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#1 Posted on:
Wed, 31/05/2017 - 19:15

Phil72

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Very good story in The Times today about the machines in shops and the incentives a specific company give to staff to get people to continue playing. Will post the link tomorrow for anyone interested in reading it. Best wishes, Phil.

Posted on:
Thu, 01/06/2017 - 11:08

Phil72

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Posted on:
Thu, 01/06/2017 - 11:09

Phil72

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censored....begins with L or simply google "The Times yesterday gambling story"

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Sat, 17/06/2017 - 20:36

Joydivider

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2015-03-11

Yes I remember staff members coming over trying to promote a game but to be honest they didnt have to do much as I was already searching for my "favourite" games. There was some factor that I was coming alive while tapping the menu for these games....pubs boring and empty....fed up with shopping.... lonely as hell...stressed and certainly depressed...the machines were my shot in the vein

What was interesting with me is that the casino style games on the machines semed too much like real gambling so I was never in to the wheel games or card games. Its a key point in my style of gambling. 

Maybe my mind was showing a normal reaction in that I felt it was a rip off and perhaps understood the odds. No escape factor...no Egyptian temples, rocket ships or mystic magic so I was triggered by the vegas fruit machine style games.

Thats a key point in working out what I was searching for. Those machines are deviously programmed with bonus bars and bonus games...bonus games which will more often fail you building up the red mist of next time next time..... I will ave it.

It does upset me know that I know these machines are partly designed by psychologists. They are addictive as they are designed to be highly addictive. The staff didnt really have to do much to attract me as I was already highly addicted over 40 years of playing. 

Best thing I ever did was finally realise that I had to be gamble free

Best wishes

Posted on:
Mon, 19/06/2017 - 13:27

Phil72

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Thanks for the response and sorry for the delayed response JD.

I never got into the machines and only played then when I was offered a few free spins in the shops. Interesting that you mention psychology - I definitely agree with your comment and would add that is it interesting that one form of gambling may get us hooked but not another? For example, I was mainly into horses but I was hooked even before I was offered free bets, loyalty cards etc.

I could/can go for a pint in a pub and have no interest in playing the five or so machines they may have. I do think some pubs have too many machines mind in such a small space and the flashing lights annoy me as I have really sensitive eyes (!) but that's just a personal opinion.

Best wishes, Phil.

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Mon, 19/06/2017 - 23:33

Joydivider

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2015-03-11

Yes it is interesting Phil.

Im still coming to terms with the fact that I used to put hundreds of pounds into a machine in just one day. Its a measure of how addicted and ill I was. In a crazy way I used to feel quite hurt that people didnt like the machines. How could they not love what I was addicted to :) How could they not love what was completely destroying me. 

Equally I could never really understand how the addiction developed with horses and dogs. Too much like hard work trying to study form or read the papers on the wall...too much time betwen races....too much of a social activity and I might have to banter with other punters ho ho :)   I could have picked a funny name but it just didnt do it for me. All the greyhounds/ horses looked as fast as each other......too much like actually trying to win money rather than escape. Im glad I didnt take to other forms of gambling but it didnt save me. One form of gambling was more than enough to ruin me

I remember reading a post about the shame of feeling that pushing a button every few seconds wasnt even like proper gambling...like it wasnt a manly thing to do compared with some casino scene from a film. I can relate to that even though I see all gambling for what it is.

I think I understood the odds with roulette for example but I was prepared to feed money into a themed "game" with similar or even worse chances of gaining money 

Im still quite annoyed about an advertising poster simply stating that the maximum amount can be won for a £1 with no mention of  the actual reality of doing that.

Best wishes

 

 

 

Posted on:
Tue, 20/06/2017 - 09:56

Phil72

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2016-10-07

The main thing is that you stopped - I'm still coming to terms with my motivation as well as I'm sure a lot of other people are.

There was supposed to be legislation to reduce the amount you could bet per spin or press of a button on the machines but I haven't read anything about it for quite a while. I really hope it happens.

Cheers, Phil.