I take part in online sports betting for entertainment, to win money and to follow my sports teams. I would think that many of the readers of this website are in the same category.
It’s fun to predict the outcome of events by listening to commentators, reading data, analysing conditions and then finally making a prediction. Throughout the years as a sports punter I have set myself some golden rules to follow. At first I followed these with strict discipline, then over time, I was able to internalise these rules so that they become habit.
Now without even a thought I automatically follow the following rules:
- I never expect to win. I work out to the best of my abilities the outcome, place my bet and then I enjoy the show
- I never bet with money that I can’t afford to lose. I do this by setting myself a budget and a time frame to spend that budget.
- I always bet within my means. This even includes all those “sure bets” – I still bet within my means
- I don’t bet under pressure of any kind. If I feel that I’m rushed, or if I know that my judgement is clouded, I’ll not bet
- I never bet for the sake of betting. I’ve tried this before and it ain’t fun. These are the bets that can make you feel downright miserable
- I never bet under the influence of alcohol. If you drink or take any other substances, stay away from betting
Setting yourself strong rules, like the ones above, will help you steer clear of trouble. However gambling in all forms of the word can become addictive. How does it become addictive? Well first let’s look at the reason why we gamble.
Why We Gamble
There are many reasons why we gamble and it’s usually different from person to person. The list below contains the reasons why I think people gamble. If you can think of any others, please let me know in the comments section.
- For Entertainment sake
- For the excitement of the game
- To win money
- To get into social circles
- It helps you forget about your troubles
- It offers something to do
What are your reasons behind gambling? Is it one of the points listed above?
Signs that you may be addicted
I found a good list from Wiki that lists symptoms to being addicted to gambling. If you have 5 or more of the follow list, you should seek help because it’s likely your gambling has taken a turn to the dark side.
- Preoccupation. The subject has frequent thoughts about gambling experiences, whether past, future, or fantasy.
- Tolerance. As with drug tolerance, the subject requires larger or more frequent wagers to experience the same “rush”.
- Withdrawal. Restlessness or irritability associated with attempts to cease or reduce gambling.
- Escape. The subject gambles to improve mood or escape problems.
- Chasing. The subject tries to win back gambling losses with more gambling.
- Lying. The subject tries to hide the extent of his or her gambling by lying to family, friends, or therapists.
- Loss of control. The person has unsuccessfully attempted to reduce gambling.
- Illegal acts. The person has broken the law in order to obtain gambling money or recover gambling losses. This may include acts of theft, embezzlement, fraud, or forgery.
- Risked significant relationship. The person gambles despite risking or losing a relationship, job, or other significant opportunity.
- Bailout. The person turns to family, friends, or another third party for financial assistance as a result of gambling.
Do you have 5 or more of the symptoms listed above? If so the below information should help you in finding suitable help.
The government has taken a proactive approach to help people with their gambling addiction. If you feel the need to get support find the most convenient places from the below list.
- Gambling Help Online – http://www.gamblinghelponline.org.au/
- Wesley Gambling Counselling Services – http://www.wesleymission.org.au/
New South Wales
- Gambling Help – http://www.gamblinghelp.nsw.gov.au/
- Gambling Impact Society – http://www.gisnsw.org.au/
- Problem Gambling – http://www.problemgambling.vic.gov.au/
- Gambling Explained – http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/
- Gaming in Queensland – http://www.olgr.qld.gov.au/
Australia Capital Territory
- Problem Gambling – http://www.problemgambling.act.gov.au/
- Problem Gambling Help in SA – http://www.problemgambling.sa.gov.au/
- Department of Justice – http://www.nt.gov.au/
- Department of Racing, Gaming and Liquor – http://www.rgl.wa.gov.au/
- Responsible Wagering – http://www.rwwa.com.au/
- Gambling Support – http://www.gamblingsupport.org/
- Treasury and Finance – http://www.treasury.tas.gov.au/