8 June 2023 at 7:09 pm #177465
I think the reason I have managed to escape my 2 month online slot binge is because the reason I was inspired to join was from watching gambling YouTube videos, I stupidly wanted to see what the buzz was about and was thinking I could be sensible about it but wow did I fall deep and fast.
Signed up to about 25 different sites desperate for the promotions, had to learn as I go that a lot of the sites are not regulated and there are really only a handful of worthwhile sites but the streak only even happens I find the first time you sign up then they wear off to nothing.
Anyway I was very lucky to have broke even after all of this time and money and addiction, signed up to gamstop for 5 years, restricted my card from gambling payments and join this forum. Even after signing up for gamstop I was hastily applying for other sites thinking I had 24 hours god knows how much I would have blown but luckily it went into affect almost immediately.
I feel for everyone here now I know how very very difficult it is and how far I could have fell if I had not already been watching YouTube videos talking about gamstop and reminding me how you can’t win because you don’t stop.
Glad to be here and hope reading your messages can help me through this withdrawal and depression
8 June 2023 at 7:37 pm #177474charlesModerator
Hello and thanks for starting a thread in the Gambling Therapy forums
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9 June 2023 at 7:36 pm #177495
Well I’m sure many of you have been here, I had a slight relapse because I discovered i could find dodgy sites which don’t abide by gamstop. Bad idea… I am now £30 down instead of even but its a small loss I can take it just need to STOP. I don’t want to play the dodgy sites anyway because the hit rate and wins are extremely low, waste of time.
10 June 2023 at 11:49 am #177543
I have it in my head that if I was just to sign up on the top 4 websites that I initially won off under a new name, ID, card I would have a lucky streak on each one like I did because I believe it only ever works the first time you sign up and then it fizzles out and the algorithm gets you! But it is making me desperately want to convince my mom or dad to let me use their card and phone if I give them the money just £20 per site and i feel I could come away with at least triple. But I also know its not just about the money its the thrill and fun of playing the game I like and that won’t go away after the fact of me winning and if I was playing and had the big win almost straight away I still wouldn’t want to stop because I enjoy the playing and how when you have a big win you can play for a few hours, we don’t really want it to be a quick 10 minute game! So even if I did win how fulfilled would it even make me. Plus I am thinking id need to up my stake to get the most of it and that could go good or bad. I know dragging other people into this is not the way to go and I’m lucky I enabled gamstop cause I’m sure I’d have lost another few hundred by now
11 June 2023 at 12:20 pm #177577
Its no joke how fast it hooks you! I even downloaded gamban on my phone and got my laptop and today went back on the dodgy no gamstop sites, lost £60 so now its certainly not a break even, I know in the grand scheme of things its still not bad but I knew instantly when I started and was addicted in a matter of days how bad it could get if I didn’t take immediate action. I was lured by thinking well what if I didn’t use the bonus and then there is no wagering and what if I increased my bet higher and got a scatter round then I could cash out at a hundred or maybe 200 and pay off more of my debt from other things.. obviously it didn’t work and I had no big win and lost the money within minutes £20 on 3 different sites. The “experiment’ mindet but still I think it was worth it cause now I don’t see the point in joining even on the UK sites on someone else’s card because I’ve tried the higher bets and even no deposit and so it scratched the itch. Hopefully that’s it now. A small loss and a big lesson I can live with. Its still money that should have gone on my current debts. I wish gamstop worked in all countries
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