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Mon Oct 20, 2014, 12:20 PM

 

Gambling

Anyone on here do any online gambling? Poker, roulette, that kind of thing? A friend of mine is pretty into this at the moment http://onlinecasino-x.com/ and I'm wondering how it compares to gambling in real life, as in - is it as addictive? I'd like to hear from people who do this as I know nothing about gambling of any form and am curious about why people do it.

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Response to LauraNb (Original post)

Mon Oct 20, 2014, 01:57 PM

1. Online Gambling in New Jersey Has Generated Increase In Requests for Addiction Help

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YourHHRSnews.com: …According to (the) Executive Director, (the) New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling has seen an increased number of calls to its toll-free help line since the state’s online gambling law took effect...

“We have gotten a mix of calls from people who have relapsed and gotten in trouble by the easy access, and calls from people who are new to gambling and the speed of play,” Donald Weinbaum says. “The round-the-clock access has gotten them into trouble in a rather short period of time.”

...Seventy to eighty percent of people in New Jersey gamble, and 2 percent to 5 percent of them — or about 350,000 people — develop addiction problems. The rate is twice as high for young adults, with 4 percent to 8 percent of them showing signs of compulsive gambling...


It's definitely addictive. But like with online pornography, it's hard to tell where the blame really goes -- the subject itself, or the fact that it's online.


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Mon Oct 20, 2014, 11:24 PM

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Mon Nov 30, 2015, 06:43 AM

3. Thay guy looks very pale...

and he never blinks. He looks like he's been up all night playing online poker
But seriously, I don't think these things are any different from buying stocks and shares etc and not all online casinos are a con, you just need to do your research and have a look around. There are plenty that let you play without a hefty deposit, these for example...http://casinobonus2.co/

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Response to LauraNb (Original post)

Wed Dec 2, 2015, 09:32 PM

4. Casino worker, here. I'll try to answer to the best of my ability.

Casino gambling and online gambling are two sides of the same chip. Both internet and brick-and-mortar casinos rely on establishing a culture of addicts based on continual input of positive emotion and playing on that emotion to establish both psychological and emotional conditioning. When a player wins, be it on blackjack or craps or slots or poker, what have you, every upside to winning is escalated. Lights go on, bells and whistles go off, the player is continually and repetitively told "you're a winner." That is why, especially (but not limited to) slots, the player is allowed to win fairly frequently, even if the value of their win is negligible or even negative in comparison with the original bet. Put relatively simply, we make you happy even when you're losing so you will continue to lose. A motto in my casino is "We don't care if you win or lose. You win, you'll be back to spend again. You lose, you'll be back to make back what you lost." To be blunt, yes, online and real life gambling are the same in terms of addiction; they play on the same basic formula. That said, they're hardly the same overall.

The downside of internet gambling though is that there is a plethora of ways for internet casinos to scam the average player. High rollers or friends/family of the owners can be given special privileges that give them a competitive edge against other players (Most commonly seen in poker rooms, but not exclusively). Basically, there is no real regulation against grift or scams in online gambling. The most noteworthy and infamous of such scams can be located through this link: http://www.pokerwebsites.com/scammed/

As you may notice on that page, another hidden downside to online gambling is that the casinos can, and infrequently do, refuse to cash you out for proper face value. Essentially, the casino will hide behind a wall of red tape in the hopes that you will not pursue them legally while they're out spending your (Relatively) well-earned money.


That's just a very brief summary of my admittedly limited knowledge on internet gaming. With that in mind, and speaking as one human being to another (as opposed to an anonymous internet poster), don't gamble, mate. I've seen what it does to people that get fully addicted; Three days ago I had to talk a player down from suicide because he had lost all of his savings. Two years ago I was the last person a player spoke to before they jumped from a balcony. Ten years ago, one of my best friends shot himself in the face because he gambled all his college money.

Best advice I can give you is that if you -must- gamble, don't gamble often, or for much money at all. Gambling is entertainment only; expensive entertainment, but entertainment nonetheless. Keep that in mind even if you do decide to jump into online gaming.

If you have any further questions or thoughts, I'll respond when I can.

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Response to Decoy of Fenris (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 7, 2015, 05:31 PM

5. Thank you for posting this. Gambling has destroyed many lives.

 

It is evil to have it so readily available in a climate of want and need and wages going down. It feeds on people's feeling of desperation in these times of money flowing uphill to the top. The top includes casino owners.

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