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clarkacal
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February 17th, 2011 at 10:12:03 AM permalink
What is the worst side effect you have experienced from being a gambler?
Paigowdan
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February 17th, 2011 at 10:22:51 AM permalink
No health or soul-related issues.
I had some gambling action-related money problems the first year or two in here Vegas.
Since then, little gambling, more work, I just get nice things and pay my bills.
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NicksGamingStuff
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February 17th, 2011 at 10:26:11 AM permalink
I do enjoy my hobby, I am trying to figure out what about gambling gets me excited. It isn't that much about the money, I am a low roller so I usually leave +/- $200, but I get a good amount of time for my play. I think I really enjoy the atmosphere: the sounds, lights, suspense, plus the free drinks are nice too. All my vacations for the past few years have been to gaming destinations, perhaps it is because I dislike paying a normal rate for a hotel room when I can get free/practically free ones in gaming destinations.
midwestgb
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February 17th, 2011 at 11:59:27 AM permalink
Second Hand smoke, and occasionally obnoxious fellow patrons.

I love to gamble in Colorado, despite the terrible minimums.... smoking is prohibited by state law!
Nareed
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February 17th, 2011 at 12:18:50 PM permalink
Quote: clarkacal

What is the worst side effect you have experienced from being a gambler?



mkl.

Other than that, the side effects have been:

Finding the Wizard's sites
Meeting the Wizard and teddys (we had a great time)
I learned to gamble better, and something more than I knew about math
I've found a place to spend a very pleasant, restful, vacation each year

That's pretty much it.
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soulhunt79
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February 17th, 2011 at 12:39:07 PM permalink
Not really a financial issue as I can still pay for everything I do, but the complete inability to put money away for a down payment on a house. Gambling however is not the only reason for this though. I like visiting friends across the country. When the choice is $5k in the bank or go on 5 vacations, at this point in my life, I'm picking the vacations. :)
gog
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February 17th, 2011 at 12:53:35 PM permalink
Taking a day off to hit the tables, then running into a coworker there.
FinsRule
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February 17th, 2011 at 2:42:35 PM permalink
Quote: gog

Taking a day off to hit the tables, then running into a coworker there.



At my last job, I was in HR. I'd see someone at the casino from work probably every other time I went. Every single time each person said to me "I'm not here gambling, I'm here to eat" or "I'm not gambling, I'm just sitting around and watching other people". I'd say to them "Well, it's Friday/Saturday night, and I'm here gambling"

There is a huge stigma to anyone who admits to stepping foot inside a casino, so I guess that's the biggest side effect that has happened to me. Reputation.
mkl654321
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February 17th, 2011 at 4:00:54 PM permalink
I've made a fair amount of money from "gambling" over the years, but almost certainly, less than I would have had I spent an equivalent amount of time becoming skilled at almost anything else. So the worst side effect is that I've spent many, many hours essentially unproductively.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one. The happiness of credulity is a cheap and dangerous quality.---George Bernard Shaw
AZDuffman
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February 17th, 2011 at 4:18:29 PM permalink
Quote: clarkacal

What is the worst side effect you have experienced from being a gambler?



For me just the consuming passion of wanting to beat what can be beat; not being able to stop considering dealer school again for more than a month at a timne; having to find "the edge" in any game and anything I see.

Compared to people with real gambling problems, not a big deal. Though I can see one day helping my niece/nephew with their homework and they ask, "what is 5 and 2?" And I reply, "Depends on which line bet you have and if a point has been established."
Tolerance is the virtue of believing in nothing

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