Wizardofnothing
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October 6th, 2016 at 9:50:10 AM permalink
Just look at what happened to Kentry/ he got a bad haircut and got his butt beat in his fictional story
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odiousgambit
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October 6th, 2016 at 1:20:10 PM permalink
Hopefully the OP realizes he is going to have to be able to discriminate between good and bad advice here

and due to his addiction, not able to perhaps

Gambling addiction has a special problem, seems to me. I just see people addicted to other things like booze finally 'going under for the 3rd time', realizing they are going to die, and they don't want to die [some of them, some don't care and do die]. If they want to live, they finally have a chance to beat it. And, yes, sadly it usually comes down to this crisis point.

A problem gambler with no other problems doesn't face this. I think that means it is much harder to get sober, if that's the word. I guess a crisis point is reached eventually, but it's not between life and death.
"No, I will weep no more. In such a night To shut me out! ... O, that way madness lies; let me shun that; No more of that" - King Lear deciding he has to accept bad Variance
Dean
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October 10th, 2016 at 1:34:59 AM permalink
OP, congratulations on only being 22 and already knowing you have a budding gambling addiction. Congratulations for acknowledging that chasing losses is a bad idea. Many people are twice your age and deny their vices. At 22, you should be out enjoying life, spending time with your family and friends, enjoying your jobs, going cruising for lots of chicks, etc. There is a quote someone said on another gambling website that I will give to you. This is a paraphrased quote but here it is. "When you are 80 years old and talking about your life to your grandkids and great grandchildren, would you rather say, "I let gambling steal the best years of my life, or would you rather say," I had a great and meaningful life, spending time with my family and friends?" Keep that quote in mind.

I personally think that the guy who told you "Oh, just bring a very limited bankroll with you or a friend who can tell you when it's time to go home," gave you misguided advice. That advice works if you are talking to someone who is only casually gambling occasionally and is not addicted, not for someone who is already starting to become addicted. Go to GA meetings and they can give you lots of good tips on stuff you can do to not gamble. As for you feeling that your family will ostracize you for gambling, tell them that you are coming to them because you are acknowledging you need to stop gambling and need their help. They should praise you for at least realizing that gambling your young life away is not working out for you and give you the love, support, and help you need and deserve. You are young and have your whole life ahead of you.
Really, dude, you tried to buy a flat screen TV for only $3.99? Get out of here, you scam, con arist!
Wizardofnothing
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October 10th, 2016 at 5:14:58 AM permalink
To quote slim shady- guess whose back
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Nathan
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October 10th, 2016 at 5:23:52 AM permalink
I gave the advice I gave about bringing a limited bankroll to the casino or a friend with you who can tell you when to go home because I thought the guy was looking for tips on how to control his gambling. I didn't really realize he was asking for help to stop gambling altogether.
Guy "won" less than his bet and the slot machine had the audacity to tell him he got a big win! SMH! Also, the Nintendo cartridge is so much more important than the Nintendo console. Without the cartridge, the Nintendo console is just a useless box.
AxelWolf
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October 10th, 2016 at 10:45:51 AM permalink
I wonder What Would Kentry Do?
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
AxelWolf
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October 10th, 2016 at 10:46:06 AM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

I wonder What Would Kentry Do?

♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
Nathan
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October 10th, 2016 at 10:48:29 AM permalink
And yet another Kentry reference. Sigh....
Guy "won" less than his bet and the slot machine had the audacity to tell him he got a big win! SMH! Also, the Nintendo cartridge is so much more important than the Nintendo console. Without the cartridge, the Nintendo console is just a useless box.
Wizardofnothing
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October 10th, 2016 at 11:03:32 AM permalink
I wonder why there are so many from so many different people
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Joeshlabotnik
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October 10th, 2016 at 11:10:47 AM permalink
I think that most of the advice given to the OP has been off, and a little tone-deaf. Maybe quitting cold-turkey is best objectively, but it won't work. Living in Vegas but never gambling is like living in Hawaii but never going to the beach, or maybe living in Amarillo and never having a steak. It's damn near impossible.

Yes, I know that some people do live in Vegas and don't gamble at all. But for every one such person, there are hundreds who do gamble regularly. How do they survive? Some don't. But those who do, follow some simple rules:

1. Budgeting. This means both time AND money. When you lose your session bankroll, quit. When your time limit is up, quit.
2. Learn to gamble well enough so that you're fighting the smallest possible house advantage. Sharply limit the size of your bets.
3. Realize that gambling is entertaining, and your choice to use your spare time doing so is rational AS LONG AS IT DOESN'T TAKE TIME AWAY FROM DOING SOMETHING ELSE YOU WOULD ENJOY MORE.

Ultimately, only the OP can decide what works for him. When I lived in Vegas, I knew hundreds of what I would call "functional gambling addicts." They enjoyed their addiction, and had managed to fit it into their daily lives. Who's to say that they were making the wrong choices by spending their Saturday nights playing blackjack or video poker rather than line dancing, going to the movies, or sharing a hot tub with nubile maidens? (I know, I know, but you can't hit a royal when you're in a hot tub.)

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