

    Hi there,
    I'm a 19 year old lad and need some help! Not many people know the extent of my gambling but it is really hitting me hard at the moment. Before now I have scrapped together money by selling belongings, g...

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  • Is it any wonder

    I am 51 years of age, I hold a very senior postion within the company I work for. Until 2008, albeit I faced normal life challenges, I was very successful and coped well with life. One evening my partner who was surfing ...

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  • 18+ a Gambling Addict

    It all began during the summer of 2013. I was bored a lot and didn't really have anything to do. I started playing the roulette machines in the local bookmakers, but it slowly got worse and worse. There was a point where...

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  • ONLINE SLOTS

    Hi I started playing bingo online whenever my huband went out cos it made me feel part of a group and happy. I then wasn't satisfied with this so started playing online slots - I did have wins but not massive and I am n...

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  • The house always wins!!

    Do you ever hear of a croupier with a gambling problem? They see people loose thousands in a night. But regular gamblers like ourselves become obsessed with the thought that you could win big on "just one more" which is ...

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  • Do I have a problem or am I an idiot with no sense?

    I work full time and still live at home, so i have very little outgoings other than my rent and phone bill. The rest of my wage is disposable income. When I first started gambling I enjoyed it and it was fun until I dis...

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  • Online Live Casino can be the death of someone

    I am a 22 year old male and I started gambling when a family member passed away a year ago. When I gambled and won money it gave me that happy buzz back into my life. But the winning streak did not last long. A year and ...

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  • Desperate to stop gambling

    I gave up my job to gamble in 2006, and for 5 years was very successful laying horses on Betfair, but in the last 2 years things have changed for the worst i have lost 200k split up from my partner and children am now bo...

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  • russian roulette

    I am a 21 year old male, it all started when my mates used to go the bookies on payday and meet later on gloating about how much they were winning on the roulette machines. Anyway I took a trip myself with them once and...

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  • In

    My, name is Steve, I'm a compulsive gambler. I live, eat, dream about gambling, every minute of the day my life is taken up by thinking about playing the roulette wheel. I will go days with out food just to play my last ...

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  • THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS

    One day my mate took me in to an arcade and I quite liked it, other than the odd couple of times once in a blue moon I had gambled and just got lucky.
    On this occasion it went from £10 one day a week to nearly £10...

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  • Difference between gambling and betting

    We all like a little interest every now and then, a few pound on the footie is absolutely fine, £5 each way on your boy to win the golf, even a hopeful punt on Scotland in the 6 Nations. Those are bets....parting with ma...

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  • gambling our money

    Needed some money to buy a suit for a wedding. Didn't have much cash so decided to try my luck... It started off small, however it's now been 3 weeks and I've spent nearly £400. If my wife finds out then I'm in the ****....

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  • Stop before its too late

    My brother started gambling when he was in his late teens. A few months ago at the age of 47 he tried to kill himself. At the time he was suffering from extreme addiction induced paranoia. He also had incidental addictio...

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  • my husband

    I have problem with my husband, he is gambling more than 10 years and I can say I m very unhappy, my daughter is as well, and him too. I don't know what to do.

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  • I think i need help

    I have a lot of health problems and disabled. I don't go out much as I'm a single mum. I get so lonely and fed up. So I thought I would sign up for MECCA BINGO. I deposited £20 and started playing bingo. I won £700...

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  • MR JOHN

    GAMBLING STARTED WAY BACK IN THE SIXTY'S, AGE 4/5/6. HOLIDAYS TO THE SEASIDE SOUTHEND ON SEA - WHEN OTHER BOYS AND GIRLS WOULD BE ON THE BEACH BUILDING SAND CASTLES, I WOULD BE IN THE AMUSEMENT ARCADES GAMBLING AWAY MY P...

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  • Tired of always losing.

    I am now 29 and started gambling when I was 19 years old. I was pregnant with my 1st child and all my friends were doing other things like working, looking after their kids having a good time etc. I would spend most of m...

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  • Are you compulsive??

    I started Gambling at the age of 17. Its taken me 10 years to admit I'm compulsive. I dread to think how much money I've lost over the years. For me I found that if I lost a bet; I would instantly throw more money at ...

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  • I need advice please.

    I live with my partner we have a house and a morgage together I'm only 19, my partner told me a few months back about how much he used togamble which was thousands he told me as he felt 'guilty' as he just spent anothers...

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  • roulette

    roulette has left me a finacial right off to the point i can not buy milk if you are to play such games set a limit on funds and time set alarm on phone

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  • Work in the gaming industry

    Hi I'm a 25 year old women and I work in the gaming industrial its how I found out about gambling when I first played I won loads but now I'm taking it bad I have gambled money I need I am getting the urge more and more ...

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  • Gambling help

    Hi,

    I'm 18 years old and ever since I was old enough to gamble I just haven't stopped, I will run up to the bookies with a £1 to see if I can win. I really need help I've self excluded from bookies and fro...

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  • Cycle

    Hi,

    Im 22, and i wouldnt call it my story or my life, id call it a chapter as im hoping this is just a stage in my life where i can break free from gambling,

    It first started when i was ar...

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  • Do you feel it's bad for you. Then it probably is.

    I hope my english is good enough.
    I was a gambling addict for more than 20 years. Slots, trotting bets, soccer betting, bingo and scratch cards...In Norway ... But not anymore.
    I found out that the whole ...

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  • Always hoping, never winning!

    Before you know it you can quickly become very addicted to gambling, this is down to the fact you win, and you think your invincable, i won my first bet from 5pounds and it returned 160 and it felt great winning nearly a...

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  • Calling in sick from work to gamble,... Yes I did do that.

    I am 29 years old and I know that I have a gambling addiction. My family and my girlfriend have known that I previously suffered this and threw away about £40k which still haunts me today. I very recently relapsed and ag...

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  • The law of Sod

    My gambling began when I put a fiver on a random horse and it returned £120, I only walked into the bookies one day out of boredom. 6 years later and I have been up and I have also been really down. It isn't always just...

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  • Gambling can ruin lives

    I want to Thank ALL people who have shared their story! it really helps someone like me, i have been hooked on gambling after visiting Gala casino....I have lost 2300 pounds just trying to get my money back....my credit ...

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  • debt

    i never even thought about gambling until i was at least 19 then one day i followed a friend into the bookies, he had £5 that he put into the machine..played on a bingo game..last £1 stake and bang £100 win..so with my l...

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  • I cant even trust myself.

    Hi,

    Im 21, I have been gambling every penny i have earnt since i was 18.

    It all started when it was thought of as a laugh going into my local betting shop with my mates trying to win a few ...

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  • 17 years old and so scared :(

    Hello, my name is Sam Bacon, im 17 years old and i really need help, I'm addicted to scratchcards and fruit machines.. i didn't think it was that big of a deal until i left school and went into work in McDonald's, i get ...

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    Hello, I'm 18 and I had over £2000 in my account. That was until I got into online gambling. At first it was fun.. a few wins, some losses. But it was existing, crazy, FUN. Then the losses kept on coming and coming and c...

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    I never thought I'd ever get into gambling until I followed a friend into a bookies.
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    When I researched why it got me addicted it made sense...

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    Gambling addiction stole 6 years of my life. In that time, I was suspended from 2 colleges for stealing money from the people closest to me. The best decision I made was to quit, but I was able to only because I knew whe...

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    Me and my mates go down to play on the slots most days during lunch. I guess I dont see it as a problem because we all do it. I guess I'd never thought of it as gambling coz its just a laugh and something we do for fun.

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    Now I've never gambled in my life. I don't really see the point. I get a few quid from my parents each week and I'd rather spend that going out or socialising with friends than alone at a machine. I just don't get the ap...

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    We have this massive fair that comes to town each year and everyone goes crazy for it. It's here for a week and has rides, machines, stalls and loads of food. You save up for weeks and then its all gone in hours. I have ...

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  • It was kind of a family tradition in a way.

    I've grown up around arcades - when I was younger me and my brothers used to go to Southend and play on the 2p machines on a Saturdays with our parents. It was kind of a family tradition. It hasn't effected me badly in a...

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    I have a gambling problem it's been around 2 years. I find myself going to the arcade everyday. I wake up thinking about the machines. But my brothers and sister go as well. When I try not to think about the machines the...

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    As a child my mum would often take me and my brother to the arcade so she could go on the fruit machines...I loved it. I loved all the lights and pressing the buttons. They fascinated me. Often she would give me and my b...

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