Gambling how big a problem is it ?

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  1. Kronnie

    Kronnie Banned

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    Your thoughts would be good on what you think about this subject.

    (( My nan in the last 9 months has gone through every penny her husband had saved through his entire working life (he passed away in 2000) leaving her a home that was fully paid for and £75,000 in the bank (thats about $145,000 aremican dollars) in 9 months of bingo she has wiped that 75,000 down to zero))
     
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    Wow....
     
  3. emerlyj

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    I worked in a bingo hall for a few years and it is shocking the amount of money they put into the place. I knew of at least 2 customers who had to remortgage their house and i also knew a few who enforced self bans, where their picture is given to clubs in the area of the same company and they are refused entry because they knew they couldn't afford to keep it up but weren't able to stop themselves.
    The same people are there every single day, sometimes for a full day and i honestly don't know where they get their money from because from working there i realise that they don't make even a fraction of it back.
    The majority of customers at these places (or at least the regulars) have a serious gambling problem in my opinion. It really is quite scary.
    I don't have any experience with other forms of gambling but bingo is a lot more of a problem than i think a lot of people would realise!
     
  4. Kronnie

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    It is scary how much money she was spending every day, on the bingo cards, the tables where you slot a pound in for the quick electronic bingo, and shoveling in pound after pound in slot machines....., she is in hospital at the moment having under gone a small operation, and so far in unaware that she has squandered every penny she had. :( sadlt she thought she had unlimited funds...and my aunt and dad think once they tell her and let her know, she will sell the house and use that money to carry on going to bingo...to me i think there are way to many ways to gamble your life saving away on, and sadly she has an addictive personailty, also she has never been good at taking care of her finaces ( her husband always did that for her) ...
     
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    It is a difficult situation. I know a lot of elderly people go to places like the bingo hall because of the social aspect and then they get sucked into it and are unable to stop.
    I also have a personality where i get addicted to things easily and i also have no willpower to stop so i try extra hard not to start anything i think may cause a problem. I think it is so easy to begin gambling these days though. There seem to be casinos everywhere, bookies, bingo halls etc. Even every newsagents sells lottery tickets and scratchcards. Its difficult to get away from.
     
  6. Kronnie

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    emerlyj thankyou for your kind comments and for your thoughts on this hun :)

    It so very crazy how the UK has become a place corrupted by the gambling bug, seems every programe on english tv now also has its phone ins to win a small amount of money ( ask a question that 99.99999% of the population can answer ) and make stacks of cash, but hand out a few thousand as a reward. ( and i bet you the Gov. gets a handy slice of the money generated by all this gambling .
     
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    You are welcome kronnie.
    It definitely is a shame that it is so easy to gamble these days. It is so accessible you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home! And i think the worst part is that a lot of people wouldn't even realise they are gambling its become such a normal part of life.
    I hope things work out well with your nan.
     
  8. Kronnie

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    Thats totaly true about england, it has become a very large state for gambling of all kinds...the gov. will never crack down on it though, because to them its an easy way of getting extra money out of the tax payers...as they take a slice from all of it.


    but thanks again Emerly for your advice and help on this much appreciated. :)
     
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    There was a period of about 3 months here a few years ago when I joined an online betting site. When I did, I funded it with $150 and told myself, "Hey, when that is gone I am through! Well, that money was gone in a little over a month with me making only a few relatively small wagers on football games and such. So I convinced myself to go one more round with another $150. That was gone in barely 3 weeks. I decided then that I was NOT any good at this and I liked it too much to continue. So I haven't placed a wager since and no way am I ever going to Atlantic City!
     
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    My father was a gambler and so was his mother

    I married a gambler but divorced him and ended
    up with nothing but my sanity

    Like drugs and booze it can be a very dangerous
    addiction....

    If people want to get help there are organisations
    such as Gamblers Anon..
     
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    I've never gambled before.. I've heard of too many bad things coming from it. I'm sure it's fun, but I guess you have to have full control of yourself.
     
  12. Kronnie

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    Thanks to all of you, dont get into it unless your willing to loose it.

    I used to have a problem with gambling as a teen with fruit machines ...but it was easy money so losing it wasnt as bad.

    My Nan although flat broke bank ways, still gets roughly $28,000 a year ( usd ) or £15,000 a year from pensions....so i do hope she doesnt go back into it, she doesnt seem to think she has a problem, because to her she has duped herself in to thinking she wins every night.

    Sadly she comes from a time when the females were only meant to be in the kitchen or bedroom :(
    That is why she is in such a mess money wise....


    And i guess why i prefer the stronger females mentaly...i dont wish or want a female that will buckle on me, i much prefer a female with her own mind and values, and one that sure as hell isnt going to stand for no shit from any guy :)