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exjafa
#21 Posted : Thursday, 4 June 2020 6:57:27 a.m.(UTC)
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Hi all, Spent about 5 hours playing (really shouldn't be called playing ... more like obp Oppressive Button Pushing ! - yes I enjoyed it but was losing ... in the end the machines got all my allowance - and an extra $100 I had set aside - and sneakily included in my budget...
.... BUT .... on my last push of that button, the jackpot siren went off and I had won the jackpot at $950... phew that easily covered my previous losses.
I went to the bank and deposited $850
What did you say? where is the extra $100? no points for guessing.
So glad I have to wait another week before I can play again because I know that without that local ban I would be doing alot more button pushing and no doubt have lost it all which I don't want to do.
which raises the question "should I extend the ban?"
food for thought
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#22 Posted : Sunday, 7 June 2020 12:03:46 a.m.(UTC)
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Hi exjata. Sounds like you’re feeling unsure about whether to extend your ban. If you’d like to talk about your thoughts, you can give us a call on 0800 654 655 and have a chat with one of our counsellors.

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#23 Posted : Sunday, 19 July 2020 1:49:01 a.m.(UTC)
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HiI! im new in here and at this point of my life. i am totally lost and dunno what to do😭😭😭 i love my husband and my family. i ruined our family by spending all our savings and on top of that i loan about 90,000$ and i just lost it all in the casino😭😭😭 i don't know what to do so i went to gambling foundation asked for help and done my forst session yesterday. im currently 37 weeks pregnant and i swear to god i am running out of reason to live. i know it's selfish but thats how i fee right now. my husband had enough he told me that the only reason hes still with me is cause im about to give birth. he supported me before even i did it for 3X😭 but now he made up his mind he said he will stay with me till 6mos till babys is strong enough he will leave. i asked help too late. i already lost his love. he told me last night when i taljed to him he said that mum can u do me a
favour? he said can u let me go?? i swear this breaks my heart so much that i just realized where my addiction leads me into. i refused and begged for him to stay i said dad can u hold me
one more time and ill promise i will stop i now know how much this cost me. and i will do everything to regain them. i said with the debts i cant do anything i can't bring them
back we
can file bancruptcy if we have no
choice. but he said that if he will give me achance again i will do it again. so i really lost him. but he also said that im staying for 6mos and who
knows what gonna happen. but now we sleeps in different rooms now. he said je cant even stare or look at me he said he can't find love anymore all he find is anger. and he said that if not for baby im careying hes long time
gone.
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#24 Posted : Sunday, 19 July 2020 9:46:17 a.m.(UTC)
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Hi lost mum.

Your message is sad.

I hope you find the strength to stop gambling. I think the only way forward is to ban yourself from all venues. Are you prepared to do this?

I haven’t.

I know all the excuses. I know the thrill and the depression of gambling snd I still do it.
I have banned myself from local venues which is great - I have stopped wondering what’s going on inside them snd is the jackpot close to going off. But I haven’t banned myself from venues further away - but if I spend too much I will. I think it’s the only way. If you can’t go in you can’t lose.


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#25 Posted : Sunday, 19 July 2020 4:29:40 p.m.(UTC)
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Yes, It is a good idea to think about a total ban
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#26 Posted : Sunday, 19 July 2020 4:30:38 p.m.(UTC)
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Great idea
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#27 Posted : Monday, 20 July 2020 6:35:06 a.m.(UTC)
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Hi lostmum, Do you want to chat? let us know how you are feeling ... what are you trying to do to help your situation. no judgement here
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#28 Posted : Monday, 24 August 2020 6:12:05 a.m.(UTC)
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it is sad that not many contribute to this forum. I quite like the online idea..

it is getting harder to get a good return - bonus rounds are more often terrible than good. In the early days, bonus rounds were always fun - not so now.

I think the screws are being turned even tighter on these machines, to make more money for the people who have their hands on the income stream.

no one cares.
Pokie players aren't not valued,
when was the last time a pokie venue treated you like you were an important person? like never, and yet without us, they probably couldn't pay their rent .. lets face it, in the pubs these days its often very quiet and pokie players spend more than a few people buying a beer.

on venue charged me 50cents for a small glass of water....

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#29 Posted : Tuesday, 15 September 2020 10:33:32 p.m.(UTC)
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well things have gotten worse for me... I am only playing once a week at the pubs (which should be better right?) well not if you play all day and I mean for 8 hours minimum...
Instead of $100-$160 its more like $360-500
And 2 nights ago I signed up for online gambling. My idea is to ban myself from all physical venues and just do the online stuff. But I can see already just how easy it is to play online at home. Yes, they do make it super easy to suspend play for as long as you like (they locked your account so you can't play) I locked mine after just 2 sessions but I only chose to lock myself out for 3 days.

I really need to take control of my gambling ... I am now spending way way more than I should.

I think on Friday (my day off) I will go into all the venues I frequent and self ban myself. It is time.

It was a beautiful day last Friday and i didn't want to spend it with family/shopping/by the beach/anything other than gambling.

Watch this space and I'll let you know if I went though with my plan.
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#30 Posted : Wednesday, 23 September 2020 7:05:11 p.m.(UTC)
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Well so far I haven't ban myself from anywhere lol... but... I do have an appointment to see someone about my problem gambling.
I am going to ask them to do a full ban NZ wide... but ... guess what ... I now have an online account. Over 10 days I have deposited $480. Last night I locked that account for three days.
But when I can access it again, I will transfer the balance back to my bank account. (I did win all the money back and then I locked myself out so I couldn't keep playing).

I also went out to the pub last week with two other gambling friends .. and just by the skin of my teeth managed to come home with only a $10 loss. Not bad could have been so much worse.

I know that I have to make changes. I want to stop. Not that you would know that from my posts lol.

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#31 Posted : Wednesday, 23 September 2020 7:06:52 p.m.(UTC)
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Well so far I haven't ban myself from anywhere lol... but... I do have an appointment to see someone about my problem gambling.
I am going to ask them to do a full ban NZ wide... but ... guess what ... I now have an online account. Over 10 days I have deposited $480. Last night I locked that account for three days.
But when I can access it again, I will transfer the balance back to my bank account. (I did win all the money back and then I locked myself out so I couldn't keep playing).

I also went out to the pub last week with two other gambling friends .. and just by the skin of my teeth managed to come home with only a $10 loss. Not bad could have been so much worse.

I know that I have to make changes. I want to stop. Not that you would know that from my posts lol.


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#32 Posted : Thursday, 24 September 2020 3:08:37 a.m.(UTC)
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It's official... I have a NZ wide ban in place.
Wasn't easy to take that step but it was time to stop kidding myself that my gambling problem wasn't that bad ...
I feel a bit scared... will I cope without going to the pub? Will my online gambling get worse? at least with that it is super easy to lock yourself out of it...but I know, its a fools paradise to have an online account and I know it will have to go - and it will, just not this week.

I needed the support of the NZ helpline. Talking to someone does help.

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#33 Posted : Monday, 28 September 2020 10:21:45 a.m.(UTC)
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That is awesome well done. Remember you can always call or text the Gambling Helpline for support.
0800 654 655, SMS 8006
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#34 Posted : Wednesday, 30 September 2020 7:53:31 a.m.(UTC)
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Thanks, I will be in contact with the helpline again for support for sure.
I wasn't going to make any deposits to the online account but I did. Twice. Total of $150.00 which is not what I really wanted to do but it is what I really wanted to do. Know what I mean.
I have placed the account on a 7 day lockdown and there is no way to access it again until time is up.

In the past I have always thought, I will give up until ... date/event/holiday etc but today I know I just want to give up - permanently. But it isn't easy.
I feel torn between saying no and saying why not.. you deserve it and it isn't the end of the world if you play.
but a voice now says isn't it nice to have some peace? the voice to play has been reduced ...some days I don't hear from it - and that is better than before.

Anyways, Its early days and all I can do is concentrate on not playing today.

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#35 Posted : Thursday, 1 October 2020 8:04:29 a.m.(UTC)
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try go one month without betting if you can do that you can quit perm. but just start at a week then 2 weeks then a month. has worked for me
with betting and smoking
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