To call or not to call?

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  • #58128
    bongo_bous WANTED $2
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    Registered with Gamstop last July for a six month period. This came to an end on January 17th. For anyone interested, when your period ends you have to contact Gamstop in order to lift the ban. Either that or wait 7 years and it is removed automatically. I’m tussling with the idea to call them or not.

    Bit of background. I’ve always been a small stakes player. Losing £50 in a night was always like a dagger to the heart for years. Stumbling out of the boozer having lost a few notes on the fruity had me seething.

    That all changed last June. A £20 deposit with 200% bonus on a reputable casino  led to a scintillating session culminating in a cool grand cashout. What an exhilarating feeling. Adrenaline soaked hours with lashings of euphoria to finish. Ecstasy.

    Fast forward three weeks and it’s all gone. A couple of days after the ‘big win’ I bought an exercise bike… now it’s all I have to show for that special night. God I hate that bike.

    What followed the euphoria of the huge cashout was the desire to get back up there. The need to touch the stars again. In one night I’d gone from 20p a spin to £2 a spin. Might not sound like a lot, but with enough spins that £1000 was gone in an instant.

    I hated what I was doing. What I felt gambling had become to me overnight. I’d gone from enjoying myself to chasing a high at any cost. I quickly, maybe even too hastily, signed up to Gamstop.

    I wanted to destroy the urges. I have a mega addictive personality and I felt the only way to quench the thirst was to go cold turkey.

    Today? I think I’m ready to go back and I want to believe I’ll stick to 20p a spin. But you can’t forget the rush. You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube. I want to call Gamstop tomorrow but that I just can’t silence that voice at the back of my head. “You’re gonna regret this, son.”

    #58210
    Haz40 WANTED $1,059
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    I’m on gamestop for about another 5 weeks and having very similar thoughts. At the minute i feel I’m in a good place with my gambling and only had one bad session in an arcade in 6 months. That’s good for me. I would love to play again just what i can afford to lose on low to medium stakes but i just don’t trust myself as I’m very much an all or nothing person. I just wonder whether I’ve been better these last few months solely because the opportunity has been taken away. For me if it’s impossible to play i don’t really have the urge. I’ve only had the odd fiver or tenner in my mates account for the poker tournaments arranged on here. That’s it. It doesn’t take much to tilt me so I’m very much undecided at the minute. So i know exactly where your coming from.

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    #58260
    mattywest11 WANTED $22
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    Just in case you didn’t know, if you did cancel the ban and then wanted to get back on it again it’s a bit of a nightmare, 2 proofs of address and 2 forms of id, one you have to be seen holding the picture of the id. After this is accepted it will take up to another 7 days before the ban is put back in place. It’s a bit of a strenuous process so you may want to take that into consideration.

    I always had the mindset that I’d go back on gamstop after Cheltenham finished and stuck to my word, even though I did make a decent profit during the time it was off, I just treated myself with the winnings rather than tempt myself to put it back in. My ban now is for 5 years as I feel much more content knowing my money is safe and not having to fight urges to deposit on a boring evening in.

    good luck whatever you decide to do!

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    #58261
    Haz40 WANTED $1,059
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    mattywest11 wrote:

    Just in case you didn’t know, if you did cancel the ban and then wanted to get back on it again it’s a bit of a nightmare, 2 proofs of address and 2 forms of id, one you have to be seen holding the picture of the id. After this is accepted it will take up to another 7 days before the ban is put back in place. It’s a bit of a strenuous process so you may want to take that into consideration.

    I always had the mindset that I’d go back on gamstop after Cheltenham finished and stuck to my word, even though I did make a decent profit during the time it was off, I just treated myself with the winnings rather than tempt myself to put it back in. My ban now is for 5 years as I feel much more content knowing my money is safe and not having to fight urges to deposit on a boring evening in.

    good luck whatever you decide to do!

    Thanks mate yeah i remember you posting after Cheltenham about saying how complicated it was to re sign back up. Very handy info that is.

    #58288
    PsychicSnail WANTED $51
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    First up I hardly gamble. Losing a £1 in a slot machine brings me out in a cold sweat. But I do have an addictive personality and have to be careful how much I drink, not to get back on the fags and limit my time playing MMO games.

    About 5 years ago I stopped playing World of Warcraft after pissing away 2 years of my life in a virtual reality. So I thought after such a long time away I would be safe going back. Bugger me was I wrong. It started okay, just a couple of hours a day, but slowly more and more time was being sunk into it. The misses started to get really pissy and I had to stop, again, and this time for good.

    My advice to anyone would be not to cancel the Gamban. The risk is too great. You never find a broke bookie or casino. You may get a mega win that hooks you back in, but in the long run the swines always take it as the odds are always against you.

    I have a great deal of fun watching slot streamers and love the Bandit’s channel. I have great deal of respect for his generosity and concern for fellow gamblers. I’m also in awe of his Reel King play. Balls of steel or what? But even he knows that just 2/3 of those bad sessions in a row could seriously dent all the tasty profits he has made so far. And let’s face it, there is only one Bandit 🙂

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    #58289
    Dune2000 WANTED $202
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    Haz40 wrote:

    I’m on gamestop for about another 5 weeks and having very similar thoughts. At the minute i feel I’m in a good place with my gambling and only had one bad session in an arcade in 6 months. That’s good for me. I would love to play again just what i can afford to lose on low to medium stakes but i just don’t trust myself as I’m very much an all or nothing person. I just wonder whether I’ve been better these last few months solely because the opportunity has been taken away. For me if it’s impossible to play i don’t really have the urge. I’ve only had the odd fiver or tenner in my mates account for the poker tournaments arranged on here. That’s it. It doesn’t take much to tilt me so I’m very much undecided at the minute. So i know exactly where your coming from.

    I wish I could count the amount of times I have not gambled for a couple of weeks, thought right I have it under control I’ll just go in and have a quick £20, flash forward 30 minutes and I am £500 deep.  If you think there is even a remote chance you are going to get savaged just stick with the gamstop.

    The problem is that once it is in the slot it is just numbers on the screen – I know if the opportunity hadn’t been taken away from me today I would have now been sitting here feeling like shit wondering why I went in to the bookies.   Most gamblers are all or nothing people, they win £300 and want to turn it into £3000 and then turn that into £30000

    Most of the time we turn it into £0 🙂

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    #58291
    bongo_bous WANTED $2
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    “I just wonder whether I’ve been better these last few months solely because the opportunity has been taken away from me”

    That’s absolutely spot on Haz. It’s what haunts you. How will your control be? Probably best to not find out is the honest answer. Watching the bandit scratches something of an itch and that will have to do for now.

    Love all the experience sharing guys. Much love.

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    #58294
    Haz40 WANTED $1,059
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    Dune2000 wrote:

    Haz40 wrote:

    I’m on gamestop for about another 5 weeks and having very similar thoughts. At the minute i feel I’m in a good place with my gambling and only had one bad session in an arcade in 6 months. That’s good for me. I would love to play again just what i can afford to lose on low to medium stakes but i just don’t trust myself as I’m very much an all or nothing person. I just wonder whether I’ve been better these last few months solely because the opportunity has been taken away. For me if it’s impossible to play i don’t really have the urge. I’ve only had the odd fiver or tenner in my mates account for the poker tournaments arranged on here. That’s it. It doesn’t take much to tilt me so I’m very much undecided at the minute. So i know exactly where your coming from.

    I wish I could count the amount of times I have not gambled for a couple of weeks, thought right I have it under control I’ll just go in and have a quick £20, flash forward 30 minutes and I am £500 deep.  If you think there is even a remote chance you are going to get savaged just stick with the gamstop.

    The problem is that once it is in the slot it is just numbers on the screen – I know if the opportunity hadn’t been taken away from me today I would have now been sitting here feeling like shit wondering why I went in to the bookies.   Most gamblers are all or nothing people, they win £300 and want to turn it into £3000 and then turn that into £30000

    Most of the time we turn it into £0 🙂

    Thanks for the advice. It’s weird in a way cos i feel like i have to have a big loss to re sign if i come off gamstop. I’d rather lose £500 in one hit then self exclude instead of losing £50 a week for a year making 2.5k loss. You’d probably say why lose the £500 in the first place and stay on gamstop but i know how i am and how my mind works. It’s like i have to justify it if that makes sense. If i leave it as is it will eat at me knowing i could come off it at anytime. I suppose maybe best option would be to extend the ban. I’ve gambled practically it feels like all my life and i know I’ll never give up but I’m trying to be wise. I suppose it’s damage limitation in a way.

    #58297
    Dune2000 WANTED $202
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    Haz40 wrote:

    Thanks for the advice. It’s weird in a way cos i feel like i have to have a big loss to re sign if i come off gamstop. I’d rather lose £500 in one hit then self exclude instead of losing £50 a week for a year making 2.5k loss. You’d probably say why lose the £500 in the first place and stay on gamstop but i know how i am and how my mind works. It’s like i have to justify it if that makes sense. If i leave it as is it will eat at me knowing i could come off it at anytime. I suppose maybe best option would be to extend the ban. I’ve gambled practically it feels like all my life and i know I’ll never give up but I’m trying to be wise. I suppose it’s damage limitation in a way.

    I totally empathise – the big wins are actually the worst, because I would be in there the next night to win again, but lose, and then go back the next day because I wanted to win back the money I had won and lost – if that makes sense.

    Its only after a real kick in the nuts that I would stay out of them for a while as the memory was raw.   The funny thing is that the lesson never sticks in your brain – which is why gamban is a good idea, its a constant reminder everytime you try to log on

    #58306
    Haz40 WANTED $1,059
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    Dune2000 wrote:

    Haz40 wrote:

    Thanks for the advice. It’s weird in a way cos i feel like i have to have a big loss to re sign if i come off gamstop. I’d rather lose £500 in one hit then self exclude instead of losing £50 a week for a year making 2.5k loss. You’d probably say why lose the £500 in the first place and stay on gamstop but i know how i am and how my mind works. It’s like i have to justify it if that makes sense. If i leave it as is it will eat at me knowing i could come off it at anytime. I suppose maybe best option would be to extend the ban. I’ve gambled practically it feels like all my life and i know I’ll never give up but I’m trying to be wise. I suppose it’s damage limitation in a way.

    I totally empathise – the big wins are actually the worst, because I would be in there the next night to win again, but lose, and then go back the next day because I wanted to win back the money I had won and lost – if that makes sense.

    Its only after a real kick in the nuts that I would stay out of them for a while as the memory was raw.   The funny thing is that the lesson never sticks in your brain – which is why gamban is a good idea, its a constant reminder everytime you try to log on

    I think that’s why I’m choosing to remember the £750 i lost about 6 weeks ago. I’ve lost more than that in one session many times but i don’t have as much disposable income as what i used to have so that hurt. I don’t want that sick feeling again. I’m not saying it won’t happen again but that session and that feeling will be at the front of my mind the next time I’m in a position to get heavily involved. I hope those thoughts do the job and stop me tilting. Only time will tell.

    #60946
    Speedyfish WANTED $1
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    Just to reply to your post , I gone though exactly the same thing never gambled in my life till 2016 come into a bit of money ,then stupidly went looking for online casinos over the matter of a week I lost 20000 +,won lots but gambled all my winnings ,I felt so ashamed didn’t tell anyone , just carried on gambling with every penny I got trying to win my money back such a idiot lost everything , when I stopped gambling for a few weeks i just started again hours x hours on the gambling sites every night till i was completely broke again this has been happening for 3 years , now the good points to anyone who or has been like me sign up to gamestop add all yours emails etc , I have been stopped carnt play on any  casino sites at all ,this is the best thing I have done , don’t get me wrong I used to win on some sites but every time gambled my winnings thinking I could get more to cover the huge amount of money I lost over the last 3 years , been with gamestop for 6months signed up for 1 year , I have saved so much money over 6 months , please anyone who is like I was sign up to gamestop

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