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Re: I'm back some 2 years later

Posted: Sun Jul 11, 2021 12:54 pm
by Damaged_Armour
AnonymousGA1 wrote:
Mon May 25, 2020 1:20 am
I originally posted on this site when I was unable to control my gambling addiction, essentially for those too lazy to see my original post, I was 18, still in school when we had a guest speaker, a gambling addict, come in and tell all of us about the dangers of gambling, as a bit of a joke between me and my mates, I went home opened up a betting account (dumbest decision i'd ever made) and slapped $10 into the site, I won, of course, and from there it progresses $10 became $20, $20 became $50 and so on, all the way up-to thousands of dollars. The realisation that I had a problem was when I put a $10,000 bet down at the age of 19 and received a call from an employee within the betting site asking me questions like where I got my money, how I was able to fund that sort of a bet at that age without being in massive financial hardships, and while the $10,000 bet got up (lousy $1.20 odds) I freaked out. Not only about the call from the employee within the betting agency, although my heart felt as though it was beating out of my chest and I could barely breathe from the moment my bet was accepted, I was furious with myself.

My original post on this site was one of desperation, it was some 2 years ago, and looking back to the person I was then, I feel as though i've changed a great deal, while I still sometimes gamble (COVID-19 hasn't helped!) I'm still wondering why I still do it. Since my last post i've probably lost somewhere in the range of $5,000-$10,000 which is horrific, although it's definite improvement, as in my first year of gambling i'd lost around $30,000, the problem is most of my friends gamble, I went away with them recently and we had the greyhounds/horse racing on the TV 24/7 while we went about looking around the city, and going to the beach, it was definitely unhealthy for me and resulting in me losing somewhere between $500-$1000 that week alone.

While i'm still trying to curb back my addiction, i've made definite inroads, and if someone who's in their late teens/early 20's is reading this and genuinely want's to change I have a few tips that have worked for me (feel free to leave other suggestions in the comments for me also that might help!).

1. Put your savings/disposable money that you don't need in a term deposit

You can elect to lock your money away for 5 years in some cases, I normally do this for every pay check I receive, I store 10% of my paycheck in my spending account which i know is for neccessities and lock away the rest (90%), it's smart because I know that hopefully in 5 years i'll be a lot smarter with my money, and if i'm not then i'll just lock it away for another 5 years (it also earns a little bit extra in interest which is a handy bonus!)

2. Don't get a credit card (til you actually need it!)

It has legitimately never crossed my mind to get one, but one way you can somewhat restrict your spending is by spending money you DO have instead of money you DON'T have on a credit card, i'm fortunate that the bills I have to pay are minimal so I can get away with this (although I see why older user's need credit cards obviously) so this one's definitely for the younger users.

3. Get a debit/savings card through a bank that places restrictions on gambling

NAB are the bank I use, due to the sheer nature that you can click a button which mostly locks you out of all gambling vendors, the moment you try to make a transaction through an online betting site or something similar NAB instantly reject it, there are obviously many ways around this, so you must ensure that you either solely use NAB or use method #1 with this, so you only have a very small amount of money, and don't lose thousands gambling.

For this just Google : Block gambling transactions on your cards

Hopefully these tips help you, I obviously still have a problem, but things are looking better, leave suggestions in the comments for more things I could do to help, thanks for taking the time out of your day to read my story!
Thanks for the great tips...

Re: I'm back some 2 years later

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:07 am
by noemiasmont
Casino is not for everyone, especially for kids. I play in casino for about ten years, and I made a good amount of money.

Re: I'm back some 2 years later

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:53 am
by Anita44
Hi noemiasmont

I don't think kids allow to get in casino, if you make good amount of money in casino, why are you here for?

Re: I'm back some 2 years later

Posted: Wed Aug 18, 2021 10:53 am
by Chandyyy99
Hey @Damaged_Armour

Found myself on a similar path. I lost a large amount about 10 days ago and since then I have done similar steps to you.
I am with Bankwest and I have actually hidden my accounts from my mobile app as the temptation for me was seeing the money there and thinknig how I could make a quick fix. I am going to open up a NAB account with that block of gambling feature which you have and will use that as my everyday account. Thank you for sharing that!!
I too have a gold term deposit account and luckily I had my money in that or would have gambled all my money away..