My gambling roller coaster
If you’re interested, my gambling journey began like this...
2016 - My 18th birthday was the first time I gambled. I went with family and friends to the casino and made about $400 that night.
From there my friends and I often visited the casino once a week, bringing about $100-$200 to spend. Was still in year 12 high school at the time.
2017 - casino visits about 2 times a week on aveage through out the entire year. Spending increase to $200-$300 per visit. Income would come from working at my fathers cafe. I did not go to university.
MID 2017 - I decided to go study at uni, one problem, casino and uni were both very close to each other. Most mornings before class I’d gamble. Online gambling also came into my life. I left uni.
2018 - I worked as a truck jockey earning decent pay for a 19 year old, but my online gambling took basically 70% of my earning for each week. I asked my friends to do small bets for me and when they lost we’d double down on them. My mates are pretty well off and they can afford to keep spending, and it lead me to owing them a bit more than I can afford. I owed my friend about $2000.
Mid 2018 - I left to work at my fathers new cafe and worked towards paying the debt off.
Its pretty sad from here for me because I learnt a lot between 2018-19...
I always knew my father gambled for fun. But I never knew he was compulsive like me... I learnt he uses the profits from the business to gamble. I also saw how much stress he goes through the next morning he comes to work if he lost the money. Almost everyday he travels to he casino to gamble. I assume he lost the money the one night he doesn’t go there. He is in many thousands of dollars of debt with credit cards. It’s devastating because he’s a single parent with my self and 2 younger siblings.
I’ve followed in his foot steps unfortunately.
So I wanted to change that.
But I’m so stupid.
I aimed to pay my friend all the money back by 2019 and made my New Years resolution to never gamble again! Yes, I made it I paid him back. But I also went to the casino with my other friend to gamble $300 I brought with me that I accumulated extra with me. I told my self, “this is the last time I’ll gamble so I’ll bet for one last time” I made some money but then I went down hill and lost the $300 that night. And if you’re and addict and know what it feels like to be in profit and lose it all in an instance... you’ll bet with any money you’ve got
in reach. My friend lent me $200 and I lost it.
Now if you’ve read this far I’m impressed. It’s a pretty detailed story I know, but I am trying to show how all these small things lead to huge consequences.
So I paid friend #1 $2000
And now I owe friend #2 $200
Why don’t I just leave while I can and pay the $200 easy?
A soccer match is starting in an hour and my friend wanted to watch and bet on it, as he actually planned before we went to the casino.
“Can you do the same bet for me so I don’t leave the casino tonight at a loss?”
At this point I have no money in my bank account so I depend on him to bet for me.
Friend #2 doubles down for me $400 =$600 debt.
2 days later we meet up, it’s 2019, I’m still in debt... We do $1000 bet each on an other game and it loses... we’re chasing hard.
Long story short, my friend has money to keep allowing me to chase my loses. He figures I can pay him back, and if he bets for me he’ll get his money back from me sooner... few month into 2019 I owe my friend $9000.
Friend #1 quit gambling since 2019.
March 2019 - Welcome back friend #1... he’s back into it.
Friend #2 won’t do anymore bets for me and friend #1 asks me to do bets for him because he banned all his accounts, and if I do the bet for him he’ll let me borrow!
It gets crazy, I get back into debt about 1.5k with friend #1 and still owe $9k by 2020 to friend #2.
Friend #1 learns that I owe friend #2 9k and try’s to help me out by getting out of the debt I owe him... we continue to bet and did win some, but ultimately we lost.
I owe friend #1 $4,000 and friend #2 $9,000.
Before I owed this much debt I wanted to go back to uni to study. I wanted to get away from my father and his gambling problems and create a better future for my self. I am currently at uni now but considering dropping out for a bit again to work off that debt. I am balancing uni with work at the moment, and thank god I have another job that I take night shifts at.
Life is a struggle at the moment and my friends expect payment by 2020. I don’t want to stop uni but I think I might have to... I haven’t decided on what to do yet.
I just want to know if there is anyone else out there that has had similar experience at such a young age and what they did to handle it...
More to come about progress. Positive I hope!