Those who have done even a little bit of gambling already know that it can be tons of fun, that even goes without saying. And in these wonderful modern days, one doesn’t have to go all the way to a casino if they feel like playing a few rounds. One can even get together with their friends and enjoy some Poker, Blackjack, or even online slots
All fine and good, but there is an old proverb which we’d like to mention here: “It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt”. Now, we don’t actually mean getting physically hurt while playing cards and what not (it would be pretty hard to do so, anyway), but rather, we are talking about psychological, inner pain, which can be a result of these seemingly harmless games.
Well, ‘harmless’, unless you count the damage they can do to one’s account, but hey, we all know what we’re getting into with that aspect, right? Losing money is the potential danger which we are all aware of, and yet we seem to forget about, or not even take into consideration the other type of damage which can be caused here. What exactly do we mean? You’ll just have to read on to find out…
There Are Worse Things Than Bodily Injuries…
Indeed, believe it or not, it is quite possible for a person gambling, regardless whether at a land-based or an online casino
, to have felt at one point or another a strange and negative feeling which seems to wash over them. Some of those who have already experienced this feeling, even once, have had a tendency to describe it as a complete loss of control. Others, on the other hand, have described it more like being in a dream state and mechanically playing their game of choice.
And yet there is even a third group which have described this feeling as a really intense wave of horror, strong negativity, or even, at least according to them, evil.
Don’t take us the wrong way, we don’t mean to scare you or anything, but we feel that every gambler whether already a seasoned one, or still just a rookie, deserves to be informed, and be able to recognize it, should it, god forbid, ever surface in their case too!
It appears that it tends to surface if the player has been playing at a table or in a room for a longer period of time. Another time when it might appear is if you realize that you are on a losing streak, especially one that seems to last forever.
Some Further Information on This
You may be confused as to where exactly this strong and bad feeling is emerging from. In fact, you may wonder for a moment if it’s actually coming from other people who are near and around you. Eventually though, you should come to the conclusion that it is actually coming from inside of you.
That would be a harsh truth to face, we know, and it may just be sufficient to scare the player and make them question their reasons for being at that place and may even cause a desire to leave as soon as possible, without actually being sure as to why.
The real problem arises if the player doesn’t succeed in controlling this feeling, instead choosing to keep on quelling it as best they can, usually by playing more and attempting to win back their loses. If one keeps experiencing this negative feeling each time they play, then they may have a huge dilemma on their hands.
We should all be aware of just how common an issue compulsive gambling can be, other than being quite scary. It can take quite a toll on a person’s private life, and it is also referred to as ‘problem gambling’.
Understandably, it is rather hard to comprehend when one were to ask those who have never had to experience this dreadful thing. The best way it may be described is that it is an odd type of combination of both ecstasy and thrills, which are gained from the sheer risk of gambling, while at the same it, it is also a mix of both horror and despair, as a result of those losses starting to add up. And the even scarier truth is that this feeling can escalate and become so much more than just a feeling…
In What Ways?
For one thing, one may begin taking bigger risks while gambling, as well as betting irrationally. The terrible irony of this is that the reason they act so irrationally is to escape from the feeling which started this in the firs place, and yet, what they are actually doing is nurturing it!
Depression and guilt may well follow, and before they know it, they have fallen into the pith of pathological gambling, which brings even problems into that person’s life, and the whole cycle begins anew.
Furthermore, they may start lying (not just to others, but also themselves), about just how often they gamble, or perhaps even conceal the proof of having gambled or the amount of money they spent.We’re fairly certain we don’t need to tell you how disastrous of an effect this can have on one’s family life.
There are some other consequences, such as constantly borrowing money which you know you cannot pay back anytime soon, or even, in a more drastic scenario, resorting to crimes such as robbing a bank. We know it sounds far-fetched, but believe us, it can happen.
Why not just stop? Sounds great, but it is a lot easier to do than say. You see, this feeling can easily be compared to a drug, as it is just as compulsive. If the player tries to quit, then certain withdrawal symptoms are bound to follow. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn't give it your best, as you will see it is more than worth it in the long run, once you finally kick this feeling, you are bound to feel like a new person.
Even though we felt it absolutely important to discuss this nasty aspect which may arise from gambling too much and too long, we’d still like to remind you that in most cases, as long as you keep a tight control over your budget and know when to quit, gambling is still a pretty fun and profitable activity! It’s all in self-control, ladies and gentlemen, and once you master that, you can potentially fill up your wallet while having the time of your lives!