Youth 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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    Jake O

    I started gambling when I turned 18, my work colleague was into poker and I was fascinated with the game, the skills, the tv shows and most importantly the money being won.

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    I am writing this story on 1 January at 7 am, basically lying on a sofa with a huge headache, but not going to sleep because I bet 50 euros on a random basketball match just for the buzz and the oppor ...

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    I'm 22 years of age. I'm a uni student into my 4th year of study. You're probably thinking, "Where did he find the time to gamble? And surely a uni student studying a double degree isn't the type ...

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    I have been gambling since the age of 10. It started off with $1 scratchy cards that mum used to buy me. This was just the start.

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    I've always liked card games, since I was a child. My family often gathered together to play Blackjack. I never thought it could affect me later on in life.

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    I'm a 16 year old boy. I started playing Texas Holdem with my friends about 6 months.

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    Hello, I'm 16 years old and my dad has a gambling problem. I haven't decided to do much until now.

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    I’m 15 years old and my dad has had a gambling addiction for the past year. I'd heard horror stories of people ruining their lives and family before with gambling, but I'd never understood what it ...

Gambler's Help 

There 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.