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Hello all,

I planned on posting my background last Sunday but writing it has somewhat turned into a full story so it's not finished and if I am honest writing it appears to have helped me so much.  Reliving my past choices has really hit home.

A quick background; I'm 30 years old and I have been gambling since I was 18 however it only turned into compulsive gambling around 4 years ago when I got into "Matched Betting" which started off successfully however I got greedy. I've only ever been interested in sports online betting, the casino/slots has never interested me neither has going into a brick and mortar shop as I couldn't face the embarrassment of placing a bet on Neftchi vs Sumqayit in the Azerbaijan League.

Online sports betting is all too easy, it's easy to hide and can be carried out any time of the day anywhere. I've spoilt date nights, holidays and even gambled during my work days.

I'm in a fair share of debt through gambling which I am slowly paying off on a DMP. I've tried to quit many times in the past four years however when ever I next receive any money I would always give in to temptation. 

Last Sunday I decided enough was enough something just clicked and it felt different this time to any other time, I almost felt a relief. I am hoping it stays like this and today and tomorrow will be a real test as I have received some money today and obviously there is a full day of football ahead.

I'm self excluded from every online sports betting site and registered with GamStop which if I am completely honest is quite pointless as I have circumvented this many times to scratch the gambling itch. 

Anyway, please wish me luck! 

Posted : 19th October 2019 12:36 pm
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Hi MRoberts,

Thank you for your post, we hope you find the forum space helpful and supportive. Many people find using additional blocks in conjunction with Gamstop self-exclusion particularly helpful. You can register with Gamban blocking software for free - just contact the HelpLine and we'll give you a promo link. 

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Wishing you the best, 


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This post was modified 9 months ago by Forum admin
Posted : 21st October 2019 11:00 am

Thank you for the reply 🙂 the forum has helped greatly.

Unfortunately I have to rely on willpower and support alone, I work in IT and the gamban would be circumvented.

I had a really good day Sunday as the kids were at the grandparents. Really enjoyed my time with my partner. I'm feeling very positive at the moment 

This post was modified 9 months ago by MRoberts
Posted : 22nd October 2019 10:13 am

So it's now been 15 days since I last gambled. 

I was paid yesterday early thanks to Monzos new feature and it would usually be ideal as I could have a bet on the football but luckily I managed to just watch and enjoy without the urge.

Had a dream last night that I had a few winning bets which made me think about it this morning but I've managed to hold off and put it to the back of my mind.

The next fews weeks will be a test. If I can make it to next day without a bet I will be super proud of myself. 

Posted : 28th October 2019 3:19 pm
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