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Joanne
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“I’m sooo excited and I just can’t hide it”, I think I’ve finally calmed down enough to write. Haha

A bit extreme, losing your licence to stop you from gambling , boy racer! Lol

I’ve only experienced the siren and flashing blue lights 3 times, bricking myself! Haha

Twice (many moons ago) whilst travelling throughout the night. I’d been to concerts, didn’t want the expense of staying overnight in a hotel and risked travelling home in the small hours of the night/morning. On both occasions got a caution and a lecture on getting home safely.

Third time, more recently, got a fine and penalty points for being ever so slightly over the limit. Grrrrr

A bit worried you’re still frequenting that casino! Even more worrying that you’re getting decent payouts. Where’s Jane when you need here? Nobody could explain the perils of gambling better than her. I won’t even try, my attempt will be as clumsy as ever. JUST BE CAREFUL.

But then again must be really difficult for you to stay away, I know I would struggle if I had a casino on my doorstep. I’d probably be destitute by now.

Soooo want to spin some fruit, which is just plain crazy. Really envy the guys who seem to get to a point where they dont even think about gambling. It still plays on my mind most days hence the reason this mad cow still has to check in here and talk to herself.

Often think about you and the others. I thought folks might have put up a post around Christmas but when nobody did and the New Year came and went, I just resigned myself to the fact that everyone had gone for good.

Tbc

Joanne
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It’s been absolutely wonderful hearing from you, LOSER and I’m sure if some of the others still look in , they too will have been delighted to see you post.

Really disappointed (gutted) :( that you’re not planning to stick around, my Gypsy traveller haha but really hope you’ll swing by, every now and again and give me a thrill! Hahahahaha I daresay you’ve got to spread your charms around, lol.

All the very best, buddy!

Joanne x

Joanne
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This is mental, I still can’t believe that you’ve been back in touch. This is crazy.

Really have to go … write later.

Joanne x

Joanne
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OMG , Am I dreaming, is that really you , LOSER? It sure sounds like you.

I must be dreaming, just pinching myself, no , I’m awake and at work, first chance I’ve had to swing by.

I’m getting all emotional now, I’m starting to well up. Lol
This can’t be happening. It’s really you?

Gosh, I’ll write some more later.

Joanne x

LOSER
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Hello Joanne,

Well yes it’s me your Romeo and it appears you have been talking to yourself for sometime now LOL

CONGRATULATIONS ON REACHING 1 YEAR!

I figured since no one else congratulated you I might as well!
I tried posting ages ago but didn’t allow me and of course I have been gambling LOL I won $5000 in the past 10 days even though the profit is probably $3000. Don’t know why I am happy as each and every visit further cements my addiction! I managed to stop for 3 months but only because I lost my license hahhahaha
No offence sweetheart but you seriously have a screw loose talking to yourself for over a year HAHAHAHAHAHH Gave up your gambling addiction for a “rethink addiction” lol Or were you just waiting for my return?
Wonder how Kate, Woody and OMG I have forgotten her name? The one who posted all the time with good advice?
Anyway I am not here to return just passing through like a travelling gypsy and so happy you have stopped gambling and turned your life around.

Take care Joanne!

Joanne
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It’s been exactly a year since I signed up to Gamstop (self exclusion scheme) and for some reason this has unsettled me. For the first time since signing up I’m beginning to resent the fact that I signed up for 5 years instead of one. How bloody crazy is that. Maybe it’s because I’m financially sound again so I think the occasional spin wouldn’t do me any harm, I can handle It, i’ll do things differently, blah blah blah

Also , some of the 5 year self exclusions I put in place 5 years ago will be expiring soon. Of course Gamstop will cancel out that so I wont be able to access online gambling.

I’ve just got to remind myself that this is crazy talk, sheer stupidity, got to stop thinking like this.

One half of me longs to spin those reels, the other half of me is relieved that I can’t.

Bat shit crazy as ever,

Joanne x

Back Sunday!

Joanne
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Just to add … hope all is well, Trevor and Katie, haven’t heard from you guys lately.

Joanne
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Just poppin’ in, it helps keep me focused when the going gets tough.

Washing machine broke down a couple of days ago and is beyond repair. :( However, when things go wrong, it reminds you of how life is so much easier without gambling.

Keepin’ busy but if I’m honest life does seem a bit flat without the occasional spin of the ‘ole fruit’.

Hope all is well with everyone, keep the focus!

Have a good weekend.

Joanne

Marc
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I wonder how ole loser is keeping…

Joanne
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BLOOMING HECK! There’s a turn out for the book. Lol

How ya doing, buddy?

I only come in here about once every other day to see if anyone’s been posting, usually disappointed. :(

I often wonder how everyone’s doing. I think Ole Loser has long moved on. I often think about him, wonder if he still goes to the casino. Oh for the good ole days when this place would be jumping!

I sometimes think I’ll need to come here until I fall of my perch. Seem to go through good spells and not so good ones.

Anyway if anyone still looks in they’ll think I’m back talking to myself. Haha

Hope all is real good with you.

Joanne x

Joanne
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‘Turn up for the book’

Joanne
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Still gamble free!

Ten months on …really thought by now that I would have little or no urge to gamble but the desire to gamble is still as strong as ever and it continues to feel like an uphill struggle :(

Ah well.

Hope all is going well, Katie & Trevor and to anyone else who still looks in.

Until next Sunday, hope you all have a good week.

Joanne

Katie
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Hi trevor and Joanne haven’t gambled for 3 days now doing really well have surprised myself keeping busy hope you are both ok we can do this guys take care Katie xxx

Trevor
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Katie,
That’s really positive. Keep doing your best. I’m going ok, but it’s not an easy ride. Keep going Joanne too.

Take care. x

Joanne
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A couple of days away from being 10 months gamble free bar one tiny blip.

On reflection I wish I’d taken my addiction more SERIOUSLY when I first realised I had a problem. I wasted 2 years arsing about and that cost me an additional 20 000 pounds.

If only I’d just knuckled down, taken it more seriously. Gambling addiction should never be treated lightly, never underestimate the damage this beast can inflict. Of course it’s easy to say that now but I think 99 per cent of gamblers will testify that the longer we continue to gamble, the worse everything gets.

Until Sunday….

Hope all is good in your world …

Joanne

Joanne
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Hi guys,

Sorry to read about your wife’s redundancy, Trevor, hopefully she’ll find something suitable soon. Fingers crossed. Well done on not turning to gambling, as we know gambling never solved anything, just adds to our problems.

Katie, sorry to read you’ve had a blip. I realise you guys have been gambling for a longer time than me so it must be really hard letting go, breaking old habits.

I guess when all is said and done, we’ll only do things at our own pace. I too struggled to let go of my favourites sites, the ones I considered ‘lucky’, although I doubt they were very lucky.

All I can say is … I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard problem gamblers use this expression …..

If only I’d stopped gambling sooner, when I first realised I had a problem ….

All fine here, touch wood, just trying to keep busy, find it helps.

Take care

Joanne x

Trevor
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Hi Katie,
You had a wobble, but didn’t spend too much. Thats still a success in my book..how often I’ve chased my losses just to dig that hole deeper and darker. You sound more resilient and now more determined…use that momentum to propel you to keep doing good.

Kind of cheesy slogan in my head….Be a winner, don’t gamble.

The gambling industry don’t care who you are, what your going through, they just prey on our money and exploit our weaknesses.

We need to build our strength and resolve…..we can’t undo the past but we can so influence the future.

Try and keep strong.

Trevor

Joanne
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Just noticed your post to Katie, Trevor..

Spot on!

Excellent response.

Catch up with you both in a few days.

Joanne

Katie
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Had a bit of relapse weekend going to have to get blocked didn’t spend loads but gutted I did speak soon well done trevor x

Trevor
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Hi Joanne and Katie,
Going through a good patch but down to circumstances…my wife has been made redundant at work so gambling needs to be reigned in dramaticlly. Still pleased with myself as normally slots are my go-to place when life is sh@t. Really difficult as I am getting very moody without gambling…..just trying to put my family first…when in the past it was gambling that sometimes came first.

Just need to keep plodding on and Keeping myself busy. My me time is a visit to the cinemas.

I hope you both doing good and taking a step at a time. Take care and will post again soon.

Katie
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Thanks Joanne really trying up for work at 5 tomorrow so keeping myself busy been watching Netflix no gambling I am missing it which is mad it’s like not speaking to a friend and having a big fallout which is probably weird but trying day 3 tomorrow xx

Joanne
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Just wanted to say well done on day 2, Katie!

Trevor, hope all’s going well with you too.

I’m glad you’ve found happiness again Katie with your new fella. I’ve kinda gotten used to being on my own but you never know, someone may sweep me of my feet one of these days! Lol lol

Like you I’d come home from work, nothing much on the telly, and there was something cosy about logging into a bingo site. Again, like you I couldn’t resist playing those damn mini slots on the left of the screen.

I can see from your posts though that you’re tired of being stuck on that constant merryground of winning/losing. Sometimes when playing those slots for hours and hours , going up and down , I just wanted it all to end. I’d be so sick of it, I just wanted them to take all my money so I could log out. It got to the stage where it wasn’t even fun just sheer mental torture.

Only to return a few days later, hoping for that mega win but it never happened. If I’d stopped gambling when I first realised I had a serious problem I probably would have saved myself 20 grand which is serious money. It only gets worse. We can’t win because we can’t stop. Every penny we win just gets played back.

However stopping is easier said than done. When you get urges to play try and remind yourself of the misery/pain gambling has caused you. It doesn’t matter how much we win, we always give it back. It’s just bloody pointless.

Better to watch a movie or maybe have a look at some travel agent sites and think about saving towards a nice wee holiday instead.

That’s me until Sunday ..

Keep counting those days.

Joanne

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