At first contact with the world of casinos, almost any player who is warned about gambling addiction treats this topic superficially. Most players imagine that this cannot happen to them. Self-encouragement such as “I have a strong character and gambling can’t turn me into an addict” is very common. However, every year more and more cases of such addiction come before psychologists, some even very late, when the healing process becomes extremely difficult.
I worked in the casino for 10 years, at a time when casinos were full to the brim with passionate roulette or poker players. The economic crisis had not affected our country too much, and people had money for entertainment. With a few exceptions, I saw the same faces at tables every night. People whose names I had learned and with whom I had come to communicate almost in a family manner. People I met more often than I did with my friends.
Paradoxically, however, I never saw any of them go home happy. And yet they returned. Every night. More and more eager for quick gains. I had come to wonder why they come back regularly, despite the fact that they almost never win. They lost hours in the casino, reaching the performance of having two meals in the casino restaurant, at that time the food was provided free of charge, especially to players who lost large sums of money. They came around 6 pm and left when it was dawn, at 6-7 in the morning. In the evening they returned, more and more tired and frustrated by what was happening to them.
I almost wanted to ask them if they had discovered any magical way to make money, because otherwise I wouldn’t have explained the huge sums they could afford to lose every night. But one night I found out what the source of money for most of these players was.
Moneylenders . The only real winners in the world of gambling. And I saw them in the casino and I often wondered why they wasted their time there, once they didn’t play. But they were constantly focused on the losers. And when they noticed that the man was running out of money, they approached and in a honeyed voice asked him directly: do you want me to lend you? A lot of players fell into their trap and went with them to a more secluded place to discuss the details of the transaction. Because a moneylender never lends money on trust .
I have seen people from high intellectual backgrounds pledging their own homes to receive a sum of money to play roulette, blackjack or poker in return. And the amount of money never represents the real value of the pledged property. And then you can’t help but wonder: how is it possible for an intelligent man to become the prey of such characters who do nothing but constantly take advantage of an unpleasant situation, namely the losses at the casino. Gambling addiction is the answer. All these players, regardless of the environment they came from, were affected by addiction.
I could write a novel about the cases I encountered in my 10 years of experience in the casino, but for a start I would like each of you to understand the huge risk to which you are exposed. No one aims to become addicted. Gambling addiction is clearly a mental illness that gradually takes over, and when you become aware of it, it is usually late or very late. So, if you are ever tempted to borrow money or you are thinking of committing some illegality to get money to play in the casino, then know that you are also addicted to gambling. The good news is that now there are many psychologists specialized in curing this condition and that there are real chances of cure, but it all depends on you. It is important don’t hide your addiction by lying to yourself that you’re okay.…