Gambling...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by six pints, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. six pints

    six pints Active Member

    Sigh. I just lost 60 quid I dont have in a casino. why is gambling so addictive. and why is it all my rich friends made a profit :(
     
  2. Sharpy

    Sharpy Member

    Wish I knew cos Im exactly the same as you!! My problem is I dont know when to stop. I keep trying to win the money back and lose more!!!!
     
  3. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    One simple rule regarding gambling ... the odds are stacked against you from the start. Take enough money that you can afford to lose and don't lose it all at once. Same mentality for one-armed bandits ... see it as a way of spending some leisure time. If you win, count it as a bonus!
     
  4. six pints

    six pints Active Member

    The problem comes when u dont have any cash so just think, yeah, I'll take my cash card...
    It was a good night tho, and definately worth it. Even if it was very worrying to see how addictive it became in a few hours
     
  5. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    Wouldn't catch me in a casino. I think I'd probably come out naked. :eek:
    We have a family weakness for gambling and I tend to feel it's best not to start something you can't finish. And I'm not very good at it anyway. I always bet on the dog with three legs, or the ferret that runs backwards.
    BMB
    xx
     
  6. Chunky

    Chunky Active Member

    Gambling is addictive, because we always think that it may be our lucky day.

    As Brassneck states, whether it be a casino a race track or wherever always take cash you can afford to lose and assume that is going to be the case.

    Never take a cash or credit card.

    If you should be lucky and win put your winnings in a seperate place to your stake money. That way you will end up with some money left.

    Never ever chase your losses, accept that as part of the experience.

    And just one final thought have you ever seen a poor bookie?

    I enjoy a flutter, but having worked for several years in a bookmakers I have seen first hand the desparation that people have when trying to think they will win.
     
  7. Anno Draconis

    Anno Draconis Well-Known Member

    Me and an old friend of mine had a system based on this that meant we were more likely to win than the average punter - although we still lost out sometimes. First, you go out with the cash you are prepared to lose and leave bank cards at home. Second only one of us played at any one time, with the other one standing behind. If the player got a reasonable win (say over £10) the "bagman" standing behind pocketed it and hung onto it, and didn't return it to the playing partner no matter how much they wanted it. Once the playing partner ran out of chips we cashed in whatever was in the bagman's pocket and called it a night.

    That way we never lost more than we were prepared to, never chased losses (even if the playing partner wanted to, he didn't get the money to do it) and usually came out in front :D .
     
  8. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    Or it was a short night ;-)

    Actually it is really quite brilliant to take turns playing, that way your money lasts longer and you still get some of the thrill of the gamble!
     
  9. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member


    Friend of mine used to like to go to the races, but he would only go if he could afford to lose £20. That was his betting money, and he just calculated it in with the overall costs for the day. If he ended up ahead, all well and good, if not, then he'd still had a good day out.

    Having worked in the past helping to pick up the pieces after lives and families have been messed up through gambling, it can certainly be a very dangerous business to get caught up in if you can't keep it under cotrol.
     
  10. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    - same applies to other money gambling games using credit cards, overdrafts and loans ... approach them with caution as they can bite you hard.
     
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