Am I a Gambling addict?
Gambling addiction in 2018
Betting has changed a lot over the past decade. Placing a bet online has never been so easy. Gone are the days where you have to travel down to your local bookmaker, hand over cash and collect any winnings there. All it takes is a tap of a few buttons on the phone, and your money is on. Depositing into the account takes seconds, money can be won and lost in a matter of minutes, just sitting in your living room or on your commute home from work.
I fear that we are entering a period of mass gambling addiction. Some people like to have a punt, others need to have a punt. Online tipsters are continually being asked for the next bet. While the punter sits at home staring at their phone, waiting for a notification to pop up so they can finally put their money down. One of the worst things that could happen is missing out on a winning tip, so it really is necessary to be near the phone at all times.
I feel this needs to be addressed, people need to understand when it is becoming an addiction. Gambling can very quickly take over people’s lives. It’s happened before, and it certainly won’t stop there. Ask yourself this, are you always looking at the very next fixture to see if you can place a bet on it? Does all of your extra money get spent on betting? Do you stay up all night thinking about how you can earn some extra money because your gambling habit is leaving you shortchanged each and every month?
These are only a few signs and ones that will probably hit home to a few people who are reading this. I hope I am wrong. But I urge you to check your bank statements or ask your bookmakers for your total deposits/withdrawals. Now take a long look at what you see. Are you shocked? How much money could you currently have if it wasn’t for gambling? It may surprise you.
The problem doesn’t just stop with the punter. Online tipsters are recklessly promoting irresponsible gambling. It seems as though, in a lot of cases, the tipster who tips the most significant number of selections will gain the most substantial following.
This has seen a considerable increase in the popularity of in-play tipsters, the ones who always have a ‘roller’ going, or who will happily tip on a league that they have no clue about. Supply and demand prevail, unfortunately. I get the feeling that a lot of these tipsters suffer from gambling addiction themselves. Tipping allows them to feel the rush of gambling without even having to place the bet themselves. I don’t even need to explain how dangerous this will be.
If it’s too good to be true…
False promises and claims cloud the punter’s judgment. The tipster who seems too good to be true nearly always is. Yet the FOMO factor kicks in again. The attraction of big money over a short space of time cannot be missed out on, and hey, what’s £50 when you’ll make it back within a day?
Don’t fall into the ropey tipster trap. They will do anything to take your money. They’ll make false claims with no proof, they’ll have a few accounts that big them up to try and sound legitimate, but at the end of the day, most of them will end up losing you money. It’s not easy to make money from betting, it’s quite the opposite, if all of these tipping accounts were making as much money as they claimed, the bookmakers wouldn’t be as rich as they are. Hard work and dedication is what it takes, not just a quick check of the in-play stats and a bet based on them. That is a bookies dream.
Betting should be fun. There are a very select few people who do this for a living, for others it is just a hobby that offers the potential of some extra income on the side. If you ever feel angry or feel the like you entirely must place a bet, then it’s time to stop. Betting isn’t something that should be taking over your life. Do you really want to be checking your betting account every 5 minutes, even when you’re out with friends? I would guess probably not, yet this still happens.
What can you do? If you feel as though betting really is starting to take over your life, the very best thing you can do is be honest with yourself. Realize what is happening, and that will be the first step to overcoming it. It’s never too late to get back on track, even if you’ve lost a chunk of your money, there is always a way out.
Ask for help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Whether it be from a close friend or family member, or a dedicated organization such as GamCare, anything will help. We’re always able to offer advice as well and will endeavor to be there to answer any questions you might have, even if you want a chat, they will always be anonymous.
The phrase ‘When the fun stops, stop’ is very true. If you start getting angry or are hunting out for the next bet, it’s time to take a break. Keep it fun and keep in control.