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I'll bet that some will see this a good news!

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I'll bet that some will see this a good news!

On the BBC site there's an article about William Hill planning to close 700 outlets, bad news for the employees I know, but I think in general it's good news. That's 700 less places to suck the money from those that can ill afford it. Yes, I know it's their choice to gamble but when you have little then and the chance of making a few more pounds is too overwhelming for some.

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And it's about time all the tv gambling adverts joined the ciggy ones.

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Past their sell by date these places and quite honestly never been in one, never been a gambler on the horses except once back in the mid 60s when it came in at 33 to 1. So a nice return on the grand sum of 2/- I think it was.

Not a clue what I was doing but the mates I was with were well and truly into it. 

Only one winner overall as we know, and that's the bookie. 

My old Nan used to follow the racing on television and with newpaper on her lap would tick off those 'winners' but never as far as I knew placed any money on a horse, but back in the day I guess betting shops were not somewhere women went into.

 

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Re: I'll bet that some will see this a good news!

@Mav a fiver say you will?

 

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A tenner says he won't!

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A mate of mine, in the navy, was a keen hoss racing gambler... and did quite good at it over the year... so good, in fact the he told me he paid for his kids christmas pressies every year, with his winnings..

Intrigued, I asked him if I could go to the bookies with him one saturday, and duly accompanied him... he told me to limit my losses to a tenner... or in other words, if I was losing money, not to spend more than a tenner all day..

 

so... after a while, a quid on this   a couple of quid on that... and one win, encouraged me to continue... BUT>.  i lost the rest of the money, up to my tenner..... I remember that day well, despite it being over 50 years ago now,... and it taught me a lesson... that it was easy to get "sucked in"   and chase your losses,... and I have never placed a bet in a bookies since...  or anywhere else,... apart from the national lottery.

 

 

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Just been listening to the news about this and they all agreed that like so many things these days it's all moving towards on-line gambling, but never having trusted or played those pub bandit machines there is no way on Gods green earth I'd bet on-line. Scratch cards when somebody buys one for me on a special occasion, and a fiver a month for the Macmillan cancer support lottery and that's it for me.

Interesting suggestion from one commentator was about seeing a return to people actually going to a race meeting or even those dog tracks, but gambling being what it is I guess those addicted to a flutter will bet on just about anything anywhere.

PS. Actually I tell a lie about those bandits. Early sixties and while waiting to see a show in London I popped 6d into a fruit machine and won about ten bob. Never played one since so I guess like that one and only 33 to 1 bet I had, I'm still ahead!

 

 

 

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Some of those who are addicted to gambling might react to their one chance of hope by spending that money on drink instead and drowning their sorrows when there's nothing else to look forward to.

Not that gambling addiction is a good thing, but it's at least better than the alternative to some.

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Fair point @Crunchie as some I guess can do little to either hope or drown their sorrows and I do appreciate there can be a societal aspect in all of this. No money and living in a dump but hey, at least I have Sky TV sort of thing.

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I had a work colleague who was a gambling addict.

He would get paid on Thursday afternoon and have gambled the lot away at a casino by the early hours of Friday.

Later Friday morning he would be at work borrowing off work colleagues to get through the week.

Occasionally he would have a good win, one time he bought a car but couldn't afford to run it.

A couple of guys at work spotted the opportunity and lent him money with interest.

He was a member of an Operatic Society and a good actor I am told.

If only it wasn't for the gambling.....

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Re: I'll bet that some will see this a good news!

Never spend more than you can afford to lose has always been my motto when it comes to gambling.

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Wasn't that never bet more than you can afford to lose?

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Online gambling, playing against a computer ?

Playing a card game on my computer I often suspect it knows what cards i’m holding....

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@Champnet wrote:

Playing a card game on my computer I often suspect it knows what cards i’m holding....


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