Get angry, but get even by stopping
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victor ... 7562615215
It reminds me of my hambling journey, and how i'd play machines that had a jackpot feature, be it a random amount that might be say between $400 and $500, or one that goes off like the train features or something. A lot of these have the almost culpable rider in their fine print that suggests a bigger bet means more chances to get the 'jackpot'. On several occasions i'd play one in the past, and whilst once in a blue moon i may get one, almost always you'd find your money runs out far quicker than the jackpot figure does.
But again something i did to help me stop, i got angry at myself, at the machines, and at my stupidity for continuing to go to these venues, and spend all my money only to come home empty-handed. The jackpots are a lure for sure, but when i think back about my 'bad luck', it was simply my being there that was the bad luck in itself. Going into a venue, inserting hundreds of my hard earned money into a machine with the forlorn hope it might pay out something. And once you put in $200, $300 or so, you remain tempted to stay around, as that jackpot figure (say about $500); creates a voice in your head...'If i get the payout i'm back in front'. So you may stay longer, and put more in.....and invariably you've lost over $500 and got nothing at all. You leave, totally downhearted and frustrated and bemoan your luck.
Well, in this case, take the example of this machine being removed as a reason to get angry at the venue. Get angry at yourself too, and angry at all the money you spend. Angry at the fact that rather than being able to afford the car repairs, or the groceries, or the power bill you decided to put it into a machine. Tell yourself that this is the end, that no longer will you, as a venue, as a voracious machine, will ever get my money again. Tell yourself that you can essentially stick your jackpot where the sun don't shine as such. That by never being in there in the first place will always leave you miles ahead of any amount of time being in there shoving money into the slots.
I stay angry even when going to the two venues on my delivery round every day. I tell myself in the car, look at what it's left me with. Heaps of debts, the fact that i cannot take even one day off from this job due to being in the hock so much, and also that many of your contemporary friends and family are able to enjoy holidays, new purchases, anything. Stuff normal people who never gambled do all the time, and stuff that me as a gambler of 28 years will almost never be likely to. It still hits me every day even thought now at 10/10/15, it's fully 18 months since my last pokie spin in a venue. The damage remains far longer lasting than any short-term joy and excitement about getting a win of a few hundred dollars, and the pain lingers for me almost ceaselessly. I use that to stay away, and i just have to. It's working for me to keep away from those machines. I think we all maybe have our different triggers and responses, but if others reading this can perhaps see where i am coming from, and allow the memories of what their gambling forays have created in terms of loss, pain and everything else bad about losing on them, then it's worthwhile.
That's just how i feel now, even after this 18 months. Also, reading this article it again shows in the comments how little sympathy the general public seem to have for gamblers. For some reason even articles about ice use have a few supporters, ones who argue that it's a horrid drug that can get anyone, to those who use the odd argument that alcohol kills more, so ice is O.K. But with gambling, everyone says we're stupid and deserve our fate. Despite the fact the government makes a poultice out of our largesse.
Yep, so use that too. The double standards by some of those who comment on the article are quite palpable, but deep down it's probably true. We did it, we play them, we lose our money. Thus, stop doing this, and make the venues squirm and the government start to ponder the lost commissions. We have power to deny them this money. let's do it, stay away, and stop donating our hard earned!