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Lord_Have_Mercy

Non-Gambler
Joined
Dec 6, 2004
Location
Parts, Unknown
it goes...I am not going to try and visit this forum any more. I got to quit this bad habit. And This is my first step to re-covery. I manage to almost break even since my comeback and Im finished with this thing (I HOPE). I am deleting anything that has to do with casinos off my computer. And gonna get out and enjoy the world. This online gambling is EVIL and to Be honest I wished it would just go away completely.

You people here are wonderful. But Im gonna try and not comeback. I think when JPM walked away and didnt comeback that was a smart move. NO more Screens Shots or Nothing (I really Hope). I am burnt out and need a change.

So Long Everyone...And Good Luck with your futures!
 

Mousey

Ueber Meister Mouse
Joined
Sep 12, 2004
Location
Up$hitCreek
So long and best wishes for a complete break from gambling. We hope we never hear from you again -- it will mean your break was successful. :thumbsup:

Happy trails to ya!
 

spearmaster

RIP Ted
Joined
Jan 12, 2001
Location
Heaven
Good luck to you in all you do, LHM. Of course we'll welcome you if you stop by now and then just to chit-chat, but we will also understand if you don't.

Come to think of it, I wonder if Gamblock also blocks websites! If so, you won't be able to come back even if you wanted to :)

Take care...
 

Casinomeister

Forum Cheermeister
Staff member
Joined
Jun 30, 1998
Location
Bierland
Bye guy,

If you want me to block your IP etc from here, just let me know.
 

darsval

Dormant account
Joined
Oct 27, 2006
Location
??
Good luck in your new adventures in life!!! There is so much more out there to enjoy and I hope you enjoy life to its fullest!

Have a great life!!!!!
 

bonustreak

Senior Member
webmeister
Joined
Nov 18, 2004
Location
Home Office
Bye and good luck to you and your future :thumbsup: I think it took a lot of courage for you to post, so that is a step in the right direction for getting help.
 

Cynthia777

Dormant account
Joined
Feb 4, 2006
Location
My house
Good luck with everything to LHM. I gotta tell ya I am on the brink of joining you. Primarily because of the regrets, not only money lost, but money gained then lost again. Example, I could have cashed out over $700 with the Big Dollar no-deposit bonus mailed to me (met the WRs and everything). How stupid. But if I had never gotten started with this whole thing the incident would not have occurred in the first place for me to feel bad about.

Yes, I have a few cashouts here and there, but when I venture to think about how much I've spent in my history of online gambling...geez... I probably could've bought a new car with cash.

Today is beautiful, almost 70 degrees.. I need to be out there washing the car and going Christmas shopping..which I still plan to do. I'm just passing the time putting my thoughts in while I drink a cup of coffee. Online gambling is not what it used to be, at least not for me. My overall odds now seem to be 100 to 1 as far as cashouts. It does get boring just watching your balance dwindle with loss after loss. When Intercasino stopped taking U.S. players, I should have stopped altogether- they were my favorite, most thrilling, and most successful for me.

No matter what my decision (I hate to say "never" because I think it jinxes things or then you have to worry about people saying "I thought you stopped..."), I will continue to be an active poster here, especially with working on the Hill. I want to do whatever I can as far as keeping you all informed, and look forward to more positive changes in 2007. I hope that online gambling can go back to what it used to be, with way more options for us in the U.S., and no one having to worry that they might be doing something wrong.

I hope I can stick to it..I really have no reason to be gambling so much. I have a lot of things going for me, two beautiful children, and a great paying job. I should want for nothing. Any extra money I have shouldn't even be put up for risk. I could stash it away or take trips, etc. No more.. "oh the bills are paid, or the engine light is off now.. I can gamble the money I was gonna use." It gets insane sometimes. I swore to myself I would not put a thing into gambling this week..this is probably my best check of the year (22 hours of overtime), and here I'm doing what I said I was NOT gonna do. But its not too late.. I won't put ANOTHER cent in!

I wish you all very happy holidays, and just know that this can happen to anyone..and LHM- you better not be reading this!! ;)
 

handkey

Dormant account
webmeister
Joined
Jul 17, 2005
Location
NJ
Go hiking over your country and then over the world.

You will be successful!!
 

spearmaster

RIP Ted
Joined
Jan 12, 2001
Location
Heaven
I hope I can stick to it..I really have no reason to be gambling so much. I have a lot of things going for me, two beautiful children, and a great paying job. I should want for nothing. Any extra money I have shouldn't even be put up for risk. I could stash it away or take trips, etc. No more.. "oh the bills are paid, or the engine light is off now.. I can gamble the money I was gonna use." It gets insane sometimes. I swore to myself I would not put a thing into gambling this week..this is probably my best check of the year (22 hours of overtime), and here I'm doing what I said I was NOT gonna do. But its not too late.. I won't put ANOTHER cent in!

I assume you are using Neteller to make your deposits.

If so, the first thing you do is contact Neteller and tell them to disable your Instacash facility.

At the very least, that will kill any sudden urges, because you will need to move money from your bank account to Neteller manually - and that takes time to credit - so you can manage your deposits better. Also does a great job of keeping you from chasing losses.

The next thing you can do is ask Neteller to lower your weekly limit, though I must confess this is something I haven't tried. But if it can be done (and realistically it should be possible), this then keeps you from depositing the max amount into your account once a week so you won't "run short".

The last suggestion, though it might sound strange, is to sink any excess funds you have into a business - if you're like me, you'll use all your money running the business LOL... but at least you'll still have assets, and a lot less time to play online! :D
 

jerrylee

Dormant account
Joined
Oct 12, 2006
Location
Playa del Vaquero (I wish)
I assume you are using Neteller to make your deposits.
If so, the first thing you do is contact Neteller and tell them to disable your Instacash facility.

At the very least, that will kill any sudden urges, because you will need to move money from your bank account to Neteller manually - and that takes time to credit - so you can manage your deposits better. Also does a great job of keeping you from chasing losses.

+1 on that advice.

Insta Cash is a killer, you're better off doing 4-5 day EFTs. It's a headache to have to wait for it in our world of instant gratification, but aside from the exchange rate (if applicable), it's the cheapest way to deposit. I tried depositing to neteller via credit card before and was shocked by the huge cash advance fees..not to mention interest on my Visa card.

Now, even though I receive Xmas bonus offers, I haven't deposited anything since my neteller account is dry. Last week I ordered a $400 EFT (bank->neteller transfer), but later cancelled the request after realizing I was out of control...was going to change it to $200, then said forget it. Instead, I ended up playing a no deposit bonus until I busted, and haven't deposited in several weeks.

Though it seems that people such as myself who have addictive behaviors tend to switch from one vice to the next...so nowadays I'm surfing the net more than anything. I am considering starting up a new cardio routine though, rather than parking the arse in a chair all night long.
 

jerrylee

Dormant account
Joined
Oct 12, 2006
Location
Playa del Vaquero (I wish)
I gotta tell ya I am on the brink of joining you. Primarily because of the regrets, not only money lost, but money gained then lost again. Example, I could have cashed out over $700 with the Big Dollar no-deposit bonus mailed to me (met the WRs and everything). How stupid. But if I had never gotten started with this whole thing the incident would not have occurred in the first place for me to feel bad about.
Yes, I have a few cashouts here and there, but when I venture to think about how much I've spent in my history of online gambling...geez... I probably could've bought a new car with cash.

Good points Cynthia777, but I think you're being too hard on yourself. We've all been in situations where we hit a hot streak and thought it would continue..then much to our dismay seen it evaporate in thin air.
Since you can't predict the future, you had no way of knowing when that streak would end, so don't beat yourself up for it.
It's easy to look back in hindsight, I should have would have could have...but if we all did that, for gambling and other aspects of life, we'd be miserable.

Just consider it a lesson to make a target next time, or a time limit and stop no matter what. Even if you're on a hot streak, as your luck could change in a matter of moments.

In your case Cynthia777, you do have a family, how about taking the kids outside to the park now and then, rather than isolate yourself in front of a screen? After all, their childhood will flash right by, and then you'll have real reasons for regret.
 

Cynthia777

Dormant account
Joined
Feb 4, 2006
Location
My house
Yep, you are right, the biggest reason to control this is for my kids, particularly timewise.

Actually Neteller is not available to residents of Maryland (thank goodness, for my sake). I usually use the prepaid card deal, or electronic check where accepted (other cash processors). I really didn't spend that much this weekend (usually a lot more when I really didn't have the money), but I am just tired of seeing it go to waste.

I can't say that I am die-hard determined to quit gambling, but just need to focus on other things for a change. It would be great if each casino would have settings that you can determine a set amount of time spent per week/session, and even automatic cash out when you reach a certain amount, and in order to change it there would be a 30-day waiting period. But I know this would be all too complicated, the real control has to be within yourself. Just like vacations, its like I'm having such a good time I try to extend it to where it really isn't practical (I once rescheduled a train departure 3 times in one morning). You're just having such a good time you don't want it to end at that moment.

I may switch my direct deposit portions to some of the cards that WILL NOT accept online gaming transactions, and, if anything, cut WAY DOWN on the amount that does go on the "fun" cards. I've been trying to be extra good, paying bills online FIRST...but there is still temptation, and again, the extra money COULD GO FOR OTHER THINGS.

We'll see how it goes.. I may even ask some of the casinos to close my accounts, at least to cut back on the avenues for this thing.
 

spearmaster

RIP Ted
Joined
Jan 12, 2001
Location
Heaven
It would be great if each casino would have settings that you can determine a set amount of time spent per week/session, and even automatic cash out when you reach a certain amount, and in order to change it there would be a 30-day waiting period.

Not a bad idea, though I think automatic cash-out might be a problem, especially when a player is on a hot streak (or thinks he/she is). Set times might work though because a player can plan for this.

I usually use the prepaid card deal, or electronic check where accepted (other cash processors).

Try this then - ask the casinos to cancel your access to electronic check as this is the most "dangerous" of options, it's basically Instacash.

If they can do this - then at least you have to make an effort to go get a prepaid card.
 

Cynthia777

Dormant account
Joined
Feb 4, 2006
Location
My house
Good idea with disabling the electronic check thing...

Damn.. I looked at the GamBlock site (out of curiousity) and it states that its designed so that it CANNOT BE REMOVED! I guess this makes sense considering the reasons one would want to purchase it, but doing this YOU BETTER BE SURE you're ready to stop altogether. That is a little extreme for me, but I am sure that it is a help to others that have that serious of a problem (I hope I never get to that point!) I'm thinking there is a way around that, though, but will not state it here because it may ruin someone's goal to stop. In other words, this software probably would not stop me, but I'll keep my mouth shut...I hope that others can gain control or achieve their goals where online gambling is concerned :)
 

Casinomeister

Forum Cheermeister
Staff member
Joined
Jun 30, 1998
Location
Bierland
I can't believe this slipped by me. LHM is Murder1 - a player whose account was banned here two years ago for fraudulent activity.

He's had major issues with FL, Slotland, and iNetbet. Most of these dealt with photoshoped IDs, etc.

He flew under the radar and opened LHM. It wasn't until now that I did a few searches of his email address on my data base and BAM - there he was.

He needed to quit then, he needs to quit now. Goodbye guy.
 

Cynthia777

Dormant account
Joined
Feb 4, 2006
Location
My house
oh my God! I can imagine...what he's got himself into! I feel slightly ashamed even comparing myself to him, but I didn't know.

Just an update on me...I am very proud of myself. I got a $15 bonus from Inetbet and cashing out at $100.. I feel very fortunate and happy now, and learning my lessons of when to stop. A few more Christmas presents! I then went to the store and opened my car door and there were 2 pennies on the ground face up (see a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck :) ), but don't worry..the way I see it, I just found the pennies late! ;)
 

KasinoKing

WebMeister & Slotaholic..
webmeister
PABnonaccred
CAG
MM
Joined
Aug 25, 2004
Location
Bexhill on sea, England
Whatever happened in the past, LHM obviously has problems (and suffered a recent close bereavement as I recall), so I feel for the guy & just wish him all the best. :thumbsup:
 

Casinomeister

Forum Cheermeister
Staff member
Joined
Jun 30, 1998
Location
Bierland
Whatever happened in the past, LHM obviously has problems (and suffered a recent close bereavement as I recall), so I feel for the guy & just wish him all the best. :thumbsup:
Definitely. This forum is microcosmic when it comes to real family issues - the same goes for playing at some stupid online casino. I totally feel for the guy, and I hope I'm doing him a favor by keeping him out of the forum.
 

gullcry

Dormant account
Joined
Dec 11, 2006
Location
United Kingdom
I also feel for this guy as I have a big problem with gambling. I love it so much- the slots, the features, the whole thrill of it and I just dont know when to stop. Enough is never enough for me. I am a sensible person with a responsible job but when I am playing its like I have a mental block and all common sense goes out the window.

I have had some fantastic wins this last week on 32 red:
Chocolate Factory- 5 scatter chefs
Twin Samurai- All five jackpot symbols with both samurai = 15000 coins What on earth- Beamed up the granny in round the world feature= 400 x bet size. Did I cash out? A little bit yes but I drew a hell of a lot more back, increased my bet size you know the rest:( Thanks Meister for showing both sides of the coin. I wouldn't want my worst enemy to feel like I felt this morning when I looked at my bank statement. Seeing this thread and reading the help advise on your front page has made me feel a bit better. Gonna take control of my life again and move on before its too late
 

Slotster!

I predict a riot.
Joined
Oct 17, 2004
Location
Location, Location!
Did I cash out? A little bit yes but I drew a hell of a lot more back, increased my bet size you know the rest:(

All too well...

Kudos for stopping and taking stock... Slots/Gambling online or off can be the greatest fun, or the worst addiction.

This forum is fantastic in my opinion for putting it all into perspective.
 
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