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exjafa
#1 Posted : Tuesday, 25 February 2020 6:57:24 a.m.(UTC)
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Hi there, I'm an addict ... I started playing (wrong word really) pokies 16 years ago. Took a couple of goes to get into the swing of it and then wam bam I was hooked.
Over the years I have tried so many things to stop playing but I failed at all of them.
I said to myself I can play IF I don't take my eftpos cards, great idea, worked once or twice then the cards came back.
Tried self banning, only to find my arse sitting on a different chair at a different venue
Tried counselling but I did not stop playing
Tried setting $ limits, but I exceeded it (three times - today).
I feel like shite ...
I understand how pokie machines work, I know about RTP percentages, RNG etc but what does that really matter to someone who wants the feeling of winning - big.
My family hear me say (almost everyday) I'm going to give up pokies .... they make me feel bad (for a while until the pain of losing is forgotten)
I'm actually sick of hearing myself saying it ...
I really do just want to stop - permantly. But how?


exjafa
#2 Posted : Saturday, 29 February 2020 10:17:34 a.m.(UTC)
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it's me again,
would be nice if someone else was typing on this site, its a little lonely to be honest!

Well I have been good - but hey its only 4 days...

plenty of time for me to slip up.

And it looks like I may have told a little fib in the post above ... I see I typed that I want to stop permantly .. but I don't.
Just don't want to play locally ... for me, that's were the damage is ... all too easy to walk into a local venue ...

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#3 Posted : Saturday, 4 April 2020 12:57:21 a.m.(UTC)
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Kia ora,

Sounds like you've been going through a difficult time trying to stop gambling and you've tried a few different options. Wondering if you are able to give our counsellors a call on 0800 654 655 or txt us on 8006. Perhaps we can talk through this with you and develop a strategy.


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Tiger
#4 Posted : Tuesday, 5 May 2020 11:11:38 p.m.(UTC)
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Hi.
I am not addicted, but I was.
The main thing I understood - the only way to win is not to play.
Just imagine, if you had no any relationships with gambling,bets etc.
Totally I lost around 1k$, yes you can say that its not too much, but I am young and it could still help me much.
That`s 2k20, I am sure that life already made a jackpot pocket for everyone, but the last place where you can find it - gambling and bets.
That`s all. Just go with it.
exjafa
#5 Posted : Thursday, 7 May 2020 8:29:03 a.m.(UTC)
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Hi Tiger,

I think you are right. The only way to win is to stop playing.
Well done you, for giving up completely.

During this lockdown, I opened up an online casino account. I deposited $120 first day, lost it. Then one week later deposited $100 and quickly lost it.
I then decided to close my account, which I did.

I am wondering what other people have done this lockdown ....


Vin
#6 Posted : Thursday, 28 May 2020 10:09:03 a.m.(UTC)
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Through lockdown, I did fine the first half until a friend told me they’d played online and won $3k.. it didn’t occur to me to play online and from that point.. I fell into gambling online. I’ve self excluded from most but the dumb thing is you can open another account On another website. I’m like you, I don’t want to quit forever but I want to be a gambler that has fun even if it’s at a loss.

Is there someone that can budget your money for you? Does your bank have savings accounts you can’t touch for x amount of time? Would you try counselling again?
exjafa
#7 Posted : Thursday, 28 May 2020 1:15:16 p.m.(UTC)
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Hi Vin,

It's tricky isn't it (to play for fun and not overspend)

I don't recommend playing pokies online - its just too easy to play them all the time and that means losing all the time. I had a brief encounter with online gaming and I closed my account quickly... I got caught accidently betting $10 a click of the button instead of $1 and that hurt - alot.

but if I am honest its in my mind I could open another account with another site but I know that really would be really really stupid ... So for now that is off the table.

As to your question can someone budget your money for you? a supportive partner can help
And yes Banks do offer accounts you can't touch - just go and see them
And would I try counselling again? Well strangely I have not chosen to take up their offer again ... I think thats because they would want me to give up completely (and rightly so) but I'm just not at that point of wanting to give up complelety. and I don't want to waste their time and services when someone who actually wants to quit might need them.


My partner has our main account and cards and I NEVER have access to that (my choice)... I have my own eftpos card that I have a small balance in and I deliberatly keep the balance low so I can't go crazy overboard ... otherwise I very likely would.

The machines are monsters and are best avoided but if you're like me and like to play then we have to be prepared to play and lose - just keep your money as safe as possible by not being able to access it all ....





exjafa
#8 Posted : Thursday, 28 May 2020 1:17:56 p.m.(UTC)
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Hi Vin,

It's tricky isn't it (to play for fun and not overspend)

I don't recommend playing pokies online - its just too easy to play them all the time and that means losing all the time. I had a brief encounter with online gaming and I closed my account quickly... I got caught accidently betting $10 a click of the button instead of $1 and that hurt - alot.

but if I am honest its in my mind I could open another account with another site but I know that really would be really really stupid ... So for now that is off the table.

As to your question can someone budget your money for you? a supportive partner can help
And yes Banks do offer accounts you can't touch - just go and see them
And would I try counselling again? Well strangely I have not chosen to take up their offer again ... I think thats because they would want me to give up completely (and rightly so) but I'm just not at that point of wanting to give up complelety. and I don't want to waste their time and services when someone who actually wants to quit might need them.


My partner has our main account and cards and I NEVER have access to that (my choice)... I have my own eftpos card that I have a small balance in and I deliberatly keep the balance low so I can't go crazy overboard ... otherwise I very likely would.

The machines are monsters and are best avoided but if you're like me and like to play then we have to be prepared to play and lose - just keep your money as safe as possible by not being able to access it all ....


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