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Thread: Paul Merson and his gambling addiction

  1. #21

    Re: Paul Merson and his gambling addiction

    Quote Originally Posted by Wash DC Blue View Post
    It’s totally wrong.
    Started over here massively now in States that have legalized sports books.
    It's creeping in, but nothing like it is in the UK.

  2. #22

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    Quote Originally Posted by life on mars View Post
    Sadly the game we follow is hugely connected to betting firms .
    I noticed the other day that our training kit is sponsored by Sport 888. Bookies should not be able to do business with sports teams that play in any organised league. And they shouldn't be allowed to have ambiguous names like "Sport 888". At least Bet365 state their purpose clearly.

  3. #23

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCBlue View Post
    I noticed the other day that our training kit is sponsored by Sport 888. Bookies should not be able to do business with sports teams that play in any organised league. And they shouldn't be allowed to have ambiguous names like "Sport 888". At least Bet365 state their purpose clearly.
    The 888 component of 'Sport 888' is almost certainly due to the Chinese associating the number 8 with good fortune, particularly in the betting world.

  4. #24

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    The 888 component of 'Sport 888' is almost certainly due to the Chinese associating the number 8 with good fortune, particularly in the betting world.
    It is indeed!

  5. #25

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    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    The betting ads are just wrong. I thank God that gambling has never interested me and never will but I do know that itís tearing some families apart. Itís a terrible addiction without brakes, you drink too much you fall over, you take drugs you flake out eventually, gambling, you just look for more money to chase the losses. How there hasnít been an outcry and a ban Iíll never know.........and the smug Ďcelebsí who are enticing mug punters need to have a good look at themselves, mercenary bastards!!


    Both drinking excessively and an addiction to drugs can also come at a high financial cost. There was a time when the only thing that could put a temporary rein on my alcohol addiction was that I didn't have any more money left to buy alcohol.

  6. #26

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    The visual representation of Merson's brain and what stimulates it was fascinating - and educated those of us who have never fully appreciated what is involved regarding such conditions.

  7. #27

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    Thereís no greater high than having your hard earned cash on a horse that wins 🐎💴
    Casinos fortunately have never floated my boat and sitting around in stale smelling betting shops putting my change in those FOB machines or betting on virtual racing doesnít interest me either.
    I suppose itís all down to the individuals mindset and not just walking away when you run out of money but knowing that when youíre lucks out itís out.
    Chasing your losses is a no no and having the willpower to walk away is difficult but should be done.
    However I do sympathise with the addicted.
    Glossy ads in print and the entertaining visual ads on TV - Paddy Powers adds with their comedy element softens the stark and dangerous realities that gambling effects can have on individuals and families.
    A very good friend of mine confided in me three years ago that he was addicted to the FOB Roulette machines inside bookies shops - heís married with three kids and a mortgage
    Wracked up credit card debt and loans to pay for his addiction to the tune of sixty grand
    Fortunately his wife forgave him and heís turned the corner getting back on track financially but most importantly he says - he spoke to someone about the deep regret and shame that was gambling and the scourge that ripped him apart mentally and physically which nearly brought him to suicide.
    If you are in a sorry situation my message would be always talk about your problem to someone that cares and will listen 👍

  8. #28

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunnysideup View Post
    There’s no greater high than having your hard earned cash on a horse that wins ����
    Casinos fortunately have never floated my boat and sitting around in stale smelling betting shops putting my change in those FOB machines or betting on virtual racing doesn’t interest me either.
    I suppose it’s all down to the individuals mindset and not just walking away when you run out of money but knowing that when you’re lucks out it’s out.
    Chasing your losses is a no no and having the willpower to walk away is difficult but should be done.
    However I do sympathise with the addicted.
    Glossy ads in print and the entertaining visual ads on TV - Paddy Powers adds with their comedy element softens the stark and dangerous realities that gambling effects can have on individuals and families.
    A very good friend of mine confided in me three years ago that he was addicted to the FOB Roulette machines inside bookies shops - he’s married with three kids and a mortgage
    Wracked up credit card debt and loans to pay for his addiction to the tune of sixty grand
    Fortunately his wife forgave him and he’s turned the corner getting back on track financially but most importantly he says - he spoke to someone about the deep regret and shame that was gambling and the scourge that ripped him apart mentally and physically which nearly brought him to suicide.
    If you are in a sorry situation my message would be always talk about your problem to someone that cares and will listen ��
    I take it that you are referring to those with a fondness for, or addiction to, gambling - as I imagine that most people would consider their highs coming from elsewhere.

  9. #29

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    Iím referring to the high or buzz you get from winning via the medium of gambling whereby you have wagered your hard earned money on an outcome.
    Iíve never taken drugs so am unable to comment and alcohol has its high then dreadful low of a hangover the following day 🙁

  10. #30

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    Quote Originally Posted by UNDERHILL1927 View Post
    Also electronically it's so much harder to see the money as real cash. I once won £600 on the slots and then wasted £400 of it in the next half hour. I would have never done that if I had the cash in my hand
    That's a really good point and, for me, one of the big reasons why people get into so much trouble. It makes it feel more like a game than something that can have real and serious financial consequences.

  11. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacAdder View Post
    'Merson on his documentary: I just wanted to help one person'

    http://www.skysports.com/share/12431849

    "Insists he has a responsibility to help others with gambling addiction"

    Shame his employers, and so many other companies, don't feel the same way!
    Worked with him recently and heís a top bloke. Very funny.

    Was racing around getting the kids from school etc.

    Football-related job and put so much into it he could barely walk after.

  12. #32

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    It's easier these days but I well remember my mate getting his wages and going straight down the bookies and dropped half of it there.

    I love the occasional gamble, particularly on an event I'm watching but I'll admit I can't relate too much to those that become sadly addicted to it.

    It's a big contributor to the UK economy and directly and indirectly in the UK so its not going anywhere but something should be done for the most vulnerable

    Question is what? I haven't watched the doc yet, did they give any suggestions?

    One thing for starters from my own experience, some don't make it easy to close the account. I signed up for the bonus, made a profit, withdrew and then wanted to just close the account, this wasn't obvious and after a Google search I had to email them. Most probably give up, get bombarded by emails, texts and some then will drop more into it eventually.

  13. #33

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    I take it that you are referring to those with a fondness for, or addiction to, gambling - as I imagine that most people would consider their highs coming from elsewhere.
    That is the problem with an addiction though isn't it.
    I'm sure many addicts would prefer their highs come from other, less expensive areas of life but for many they don't.

    It is illogical in many ways. Maybe a few on here are addicted to football and watching City which probably doesn't make sense to many others but like minded individuals.

  14. #34

    Re: Paul Merson and his gambling addiction

    Quote Originally Posted by Taunton Blue Genie View Post
    The 888 component of 'Sport 888' is almost certainly due to the Chinese associating the number 8 with good fortune, particularly in the betting world.
    Which just makes it worse.

  15. #35

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    The guy is a complete idiot. Three marriages, eight kids and after an illustrious career earning lots of money is still skint and still wallowing in self pity.

  16. #36

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    Never been into gambling, went to the casino on st Mary street back in the day now and then, and had the odd bet on the World Cup etc but that’s it. I do notice these days the amount of adverts offering you a free bet etc trying to entice you in, almost tempted and I have no addictive tendancys at all. I imagine that might be hard for a quite a few who have the bug. A good mate of mine whose lost 1000’s has just managed to get all his accounts closed and he can’t reopen them either…..

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