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discobish
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More stories are coming to light in the news about just how many young people are becoming regular gamblers. Shockingly, it's thought around one in six children aged 16 and under have gambled in the last week.

Are you, or have you ever been, a regular gambler?

Have you ever lost a substantial sum of money (over £500) due to gambling?

Do you feel like you are being targeted by gambling companies?

Are you aware of services that could help if you or someone you know has a gambling problem?

If you'd be interested in raising awareness about the potential problems with gambling based on your own experiences, please send me a PM.

If you are concerned about your gambling, you can call the Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133, 8am to midnight, seven days a week. Alternatively, visit 'Be Gamble Aware' for more information.
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What defines as a gambling problem? I bet a lot, but it's not a problem. I enjoy it and its a fun way to follow sport, me and some of my friends do it. I have stopped for a long time before, and its picked up again due to the festive season but tones down during term time due to school.
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I'll bet you £500 I don't
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I'll bet you £500 I don't
XOR pls :emo:
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XOR pls :emo:
:hugs: it's okay cheese.

I bet you £600 OP won't take that bet.


Serious answer: nope
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:hugs: it's okay cheese.

I bet you £600 OP won't take that bet.


Serious answer: nope
XOR no :cry: I can't bear to see u waste that good money on betting when u could've been buying me pizza :emo:

:hugs:
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(Original post by SocialStudiesETC)
What defines as a gambling problem? I bet a lot, but it's not a problem. I enjoy it and its a fun way to follow sport, me and some of my friends do it. I have stopped for a long time before, and its picked up again due to the festive season but tones down during term time due to school.
I'd say it's when you consistently gamble beyond your means, and/or compulsively feel like you "have to" bet on stuff.
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I won around a grand on Wimbledon last year betting on Federer and around £500 on the election.

Thought woo, I'm so good at this. Bet on Federer again in the US open last year and lost £3,500. I still haven't told anyone.

Never again... it's stressful and addictive.
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I have lost around £1,000 in a week before back when I first got student loans and played blackjack these days I’m a lot more sensible and won £900 the other week, I started regularly when I was about 13
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(Original post by SocialStudiesETC)
What defines as a gambling problem? I bet a lot, but it's not a problem. I enjoy it and its a fun way to follow sport, me and some of my friends do it. I have stopped for a long time before, and its picked up again due to the festive season but tones down during term time due to school.
If you are spending too much time or money gambling that would be a problem or if it’s causing problems in your life
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If you are spending too much time or money gambling that would be a problem or if it’s causing problems in your life
How much I spent 'too much' though? I spend most evenings and weekends doing at least some gambling.
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How much I spent 'too much' though? I spend most evenings and weekends doing at least some gambling.
That would depend on the individual
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(Original post by discobish)
More stories are coming to light in the news about just how many young people are becoming regular gamblers. Shockingly, it's thought around one in six children aged 16 and under have gambled in the last week.

Are you, or have you ever been, a regular gambler?

Have you ever lost a substantial sum of money (over £500) due to gambling?

Do you feel like you are being targeted by gambling companies?

Are you aware of services that could help if you or someone you know has a gambling problem?

If you'd be interested in raising awareness about the potential problems with gambling based on your own experiences, please send me a PM.

If you are concerned about your gambling, you can call the Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133, 8am to midnight, seven days a week. Alternatively, visit 'Be Gamble Aware' for more information.
Is this whole gambling thing linked to whats being said about certain games with loot boxes?
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I mean, I've lost some money playing poker, a few hundred negative overall probably. But in response to that I've basically stopped playing poker for the time being, so I dunno if it's fair to say I have a problem. Certainly I have difficulty walking away until my money is gone though, which I have tempered by not bringing that much money at any one time.
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Well- Personally with the rise of gambling in video games, I feel like a lot of my peers have this problem where they'll spend loads of money on in game loot, for example FIFA or Call of Duty.
Even I do this- at a much lower level- on games like Overwatch, and it's starting to become a problem with some people around me.
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I haven't gambled so much as a penny in years, and when I did it was my parent's money they give me specifically to spend on games of chance. And when I refer to gambling I do not engage in I include the purchase of lootboxes and keys for them, even though I play games that contain them enough.
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I go into bookie shops pretty often and some of the people in there clearly have a gambling problem. The ones doing £50 spins on Roulette are either money laundering or addicted.
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Games against the house (e.g. blackjack, roullette) are wired to give the house the edge. In the long run - the house always wins.

Basically, don't gamble if you hate losing money. A small £5 bet could lead to losses of thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands!
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(Original post by SocialStudiesETC)
What defines as a gambling problem? I bet a lot, but it's not a problem. I enjoy it and its a fun way to follow sport, me and some of my friends do it. I have stopped for a long time before, and its picked up again due to the festive season but tones down during term time due to school.
Sounds fine to me. It's a problem if you find yourself chasing losses.
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Sounds fine to me. It's a problem if you find yourself chasing losses.
Nah had a dog **** day today and I'm stopping for a few days.
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