Why you should join Gamstop [UK]

TheD

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I feel bad for my friends from other countries who do not yet have access to a site such as we U.K. players do. For the first time, it does a great job of blocking your personal ID from gambling.

No matter who you are, or whether you believe in your heart or not that you have a problem with gambling - I strongly recommend you give it a shot, if only for the minimum time of 6 months.

All I can tell you is my person experience.

When you make that commitment to quit it gives you a feeling of self-respect you may have never felt before. You are no longer the bottom of the ladder gambling degenerate who feels guilt and shame. You are now free to follow your dreams and accomplish those goals which many of you have gave up on believing.

It really does give an overwhelming feeling that your destiny in life is not what you have accepted it to be.

You may suddenly find yourself waking up very morning smiling and full of enthusiasm for what a new day brings.

That is how I feel since quitting. When you wake up feeling happy, it’s a natural response to want to share that feeling with the world.
 

Kroffe

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All I can tell you is my person experience.

When you make that commitment to quit it gives you a feeling of self-respect you may have never felt before. You are no longer the bottom of the ladder gambling degenerate who feels guilt and shame. You are now free to follow your dreams and accomplish those goals which many of you have gave up on believing. "

If its a personal experience, shouldnt it be:
"When i made that commitment to quit i got a feeling of self respect i had never felt before.
I was no longer a bottom of the ladder gambling degenerate..etc"

Otherwise it just sounds like you are saying everyone who gambles are bottom of the ladder degenerates who have given up on their dreams.

Im still planning to become a crimefighting astronaut when i grow up.

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irish-ranger

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I feel bad for my friends from other countries who do not yet have access to a site such as we U.K. players do. For the first time, it does a great job of blocking your personal ID from gambling.

No matter who you are, or whether you believe in your heart or not that you have a problem with gambling - I strongly recommend you give it a shot, if only for the minimum time of 6 months.

All I can tell you is my person experience.

When you make that commitment to quit it gives you a feeling of self-respect you may have never felt before. You are no longer the bottom of the ladder gambling degenerate who feels guilt and shame. You are now free to follow your dreams and accomplish those goals which many of you have gave up on believing.

It really does give an overwhelming feeling that your destiny in life is not what you have accepted it to be.

You may suddenly find yourself waking up very morning smiling and full of enthusiasm for what a new day brings.

That is how I feel since quitting. When you wake up feeling happy, it’s a natural response to want to share that feeling with the world.
That's great mate until you try and re open your accounts I'd recommend 1ltr bottle of bushmills and 50 prozac
 

dunover

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I feel bad for my friends from other countries who do not yet have access to a site such as we U.K. players do. For the first time, it does a great job of blocking your personal ID from gambling.

No matter who you are, or whether you believe in your heart or not that you have a problem with gambling - I strongly recommend you give it a shot, if only for the minimum time of 6 months.

All I can tell you is my person experience.

When you make that commitment to quit it gives you a feeling of self-respect you may have never felt before. You are no longer the bottom of the ladder gambling degenerate who feels guilt and shame. You are now free to follow your dreams and accomplish those goals which many of you have gave up on believing.

It really does give an overwhelming feeling that your destiny in life is not what you have accepted it to be.

You may suddenly find yourself waking up very morning smiling and full of enthusiasm for what a new day brings.

That is how I feel since quitting. When you wake up feeling happy, it’s a natural response to want to share that feeling with the world.
Excellent, I hope it is a smooth road for you and you have other activities to replace gambling, hobby or reading for example. Whatever happens, if the urges reappear do NOT be tempted to play at unlicensed scam sites like so many miserable threads on this forum have detailed. Alas there are numerous criminal affiliates targeting people like you so a word of advice - stay well away. :thumbsup:
 

TheD

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Alas there are numerous criminal affiliates targeting people like you so a word of advice - stay well away. :thumbsup:

Bronze casino comes to mind. There will always be a temptation to join and I did fall for it once during my last Gamstop break. For me it was pure stress and worry because I was winning and the more I won the worse it felt. In the end they paid me but also permanently closed my account. I think it was conquest adore who were not legally required to join gamstop until recent times.

I apologise to anyone offended by claiming gamblers are degenerates. I am really speaking about myself and just like how many times I convince myself I can quit smoking any time I want, the reality is I’m addicted and quitting requires serious commitment.

Gamstop is a great first step. When you suddenly find your bank account having more money it’s important to use that money correctly. It was a lesson I had never learnt and something people should prepare for when they do quit.

Gambling to me always felt like being a 3rd class passenger on the titanic. The best you can hope for is to escape with what you have. In reality it’s a mathematical certainty you will lose and all winning does is buy more time until you are forced to confront your own personal issues head on.
 

EkJR

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Gamstop is now effective because of the new verification rules. There cant be a temptation to circumvent it now as it simply does not work. Just gone back on it for a year myself and may go on it for longer
 

TheD

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Gamstop is now effective because of the new verification rules. There cant be a temptation to circumvent it now as it simply does not work. Just gone back on it for a year myself and may go on it for longer

I wish you all the best.

I think a year is the right amount. It’s enough time to process the difference between a life of frequent gambling and that of none.

For me I learnt a lot about myself and it gave me time to analyse the honest reasons behind why I “enjoyed” gambling.

We all know the highs and lows we’ve experienced with gambling. The highs feel so good and the lows can give you depression.

Quitting gambling won’t instantly make your life perfect, but what it does is even more important and forces you to question yourself.

We are suppose to be addicted to gambling because its designed that way. No one makes one single spin then calls it a night. It’s one more, one more, one more.....

I just don’t want to become one of those guys who live in William Hill with their faded denim jeans and 20 year old shoes - smell like cheap booze combined with BO and a toothbrush is just too expensive.

Yes it can make me an asshole in the eyes of those people, but for me they are the example of what a life of gambling does.

No matter what age you are, it’s always the right time to quit.

Don‘t do it because others tell you, do it because you are worth it and owe it to yourself.
 

TheD

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I had a relapse during a bout of depression. I signed up to a casino with my parents ID.

I confessed to the casino and gamstop and they have blocked their ID.

Ive learnt that even after many months of clean living, you can still be bitten by the gambling bug. It’s an overwhelming force that one must learn to expect and take action from.

The one life lesson I know to be true above all else no matter who you are, is starting every morning with a walk.

Even if it’s the last thing you want to do, go for a walk. Think about life and what it is you want. You always return home feeling better than when you left and this is now a rule I’m enforcing upon myself every day.

I wish you guys all the best and please remember the lesson I’ve learnt time and time again.

Gambling is like being a 3rd class passenger on the Titanic. Winning buys time, but we are all doomed.
 

Mr_Slot5

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I had a relapse during a bout of depression. I signed up to a casino with my parents ID.

I confessed to the casino and gamstop and they have blocked their ID.

Ive learnt that even after many months of clean living, you can still be bitten by the gambling bug. It’s an overwhelming force that one must learn to expect and take action from.

The one life lesson I know to be true above all else no matter who you are, is starting every morning with a walk.

Even if it’s the last thing you want to do, go for a walk. Think about life and what it is you want. You always return home feeling better than when you left and this is now a rule I’m enforcing upon myself every day.

I wish you guys all the best and please remember the lesson I’ve learnt time and time again.

Gambling is like being a 3rd class passenger on the Titanic. Winning buys time, but we are all doomed.
The only way to stop the symptoms is to tackle the root cause- in this case the symptom is your addiction and the root cause is the depression (and I'm guessing anxiety too).

I wish you well mate.
 

ZoeP

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I urge anyone without the will to take the plunge. The Online Slot industry is going Downhill and will take us all with it, if not careful.
 

Deeplay

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Respect to you for owning the situation - you can conitnue to move forwards with your recovery. It was a bump and one you can learn from.

" Gambling is like being a 3rd class passenger on the Titanic. Winning buys time, but we are all doomed."

And by the end of this year for UK players it will be Titanic without a life boat as the UK becomes an impossible place to play. You wont be missing anything trust me! Good luck with everything.
 

snorky510238

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I think a year is the right amount.

Well done for taking that big step and I sincerely wish you all the best. As for thinking a year is the right amount of time to quit for, I have to disagree. You are obviously a compulsive gambler, from what you say and that can never be cured.

If you are serious about quitting then you must do it for life. A year will do no good, all that will do is slow down the inevitability of the eventual outcome. It’s a trait compulsive gamblers have and I know because I am one myself and when I was at my worst, I always left the door open just a little bit. Made 99% of the commitments necessary but that 1% was left there because I knew I would gamble again.

I have learnt to control it now but there are very few that can but it took me 35 years and if you ask me now was it worth it, the answer is no, absolutely not. Some of those years were hell and made other people’s lives hell, I cannot be proud of that.

If anybody seriously wants to quit gambling then don’t quit for 6 months or a year, quit for life. Anything less is subconsciously an admission that you are going to return to it at some point. You have to close every single avenue for good.
 

pinnit2014

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Well done for taking that big step and I sincerely wish you all the best. As for thinking a year is the right amount of time to quit for, I have to disagree. You are obviously a compulsive gambler, from what you say and that can never be cured.

If you are serious about quitting then you must do it for life. A year will do no good, all that will do is slow down the inevitability of the eventual outcome. It’s a trait compulsive gamblers have and I know because I am one myself and when I was at my worst, I always left the door open just a little bit. Made 99% of the commitments necessary but that 1% was left there because I knew I would gamble again.

I have learnt to control it now but there are very few that can but it took me 35 years and if you ask me now was it worth it, the answer is no, absolutely not. Some of those years were hell and made other people’s lives hell, I cannot be proud of that.

If anybody seriously wants to quit gambling then don’t quit for 6 months or a year, quit for life. Anything less is subconsciously an admission that you are going to return to it at some point. You have to close every single avenue for good.
I know a few people that have gone down the whole 6 month route (with issues, not as some may use it for, a break if saving up for a car etc) and it's the same story: login, feeling their brain has had time to reset etc. Start modestly, get maybe a few wins etc and then it begins: the bet sizes start going up and the cycle begins again; loss of control/getting pissed off with slots: i'm sure there are folk who can go back, after being a PG, and exercise Jedi levels of self restraint but i think the majority if they do come back probably end up in that situation - interesting to know some stats.

Hard enough for non PG's not to fall down the trap of, when winning, to push it a bit more and a bit more, so for (ex?) PG's, god knows how.
 

DreamRJ

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I know a few people that have gone down the whole 6 month route (with issues, not as some may use it for, a break if saving up for a car etc) and it's the same story: login, feeling their brain has had time to reset etc. Start modestly, get maybe a few wins etc and then it begins: the bet sizes start going up and the cycle begins again; loss of control/getting pissed off with slots: i'm sure there are folk who can go back, after being a PG, and exercise Jedi levels of self restraint but i think the majority if they do come back probably end up in that situation - interesting to know some stats.

Hard enough for non PG's not to fall down the trap of, when winning, to push it a bit more and a bit more, so for (ex?) PG's, god knows how.

Not all gamblers raise raise raise etc etc..... I for example stick to stakes between £0.20-£1.00 My ideal stake is usually 0.40p is what I usually stake. But Megaways slots I usually do 0.60p stakes. I been like this for many many years. That has never changed.

I only went crazy like 1 time doing £5 spins in 1 crazy session which was a one off occasion which I will never ever do again. But that is me though. I gamble solely for entertainment purposes and gamble what I can afford to lose and I never chase losses. People who raise their stakes are usually people chasing losses. As they have lost X amount so they decide, lets up stake because surely the slot can not keep taking and taking so they raise and raise in the hopes it will turn around and they win more due to the higher stakes. Most times than not they fail and lose far more that way.........

Just my opinion.

I will never use GamStop but it is a good tool and I am happy that it is here for people that do need it. I am in 100% control of my gambling. When I first started online gambling when it was the wild west and I used a different forum which many members will probably have heard off, which I will not name. Many many years ago I had occasions where I was not in full control in the early year or 2 I started playing at online casinos. But eventually I got total control over it. And now I do not worry about bills or risking not paying bills/food etc etc because I always make sure of it. :)
 

snorky510238

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I have seen Gamstop and the likes discussed before. People saying it’s a good thing for people to take a 6-12 month break if they are saving for a holiday or a car or something and not because they have a problem with gambling.

The issue for me here is, that if you can’t trust yourself to save the money for the holiday, then you do have a problem with gambling. It might only be a small one but there is a problem.
 

TheD

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UK
Pro tip for people wanting to quit;

Restore your devices to factory settings and create a new account/email.

Mentally, it helps with moving on and treat this fresh device as the “new you”.

You are now starting with a clean slate with the past erased. The ads and activities you see will be based on your new personality outside the world of casinos.

Gone are the casino, loan and funeral ads/suggestions - replaced with more positive ones about healthy diet, exercise, holidays and generally all about enjoying life or whatever hobby you are pursuing.

These tracking algorithms are smart and when starting fresh will understand you wish to better yourself as a person. If you use this device for positive things, it will reinforce that drive constantly.

This iPad is the last device I need to restore so I wanted to post this before doing that.

I wish you all the best.
 
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