Didn't realize just how "addicted" I am...

labeled

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Didn't realize until today how much this is a part of my day until my two deposit methods are a no-go after a fraudulent charge. I feel like someone itching for a dose.

I've been reduced to free-chip scrounging from my VIP host, because what if today is THE day?

Seriously, if you've ever wondered if you're on the path to problems, just don't deposit when you normally would and see how long before you have to get up and remove yourself from the computer. Crazy. The good news - wife told me "you could use my card, but I'd have to kill you or leave you." Even 3 Frankensteins or werewolves isn't worth that (she's already pissed because she uses one card I had to cancel because it's a keychain card and she likes it), so I know I'm not a total fool. But yeah. Definite head's up for me.

Makes me wonder about addictions. I've always thought there were two kinds of alcoholics or drug addicts - born and made. I'm guessing this is no different - it's such a habit to have the casino in the background that it's almost mindless now. That can't be good. Good news that wife is still more important, though.:cool:
 

LHofsdal

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Hey Labeled,

The good thing is that you do realize it. It is not something many people would actually admit, and admit it in a open forum.

Kudos to you for being brave enough to say it publicly, and you have already taken the most important step in fighting addiction, ADMITTING YOU HAVE AN ADDICTION!

Hang in there, you can beat it, and you will see how much support you have from other members here. You have a smart wife, and I know you already know that, but with her by yourside, you will be just fine.

All the best to you,
Lori
 

michielm1

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liking to play and lacking other hobbies doesnt qualify as an addiction in my book...

when you cant pay your bills or you postpone paying them due to insufficient funds as a result of gambling... that's when you're addicted imo...
 

labeled

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so... whats the problem? take the Mrs to a nice restaurant (in a land-based casino...)

Ha, good advise on the first part and maybe even on the 2nd - the closest land-based is roughly 3 hours away but I bet she'd enjoy some video poker and a hotel stay tonight. (Weird, online I play almost all slots, some VP, but only blackjack or poker at land-based, she is always over with the oxygen-tank crowd at the video poker at a real casino.)
 

labeled

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Hey Labeled,

The good thing is that you do realize it. It is not something many people would actually admit, and admit it in a open forum.

Kudos to you for being brave enough to say it publicly, and you have already taken the most important step in fighting addiction, ADMITTING YOU HAVE AN ADDICTION!

Hang in there, you can beat it, and you will see how much support you have from other members here. You have a smart wife, and I know you already know that, but with her by yourside, you will be just fine.

All the best to you,
Lori

Very nice, thank you. I think I'm at the "going to watch this" stage more than the "this is a problem" stage. But it's easy to see how it's a little TOO much of a habit that needs to be watched.
 

mrmark21

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That's the problem with gambling it's just far to easy to get addicted. There are plenty of reasons to get addicted. I've been playing slots/pokies for fun a while now... When ever I'm bored just head down to the local or jump on the computer and have a few spins. The problem is I'm often bored and to much play is known to cause addictions. Regular breaks are important.

Wish you all the best.
 

Mousey

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Unless you are truly addicted, you'll be fine. It's kind of like an itch you can't scratch for a while, then you don't notice it, then it becomes an afterthought.

I just went into my prepaid card account (just to check that nothing weird had happened while I wasn't looking), and I haven't deposited anywhere since Nov 5... I just don't play much anymore because it's such a hassle -- loading cards, feesfeesfeesfees on both ends, plus we never know when or how a cashout will be paid out (should lightning strike and lady luck smile), plus fees again. I've had breaks as long as 2 and half years... but still pop in here every day. :) I play free or penny tourneys (if I've won 10 cents on a previous tourney LOL).

Playing online isn't as much fun as it used to be, so I don't miss it as much.
 

Osloking

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Well gambling is one of most destructive addictive out there.

Gambling can be a very hard addiction to break. some say it is considered to be worst than drugs
Many gamblers lose their homes, other assets, and their families.

many people is not aware that they have a gambling problem untill they hit rock bottom.

As long as the house has the house-edge you will no matter what lose more than win over long period.

also i recommend anybody who feels that they might have a gambling problem check this site out. (its free & infomative)

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labeled

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I was sort of half-joking with this post, but really it's given me a lot to think about. Like when does something for fun become a habit, and when does a habit become more than that? Seems like this was pretty perfect timing for me to bring it back to fun instead of habit.

Mousey, you're right, though - kind of hard to have 'fun' with it online anymore. Just too many problems.
 

michielm1

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if a person understands that he needs to have the stove on when its cold, in a house that keeps him dry, a stomach that is filled and stays hydrated...
dont play with money u cant afford to lose.

some people are more likely to get addictions due to the lack of your brains making certain chemicals... a bit like ADD... not enough dopamine, endorfine and serotonine makes someone with add do more radical things to 'feel'...

if one is scared of becomimg addicted to gambling, try cocain... then you dont have the cash to spend in casino's anymore.
 

chuchu59

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if a person understands that he needs to have the stove on when its cold, in a house that keeps him dry, a stomach that is filled and stays hydrated...
dont play with money u cant afford to lose.

some people are more likely to get addictions due to the lack of your brains making certain chemicals... a bit like ADD... not enough dopamine, endorfine and serotonine makes someone with add do more radical things to 'feel'...

if one is scared of becomimg addicted to gambling, try cocain... then you dont have the cash to spend in casino's anymore.

That's the danger. You always start off with that but as your habit grows intense you will dip deeper into your pockets and start betting with money you cant afford to lose. You will start thinking 'Well, I still have a job and my paycheck will arrive next week' or 'poor luck can only go so far. I am due for a change of luck so I shall double my bet sizes.' These are all mind games but this time your opponent is yourself.
 

michielm1

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Not a good idea or suggestion! :what:



well as a matter of fact, it wasnt a serious remark...

i can consider myself lucky... i regularly play online, but i'm such a sore loser that i close my account after 7-8 dep's without any win
 
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Sandie08

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addiction and what cure me!

Hi
I am (was) addicted to online gambling for 12 years, when the USA players could play mircogamming sites (2004)I was very fortunate to win a huge jackpot, but unfortunately I put a huge chunk back into it. it only took me a year to be broke again. I had to take a break, then I got into poker, then that didn't fair to well either. So I took another break. Then I discovered RTG casinos. How do you really win a jackpot on the RTG casinos, since it is random? but I kept playing anyway... Then I discovered the silver dollar casino, which close down, then I found liberty slots. Well, I am having problems with Liberty slots as I type this. Not going to count on my cash out with them, but I still hope I get it. They owe me 3000.00. The past month since I with drew the money I haven't played any casino. I am done playing. Liberty slots has taught me a lesson, the lesson I have learned is online gaming is not to be trusted. It is not like it use to be, fun and you actually got your pay outs within 48 hours and the money was actually in your bank account.

I do like the club world group but they have that OKAY pay, which is a pain. I do not want to deal with a third party to get my money. It has turned into a hassle, so I agree with a lot of you. Better to go to a land based casino.

It also got me thinking, if they can rip you off, what can they really do with all your personal information that you send them to get verify, it is pretty scary. Who are these people we are giving our money to. We really do not know. USA players have no recourse either. We are alone. No one will help us if we need it.

I know it I should of listened to the meister on here when it said that Liberty Slots was not recommended to play at, and I wished I would of heed the warning.

So I wish you all the best and I hope you are careful when you decide to give all your personal information and money away. I am done doing that myself and my husband is a happier man:)))
 

THE WAY I ROLL

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Entertainment Value

I Had a crazy year 2012, I took things to limits no slot payer ever should. If I counted All my reverse withdrawl's as cashout's I should be up 30k. Truly sick I have had some amazing hits but they all have come at a price- down 20k on the year. I know slot playing can be profitable with the right strategy and self control. I usually know if the games are paying out after the first $50, but as a true sucker always chase my bets. All my big win's came from microgaming casino's, when they start to pay out balance runs even-hits big, when they don't balance slowly drop's and the features suck. Don't Gambel more than you can Afford to lose. This is entertainment and we get lucky sometimes. I did play a deposit of $300 to 10k in 3 hours. Cashed out and lost it in 3 days- Why?-That's The Way I Roll :)
 

Seventh777

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Well, you've reached stage 2, stage 1 being the hardest hurdle to face, admitting and getting a problem out in the open (A journey of a thousand miles, begins with the 1st step). Sometimes we confuse an addiction with our needs to entertain ourselves, albeit - Boredom, Escapism, are two great examples here - A true gambling addict will sell the souls of their kids to finance their habit, a slippery slope that bears no peak.

If your gambling is nothing more than a time filler then choose a more apt hobby that costs nothing, if however the cravings are more than this, it needs to be nipped in the bud, or eventually you will lose all that you hold dear. Never, ever have aspirations that are fuelled by "That big win is coming I can feel it", take a look around you, are things running okay?, do you and your family need that huge win?, if the answers are no, do not risk losing them on nothing more than a whim.

Five years down the line you will look back at my reply and think one of two things......

"I'm glad I listened to Seventh".

"I wish i'd listened to Seventh".

The choice my friend is yours :).

Good luck.
 

michielm1

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Well, you've reached stage 2, stage 1 being the hardest hurdle to face, admitting and getting a problem out in the open (A journey of a thousand miles, begins with the 1st step). Sometimes we confuse an addiction with our needs to entertain ourselves, albeit - Boredom, Escapism, are two great examples here - A true gambling addict will sell the souls of their kids to finance their habit, a slippery slope that bears no peak.

If your gambling is nothing more than a time filler then choose a more apt hobby that costs nothing, if however the cravings are more than this, it needs to be nipped in the bud, or eventually you will lose all that you hold dear. Never, ever have aspirations that are fuelled by "That big win is coming I can feel it", take a look around you, are things running okay?, do you and your family need that huge win?, if the answers are no, do not risk losing them on nothing more than a whim.

Five years down the line you will look back at my reply and think one of two things......

"I'm glad I listened to Seventh".

"I wish i'd listened to Seventh".

The choice my friend is yours :).

Good luck.

in other words... get a f*cking life bozo's, your gambling cause nobody calls u up on a saturdays, because your a dick to hang out with.
 

THE WAY I ROLL

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Just saying- Gambel Aware-Those slots can suck u in.

If anyone Has a problem with Gambeling, I Rec. Responsible Gaming and Quit Before your Broke. If you are reading this post, you were interested in the topic. I am not asking for Help, I am finantialy ok. Playing Slots and Casino Games can be a lot of fun and entertaining with a balanced bankroll and time scale.
 

maxd

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in other words... get a f*cking life bozo's, your gambling cause nobody calls u up on a saturdays, because your a dick to hang out with.

@michielm1: I'm not sure if you are trying to be funny here or not but what you've posted could easily be read as a very inappropriate. I'll assume it wasn't intentional but please DO READ the forum Posting Rules to ensure that you are aware what is acceptable hereabouts.

Thank you for your immediate cooperation.

Regards,
Max, a forum moderator.
 

michielm1

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well it might sound a little harsh, but it isn't directed to anyone personally.
and i shouldn't have assumed for people to be familiair with Bloodstain Lane (so check his blogs out!)

question: how do you quit an addiction?
answer: you grab the addiction by the balls, rip them off, and with help from others, you make sure the addiction never gets them back!
 

nisosbar

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Personally, I think the appellation of "addiction" as applied to everything in life is ignorant. Sex, of all things, can be an addiction. Well, what about air? Water? Sleeping?

It's a lazy and useless way of condemning something without be pinned down to explain what it is about the object of condemnation which is objectively destructive or negative. Because often you discover when forced to examine such things closely, they are never simple.

Gambling, in other words, is 'destructive'. If that's true, then winning is also destructive, being a product of a process deemed inherently destructive.

Why have competitive sports, then, since winning is evil?

Just my $0.02 thinking out loud. Critiques welcome.
 
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