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Survey - Does your significant other support your gaming habits?

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by Darem1, May 19, 2006.

    May 19, 2006
  1. Darem1

    Darem1 Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    I was an accountant in a previous life
    Location:
    Florida
    I thought it might be fun to take a survey of, on a scale of 1 to 10, how much support of your gaming habits you get from your spouse, partner, significant other, you get the idea. Where #1 would mean they are opposed to any type of gambling at all, #2 may mean limited lotto, a trip to dog or horse track once in a while is OK in their book, #3 would also include limited play at land based casinos, #4 would start to include on-line play (what we are all here for, at a minimum) right on up through a #10 which means that the two of you are fighting over using the computer to see who is going to get to gamble first and you have so much fun gambling together that if you don't look out you will be eventually selling the house and kids, etc. This scale is for THEIR perception of gambling. You could be on line twelve hours a day gambling but if, say, your significant other were opposed to all but the smallest amount of gambling you would say the support for your gaming is probably a #2. For example I would say a #3 in my case because although we go to the tracks and casinos once in a while my little on-line "hobby" wouldn't be looked on as a great idea. Forgive me if this type survey has be done previously, I am fairly new to this forum. Just thought it may be fun and make for a good discussion.
     
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  2. May 19, 2006
  3. Pinababy69

    Pinababy69 RIP Lisa

    Occupation:
    Crusader
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario - Canada
    I'd be glad to answer, but praise the Lord, I have no significant other, lol. :p

    Interesting topic though, if people answer honestly.
     
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  4. May 19, 2006
  5. johnsteed

    johnsteed Ueber Meister

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    ***

    Hmmm,


    While I'm also single (for the time being), I have had girlfriends (long-term) who I had dated during my highest points of gambling online.


    I think that they would have both qualified anywhere between stages #1-4. But here's the thing, I was excellent at never revealing how much I was playing online. In fact, I would rarely ever elect to discuss it with either one of them. I'm not sure that the "secrecy" factor is a part of your scale, because that may throw everything off kilter. Again, to be clear, they knew I was playing, but it never appeared as though I were ever actually playing.


    I probably could never be with someone who's a gambling fanatic, which would mean something (I'm guessing) at about the #6-10 levels on your scale. While I do thoroughly enjoy playing, and have done so for extremely long sessions (at a time), I can't imagine what it would be like having two people hammering away on the computer every night. I'm also at the point now (and this would be going back to a few months now) where I realized that I needed to limit the amount which I spend gambling (financially and especially time-wise).


    If I were involved with someone who was RIGHT into it now, that could be disastrous.


    I know a married couple, that are quite content with BOTH being right into gambling, and openly (very open about it because that's pretty much all they do). As long as they're happy about their situation, all the power to them. I think that keeping my passion for a loved one seperate from other things (such as gambling) is the best way to go. The idea of gambling (surely at B&M casinos) is appealing and at times (gulp!) "sexy", it even offers tons of "drama" but it's hardly "romantic". There's something neat and tidy about keeping my gaming experience (within the forum and) within the walls of my apartment, AND away from others who are dear to me.


    Certainly an interesting topic to cover "Darem1". :thumbsup:


    Steed

    ***
     
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  6. May 19, 2006
  7. PackerBacker

    PackerBacker America the Beautiful

    Occupation:
    Home Manager:)
    Location:
    TX
    My husband is 8 or 9.........he doesn't play online at all, but has no problem with my playing. He loves to hear if I have hit a big jackpot, but doesn't ask if I am losing. I think he's just happy that I am doing something I like, so he can run down to the pub without feeling guilty:cheers:
     
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  8. May 19, 2006
  9. Mousey

    Mousey Ueber Meister Mouse CAG

    Occupation:
    Pencil Pusher
    Location:
    Up$hitCreek
    9 or 10

    The family that plays together, stays together. :D While he's playing poker on his computer, I'm on my computer playing VP or slots at an online casino or cruising the forums.

    Our favorite vacation is 3 or 4 (free) nights at a land based casino -- usually 3 or 4 times per year.

    But we won't be selling the house or cats... We're very tight with our gambling bankroll. We enjoy gambling, but always stay within our limits -- that's part of the fun.
     
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  10. May 19, 2006
  11. The Watchdog

    The Watchdog Dormant account

    Occupation:
    sports, poker, casinos
    Location:
    Costa Rica
    Hell No

    As a matter of fact I probably lost the girl I have loved the most in my life due to gambling...

    Worst thank Crack this addiction..
     
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  12. May 19, 2006
  13. tennis_balls

    tennis_balls Dormant account

    Occupation:
    fish n chips promoter
    Location:
    Albuquerque, NM
    :eek: Road Trip to Toronto!!!
     
  14. May 20, 2006
  15. Darem1

    Darem1 Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    I was an accountant in a previous life
    Location:
    Florida
    Thanks to all who have posted so far

    Thanks to all who have posted so far. One thing that I thought about - someone may think that I am making the online gambling somehow "worse" on the scale than the bricks and mortar kind, but that wasn't my intent. I guess that what I was getting at, and as someone did mention, is that you really can't hide going to a bricks and mortar casino unless you live in Vegas or someplace like that, ususally you will go as a couple. But online is different.
    Sometimes one or the other will play without the other's knowledge, especially if the other person doesn't support your hobby, er habit. Keeo the comments coming, good or bad. When did they get casinos in Toronto? I lived in Canada in the seventies for a while but no casinos up there then.
     
  16. May 20, 2006
  17. soflat

    soflat Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Scientist
    Location:
    Florida
    4-5

    My other doesn't like to gamble except the occasional lotto ticket or to play a few dollars socially in the slots with friends, but doesn't have any big problem with me going to a track or casino or paying a little online. I am a low stakes controlled gambler, so if I started to go crazy then that would be a problem.
     
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  18. May 20, 2006
  19. nafanny29

    nafanny29 Dormant account

    Occupation:
    financail adviser
    Location:
    London, England
    My significant other eclipses my gaming online by a mile!!! So I get zero grief with my poker/casino fun whatsoever:thumbsup:
     
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  20. May 20, 2006
  21. chuchu59

    chuchu59 gambling addict CAG PABnonaccred

    Occupation:
    EXECUTIVE
    Location:
    SOMEWHERE IN ASIA
    8-9. My wife doesnt mind my gambling habits as long as I can spend some time with her each week watching movies or dining out and not missing on her birthday, wedding anniversary etc. If I look jaded after a hard day's work, she will cheer me up by suggesting we spend our weekend at the tables in Macau or the cruise ships. Simply cant find a better one.
     
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  22. May 20, 2006
  23. KasinoKing

    KasinoKing WebMeister & Slotaholic.. CAG MM PABnonaccred webmeister

    Occupation:
    House-Husband and Casino Advisor
    Location:
    Bexhill on sea, England
    Great question! :thumbsup:

    I think my missus must rate about a 7. She knows I do it (she's have to be blind & deaf not to know!), and I would say she 'tolerates' it mainly because she knows I always win. She's a money worrier and would give me no end of grief if I was losing! :eek2:
    I find it a little frustrating that she has absolutely no interest whatsoever in gambling - she never watches what I'm doing and does not even get excited at a big win. Like when I hit that Jackpot on Moonshine a few weeks back and was jumping around saying "I just won $162 off a 50c bet!" She just goes "That's nice dear. Do you want a cup of tea?" :D
    But I can't say anything bad about her - she tolerates me being online an awful lot and doesn't make that much fuss about it really.

    My biggest enemy is TIME! There is just not enough of it. I estimate I am online an average of 3-4 hrs every weekday evening, and up to 6-7hrs/day at the weekend. (My wife works shifts which gives me the opportunity to do my 'work' for long spells at a time).
    Of this I would say about 40-50% of my time is spent actually gambling, 10 - 15% reading & posting on the fora (mainly CM of course!) and the rest of the time working on or researching for my website.
    The lack of time is very annoying for me - with more time I could make more money and read more. For example, I have several new sign-ups I've been thinking of for about 6-months now - but haven't had time to do them. And their are quite a few big threads here at CM which I would like to read - but simply can not spare the time for that! :mad: (Hope to get to JS's one about Macgyver before the end of the month..:rolleyes: )
    Oh well - I must get on now... I've work to do before she wakes up!! :cool:
     
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  24. May 20, 2006
  25. Pinababy69

    Pinababy69 RIP Lisa

    Occupation:
    Crusader
    Location:
    Toronto, Ontario - Canada
    You know what? I can't say exactly when Darem, maybe 10-15 years ago. In the Toronto area, we only have the casino that is at the racetrack, Woodbine. However, there are two top-notch ones in Niagara Falls, which is about a one hour drive from TO. And another in Orillia called CasinoRama, which is maybe 1-1 1/2 hours from TO. I've never been to any of them, can you believe that? LOL....

    tennis_balls....ha ha ha, you are a funny guy, lol. :D
     
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  26. May 20, 2006
  27. -z-

    -z- Dormant account

    Occupation:
    retired
    Location:
    usa
    If 10 is "fighting over using the computer to see who is going to get to gamble first" (a comical concept as we each have a number of machines at our disposal,) I would have to pick 7.

    Ultimately, having never had a losing month, we often joke what about what I should use each years winnings on, trying to find a single thing that you could buy for $x. I'm the only one with the patience and interest and she's not really interested in 'wacky statistical math' and 'bizarre card combinations'... (both of which I find fascinating.)

    -z-
     
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  28. May 20, 2006
  29. kirby

    kirby Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Healthcare
    Location:
    USA
    I'd say a 7 or so. She knows I enjoy the challenge. As long as I stay on my small ($100/month) budget and if I occasionally win, so much the better. Would she ever gamble online herself? Definitely not. Land-based casino, no with any enthusiasm.
     
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  30. May 21, 2006
  31. venetian

    venetian Dormant account

    Occupation:
    Corp Director for a College
    Location:
    Oklahoma
    I have no one to tell me what to do and I LIKE it that way! A wise woman once said, "it would take a REALLY good man to beat having no man at all". I love to gamble and it would take a gamblin' man to win me. :cool:
     
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  32. May 21, 2006
  33. PackerBacker

    PackerBacker America the Beautiful

    Occupation:
    Home Manager:)
    Location:
    TX
    way to go venetian ;)
     
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  34. May 21, 2006
  35. Darem1

    Darem1 Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    I was an accountant in a previous life
    Location:
    Florida
    Thanks for all the participation

    Thanks to everyone who responded. The answers were candid and very interesting. Looks like this thread has run it's course. From what I can tell we run the gamut from not having to answer to anyone regarding our gambling, to full and even eager participation by the significant other. I can tell by the answers that the happiest gamblers are at one of these ends of the spectrum. Those of us that fall in between would like our "other" to be happy for us when we win and console us when we lose, but since we don't have that level of participation from them,we have our other friends and also this forum. Remember, when you are here you aren't losing! ;)
     
  36. May 21, 2006
  37. mattysgirl

    mattysgirl Banned User - violation of <a href="http://www.cas

    Occupation:
    computers
    Location:
    Houston TX
    Support

    I cant give a 1-10, all i can say is my husband supports when he sees the cash lol took some of my win from 32red $300 of it on friday to the river boat, 6 hours later left with 31 bens, god those looked nice in my purse.

    Needlees to say yeah he supports when i am making bank lol
    was a great feeling yesterday to pay off bills, buy my family a pool ($650 later)
    Gave a few gifts. So far all i have done for myself is spend $150 at a sallon.
    On another note it was so nice to hear my husband say "good job you did what you said you were going to do with your wins"

    mattysgirl :)
     
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  38. May 21, 2006
  39. jenn1381

    jenn1381 Meister Member

    Occupation:
    Data Management Assistant - Health unit
    Location:
    Canada
    I can't imagine having to explain my gambling to anyone! I'm currently single, but even when I wasn't, my significant other either didn't know I was gambling or was here gambling with me. I have a job, I make my own money, and as long as all my bills are paid I'll do what I wish with the rest. Now, if I had kids that would of course be different. But, with the exception of a horrible bingo addiction that I am finally getting over :rolleyes: I've never really went over my limit. I could never be with someone who wasn't a gambler as well. At the same time, I could never be with an excessive gambler, either. I need to know that my house is safe and our kids are taken care of before any funds are gambled away. (house and kids imaginary for now, lol).

    For the time being, I am enjoying only having myself to answer to. However, sometimes I can be far more harsh on me than others would have been.. lol
     
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