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#1 Posted : Tuesday, 22 February 2011 10:33:00 p.m.(UTC)

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My partner started a poker syndicate in our home, and what I thought was just going to be a small affair, basically a hobby has turned into a nightmare for my children and I.
Initially he was continuing to spend time with the children and some time with me but as the syndicate and its profile got bigger, the time spent on poker then increased.
He began playing nearly 5-6 days a week but after numerous fights and discussions, he cut his poker playing down to 3 days. However, as the syndicate grew in numbers so did his committment.
His conversation is dominated by poker, he spends hours on trade me looking for poker equipment, he texts/calls people regarding poker, he wears poker related clothing on a daily basis even to formal events, he plays poker on his phone while in conversation to non poker players, he attends meetings about poker, watches poker on TV...the list goes on.
He has no interest in taking me out or spending quality time with the children. His definition of quality time is lying on the couch because he's tired from poker with the kids while they watch TV. He prefers to only socialise with poker people and sees no need to do anything else. He has chosen poker over family on several occasions.
I watch how excited when he plays poker and is around poker players. He dedicates his time to ensuring poker is run smoothly when it's been held at my home which is every week. I have asked him to stop the poker here at home for awhile, but he refuses. He also refuses to give poker up.
We are about to separate simply due to poker but he has also started lying but lying about other things. I recently learned that I had an STD and he is my only partner. He has denied having others. The evidence is there, how can he lie? Is this a characteristic of any addict - not having a sense of reality?? He appears to be avoiding the issue of separation and is quite happy to live miserably together even though several times have been organised, but he makes up so many excuses.
I am so frustrated and angry!!!

#2 Posted : Saturday, 12 March 2011 1:58:00 p.m.(UTC)

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Sounds terrible! I hope things have gotten better for you and your children.
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