Poll Are you spending more or less on gambling during the Covid-19 lockdown?

Are you spending more on gambling during the Covid-19 lockdown?

  • Yes, I am spending a lot more than usual on online gambling.

    Votes: 76 19.2%
  • Yes, I am spending a little more than usual on online gambling.

    Votes: 82 20.7%
  • I am spending about the same on online gambling.

    Votes: 145 36.6%
  • I am spending less than usual on online gambling.

    Votes: 93 23.5%

  • Total voters


Full Member
Jul 16, 2019
East ST Paul, Manitoba, Canada
A little less here, I have been cutting back some as I am not very happy with my regular hang outs any longer. Used to play lots of white hat gaming sites, however, they have cut me off any good wins in the last few months. In general the last while I haven't been on the win side much so am just giving out less deposits.


Head honcho
Aug 13, 2018
No mans land
Spending a lot less because I’ve timed out all but one account and set a tiny limit on the one I’ve left open. Got fed up of the daylight robbery no play time and deposit after deposit eaten in minutes on a bad run for while. So thought to myself during these uncertain times I would be a mug to keep depositing when I could be saving :)


Senior Member
Feb 3, 2018
Have 3 accounts back up now, VS for having most games from each provider, Bet365 for sports betting and PnG and Voodoodreams just as one to try. Have a limit of £100 a week on each but been hitting the limits each week so playing a good bit more. Not doing too badly with balances.


WebMeister & Slotaholic..
Aug 25, 2004
Bexhill on sea, England
Slightly less.
I work from home anyway, but with the kids not going to school and them being up and annoying from 7am to 10pm every day, my total time on my computer has gone down to less then 1/4 what it was before :(

Also I bought a small plot of woodland just before lock-down and have spent many hours clearing it out, tidying it up and getting it ready to be our "playground" in the future.

So I've done virtually NO website work as such for several weeks, and spent much less time than normal playing online casinos.

Stay safe everyone!


Experienced Member
Nov 22, 2013
deep south of Eu
since I know myself, it's from day 1 of the lockdown I was sure I was going to play much more.
So, I imposed myself to reduce a lot the usual betting stakes, and after all these weeks I can say I have been very disciplined. My playtime has been more than tripled, but my deposits had a little increase only 10/15% more.


Experienced Member
May 19, 2012
i seem to be about the same after looking, but my budget and income haven't changed during this period

anyway, im certainly playing more as i happened to qualify for the free rolls and am dipping in and out

a lot more


Exceptionally tardy screenshot poster
Sep 8, 2013
So far this month, LESS.

In a normal month, I would probably gamble on around 10 days per month.
So far this month, I have only gambled on one day.
The main reason being my uncertain employment situation.

I basically went from having two jobs (both casual AKA zero hours contracts with employers A and B) to having no job (ALL my stocktaking work - FOUR MONTHS worth - was cancelled until further notice) to having one job (employer B was contacted by Tesco looking for temporary store support staff).
All of this happened in the space of three days, during the week that started with De Pfeffel's announcement of the lockdown measures.

As things stand, I have been doing night shifts as a stock replenisher for Tesco for the past five weeks.

Or as Tesco would put it, I am helping to feed the nation.
Then again, given the ridiculous panic buying of bog roll at the start of all this madness,
I could also say I was definitely NOT helping to keep the collective arses of the nation clean.....oops.

Which reminds me, did anyone see this?

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Bravo, Mr. Drake. Bravo. :thumbsup:

Anyhow, I have to say that this work I am currently doing is a godsend, albeit a temporary one.
Given the unprecedented battering the retail sector has taken this past two months, combined with the lockdown measures that are currently in place, it is very likely that I may not resume my stocktaking work until August at the earliest. In a worst case scenario, it might not even resume until 2021.
That is where the real uncertainty with my employment situation lies.

I did get some other good news though. Earlier this week, "Employer A" informed me that, despite being a casual worker, I am eligible for a furlough payment. It won't be much, but every little helps (pardon the pun).

So given all of the above, I fully expect my overall spend on gambling to continue to decrease until I have greater long-term certainty with my employment situation. The only way my gambling spend would increase is if I win more. And that then makes it more a case of "re-cycling winnings" than "depositing new money".

As for trying to fill the gambling void, well thankfully that has actually been quite easy.
Not sure why I did it, but I have been recently taken a trip down video gaming memory lane.
I downloaded emulators of the Amstrad CPC6128 and SNES and I also visit a website where I can play Atari 2600 games.
And I even dusted off my Nintendo 64 which had been gathering dust in my attic for over a decade.
I have been "re-learning" Mortal Kombat Trilogy (I have to say that my video gaming reflexes have somewhat regressed :oops: - I must be getting old :laugh: ).
But I can still perform Fatalities and Friendships, so I'm not completely rubbish. #humblebrag

But I do have something to complain about.
Those ghosts on Ms. Pacman, when the actual f*ck did they start taking PEDs!?!?
What a f*cking liberty!

Oh. And I have been watching some videos from The Bandit's YT Channel, both old and new.
That has served a very useful purpose too.
So for now at least, I have got all my angles (anti-boredom, anti-skintdom, pro-activity, pro-RG) covered. *
But things could change and at short notice, so I'm taking nothing for granted.

* You just know that Kroffe will quickly post a gif that clearly demonstrates that I have not got ANY of my angles covered. I'll wait until he does post it before I call him a funny bastid though.

Oh look. I seem to have done another one of my VWM-esque long-assed posts.
I do apologise.

Well actually, no I don't. You know what I'm like. You should be used to it by now.
Anyway, I'm off for two days now. Time for some slots and some :drink: . Slainte! :cheers:


Senior Member
May 13, 2015
I'm not playing as much. Because I lost more than half of the casino's I played and won at. They were all great casino's, but after new management took over they slid right down to the bottom. So I went from 10 to 12 casino's that I considered cool. To 5 that I still have a hard time with from time to time. we folk's here in the states.We don't have any real legal recourse with the rogues. Except the help we get from The Meister!


Banned User
Jul 10, 2016
North east England
At the start of the lockdown I gambled a lot more. More than I have for years due to utter boredom.
luckily way Up in profit.
knowing how online slots work I’ve not had a deposit since about the beginning of last week, they will take back past profits and not wanting that to happen until I’m happily back on the rigs providing oil and gas for you good people.


Newbie member
Aug 4, 2016
Stockton on tees
Not to sure really, probably about the same, i had a daft moment few month ago, signed up to new casino drunk and blasted a grand, won 700 back and and still blew it, but apart from that these days quite sensible with my deposit limits, do like a weekend session every other week ,but normally just 100 quid between 2 sites every week and 100 month on another, sometimes change for slightly bigger gamble but not much.

deposit limits are a massive key booze and gambling can course chaos as if found out over the years, chasing pink balls on lady luck for example,thousand down, quite a few year ago like.

To be fair ive had loads of good sessions of 50 quid,obvisouly can sometimes dissapear stright away,but ive had some good ones, cashed out 800 on sky last night of 50 mainly on book of ra and magic mirror , and some how withdrew 400 from 32 red from just 25, nice little run for sure.


Senior Member
Feb 3, 2018
Have 3 accounts back up now, VS for having most games from each provider, Bet365 for sports betting and PnG and Voodoodreams just as one to try. Have a limit of £100 a week on each but been hitting the limits each week so playing a good bit more. Not doing too badly with balances.
Just to add, working from home contracting so can do work over the weekend etc as well, just project work and lots of it. Still giving me plenty time to gamble more not being on site. As someone else has said, limits are absolutely critical in keeping you on the straight and narrow.

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