Quitting Gambling

Why do you gamble? Most people do it to get ahead financially. I am here to remind you that it will not work for you. Key Point #1 If you slip back into gambling keep precise written records of time spent, wins and losses. The fact is (95-99% of people lose) and the tiny percentage of people who win usually average under minimum wage over the course of the year. But of course you are going to hit the jackpot.

But, almost no one really understands their odds of hitting the jackpot. Yeah you are only one in 44 million to win but wouldn’t it be great if you did? To understand what those odds mean is, imagine you are in a high school football stadium with 1000 people. They are going to drop a Nerf ball and whoever catches it gets 30 million dollars. How many football stadiums do they need to fly over to make the odds 1 in 44 million? The answer is 44,000 stadiums all jammed with people.

That’s also the odds (one in 44 million) of an ugly guy like me meeting their favorite movie star out of the blue and finding out that they are so excited about meeting me that they drop everything and want to start a relationship. Okay I apologize; I really didn’t mean to crush two of your favorite fantasies in one sitting. She really is going to like you when you meet her.

The second reason many gamble is for fun. Most of us like to take a moderate amount of money we can afford to lose and have a fun night at the casino. The question is, once we go over the line of moderation can we increase our pleasure. The answer is you never can increase your pleasure with out of control gambling because even if you win, all you are doing is what I call “selling our pleasure back words”. When you win you get extreme pleasure because you beat the system. However when you lose it all a week later, plus some money you needed to buy necessities, you crash and have extreme pain with the situation you are now in.

What happened is you gambled with money you could not afford to lose and won on Friday. This brought you increased pleasure. But when you lose it all the next Friday you have destruction and pain. A person who does not gamble has less pleasure then you on Friday #1. But then they have much more pleasure than you on Friday #2 because you got wiped out. They also do not get the destruction and pain you get on Friday #2 when you go broke. Please see my article Pleasure + Addiction = Pain for more information on how addiction never brings us more pleasure over the course of the month, year, and usually not even over the course of two weeks.

If quitting gambling is hard for you it may help to get a photo of the person/persons you love most in life, on the back write how you feel when you have lost all your money and how your gambling would affect them and your relationship with them. Put it by your computer, or in your wallet when out, when you feel the urge coming have a good look and read what you have written.

Ex gamblers say that they enjoy life more after quitting gambling. But when you tell yourself that you will be happier after quitting gambling be very specific. You will be happier for the month when you are clean but some days will be tough. I think that avoiding a couple of trips to the casino per month is worth it because I can be happy every day now. My new activities and passions give me less pain and more happiness and more money over the course of the whole month than gambling did. After after quitting gambling we are no longer a slave to being driven always by the addiction (which brings the stress with it). We understand that abstinence is healthier in all ways; financially, spiritually, emotionally and relationally.

Gambling ruins your spirituality. Either permanently, or temporarily when you have a big loss. Out of control gambling is sometimes worship. You would have to tell me if you are worshipping greed, excitement, pleasure or something else. But what we do know is that when we are out of control we are not then worshipping God. I recommend you learn new habits about how to worship God who will bring you real joy. Not a manufactured, short term thrill which ends in destruction. You can read about how you can learn to worship God in my article called “addictions real issue.”

One of the biggest keys to quitting gambling is to know (and have organized) what mental exercises you need to do to overcome the addiction. The following are examples of some types of exercises you may want to learn.

1: Form a habit to say to yourself 5 times a day that “my gambling causes me financial destruction. It has in the past and it will in the future.”

2: Have a list of the benefits of quitting gambling. Write down all the benefits then memorize the top 3 and top 6 benefits. This will allow you to say the benefits multiple times each day until you get on more solid footing in your recovery.

3: Pray often each day “Lord keep me from temptation” (This is part of the Lord’s Prayer from the Bible). Pray about why you gamble. Is it for greed? Then pray a lot about that because the Bible says that the greedy will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. Is it for excitement? Then pray about what alternatives you can do to find excitement.

4: Start a journal so that you can include all of the quitting gambling idea’s you find in one place so that you can review them often.

I have over 25 articles about quitting addictions at my website.

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Roulette’s Invention and Connection to Online Gambling

Roulette was invented by a French mathematician named Blaise Pascal. Gamblers know Pascal as the inventor of roulette, but he is most well known for developing the theory of probability. Blaise was born in 1623 in Clermont, France. When he was 16 years old, Blaise came up with a theory for projecting numbers that impressed all the leading mathematicians of Paris. Blaise was not only a mathematician but he was also an inventor.

The theory eventually became known as the theory of probability. Pascal developed this theory while solving a problem posed by a French mathematician named Chevalier De Mere. The scenario was that two players had to end a game before it was finished even though one player was clearly ahead. The problem was dividing the stakes fairly while considering odds of each player eventually winning the game. It would be unfair to penalize the player who was ahead by dividing the pot evenly. It would also be unfair to give the entire pot to the player who is ahead at the time, because his victory is not certain. Pascal devised a formula for determining the probability that each player would win if the game had been played to its conclusion. The theory of probability is used in all facets of life today.

Blaise Pascal also attempted to make a perpetual motion machine. His experiments failed to produce perpetual motion, but in turn did produce the Roulettte wheel. While the Roulette wheel cannot spin on forever it owes its roots to Pascal.

Roulette played online has a wheel with numbered slots and outside colors just like on a traditional roulette wheel. The slots are numbered 0 to 36 in traditional roulette and 00 through 36 in the American version. The American version is played the same as European Roulette only the odds are not as good for player because of the extra slot. The outside of the roulette board is colored in bars of red and black. A metal ball is spun in the wheel and continues to circulate the wheel until it comes to a stop within a slot. In online Roulette you can bet on a single number or multiple numbers. This is called an inside bet. An outside bet is when you bet on either the color red or black. In roulette you can also bet on odd or even or high or low numbers.

The game of roulette starts with the spinning of the ball in the roulette wheel. The wheel rotates in one direction and the ball rotates in the opposite direction. The ball spins inside the wheel until it comes to rest in one of the slots. If the ball lands on your number or color, you win. The game pays $36 for every $1 bet. There are no bad bets as each number or color pays at the same rate. The houses only advantage is the zero or double zero. If there were no zeros on the wheel and roulette still paid 36 to 1 it would be an even money game.

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Casino Gambling-The Games Gamblers Play

When most people think of Casino gambling, probably the first thing which comes to mind is Las Vegas, or Atlantic City. Imagine of bright lights, the sounds of hustle and bustle, and rows and rows of slot machines often come to mind. This is not all there is to casino gambling. The article will discuss casino gambling, as well as some of the games casino gamblers play.

By definition, an casino is basically a building that accommodated gambling. Patrons are often offered the opportunity to gamble by playing many games of chance, or some of skill also. Casino gambling games most often have mathematically calculated odds that ensures the casino retains at least a small advantage which is referred to as the “edge”.

Slot machines are a common gambling accommodation provided to patrons of most casinos. Slot machines are coin operated gambling apparatus, with three reels that spin when the lever is pulled. Most slot machines have a currency detector installed, that validates the coins inserted for play. Slot machines pay off based on how the three reels stop. Each will has a different pattern or symbol visible on the front, and pay offs are based on these patterns or symbols.

The game of poker is also popular in gambling casinos, and can be played in many different styles. Most commonly, the players in a poker game all have fully, as well as sometimes partially concealed, playing cards, and make bets into a pot based on their cards. The player or players which have the best poker combination of playing cards wins the pot in at the end of each hand.

Many patrons of casinos chose to play a dice game called craps. It is also a very popular game among casino gamblers. All the players in the game have the opportunity to bet money against the casino, gambling on the outcome of the roll or series of rolls. The rules of craps can vary from casino to casino, but there are some that will remain common. There are no strategies involved in betting on craps. Its a game of chance, all based on the outcome of the roll of two dice.

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