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Supporting others

If you have experienced problem gambling, or maybe still are, it is likely you have experienced a wide range of distressing consequences. This may include, to name a few: financial hardship, feelings of depression and anxiety, and relationship problems. Perhaps … Continue reading

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House Edge

Did you know that it takes on average $330,000 to win the $10,000 prize on the pokies? This translates to odds of over 9 million to one. In case you’re wondering, the chances of getting hit by a bolt of … Continue reading

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Don’t beat yourself up

Do you beat yourself up about your gambling? Maybe you think that you deserve to feel bad after a session, as a punishment for going. It kind of makes sense. When kids do something wrong, we punish them, so that … Continue reading

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Why should I understand the poker machines?

An understanding of the ways in which the poker machines operate is an important part in treatment of problem gambling. We may assume we understand how these machines work because we play them often or because ‘people have told us … Continue reading

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What is Return to Player?

If you are a regular pokies player, you’ve probably heard of something called the ‘Return to Player Percentage’. It is something often talked about but not always well understood. It is important to clarify what Return to Player Percentage is, … Continue reading

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Losing Big

Professional Golfer John Daly has always been a maverick in a sport known for its conservative image. He is also a bit of a gambler. In a recent media interview Daly revealed he lost a staggering $55million between 1991 and … Continue reading

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Problem gambling and your lifestyle

The impacts of problem gambling are often thought to be purely financial; however problem gambling can also lead to unhealthy lifestyle choices. Gambling on the poker machines is often accompanied by drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes. Problem gamblers are four … Continue reading

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