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Re: Quitting for Good

Postby RicardoG » Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:54 pm

The lessons learned:

Detailed:
Online casino may rope you in to get hooked into their game. You may win much, or win hefty at first. Giving you that sense of winning is quite easy. A false sense of comfort. But in the end, you will fall into their trap and start to lose.

I thought I was smart this time.
I switched to soccer betting.

But then soccer betting is even equally worse. You think that you are familiar with the teams or leagues.
You read the teams news. You analyse the players, matches. You play running matches (in-play). Knowing that the stronger team will win. Then uncertainty hits.
Player get sent off, red card. Substitution with players that can't produce result. Unexpected happens, penalty awarded etc etc etc....endless possibilities. Favorites losing matches that could be easily won.
Frustration hits in, sleepless night, regrets.
What if I could turn back time.

AND SO NOW:
After going in circles, wasting my prime years in this addiction, I decided to put an end into it.
Not a single bet, no more false hope. No more easy money. Earn it the proper way. Labor for it.
Nothing comes free. There is a price to pay for everything.
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Re: Quitting for Good

Postby RicardoG » Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:08 pm

Aries411 wrote:
I am happy to hear that gambling got you out of some credit card debt. A very rare story on this forum. But at the same time, I'm worried about this positive experience you had with gambling because you might think you can replicate it. We also know how that story goes.

I guess I am making this comment because I have been putting gambling in such an evil light for so many years, that it hard to hear anything positive about it.

I enjoy reading your posts, so keep up the good work!


Hi Aries,
Sorry that I couldn't complete the whole part of my story in time, due to I had some interruption in between.

When you said it is a rare story, I guess you said that because you haven't read till the end. :lol: :lol:

I frankly believe that a compulsive gambler [which couldn't pass the 12 questions (i hope i got the no of questions right) in the GA site], can never quit gambling for good even if he is up.

I wonder if I had really settled my personal loan, whether I would have completely stopped.
Probably I would have put another goal as my next milestone. And another after that.

So Aries, I'm also having the same goal as you, and the many others who are reading my post and story.

I have jotted this down so that I will remember what I'm going through everyday, and perhaps some day, I will read it back.

Take care and stay safe. God bless.
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Re: Quitting for Good

Postby RicardoG » Sun Jan 24, 2021 3:42 pm

14 days of GF.

Things are picking up in my new job. Getting busier.
I regret the years wasted in gambling.
I'm diverting my energy elsewhere, like my family, work, spirituality, and self-improvement.
I have managed to exercise once weekly so far, which is an improvement from before, which is once in a month or 2 or 3. :D :lol: :lol:
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Re: Quitting for Good

Postby thatsit1905 » Tue Jan 26, 2021 4:24 pm

RicardoG wrote:14 days of GF.

Things are picking up in my new job. Getting busier.
I regret the years wasted in gambling.
I'm diverting my energy elsewhere, like my family, work, spirituality, and self-improvement.
I have managed to exercise once weekly so far, which is an improvement from before, which is once in a month or 2 or 3. :D :lol: :lol:

Keep it up RicardoG!
I have all sorts of bad ideas in my mind to wager on today's European leagues which I know that "every game is going to finish the way I think".. however I am not going to do this to myself and get back in the cycle again..
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Re: Quitting for Good

Postby RicardoG » Thu Jan 28, 2021 3:56 pm

Day 18 of GF.

I hardly think of soccer, casino or betting on anything.
I will not use anything as an excuse to do it.

Thatsit, I hope you managed to stay away.
Better not see soccer score, or games. This is what I have been doing or what I did before.
A drip/sip of alcohol will trigger an alcoholic to drink. Probably the sight of the bottle too.
Same with us.
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Re: Quitting for Good

Postby RicardoG » Sun Jan 31, 2021 12:09 pm

Day 21 of GF.
I'm in a whatsapp group of sports for leisure (futsal, badminton, bowling etc) where my former colleagues are talking about soccer nowdays, mainly on BPL/EPL.
One of them pointed out that a soccer team in Brazil, which managed to build themselves up after some incident, which prompted me to check the soccer tables.

And whenever I look at the tables or hear discussion on soccer team, I think about the biasness, the bad decision of referees, the out of form players, the coaches not fielding players etc etc. Nothing is certain in soccer, the ball is round. Anything can happen.

Most importantly, I realised that my time is up. Soccer betting or gambling in anything, was never meant for me. I had many years to figure out, to make money but I failed.
My mind is twisted. I can never be normal for this area.

I might as well channel my time and energy into something that is worth it. All the focus, hard work, studies, determination, etc which was wasted into something unfruitful.
I'm continuing on with my life...a life without a single bet.
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Re: Quitting for Good

Postby RicardoG » Tue Feb 02, 2021 3:05 pm

Just a thought or maybe a reality that has been there all this while.
After seeing the posting in the sports' whatsapp group, the jersey of the soccer teams are displaying sport's bookmakers, which are quite common nowdays. So I guess, the bookmaker involvement in soccer matches are definitively there all this while. It should be.
Casino cheats, sports cheat...what a fool have I been all.
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Re: Quitting for Good

Postby RicardoG » Thu May 13, 2021 6:13 am

I thought I will just update this online posting of mine.

Things are looking well now.
I'm focusing on my family and career.

Sometimes temptation do come, but I will quickly brush it off. What I will say to myself is "Do I still want to put myself in the same s***?". And that moment, the temptation dies off.
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Re: Quitting for Good

Postby Aries411 » Thu May 13, 2021 11:07 am

RicardoG wrote:Sometimes temptation do come, but I will quickly brush it off. What I will say to myself is "Do I still want to put myself in the same s***?". And that moment, the temptation dies off.


That is perfect! And that is my current method on remaining GF. In the past, my mind would play with the thought that I could gamble (What if I won? Thats a sure bet! No one would find out. Its only a little bet), but now I can rationalize it much better and ask myself "It is worth throwing away years of GF time and losing your family just to win X amount?!". No way!

"Do you still want to put yourself in the same s***?" Of course you don't! It just ain't worth it!

Keep up the great work!
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