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discflicker
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February 17th, 2011 at 4:39:02 PM permalink
Every time I walk into a casino, I'm only looking for one thing... the craps table(s). As I walk down the aisles, I can sense where they are usually because that's where all the racket's coming from. As I turn the final corner and it finally enters my line of sight, I always feel a sharp pain in my gut.

One time I asked a craps dealer what that pain was. He said "that's the hook in your stomach".
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rxwine
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February 17th, 2011 at 6:48:38 PM permalink
I occasionally screw up my wake sleep cycles.

I once went to a small Indian casino in S. Texas, and I had no idea the place was going to close (I think it was 1am closing time) You guys close? What, I can go home?

It's more that I sometimes go past my usual deadline of around 3am.

i don't generally play at all until evening.
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teddys
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February 17th, 2011 at 8:01:39 PM permalink
Quote: mkl654321

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.

Eh, don't beat yourself up over it. I've read this exact same sentiment from other "professional gamblers" and it is a downer. Becoming good at something is not unproductive -- who's to say a professional gambler is less admirable than a CEO of Exxon Mobil, or something like that (besides money, of course)?

If what you are concerned about is personal growth and development, there is not much more to do than becoming really, really good at something, and then utilizing that skill to the best of your ability.

On the other hand, if you had the opportunity to do something else that was available and you might have been better at, than maybe... it's hard to say.
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NicksGamingStuff
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February 17th, 2011 at 8:11:09 PM permalink
Quote: rxwine

I occasionally screw up my wake sleep cycles.

I once went to a small Indian casino in S. Texas, and I had no idea the place was going to close (I think it was 1am closing time) You guys close? What, I can go home?

It's more that I sometimes go past my usual deadline of around 3am.

i don't generally play at all until evening.



I am the total opposite, I usually wake up at 6 or 7 am play for a few hours then do other stuff for the rest of my day, I have always been sharpest first thing in the morning, my spouse on the other hand does not like to wake up until 10AM and he is groggy for awhile even after that!
rdw4potus
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February 17th, 2011 at 8:35:42 PM permalink
Quote: rxwine

I occasionally screw up my wake sleep cycles.

I once went to a small Indian casino in S. Texas, and I had no idea the place was going to close (I think it was 1am closing time) You guys close? What, I can go home?

It's more that I sometimes go past my usual deadline of around 3am.

i don't generally play at all until evening.



I would say that the sleep aspect is also my biggest negative. I stay at the Horseshoe Southern Indiana whenever I'm in Louisville for business (about once a quarter). Last trip, I didn't get back to the property until about 11pm one night, and I didn't find my room til almost 4am. NOT a fun morning of meetings after that one...
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February 18th, 2011 at 3:37:58 AM permalink
The real truth about being a gambler is that, it can make you an addict. Being a gambler can strain your relationships at home and work, and lead to financial calamity. It can make you do things which you have never thought of doing in your life like : stealing money to gamble. You may think you cannot control problem gambling and gambling addiction, but
if you’re ready to admit that you have a problem and need to seek help, then you can overcome your gambling problem and regain control of your life.
odiousgambit
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February 18th, 2011 at 5:50:19 AM permalink
Quote: stinsonsmart

You may think you cannot control problem gambling and gambling addiction...



This may also be turned around to "You may think you can control [insert addiction] by yourself " when actually people with addictions generally need to get help.

As far as regret over wasted time, I think that depends. If that is absolutely something to fret about, then so are most avocations. It's hard to justify going fishing, for example, if it is to be all work and no play. I did select that category in my vote, but truthfully I hardly worry about that. I try to manage concern over problem gambling by avoiding behavior that fits into those "10 warning signs" things that go around.
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clarkacal
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February 18th, 2011 at 8:23:56 AM permalink
I vote strain on relationships. Overall I win pretty good so financially not a problem, I play a lot of poker and avoid the second hand smoke, and yeah it sucks to lose but I don't get depressed. However my parents and females are disappointed I'm no doctor or lawyer.
HKrandom
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March 27th, 2011 at 9:52:27 AM permalink
I would say a bit of everything! When playing Baccarat I usually chain smoke cigarettes to keep myself relaxed. I have never lost a life-changing amount playing but I still gamble a lot for the money I make so when I win big I go into spending sprees and when I spent all my winnings it's difficult to get back to a cheaper regular lifestyle. My family doesn't know about any of that because I doubt they would be happy to know I sometimes bet two weeks of salary per hand. I wasted hundreds of hours reading online forums and information about gambling! I lost big for the first time not so long ago and it didn't help my mood.
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March 27th, 2011 at 11:26:16 AM permalink
Quote: clarkacal

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


Making this post was perhaps one of the worst ways to waste my time.

Seriously speaking, I make a lot more per hour spent trading than playing poker (much less blackjack, where I'm not really ahead so far despite using a theoretically powerful count, and further much less anything else). On the other hand, the former is stressful and makes my head hurt, while the latter is like playing with a yo-yo in comparison.
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