‘Poker was like being in a trance’: readers’ experiences of problem gambling

We asked you to share your experiences of problem gambling. Here’s what some of you said
01/03/2017
  • Betting turf war is torpedoing efforts to help problem gamblers

    Betting turf war is torpedoing efforts to help problem gamblers

    Problem gambling experts have criticised rival factions of the betting industry for waging a “selfish” war of words to protect their own interests amid the threat of tighter regulation. The UK’s leading gambling charity also warned that a “narrow” focus on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), potentially ignoring online...
  • wall-street-scion-caspersen-gets-4-years-in-prison-for-38-5-million-fraud

    Wall Street scion Caspersen gets 4 years in prison for $38.5 million fraud

    Former Wall Street executive Andrew Caspersen was sentenced on Friday to four years in prison for engaging in what prosecutors say was a Ponzi-like scheme to defraud investors including family members and friends out of $38.5 million. Caspersen, who worked at a unit of investment banker Paul Taubman’s PJT...
  • why-are-gambling-machines-addictive

    Panorama: Why Are Gambling Machines Addictive? review – scandal of the century

    This personal and brave investigation by a woman whose partner killed himself after becoming addicted to gambling showed how our high streets have become gaming arcades of misery Go to any high street in the country – apart from perhaps the really posh ones, in very affluent places –...
  • Almost half of gambling losses in Canberra come from problem gamblers

    Almost half of gambling losses in Canberra come from problem gamblers: ANU study

    While Canberrans are spending significantly less on gambling than they were five years ago, problem gambling remains entrenched and almost half of losses come from problem gamblers, a new study has found. Overall, gambling losses have dropped significantly in five years in Canberra, from $288 million in 2008–09 to...
  • Gambling is legal, but help those who are most at risk

    Gambling is legal, but help those who are most at risk

    It comes as no surprise to learn almost half of all gambling losses in the Australian Capital Territory are incurred by a relatively small number of “problem gamblers”. This is very much in line with what happens elsewhere in Australia and overseas. The unsurprising statistic, that about $60 million...
  • LOCALS MORE AWARE OF PROBLEM GAMBLING, EXPERTS SAY

    LOCALS MORE AWARE OF PROBLEM GAMBLING, EXPERTS SAY

    Sands China held its annual Responsible Gaming Team Training Program at The Venetian Macao, for the fourth consecutive year, Monday and yesterday, attracting nearly 80 participants. In a bid to enhance team members’ knowledge of problem gaming and improving general awareness of the importance of responsible gambling, the gaming...
  • Wireless lobby sues Quebec over law banning access to some online gaming sites

    Wireless lobby sues Quebec over law banning access to some online gaming sites

    A new Quebec Internet law that would ban access to some online gambling sites is unconstitutional, says Canada’s wireless telecom lobby, which filed court papers on Wednesday challenging the legislation. Rules governing the country’s telecom industry fall strictly under federal jurisdiction and Quebec’s new law violates the Telecommunications Act by forcing Internet companies to control...
  • £12billion_That's the staggering sum Britons now lose every year gambling

    £12billion: That’s the staggering sum Britons now lose every year gambling

    Astonishing acts of self-mutilation afflicting both the Government and Opposition have so dominated the news that serious damage being done to society as a whole has been all but ignored. Thus the latest details of the sums sucked out of the pockets of Britons by the gambling industry slipped...
  • Family of 91-year-old who lost almost $300K gambling oppose idea of new Greater Victoria casino

    Family of 91-year-old who lost almost $300K gambling oppose idea of new Greater Victoria casino

    Tom Lippa says his elderly mother Elfriede was once “a vibrant woman” who was living in her own condo in Victoria and would visit his sister every day to walk her dog. But unbeknown to Lippa and his sister, their mother, now 91, would go to the View Royal Casino after those...
  • Antipsychotic Drug Abilify Linked to Compulsive Gambling, Baron & Budd Reports

    Antipsychotic Drug Abilify Linked to Compulsive Gambling, Baron & Budd Reports

    Patients May Be at Risk of Substantial Economic Losses, Psychological Distress Several studies have linked the antipsychotic medication Abilify to the development of compulsive gambling in patients taking the drug, reports the national law firm of Baron & Budd. Patients on Abilify who have suffered economic losses due to...
  • ​​Inside the NHS’s only specialist gambling clinic

    ​​Inside the NHS’s only specialist gambling clinic

    The Friday morning discussion of new referrals to the National Problem Gambling clinic provides a sharp picture of why pathological gambling is such a catastrophe for those who become addicted and their families. Medical staff gather in an airy upstairs room of the Fulham, south-west London clinic and take...
  • Greens leader Richard Di Natale launches plan to ban all gambling ads...

    Greens leader Richard Di Natale launches plan to ban all gambling ads

    Advertisements for gambling would be treated like tobacco promotions and banned completely under a policy announced by the Greens. The Greens leader, Richard Di Natale, said on Friday the ban would “make it possible for people to sit down with their kids and watch a game of footy without...
  • New UK rules to stop problem gambling won't work, campaigners say

    New UK rules to stop problem gambling won’t work, campaigners say

    A new regulatory system meant to allow staff at betting shops to identify and bar problem gamblers has been criticised as ineffectual by addicts and campaigners. From this week bookmakers will have to conduct local area risk assessments to explain how they are going to mitigate crime and the...
  • Paddy Power targeting minorities with betting machines, data suggests...

    Paddy Power targeting minorities with betting machines, data suggests

    The bookmaker Paddy Power is targeting minority ethnic communities with controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), according to a new analysis. The study, which uses Gambling Commission data, reveals that 61% of Paddy Power’s 349 betting shops are located in areas with above average levels of non-UK born population. The...
  • Gambling charity chair lobbied for bookmakers, documents show...

    Gambling charity chair lobbied for bookmakers, documents show

    The chair of the UK’s leading charity that aims to minimise gambling addiction also lobbied on behalf of Britain’s bookmakers and warned his corporate peers of the threat posed by “a vociferous anti-gambling lobby”, according to industry documents seen by the Guardian. In a paper drawn up in January...
  • Birmingham supercasino raises fears of problem gambling

    Birmingham supercasino raises fears of problem gambling

    The chips are being counted, the roulette wheels prepared, the gaming machines readied. From next week, the doors of the UK’s newest and shiniest casino will be thrown open, giving up to 2,000 people at any one time the chance to try their luck on the turn of a...
  • Betting machines - How one man lost everything, £1,000 at a time...

    Betting machines: How one man lost everything, £1,000 at a time

    It took Tony Franklin just 59 minutes to squander £3,500 on high-speed, high-stakes gambling machines in his local Coral bookmakers. Losing the money was easy. Thirteen days before Christmas, he walked up to the counter, swiped his debit card and spent £500 picking the wrong numbers on electronic roulette....
  • More than third of betting machine players experience problems with gambling

    More than third of betting machine players experience problems with gambling

    More than a third of people playing high-speed, high-stakes betting machines experience problems with their gambling, according to industry-funded research released on Wednesday. The study involving 4,000 gamblers, which was commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust, revealed alarmingly high levels of problem gambling with high-stakes. FOBTs have been dubbed...
  • Spanish Socialist Group Proposes an End to Poker Bonuses and Loyalty Schemes

    Spanish Socialist Group Proposes an End to Poker Bonuses and Loyalty Schemes

    The Socialist party in Spain has made a non-legislative proposal to end the practice of offering bonuses and other “inducements” to gamble. The prohibition would cover VIP loyalty schemes, that award points or prizes, and in doing so reward “excessive consumption.” The proposal was adopted by the Joint Commission...
  • Gambling - key statistics from the Health Survey for England

    Gambling: key statistics from the Health Survey for England

    The annual Health Survey for England (HES) has been published, providing information on a variety of health indicators from alcohol consumption to physical activity and now, for the first time ever, it has included questions on gambling behaviour. In 2012, 68% of men and 61% of women had participated...
  • My son is addicted to gambling

    My son is addicted to gambling

    My 25-year-old son is depressed and in the habit of gambling. His manual job seems to get him down and he feels worthless as in our family both parents are graduates, as is his younger sister – he feels the only way out of his “inadequacy” is going to...
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