The Danger's of Poker

LloydAndEvans By LloydAndEvans, 4th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I am going to reveal some of the dangers of gambling and poker.

Gambling Overview

Gambling can seem like harmless entertainment. Many gambling venues are also attractive, enticing and fun places to visit. But gambling can become a dangerous addiction for some people. The occasional flutter can soon become far more frequent, and the losses can quickly mount.
Reformed gamblers and counsellors say gambling can ruin your relationships, drain your finances and destroy your self-worth. You can risk losing everything that is precious to you.
Many gamblers convince themselves that they do not have a problem, and lie to the people they love about their habit.

The Odd's Of Winning

most gamblers know that the odds of winning a lot of money are very small, but they still cling to the hope of taking home a big jackpot. Place a bet - you might make a big score. The allure of making a quick buck is powerful. What if that quarter you drop in the slot returns millions? You start with a quarter, it becomes a dollar than hundreds - but never anything big. You may be on the road to a gambling addiction. You can win five or ten dollars and then decide to buy more tickets. As soon as the gambling urge takes hold. it is not a far cry from buying a lotto ticket to heading toward a casino for some real action. With so many online gambling sites, it's easy for anyone to gamble even those who are underage, and teenage gambling addiction is growing. The sites say you have to be over 18 or 21, but who's checking the IDs?Teens are three times more likely to get addicted to gambling than adults. Some rack up thousands of dollars in gambling debt before they're even old enough to get a driver's license!

What You Can Do

If you realize that you're driven to gamble and it's taking over your life, then you need to get help. You can't beat this on your own. An addiction to gambling really is as powerful as drugs or alcohol. Here are some tips to help you break the addiction to gambling:

1. Tell your spouse, significant other, parent or someone close to you. Ask for their support as you confront your problem.

2. Reduce your access to money. Cut up your credit and debit cards. Carry only small amounts of cash in your wallet.

3. Change your path. Stay away from places that are triggers to gamble.

4. Stay away from people who encourage you to gamble. If necessary, change your cell phone number or email address so that they can't contact you.

Contact the nearest Gambler's Anonymous group. Your family can attend this group with you so they know what is coming. And find an experienced counselor who can work one-on-one with you.


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