Welp, that's me done!

TheresNoDInBonanza

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Thanks Jas, going pretty OK. Think it's three weeks at the moment, there were one or two slip ups before that but there's been a bunch of cash in the house the last week or so from selling some stuff and I'm proud to report it's still there on the bookshelf.
Also shutdown my only known remaining method of depositing online and closed accounts at the few remaining casinos that'll take .au players.
Been too damn tired to even think about gambling much lately anyway.
Hope everyone else is doing well.
 

Kroffe

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Thanks Jas, going pretty OK. Think it's three weeks at the moment, there were one or two slip ups before that but there's been a bunch of cash in the house the last week or so from selling some stuff and I'm proud to report it's still there on the bookshelf.
Also shutdown my only known remaining method of depositing online and closed accounts at the few remaining casinos that'll take .au players.
Been too damn tired to even think about gambling much lately anyway.
Hope everyone else is doing well.
Good on you for taking care of yourself and treating the problem seriously.
Do you go to any meetings or see psychiatrist to vent about it?
Big part of getting the monkey off ones back is finding out the reason its there in the first place.

Gambling works for me, but ive had issues with alcohol when i was younger.
I still find it hard sometime to enjoy myself when being around people drinking, since its hard to get on the same "level" while being sober.
Ive learnt that alcohol is just not for me, since i cannot handle it like a responsible grown-up should be able to.
It was always all or nothing for me, no middle ground. Took me a broken relationship and alot of talking with people who had experienced the same thing to finally kick the booze.
Sorry for ranting about my issues in your thread, but i want you to know how big it is that you are taking care of it, and how many relationships&friendships will be saved by doing it.
 

TheresNoDInBonanza

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Australia
Good on you for taking care of yourself and treating the problem seriously.
Do you go to any meetings or see psychiatrist to vent about it?
Big part of getting the monkey off ones back is finding out the reason its there in the first place.

Gambling works for me, but ive had issues with alcohol when i was younger.
I still find it hard sometime to enjoy myself when being around people drinking, since its hard to get on the same "level" while being sober.
Ive learnt that alcohol is just not for me, since i cannot handle it like a responsible grown-up should be able to.
It was always all or nothing for me, no middle ground. Took me a broken relationship and alot of talking with people who had experienced the same thing to finally kick the booze.
Sorry for ranting about my issues in your thread, but i want you to know how big it is that you are taking care of it, and how many relationships&friendships will be saved by doing it.
Yeah I'm a bit the same with the booze unfortunately. It will be the next thing to go.
 

TheresNoDInBonanza

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Apr 2, 2018
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Australia
I guess these rogue joints don't have any reason to adhere to responsible gaming "guidelines" etc but I must say I'm surprised they don't honor account closure requests from problem gamblers.
Yep the email was sent, no action taken by them.
Just logged in to the account to see why I was still receiving promo emails.
 

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sufferinsilence

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Change your password to something very random and long, copypaste it once just to confirm the new password and don't save it in your browser! That way you can't login anymore without having to ask for a password change and it makes the process longer, the whole spur of the moment thing to gamble might be gone by then.
 

TheresNoDInBonanza

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Australia
Warning: This post contains references to wins, albeit lost ones.

Since my last update one month ago I logged back in to the above casino which I'd requested they close my accounts (winward and richcasino) to see why I was still receiving promo emails. I'd asked live chat to close due to gambling addiction and then emailed the address they told me to asking the same.

Regardless the account was left open and I quickly started depositing and losing again.

However I had some ridiculously good hits and was up $12,000! Unfortunately at this particular casino they take a week to verify your account, then another to even look at a withdrawal request ($4k/w limit), they then reverse the request and ask for a screenshot of your bank account "because people sometimes enter their account information wrong"- loooong story short they stalled me for over 2 weeks and I eventually caved and lost the lot.

I was disgusted with myself, as always, and vowed to never give them another cent (as always), but yet, as always, I was back depositing within 48 hours.

This time I won $25,000! - This was really life changing, this will be the one that I can finally end my career on, I said.
I looked in to all kinds of ways to try to prevent myself reversing it, but there were none I couldn't trivially bypass.
I requested the withdrawals and bare-knuckled it.. this time after a week they reversed the withdrawals and flagged my account for "random verification review", which could take up to 10 days, more time passed and eventually one night I lost it all in about 45 minutes.

I don't really have anything else to say, I've said it all before and it rings hollow now- but just thought an update may stop someone doing the same or using those casinos.
 

ShadyFei

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Change the password to your account to something random, or better yet, have your wife do it. Or some trusted individual. That way, you can’t login even if you want to.
 

TheresNoDInBonanza

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Australia
I'm guessing the casino is no help. They dont allow you to lock the withdrawal or lock the account for a set period of time?
You can lock the account. But you just need to ask live chat to unlock it.. so no rg tools. Not surprising since they don't even honour account closure requests from admitted problem gamblers.
I don't know if they're on the rogue pit here or not but that alone should put them there imo.
 

ShadyFei

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Canada - West Coast
The money's lost. And aside from quitting work and living in the woods for six weeks there was no way I could think of to prevent it.
If you really want something, you will find a way. For 25K, I’d be telling my mother I have a gambling problem, give her all my phone and electronics, and lock myself in my parents basement. I find making problems very public has a way of keeping people on the straight and narrow.

Whatever it takes. No matter how unpalatable or humiliating. Do it.
 

Jasminebed

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Location
Ontario
So what's your plan to stop this from happening again?

I'm sure you realize they would have at best refunded your deposits since you requested self-exclusion due to gambling problems.

You need to lock down your methods to deposit.

All those things that didn't work in the past, give them another shot. That was then, and this is now. Most people do not quit addictions alone. You are now older and wiser NoD. There will be a different group leader, and different group members. This can make a difference.

Personal therapy is not a one-size fits all. Nor is it a one-time process for most people. Start with session one and telling them this gambling is your most immediate and pressing issue. If they do not get this is a serious, LIFE THREATENING addiction, get a different therapist.
 

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