Hi jon39 listen to bladesman and listen to me. Register with gamstop and block access to these sites I used to play the games you are talking about I found the chat on them disturbing and that was when my addiction was at its worst. The chat drew you in to bigger bets to try win what the people were saying they had won !! It's all a bit fat con if you have time away from gambling like I have 3months now you will actually see it through a clear mind. Change your life now quit, abstain , get help, recover. Best wishes
I have still been having problems. As I said I recently made a deposit limit of £50 on one website and last night I went through the £50 and the problem is I have another website where I use for poker but unfortunately that has also has an online casino section which has the game that I have problems with and last night after losing the £50 on the one website I then spent all my money on the other site which is meant to be used only for poker on that same game I been having problems with.
Its been nagging me all day, what I have done now is reduce deposit limit on the one site to just £20 and intend to play just for entertainment and 10p bets instead of £1 bets and ive got the poker site to ban access to the casino part of the website.
I feel that is the best I can do.
I have been gambling for 15 years on poker, sports betting, slots etc and have never had a problem before its just these 2 new live dealer games which have drawn me in sort of thing.
I have now lost over £10,000 on these 2 games in 4 months and I know from the online chat on those casino sites that I am not the only one having difficulties on those games.
Any advice please.
Hi jon39. Im struggling to find things to say that don't sound harsh. There is no magic formula I'm afraid. U have to install blocking software such as gamstop/gamban and get to grips with your addiction. I know it's not easy believe me I know , but you need to stop torturing yourself . Have you had any professional advice to talk this through? Speak to Gamcare advisors/ find a GA meeting talk these feelings through with other compulsive gamblers. Do you feel you are a compulsive gambler or not ? Because if you don't think you are , what is losing £10k in 4 months ? I really do hope that you find some peace jon. Best wishes
As I said been gambling for over 15 years on many different things and never really had a problem before so no I don't really consider myself as a compulsive gambler although yes I admit I like a flutter and I think gambling will always be a part for entertainment. Its just these 2 games in particular that have caused me a problem.
Im not sure what you mean by "Do you feel you are a compulsive gambler or not ? Because if you don't think you are , what is losing £10k in 4 months ?" so if you mean if I think im not a compulsive gambler than 10k in 4 months is ok to lose? Sorry just confused with that.
Ive been gambling for over 15 years many different things poker, sports, slots, lottery, I have pretty much gambled on everything and ive never had a problem, always remained in control. I have never considered myself as a problem gambler before. Its just these 2 games that have caused a problem.
I don't want to install Gamban block devices because I enjoy some other gambling like sports betting which have never caused me a problem you know, its just these 2 new live casino games that have caused me a problem.
I know I need to stay from these particular games so just on the forum tonight just trying to distract myself and stop myself from playing and losing a large amount of money again on these but what I have done today has helped because even if I wanted to play those games tonight the absolute most I could lose on the games would be £20 which would be better than the £300 lose last night.
I'm sorry but you sound like a compulsive gambler to me and if you can't afford these losses you need to exclude yourself from these games as you don't seem able to stay away from them as you are.
If you can afford to lose this money, fine keep going but you seem to want peoples advice only to then argue against it.
I'm speaking from experience as I lost over £50k in 5 years and only by being found out did I stop by registering with Gamstop and putting blockers in place for 5 years. Without these I would still be throwing money away to these people.
Only you can choose the road you want to follow, all we are doing is giving you advice based on our own experiences
@jon39 Here we are again and here we will continue to be until you get it. Let me see if this can help you.
You came on here having lost about £8000 but you only had a problem with a couple of games? The other gambling was fun and you had control but these new games you couldn't.
Despite all the advice about stopping completely, the "best you could do" was to reduce your stakes, so you played for fun and if you lost it was £50 rather than £500. A good idea when you're trying to convince yourself but not so in reality as it appears you have now lost £10000.
Okay, now compulsive gambling isn't just about losing money, it's the other things attached that make it become a bigger problem, so maybe you're not a compulsive gambler. Maybe you are on a scale heading towards it, maybe you are a problem gambler, or maybe you just have a habit or slight addiction. In fact in the first line of your opening introduction you say that you have an addiction.
If I asked you to not play those specific games that cause you a problem do you think you could? No,me neither. Therefore you have a problem.
How about you start doing a bit more than the "best I can do". How about putting some blocks in place? How about talking to an adviser? How about just being honest with yourself?
I think you have a problem and unless you can head every warning that everyone is telling you, you will end up a compulsive gambler.You will lose more money. You will develop mental health issues of some kind. You will lie to loved ones and eventually the gambling which isn't a problem will become a problem.
I can't make you stop. All I can do is offer support and promise that I'll be there to help you get out of the hole when you want help.
As other have said, you should take steps to stop gambling online. I registered with Gamstop a couple of years ago now and I haven't gambled online since, stopped me dead in my tracks. I didn't think of myself as a problem gambler when I started to gamble more frequently on my phone, without knowing/realising it had taken hold and I spent the next few years living a lie and racking up substantial debt despite earning well. I'm still mopping up the mess I made and will be doing so for another six months or so but I am thankful that I managed to stop when I did as I honestly don't think I'd be here now if I hadn't. Take care.
@jon39 These online games like pool, do you play buy anything on them like loot boxes or scratchcards to win better cues. Do you have to challenge others and stake up and if your money has gone do you buy more credit?
If so it's easy to transfer one addiction for another and just be careful. The addiction isn't necessarily about the money but our behaviour.
Once I realised my behaviour on these games was getting like my gambling I deleted the apps but hopefully they aren't causing you any problems.