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Wed, 17/03/2010 - 10:27

Beany

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2009-12-08

Bought The Sun today and the front page had a big sign saying "Cheltenham free £1 bet". Now to me that is saying to nealy most of the population to begin to gamble!!

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Wed, 17/03/2010 - 21:26

Muppety

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2010-02-28

Most people could take that £1 bet and leave it at that. Like buying one lottery ticket a week. I am not a gambler so don't consider it to be an issue for me. If it is an issue for you is it the paper or is it your issue ? Not being mean just adding a slant. I can see the wind up factor for you entirely. I wouldn't wrap my chips in the sun regardless lol

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Thu, 18/03/2010 - 06:56

Stephen

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The main reason most media is in business is to make money - everything else is secondary to them. Gambling advertising is one of their most important, if not the most important, source of revenue. So for the most part, the media is going to be pro-gambling...they don't want to bite the hand that feeds them.

The media will promote gambling and it does so even in forms that some may not think of as gambling, such as stock market day trading. Day trading stock brokerage firms are heavy advertisers...and of course lotteries, casinos, horse racetracks, bingo parlors, gambling websites, sports bookies, etc, all advertise heavily with the media...so we shouldn't be surprised when they print things such as that 1 pound bet.

The best thing we can do is ignore the media when it comes to their viewpoints about their "good friend" gambling...and warn others about the dangers of gambling and gambling addiction. For many people out there, that 1 pound bet turns into too many 1 pound bets, and bigger bets, which becomes problem gambling and gambling addiction.

YFIR,

Steve

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Thu, 18/03/2010 - 10:05

Beany

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2009-12-08

They advertise the Cheltenham and Grand National etc as great events and for everyone to have a punt on a horse. It's on the television with celebrities enjoying themselves. It's alright for them as they are loaded and a few quid doesn't mean nothing to them, they probably bet like few grand, but for us it's everything.

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Fri, 19/03/2010 - 01:25

Stephen

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Like in Hollywood movies, in which much of the movie and TV industry has business ties with the gambling industry. For example movie stars often appearing on stage in Las Vegas and casinos around the globe, some movie studios owned by gambling businesses, etc. This is nothing new - it has been this way for a long time.

Basically in the movies, a "good guy" never gets devastated by gambling and usually the good guy gambler almost always wins a gambling jackpot at the end of the movie to save the day so to speak, IE the movie story makes a correlation of a "good guy" gambling with a happy ending...when as we know with gambling...there are no happy endings in real life unless we stop gambling and stay in recovery.

YFIR,

Steve