- May 2, 2019
I know a few people who got hooked through winning a big amount on their first trip to the casino & then proceeded to develop a bad habit. It's almost like heroin addicts chasing the dragon. I'd gambled for years on the football and had no problem with it as it mainly just consisted of the odd accumulator on the weekend just to add a bit of interest to my Saturday afternoon. The casino games (roulette / slots) I think are the real killer & it's so easy to see why fixed odds betting terminals get called the "crack cocaine of gambling". Every time you walk into a bookies you're more than likely to be greeted by somebody literally rocking & twitching at the roulette machine like a drug addict while they feed it note after note.Mrs CDO’s first husband was/is a gambling addict. He got into all sorts of scrapes because of it. He’d regularly collect his wages on pay day and an hour later would be penniless. I do feel sorry for him. It’s an addiction. He has said many times how he wishes he could stop and had never started. He bemoans the fact that the first time he gambled he won quite an amount. He says that if he’d have lost that first bet he’d have probably stopped.
I do like a day at at the races once a year. We go for the dining option. I take a small set amount and go prepared to lose the lot. If I’ve retained any money at the end of the day it feels like a win.
I agree though that it doesn’t feel right to me that we associate with betting companies.
I think it needs to be regulated a lot more than it is and as I say advertising needs to be toned down quite a lot. No idea how some of the sites are allowed to operate either, when I used to gamble I was a member of an online casino which allowed you to deposit via your network provider. EG - deposit £20 & it just gets added onto your phone bill at the end of the month - basically gambling in credit. What could go wrong?! The casino also left your withdrawals "pending" and available to reverse for several days before they finally transferred the funds to your bank. These companies know exactly who they're targeting with this sort of stuff