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mds
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January 6th, 2014 at 8:28:50 AM permalink
Addicted?

For many years, I have visited Vegas. One to four times a year or so. But, for the past 2 years or so, I have been going to Vegas about nine times each year. Flying from Cali, which is easy. Yes, comped flights, rooms and food…I have been lucky (or skill) and have won 15 out of 18 trips. Play their game of 4 hours a day give or take and really treat it as a business. Very aware of money management and never chase. I also see shows, go out for fine dining, walk the shops, golf, swim etc… (Yes, I am blessed) NEVER do these trips interfere with work Family or social events. Oh, im a GREAT single Dad with a 6 year old. (15 days a month)
I would never lose the mortgage or anything close. I take what I can afford to lose ONLY! Craps only. Not going to throw money away at other table games. Not interested Cali casinos at all. No sports betting either. (In Cali)
Last trip was New Years and I just can’t get my mind off it. (Ready to go again) Maybe because it was a few days ago or maybe because I am addicted? What do you think? Do you take trips like this? If lucky enough and able, would you take trips like this? But, big question is… Am I addicted? Are you addicted? In general, Is this a problem?
AxelWolf
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January 6th, 2014 at 8:38:45 AM permalink
Quote: mds

Addicted?

For many years, I have visited Vegas. One to four times a year or so. But, for the past 2 years or so, I have been going to Vegas about nine times each year. Flying from Cali, which is easy. Yes, comped flights, rooms and food…I have been lucky (or skill) and have won 15 out of 18 trips. Play their game of 4 hours a day give or take and really treat it as a business. Very aware of money management and never chase. I also see shows, go out for fine dining, walk the shops, golf, swim etc… (Yes, I am blessed) NEVER do these trips interfere with work Family or social events. Oh, im a GREAT single Dad with a 6 year old. (15 days a month)
I would never lose the mortgage or anything close. I take what I can afford to lose ONLY!
Last trip was New Years and I just can’t get my mind off it. (Ready to go again) Maybe because it was a few days ago or maybe because I am addicted? What do you think? Do you take trips like this? If lucky enough and able, would you take trips like this? But, big question is… Am I addicted? Are you addicted? In general, Is this a problem?

I know many AP's that are addicted, lucky for them they play positive EV games. In my case I know 100% I'm not addicted, I wish, I was,(ok, probably not) I would put more time in and make more money. I can go months and not play or gamble on anything without giving it a second thought. I hate losing more then I like winning.
♪♪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♪♪
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January 6th, 2014 at 8:39:35 AM permalink
Don't let the fact that you're a "great dad" or only spend "fun money" fool you. A "functioning addict" is still an addict.

Only you can tell whether you're addicted or not.

Do you "want" to go, or do you "have" to go?

Are you reading bedtime stories and mentally there with your kid, or is your mind drifting to the shuffle and deal?

Do you find the idea of gambling to pervade your mind throughout the day?

You won't find the answer of whether or not your addicted here. I suggest reflection and introspection. Forget the consequences or how well you are or are not doing with your habits, that can disguise a potential problem. Just pay attention to yourself. The answer should become self evident with a little peek into yourself.
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EvenBob
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January 6th, 2014 at 8:49:18 AM permalink
Quote: mds

…I have been lucky (or skill) and have won 15 out of 18 trips.



If you had lost 15 would you still be so enthusiastic?
Doubtful. Going 9 times a year isn't an addiction, IMO.
3 times a week, yeah. I see the same people at my
local casino whenever I go. Those people are addicted.
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Ibeatyouraces
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January 6th, 2014 at 8:56:42 AM permalink
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DUHHIIIIIIIII HEARD THAT!
teddys
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January 6th, 2014 at 8:58:11 AM permalink
Yeah, you are probably almost certainly addicted but you seem to have it under control enough that it won't be that much of a problem. Just be aware that you can fuck up things royally if you lose control and/or things go bad.
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January 6th, 2014 at 9:08:26 AM permalink
Quote: teddys

Yeah, you are probably almost certainly addicted but you seem to have it under control enough that it won't be that much of a problem. Just be aware that you can fuck up things royally if you lose control and/or things go bad.



Totally agree, which is why I suggest figuring it out and addressing things now, while the grass is still green and the birds are still chirping.

Many addicts are completely fine. That is, until they're not. And then shit gets real ugly, real fast.
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odiousgambit
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January 6th, 2014 at 9:11:08 AM permalink
The test for you might be whether or not you still gamble if some of the issues you mention become reality; but you find you cant' quit. This might be as a result of not being able to gamble at the old levels, but needing to increase substantially how much you are betting and going on a losing streak, then trying to chase losses.
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AxelWolf
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January 6th, 2014 at 9:16:59 AM permalink
Quote: odiousgambit

The test for you might be whether or not you still gamble if some of the issues you mention become reality; but you find you cant' quit. This might be as a result of not being able to gamble at the old levels, but needing to increase substantially how much you are betting and going on a losing streak, then trying to chase losses.

People tend to put additions in a box. There are so many different levels of addiction and everyone is different.
♪♪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♪♪
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January 6th, 2014 at 9:27:44 AM permalink
I'm a bigot, but didn't see a poll option. You're probably seeing a future you Don't want to exist headed your way.
I am a robot.

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