Gamblers' stories

These are real stories from people who have overcome or are dealing with the impact of problem gambling.  We hope you find comfort and strength in each other's stories.

If you or someone you care about has a problem with gambling and you need immediate help call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858 or Gambler's Help Youthline on 1800 262 376 (from within Australia only).

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    Chris

    I started gambling about 18. Just card machines at pubs. Rarely horses or casinos. I knew early on I had a problem but I didn't do anything about it.

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    John

    Hi, I'm John, and I think my story might assist those of you out there who are concerned about the mental state we can get into that fuels our need to gamble away significant amounts of money.

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    Tom

    Hello, I'm 24 and I lost over 5000 dollars today gambling on baccarat, I've been trying to chase my losses for months, I started gambling when I was 18 because my friend wanted to do a sports bet, but ...

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    Andrew

    I hope you guys will learn something from my gambling addiction. I am 27 years old this year.

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    Tom

    I don't really know where to start … kind of like my gambling addiction, except I had no problem starting the bet, just a very big issue of not knowing when to stop, until that day of 7th Octob ...

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    Kieran

    I was 25. My life was good. I always had a big interest in tennis and loved watching Federer on TV.

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    Anonymous

    I'm thirty-one years of age, university educated, single and in poor health.

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    Jam

    Hello. I am compulsive gambler. I thought I always was well educated, well-dressed tidy man with head on my shoulders. I was so social and active, I had a lot of friends and I never forgot about my pa ...

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    Justin

    I have been gambling for roughly 12 years now. Started in high school playing card games on the weekends, would either win roughly $100 or lose $50.

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    Michelle

    I had a very serious gambling problem which lead me to being incarcerated in maximum security prison for nine months. The absolute devastation and consequences of my gambling addiction has made m ...

Gambler's Help LogoThere are many ways to seek professional and anonymous help for your own, or your loved one's problems with gambling.

If you need immediate help, please call Gambler's Help on 1800 858 858 or Gambler's Help Youthline on 1800 262 376 (from within Australia only). This service operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is free and confidential.