My story of gambling addiction started at the age of 9. I would put 50 cents each way on a horse with my dad and it started a 35 year life of highs and lows. I wasn't gambling money anymore, it was to get the funds to keep punting.
I moved to Queensland when I was 19 and soon enough I was going to Jupiter's Casino with everything I earned. When Crown opened in Melbourne I was a sitting duck.One night after losing my job and every cent I had in 1997 I lost it big time and began an armed robbery spree. I had no intention to hurt anyone, ya see I was the one that was hurting and I wanted to keep punting to dig myself out of a hole, that I was at the bottom of. I did a couple of weeks on remand before getting bailed out on the conditions that I stayed away from Crown and the places I robbed.
But I continued gambling right up until 2013 when I self excluded from Crown.And that didn't even stop me visiting the casino and TAB so in 2015 I called Gamblers Help I had a great counselor and haven't gambled for 2 years.
I now volunteer with the Alliance for Gambling Reform and tell my story of gambling harm and recovery with ReSPIN which I highly recommend as a way of staying off the punt and most of all helping others with their recovery.