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moorehed
09-07-05, 10:42 AM
I would say that I probably am addicted to gambling in some way.. as I spend lots of time doing it... however I wouldn't really say it is a bad thing because I never gamble more than I can stand to lose, I generally only gamble with an edge, and I am a consistant winner (poker, and casinos w/bonus)...

what are you guy's stances on gambling addiction? as it can definately become a real problem with some people.

WallyOPD
09-07-05, 11:14 AM
Depends on how you define addiction I guess. I enjoy playing poker so I play it for an hour or two several days a week. One of my friends told me I was addicted and challenged me to not play for a month, but what's the point? I think I could do it if I wanted to but if I enjoy playing and I'm not losing any money so I don't see any reason why I should stop. If I turned into a losing player I don't think I would have any trouble quitting (or just playing during the occasional Vegas trip), so I don't really think of it as an addiction. I'll be in Oregon for a week and a half starting Friday with no internet connection and I'm sure I won't miss poker a bit.

actyper
09-07-05, 11:23 AM
As long as I continue to enjoy other things in my lifestyle, I don't see it as a problem as long as funds continue on an upward trend. Stupid reloads don't help my gambling problem though!

What I don't get though is 99 out of 100 people say they are a consistant winner. WTF is loosing? lol

namja
09-07-05, 11:27 AM
"Depends on how you define addiction I guess."

I treat poker like a job as it is currently my primary source of income. So you're basically asking if I'm addicted to my work. Is Doyle addicted to gambling? Are Danny, Phil, Jesus, Johnny ... are they addicted?

El Scorcho
09-07-05, 11:35 AM
You're only addicted if you sacrifice other aspects of your life that should rank higher in priority in order to fulfill your gambling urge.

For a lot of us on this forum, we gamble with an edge, whether it be rakeback bonuses, good poker strategy compared to the common man, casino bonuses, etc. I don't call this an addiction -- I call this earning money.

I work 8-to-5 M-F and use poker and casino bonuses as a side income that subsidizes fun stuff like travel and toys. I certainly wouldn't call what I have an addiction.

However, the problem is that to the common person who doesn't gamble -- if you play any online poker of any kind or go to a casino more than once a year, you are an ADDICT. I get called an addict at least once a month but the truth is I have no difficulty stepping away from casinos or poker for a little while.

Funny story though -- yesterday I was driving behind a car with a shitload of controversial political bumper stickers on it. Which one did I get most pissed off at?

"NO CASINO IN THE GORGE!"* :lol:

* Referencing a proposed casino that could go up 35 miles outside of Portland

actyper
09-07-05, 11:44 AM
So I guess were all workaholics! :) 8hr days just became 10.

moorehed
09-07-05, 11:48 AM
yeah, as i was telling jason the other night, whenever beth (my ladyfriend) asks what I am doing, and I am playing poker, I respond with "working." she must think i really love my job.

Deftones
09-07-05, 02:39 PM
I would say no, but my 25 or so trips to Vegas in the past 5 years would tell me otherwise....

gimmepilotwings
09-07-05, 02:54 PM
I only consider it an addiction if you are on the losing end of gambling. If you constantly win when you play, how can it be an addition?

gimmepilotwings
09-07-05, 02:57 PM
What I don't get though is 99 out of 100 people say they are a consistant winner. WTF is loosing? lol


There is no way in hell that I am a constant winner, but the most that I will let myself lose in one day's time is $100. After that, I do something else with my time.

I am up almost $4K for the year, and I havent played in almost a week. (That is the longest that I have gone in about 3 months, when I stopped playing for 3 months.)

bigsoos
09-07-05, 05:13 PM
I bet I am :)

Red Dog
09-13-05, 12:32 PM
From September through March - yes. From April through August - no. ;)

NotThatGuy
09-14-05, 12:39 AM
You're only addicted if you sacrifice other aspects of your life that should rank higher in priority in order to fulfill your gambling urge.

True, that is part of the criteria....a rather vital part actually.

I work 8-to-5 M-F and use poker and casino bonuses as a side income that subsidizes fun stuff like travel and sex toys.

Uhm....TMI!!!

-pedagogue