Top 10 signs of slot machine addiction

Slot machine addiction has been described as the crack cocaine of gambling. Learn to identify the Top 10 signs of slot machine addiction here, and learn how the gaming industry has set up slot machines to keep you playing. That…and more on signs of slot machine addiction here.

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Signs of slot machine addiction

When gambling on a slot machine, the bond between the gambler and the machine becomes personal, no one to interfere with their gambling and no one to compete against. The player feels a fondness for a particular machine and some players even get irritated if they see someone else playing their machine. If the slot player is playing longer than he planned, spending more money than he can afford, and telling lies about how much he wins or loses, perhaps he has a problem. If s/he is concerned about his behavior while gambling and even during periods when the person is away from the casino, perhaps s/he may have a slot machine addiction. Other signs of slot machine addiction include:

1. Belief that you are not gambling with “real money”.

2. Belief that you will win back money that you lost on a slot machine.

3. Developing a personal relationship or bond with a particular slot machine.

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4. Feeling irritation when you see someone else playing on “your” slot machine.

5. Playing a slot machine longer than planned.

6. Spending more money on a slot machine than you can afford.

7. Lying about how much you win or lose on a slot machine.

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8. Thinking about playing the slots when you are away from a casino.

9. Problems at work, home or in a social setting due to playing the slots.

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10. If you think you may have a gambling problem, you probaby do.

Slot machines are designed to be addictive

Slot machines are also known as VLTs (video lottery terminals) or pokies. The machines are designed with three or more reels that spin when a button is pushed or a handle pulled. The machines have different themes containing graphics and music from popular movies or TV show. The sounds, colors, and images on slot machines have been designed by psychologists to seduce the player and the music reinforces the addictive behavior.

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Dopamine, adrenaline and slot machines

The rapid response from the machine has a hypnotic effect and stirs up the dopamine in our brains. And the speed of slot machine games keeps the gamblers’ adrenaline pumping. Even if the gambler does not win, the machine makes him feel that he almost did. And for the gambler that can be just as great a feeling as winning the jackpot. In fact, the person can sit there for hours just pushing buttons and zoning out because the games require no thought or skill. Many slot players have commented, “I just couldn’t get up and walk away.”

Instant gratification on slot machines

When a person gambles on slot machines they don’t have to think or plan their next move. They don’t have to wait for cards to be dealt, horses to run around a track, or the end of a sports event, to know the score. Playing the slot machines person knows instantly if he won. Even if he didn’t win, the reels show him how close he came to winning. The machine tells the player that it is ready to pay off because the images on the reels were showing us three, four or five of a kind.

Slot machines are the crack cocaine of gambling

Slot machines are powerful revenue-generating forces designed to keep the player spending more money. The innocence of the slot machine attracts the gambler as he walks through the casino but the slot machine addiction has been described as the crack cocaine of gambling. The money that people gamble on slot machines typically isn’t important and is treated like Monopoly money. Even when the person loses, they believe they will win back all the money they lost to the machine. To compound the losing of money, several ATM machines are located in the gambling area.  But what has your experience been?  Are you having trouble with slot machine use?  Please share your thoughts below, and we will respond to you personally!

About the author
Marilyn Lancelot is a recovering alcoholic and compulsive gambler with twenty years of recovery. She has authored three books, Gripped by Gambling , Detour, and Switching Addictions. She also publishes a newsletter on-line, Women Helping Women for recovery from gambling. This newsletter has been published for more than 10 years and is read by women and men around the world.


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  1. I have just lost another £200 on betcome machines I cried all the way home worked all week for that and lost every penny am so sad and down don’t know what to do fruitmachime make me so sad could not afford to eat either now as I have nothing left

  2. Hello, I am a compulsive gambler who has been dealing with this terrible illness since 2010. I do everything I can to protect myself from the 5 casinos in my 50 mile radius, but there is one thing I cannot seem to figure out how to deal with. I travel a lot and need a cell phone for safety reasons while on the road. That cell phone has got me in trouble many times at the casino by allowing me to call my bank and get access to more money at the ATM while in the casino.
    What are your thoughts and recommendations about this?
    Thank you!

  3. These machines have absolutely destroyed me. I was a casual gambler who would go to the riverboat casino once a year. Then Illinois legalized the machines a few years back and now they are on every corner. I have lost every single one of my paychecks in these things. I have maxed out 4 credit cards that have all defaulted and sued me and destroyed my credit. I have begged borrowed and stolen money just to play these machines. I owe pretty much everyone I know money because I would come to them begging and promising I would pay them back. I have contemplated suicide more times than I can count after losing everything I have in the machine. Instead I turn to food to deal with the stress and depression from constantly losing all my money and have gained over 80 pounds. I’ve tried quitting 1000 times. Every single time I am leaving the machine flat broke I tell my self no more. I am not playing the machines ever again. But then once I have any money I am back playing. It’s a vicious cycle that I can’t seem to get out of. It has left me living at my parents, stressed out, depressed, fat, broke and hopelessly in debt.

  4. Amanda, yes. Casinos have training in place for all of their staff on how to help. It’s been a few years since I worked at a Casino, but there is someone on staff that can be called in to intervene, and curb or stop the play. But that doesn’t mean the player won’t go elsewhere. Some players do not use a card, so there’s no way to know then.

  5. I believe my significant other needs help he spends every last dollar on slot machines,if I bring this to the casinos attention will they ,or can they stop letting him in?

  6. Having worked in a casino for 11 years, I have seen slot addiction first hand. Some players start out coming to the casino dressed nice, hair combed and a smile on their face. After a time of slot addiction, they change. No longer do they dress nice or even practice personal hygiene. Very sad. Also, they will literally beg for free play, beat machines and fight with other players over “their machine”. When they win a huge jackpot, they put it back into a machine. Slot players love the thrill (high) of winning and try to do it again. Addiction, of any kind, is unhealthy, mentally, physically or monetarily. Just like drugs, slot addiction can ruin your personal and professional life.

  7. Hello im Ahm ed and I like advise for my dad who gamble on slot machine how to help him quit the slot machine addiction any advice y ou can give me

  8. I was reading about addiction to slot machines . I keep wondering why I don’t leave a machine while I am ahead . Many times I have gotten ahead , but I end up going home with no money.

  9. She sits hours and hours on no money lucky-slots from facebook. I hope she spends no money there. I think she does not. By day she easily loses her temper. She’s at least moody. She looks tired. It gets on her voice. Her voice gets weak. She was an alcoholic for long but sober now for twenty years. She gets angry when I only mention the word lucky-slots. Don’t tell an addickt what not to do, she says when in a good mood. She has a bucket full of traumas. She gets in panic when no internet around. She meditates. She prays. She knows it is part of her addiction flaws. Her character defects she calls it. God removed her desire over alcohol. I love her. She can do so much better. We can do so much better. What can I do without causing her an other trauma? What can I do to help her, to help us? Helpful hints to get her to treatment are welcome. She realises the impact on the long term. Gaming is like alcohol to escape from her thoughts. Should I just let it go? What do slot addicts think of this?

  10. I married a gambler. 4 months into the marriage he manipulated me into going to a Casino. I told him no for 2 hours. I hated it bad. The next year he did it again. I won over $1,000. On $20. I made mimimum wage. That was a months net. He is greedy to the max and does not pay any medical, clothes, car, car maintenance or repairs for me. He always made a good wage. I have starved, drove without heat all winter, shop at goodwill type places for all clothing. I have had to pay all my dental, eyeglasses, 3 surgeries on the very low wage. I used the Casino as a 2nd job. And won. A lot. If course he was always ready to ride shotgun for free in my nice car. When I won he would have his hand out. He has a lot of money in about 10 investments. And collectible classic car. And good wage. When I lost and needed money to go to work ie gas and parking he would give me $3.00. I rarely eat. My Doctor and a marriage counselor told me to get away from him. He is a narcissist. Destroy, discard. He has driven my car, used all my house full of stuff I moved in. He breaks my stuff then will NOT replace it. I have to buy it twice. He pathologically lies. He has a lot of money because he lived off daddy, brother, women until he was 38 and finally got this house. I gambled to get the money to eat, get tires, brakes, go to a doctor, get surgery. And to get away from the evil life a Narc creates. I was 50 when he demanded I go to a Casino. 50 years, kids, grandkids. No desire to go with anyone ever. His house is chock full of mold. My Doctor said I will never get well living with mold. I need a mover for now 60 years of accumulation, deposits, rent, food. To escape. I weigh 95 lbs. He decides what and if I eat the entire marriage. I have chronic health issues and the doctor wants me to get a cancer test due to symptoms. I was a responsible, hard working independent woman at 50. Had a beautiful rental home. Happy as can be. Until I married him. My mom always said “if someone can’t come up to your level they drag you down to theirs”. I am not an addicted gambler. All I was the last 11 years was an underpaid female and victim of a narcissist. I was his supply of maid, car, spend thousands trying to fix up HIS rancid dump. I hope to escape him in 6 weeks and get my clean, non-narc life back. I can 100% live without a casino….when I escape the gambling narcissist. A friend told me the gambling is the outside layer of an onion. The surface problem. When you peel back the layers the REAL reason for any addiction will be revealed. And this friend has known me for 43 years. I gambled for money. Because I needed it just to live another day or week. Because of the narc i married. Not because of me. Narcs like honest, generous, money making, talented women. To destroy. They cannot destroy those who have nothing to begin with. I made 50,000 a year until right before i married him. My advice is quit beating yourselves up for slot playing and find the center of the onion. Then fix THAT. And of course the gambler demanded I get help because instead of me paying for HIS house the money was going from his hand to mine. I did Gamblers Anonymous. It was a Godsend!!! I highly recommend it. I was doing fantastic. Right up to the point of coming home after a good meeting and he gave me a “surprise”. A slot machine 2+ feet tall. Played music. Animated. 100 games. If your gambling problem is due to some issue on your part give GA a chance. If it’s due to abuse by people in your home or your life then get away from them. Leave. Move. Go no contact. Run like the wind. And the gambling will disappear when you stop living with toxic people.

  11. I have won several times on slot machines and my mother bought me a 10 dollar scratch off in which I won 10,000. Now that I won several times, 2000, 1800, 1900, I play slots and use the excuse you won so you’re giving some money back. Problem is going too often and feel the need to win more. If not addiction sure close.

  12. I always say all week I won’t waste my money but every payday I gamble money that I can ill afford/ I am being treated for cancer and my daughter 42 and son 44 rely on me I really want to do more positive fun things that are more healthy for my mind and body

  13. why do i keep on finding myself back at the amusement arcade and wasting so much money even though i know i’ll only lose

  14. I think about “my”machine when I’m not even at the casino! I never spend more than $40. Last time, I won $750! Whooo! The time before that it was $255! I’m a cat enthusiast, ok, crazy cat lady so I play the Kitty Glitter machine! It’s the one with the beautiful white Persian cat with a Princess crown! Omg, I’m going to go to the casino right meow!

  15. Hi, looking for a meeting to go to, Gambling is a problem and its out of control for me. I am ready to do something about my problem, as i type this message tears roll down my face.

    1. Hi Karen. Call the helpline you see on the website to get in touch with a trusted treatment consultant.

  16. Yes I am addicted to the button, and no matter how many times I say I’m done I will never do it again I go right back the very next day. It’s been three years now I’ve been playing pretty hard and in the past last year of the three I practically go every single day multiple times. The machines are definitely the crack of gambling! But worse cuz you’re probably spend more money on the machine than you would crack. No I know I’m losing way more money than I’m waiting and I know when I walk in there and sit down at a machine no matter how much money I have on me I cannot stop pressing the button until all my money’s gone or until I win. Being that I have this problem that I can’t walk away even if I know the machine is not hitting you would think I would know I need to just quit but I don’t. Instead I will sit there and fight with the machine knowing I’m gonna lose why do I keep going back.? what do I do?

  17. I am not a gambler yet I lost my entire saving and then pay check to paycheck $800 to $1000 every couple of months. Yes, I binged on the slots because I entered the zone of no return every time. That ZONE is well know by the industry and they know darn good and well what they are doing to people and their lives. They prey on those who are susceptable. 12 long years. I am not my addiction. I am not a gambler by nature. I am blessed to even have a chance to go on in life as others have taken their own lives due to involvement with the casino industry and falling prey to the machines. Some have to pay back money that they borrowed or stole for the rest of their lives. I have such compassion for myself and others. I send love and good energy , grace and hope to all who are hooked by the industries HOOK.

  18. Hi, I’m wondering if I have a gambling problem. During a recent trip to a casino with friends, my friend taught me to play slot machines. I have played Roulette and Baccarat before. when i make a profit, I would leave. However, when I played my first slot game, i managed to win a mini jackpot. But then, I lost track of my credits and ended with nothing. The next day, I put 10 dollars in a newly installed slot machine. I won 3000 dollars and I remembered making a decision to leave soon.However, I continue to play with minor wins along the way and before I know it, all my credits were gone! How could I be so stupid? This is only my second game with a slot machine.Can you explain what happen to me. I thought I am a rational person. Thanks

  19. the truth is if it wasnt for gambling addicts most of the casinos would go out of business i see repeat customers all the time guess what they are addicted simple as that the reason why dont matter , the government gets its cut it dont care otherwise they would do something about it ,, the government has turned into an organized crime syndicate itself,, and casinos really are nothing more than organized crime at work

  20. I have been gambling more of late probably 70-100 this month. IT’s more then I wanted too. I tend to go periods not touching machines. But when I’m stressed out I spend more. I’m worried I’m addicted but at the same time I know when to stop.

  21. I’ve found myself losing 3,4,5 hundred a paycheck, sometimes my whole net. I don’t understand how it’s possible to constantly lose and not win anything big ever. I just to to give it up.

  22. I know I have a problem but l don’t believe in counciling cause that won’t work on me.I was thinking.hypnosis might work? Would you happen to know if it does?

  23. The slots have depressed me so much but I keep going back to chase my loses, even though I know I can’t win it back. What depresses me even more is that every time I’ve gone back, some person is sitting beside me having a big win. Today there were 3 people, on different machines all winning jackpots and well in front, betting big. I bet smaller amounts because I can’t afford to bet big but I want to know why am I always losing and see others winning? Even after coming off a machine I’ve played, they will win on it and It really is upsetting me. I have a raced heart tonight from all the emotions of sadness I was experiencing there earlier today

  24. Blowing through all my money on online gambling…Hit big on slots for $1500.00 then sat there and blew through all of it in an hour. I feel sick..Then instead of stopping I throw more and more on my credit cards. I feel like the biggest idiot !!!

  25. I am currently researching poker machine gambling as part of my psychology honours program at the University of New England. I need 40 more participants for a survey I have developed. The survey is absolutely confidential and would help to develop individual therapy strategies in the future. I would really appreciate your help. Here is the link which will take you to the survey:

    Thanks in Advance, Kindly

  26. Hey everyone first and foremost I am a real person. I always wonder who’s real or not online but most of these comments seem genuine. I’m from Vancouver Canada. I’m 31 years old. I make a fairly low income its in the 35 to 40k a year range and I also live alone which is 10k right off the top of that. so what I’m saying is I don’t have a lot of expendable money. on top of that I’ve got a few thousand on my credit card and some other bills including car repairs.

    the slots

    well last Friday it was MY idea that my friends and I go to the casino. I had not been in maybe 10 years. we went I lost 60 bucks my friends won a couple hundred it sucked but I was like ok not bad. I went back on sunday and won 100 then later that day won another 400. so I was up 500 dollars I was on top of the world it was the greatest feeling ever. I couldn’t believe it. it was playing quick hit platinum betting 1.50. I started with 40 bucks.

    the next day I went back lost 260 I think. then the next day (during work) at a different casino. I think a lot of times gamblers will hit different casinos because that’s what I did. I lost a couple hundred really quickly.

    I went today and lost a couple hundred……I went from being up like 500 dollars to being down like 1000$. I’m currently on vacation too and that was all vacation money. by vacation I mean I have a week off work.

    so I’m done forever. I think they pump something in the air. I even got screwed over I sat at a machine with 100 bet twice walked away and had like 30. the machine was betting some crazy amount.

    just don’t go. if you’re going to go with friends leave your debit card AT HOME. bring 60 bucks get drunk and have fun. if you’re up EVEN 40 dollars. if you’re up EVEN 20 dollars… walk the fuck out of there and you say thank you for the free money and you NEVER go back. EVER. fuck those places. fuck casinos. that is all.


    1. I look so forward to going to my local casino 4o min. drive . Usually bring 100.00 and cost 20.00 in gas to get there. My favorite poison is Stinkin Rich. I can remember everytime Ive won a couple hundred or more ,but forget all the times ive gone and lost. When I do lose and right before my money is gone in a machine I promise myself ill never come back ,. and say fuck this machine. and like Steely Dan says find a handle in my hand again. We work so hard for our money and than find we dump it in someone elses pocket.

  27. I try to stop but have been unable for twenty years i now know my life is just slavery to a poison like adiction which is killing me and eating me away.i have no fight left because i know i cant stop. And i allways think i will but slip a week later help me to live please help me to live because my life is hell.

  28. Hi my name is Jb i love playing the slots, i feel very happy in the casino as i forget about everything , sometimes I win, most of the time i loose. My Bf is very angry at me decided that he is going back to his country, i love him but at this point i dont care.
    i started my gambling problem 5 years ago, i have lost my rent money, my car payment all in one night, i dont loose sleep over it, but it really gets me very frustrated as my goal is to win a big jackpot to replace all my lost money!
    my family are very concerned, they, recommended to go see a psychiatrist as they think is a mental problem, my 2 sons decided that they will take me by force to see the psychiatrist they also stated they are so disappointed at me they said they so embarrassed!
    i am a very responsible person, somehow i manage to get the money to pay all my bills i have a steady job and i own my cleaning company! on top of that am helping my 21 year old save money as he doesn’t t have any responsibilities in the house. he only pays 200.00 a month with everything included! am very correct with my things my downfall is the casino now my family think am going crazy since i dont have any other interest that the casino!
    i dont know what to do!

  29. I pulled money out from bank $1700 to pay for hoilday i ended up at the pokies $1 machine $5 dollers spins i blew it not even one free games went back to the bank pulled $3500 spend it on same pokie machine and no free games was my savings

  30. I am chronically ill and disabled. I have no business being in a casino but I ALWAYS WIN. I just CAN’T WALK out with it. Tonight I won $3000 on a $100 in a slot machine. I am sick. I just kept thinking of all my bills and if I was that lucky why would the machine not give me a little more…until all the money was gone. Help. What is wrong and how do I stop it. I am sick….slots .

  31. I am addicted to slott machines and even though I win I end yp putting all the money back. I can’t walk away like I used to at the beginning. I feel so down afterwards especially when I get home and realize what I have done. I can’t seem to control myself.

  32. It’s a lose everything situation. If you win, you will ALWAYS go back to try your luck again. You are GUARANTEED to lose all your winnings and then you’ll use your hard earned money. Losing continues till you stop. STOP now. See Casinos as hungry Crocodiles who will not spare you.
    Casinos are bad. You need to set a very bad image in your mind regarding casinos if you want to STOP. And BOY are they BAD. GREEDY CASINOS RUINING LIVES…

  33. Ive lost my whole salary and my husbands money as i had his bankcard and withdrew all of his money. I dnt know what im going to tell him i applied for a loan but will only knw in the next 3days if it was approved although i doubt it as i have a bad credit record. I dnt know what im going to do if its not approved. I told him that i think i lost hia card coz i cant find it anywhere but sooner or later hes gonna figure it out. I just pray that my loan gets approved otherwise i can b sure that i have just ruined my family and this could definitely lead to a divorce anf we have a 1yr old and a 4yr old

  34. I am extremely lucky! I win but i sometimes leave or I stay to have realized i played it all back. I need help want to stop or learn to gamble for fun w less play money! I get angry, i hate the casinos n i regret ever stepping foot into any casino! Wish there was a way to tell my bank deny access to my account if its from a casino! I just blew $1600 i just won the night before??

    1. Hi T. Why don’t you call the number you see on our site to speak with trusted treatment consultants, and see your options.

  35. I used to go to casino and only spend 20 dollars if I lost fine if I won 50 or 60 dollars I’d leave and be good. Well one night I took my usual 20 in and hit a 1200 dollar jackpot needless to say I was excited. Ended up leaving that night with 4 grand. Then a few weeks later I won 65 grand and now unfortunately I’m addicted I paid off all my debts with the big earnings and now I stay broke from it playing away what few bills I have left going hungry literally some weeks. I honestly need help!

  36. I lost control with my spending on slots earlier today. Been at my local gaming venue for hours and spent all my money, 220 which is all I had this week. I don’t work and I’m on government support so that is too much to lose. The day started off good, I had won 80 but all that and my 220 went in. I thought I could possibly win more but it didn’t happen, I lost

  37. I went in with theintention of only spending $7 . Unfortunately, I also had another $20 with me so I spent the whole lot. I won $145 last week and put the whole lot back in plus another $80 . I didn’t set out to do this. These machines are designed in such a way that people get sucked in to spending more than they intended.
    I used to play the old mechanical machines forty years ago but they were in no way as addictive as the present day machines.I am now determined to never venture into these dens of iniquity with more than $10 in my pocket. The State Government doesn’t want to ban them because they are making too much money in tax.

  38. I have no idea how these machines can be allowed, when they really are as bad if not worse than crack cocaine. Im loosing everything, getting myself in trouble borrowing money i can never pay back. I just feel like there is no end to what ive gotten myself into, please offer some advice, because i have a hard time talking to family about my downward spiral.

  39. I think I am definitely addicted to slot machines and poker machines. I even think of them when I am not there and I itch to get to the arcade. I got angry tonight because I had been playing a machine all day and could not win and a man steps on to the poker machine and won the 1000 pound bonus in three pound yet I had been sat all day and couldn’t win. I immediately felt so angry and disliked him hugely he is also a regular customer aswell as me. I became angry at myself and keep beating myself up about why I left the machine and why did I not get it and he did. I am still sat analyising it and annoying myself.

  40. I have a bf that goes to a local casino. He will come home and say he messed up bad. Then for days he can be moody. Well he also starts taking out his anger out on me and says mean things to me. Is that a part of the addiction??

  41. I cant seem to stop ever. I play online gambling slot machines most of the time with low stakes between 60p and £1.20 per spin with my initial money however I have played on suicide missions with spins of £5 up to £25. 9 times out of 10 I lose as per most people and after losing if I can I will always put more money in to chase my losses. I would say 1 in 3 times i will win my money back at this stage and even go over what I initially put in but it does not matter. I will keep going until that amount is lost too. I realised that I was doing this and it was hard but I tried to self help but putting deposit limits on my accounts, this does not work as I will try and find other online casinos if I cannot play on the one Im on. A few months ago I lost around £4000 in a night online slot machines I took out a loan and self excluded from the casino to stop me using it again the loan went to pay off the overdraft and my credit card and to help with my bills etc… I promised myself I would not play again and didnt for the rest of the month. The next month I lost £1000 of that money in a day and was absolutely gutted. Then month after I was losing almost another £1000 in a day but miraculously managed to go on a win streak over a weekend on break da bank slot with a min £5 bet. I managed to increase my balance from where it was to £5000 in profit over the course of a weekend where I did not sleep. I was knackered but over the moon reaslising I could pay off my loan and not have to worry about any of that anymore. I stopped playing and withdrew the money then managed to get about an hours sleep before I had to go to work the next day. I calculated my losses to winnings over that year and realsied I was actually in profit from the start of the year by £100 i was really happy. Went home and decided to play again after saying that I wouldnt the night before. I lost the deposit I put in which I wasnt bothered about but I still wanted to play so I reversed my withdrawal (which in my opinion is the worst feature a casino can offer to players), I lost the whole £5000 in the space of 2 hours and was feeling pretty messed up. Went to sleep knackered and crying to myself couldnt sleep properly either and had to get up for work again the next day after only a couple hours sleep. I have become pretty good at hiding my emotions around people because of gambling losses and usually can still put on a brave face but I had a dark cloud around me that day no one wanted to go near me. I self excluded and didnt gamble again that month. I gambled again the next month though losing yet another £1000 and each month after putting money I didnt have to lose into online casinos. Another time during this period I won over £3000 but like a fool put it all back in and more. In August I won over a grand and lost it all then chasing the loss took me to under £2000 losses. Over the course of that month I gambled everyday and managed to get myself to £3000, enough to pay off my overdraft and credit card. Enough to start fresh although id still have a loan to pay. (I know these numbers dont add up but during the year I have sold my motorbike and I add that into my mental equation). The minute I got back to my working days again I started gambling again after thinking the machine Dark Knight was my trump card as it consistantly made me money the month before. I lost the whole £3000 I won the month before in under a week wanting to hit the progressive pot. I kept going increasing my overdraft again and again to fuel my addiction after paying it off. That month was a constant struggle for me to cope emotionally I isolated myself from everyone didnt eat properly didnt sleep properly. Which brings me onto this month. I have placed restrictions on every account I hold to limit my deposits. Playing with this amount of money does nothing for my addictive fix but somehow I have not opened another account. I deposited £20 on one casino yesterday with the intention of losing it as i never feel I can do anything with such small starting money however I managed to increase my balance to £820 from £20! I was so happy and withdrew £720 and played with the remaning money till if was gone. I went to watch a film but I decided i wanted to play again. So a reverse withdrawal later i was playing this money and managed to increase again so now i had £1250! But I just couldnt stop. All night i was gambling losing everything down to £250 praying it would take me back up. It did! I went all the way back up to £1200. I kept playing saying in my head over and over I will stop once this happens or that happen or when I get to this amount etc…. They all came and went and I kept going wanting nothing more then to see a particular feature. By the time I went to sleep i only had £500 left in that account. This morning in the space of 30 mins that went too now I have nothing. If I could I would be depositing right now again instead of writing this story.

    I like gambling to an extent, it passes the time and can be enjoyable however I hate what it does to me, I hate that I can never stop. This year I estimate losing around £20000, more money then I make, I have in my lifetime at 29 years old lost over £100000 easily, and I do not have a high paid job. Every moment during the day I think about gambling I can never get it out of my head. I have been to counsiling which helped for a few days and I have tried even going to my doctor to ask for help recently and he told me to ‘just stop’, I was furious with him, saying just stop like I can any time I want. I wouldnt be there asking for help if i could just stop!

    I believe boredom started me on gambling and it has gotten to the point where I lose intrest in everything except gambling now. I work away from home so I can not look for support there, my girlfriend is away from me so I cant ask for help there. I have isolated myself for so long from my friends at work that they are alien to me. So my life is basically sitting in my room after work looking at a computer. I would get rid of the computer but that is not an option for me due to research that I should be doing rather then gambling and have tried betfilter as a gambling block however the thing didnt work no matter what I did.

    I say its because I want to win the jackpot and thats one reason why I cant seem to stop, but I have won jackpots before and its does not help. I believe if i ever won a true jackpot on a progressive slot i would stop, but ive got a feeling that wont be the case. I used to play slot machines in bars and if I ever won a decent amount from one like £20 i would stop but with online stuff I cant. If i every won a jackpot on a bar slot I would not play it again for the rest of the week but online it does not matter. Ill win 4 or 5 times a bar slot jackpot in a single spin and it does not even register. When i get tired I get worse as well like I am in a daze where nothing but a large win brings me back when i lose all my money in that state i get an odd feeling of numbness and depression.

    Im in a bad way. I know gambling is addictive but winning and carrying on is absolutely ridiculous to me however i still do it.

    Why cant I stop?

  42. I am addicted to those damn slots. If I only have 20 dollars in my account I use that and get pissed when Im out of money because there is no more adrenaline I guess. But if I have a lot of money there, I will say to myself “just one more deposit” and it f**ing goes on until I feel I have lost just the amount of money that is scarring me then I leave. I never go broke gambling but I use a lot of stupid money that I could throw in the toilet instead! Im scared this is going to ruin me in 10 years. Therefore I am trying so damn hard to stop! I have long periods where Im not even thinking about gambling and staying away. But then all of a sudden I feel happy and destroy that feeling by gambling. The stupid part is that I KNOW im going to lose eventually, but I still deposit. Makes me so damn mad I dont know what to do. Now Im ordering a visa card that YOU CANNOT use online. So be it stupid casinos! You are not taking my money anymore!

  43. I think my problem is all of the above and the fact being broke and I work my ass off at a job that pays little to live it’s the thought of being able to pay all my bills off and afford some fun for my self and family but it’s just false and it hurts I trained my self for a while to leave at my first win of 100 or more and I did but then my financial situation got tough and I look for a way out keep in miND like I said I work 40 hours a week I’m tired and broke I only spend couple hundred when I go but it’s still to much I just wish it wasn’t so hard to make a living work your ass off for little pay that’s what draws me but I need to stop

  44. I have been playing slot machines since 2003 when I won two jackpots of 7,500. I always won on the slot machines till two years ago but continued to play. This Labor Day, Sept. 5, I won $1000 and then $2,5000. The same machine hit again after playing another $500, however, I was betting 1, 2, and 3 dollars when it hit 5,000. on 1. It is a horrible feeling when you miss the jackpot so I continued to play but it never won again. I was also playing the machine next to it and after putting in a good $800 I stopped playing, another person came and won a jackpot of $2000 with $21.00. It is such a devastating feeling that I took more money from the ATM and continued to play other machines trying to win back the money. I stayed up all night and even tried the penny machines with no avail. I hate myself for doing that because it is the beginning of the month and I am broke. How could I put all that money back into the machines. I do wonder sometimes if they watch from another level and let you win sometimes. It feels like when they activate the machines, people become like fish in an aquarium darting for foodl. Today is 4th day this happened and I hate the feeling and devastation of trying to recover money and of loosing more money after all. I hate myself for making bad decisions and trying to recover losses. How could Ioose all my retirement savings and go into debt all these years until present. One day I won 50,000. I won’t say how much I lost. This all went back. If only I had someone near supervising me and taking the money from me when I win. When home, I feel the need to quit altogether, however, when I get my pension check, the feeling of maybe recovering some losses is intense. I pray often. I know I AM SICK in the head.

  45. That’s so nice that you care enough Maka to reach out to us. Although, there isn’t anything anyone can do to stop the impulse of gambling addiction, you can help by attending a gam-anon meeting in your area. It helps to know, and through your learning, and the reasons behind your caring, they will see that, and that may be enough to get them to a gamblers anonymous meeting. They will have the help you’re looking for as well.

  46. Slot are crack of gambling. I’m in my late 40 and I have wotk hard all my life and hace never wasted money like this.
    I no I want comw our ahead bur the feeling I have when I play , there needs to be some kind of pill or something you can take so you wanr gamble

  47. I believe I have 7 of those top 10 problems. I have been reading viewers responses’ I’m like most of them. I’m an 81 year old Gentleman still very active’ my Wife of over 54 years passed away Feb 21 2015 this year’ its not an excuse for Gambling’ but a reason’ we were snowbirds & went to casinos for fun together’ but she controlled the finances& kept a limit’ we had fun for hours on penny & nickel machines’ then went home ‘ I can’t walk away ‘I’m playing vlts at the legion’ more expensive.

  48. Hi. I have a brother who is 37 years old, im abit worryed about him, i think he has a gambling addiction because his wife has told my parents that he makes her and the kids sit in the car for hours waiting for him to finish on the pokies, i dont know but signs are showing that his wife might be addicted to gambling as well. how can i help them with this addiction?

  49. I am 81 years old’ my Wife passed away Feb’ 21st 2015.
    I have gambled more than I should on slot machines’ my Late Wife & I used to enjoy the casinos but she put a strict limit on’ seem to fit into all those categories’ but one extra one not mentioned its like dts’ bit I drink very little’ when my eyes are tired I have started to see images on the wall’ I suddenly realized they are like the lobsters on the machine’ I am active & have just moved.

  50. I only started going casino 2 years ago now I think I’m compulse cos I go three to 4 times a week but use only my extra money

  51. Here in England we have fruit machines that cost between 25-50p per spin and have a jackpot of £100.
    It’s not just spin and win, you have a ‘board’ you need to travel up with steps (kinda like snakes and ladders). It gives the impression you’re using skill, thus keeps you focused. They’re generally aimed at people that have a few coins on them and will ‘try their luck’. The problem is, is that they’re engaging, you need to focus on what the reels give, what the board has on it, and there’ll usually be more than on way to win (more likely lose).
    Now I don’t play often, but on payday, I’ll go for a few drinks and put maybe £10 aside that ultimately, I know I’ll lose.
    But here’s the thing, they are so engaging and you have to think fast (although you know the machine has thought faster, so to speak) that it becomes an adrenaline rush.
    You come off shaking.
    You can put £20-30 in and always feel you did something wrong because you haven’t won. You don’t blame the machine for not paying out, you blame yourself for not being better.
    And therein lies the crux of the problem.
    Take adrenaline and add it to a sense of failure, you now need to go and show you can do it ( even if only to yourself).
    Result – you lose.

    We don’t have big jackpots outside of the casinos, but anyone who plays These kinds of low jackpot machines needs to ask a simple question before they play

    ‘how would winning the jackpot change my life?’

    If I won £100 it wouldn’t actually make much difference. I couldn’t move house, it would maybe pay my energy bill for that month but that’s pretty much it.
    It’s a mugs game.
    But, while I work in a dull job and get very little excitement, it’s one of the only places I can get that adrenaline rush (outside of actually starting fights with people, which is never a good idea),
    So as much as this post might be disregarded, I’d suggest finding an outlet for pent up energy and do something scary once in a while.
    I now go rock climbing (I hate heights) and get the same feeling (but ten fold) and don’t think about gambling away on fruit machines. It’s loads cheaper too!
    That Just made me realise I was never looking for a mediocre jackpot, just a release to get the adrenaline going.
    I know I’ll still put money in a fruit machine maybe once a month, but I won’t need the money I waste, and certainly won’t start thinking about the money I could win.
    I just look at it as a jukebox or pool table now, I’ll have a few pounds in it, play a few games, then im done, win or lose. It’s a game you’re, essentially, not allowed to win.

  52. Thank you for the nice info, Slot machines are the most colourful and loudest attraction in the casino. They are the most popular gambling method in casinos.

  53. I would never go to a casino even though there was a “Racino” minutes from my door. My Ex girlfriends Aunt is a high roller and would say to me “Just wait til you win some money. Then you will feel different”. 8 years ago she paid for a trip to Vegas for us. She was treated like royalty with a suite of rooms on a private floor. I played a few slot machines but really had little interest. On the last night I was down to my last $5.00 and put it a slot machine and I won $700.00! The rush was unbeliveable. The first thing we did when we got back home was go to the Racino. Fast forward 8 years. I have maxed out several credit cards to about $20,000. I took out a home equity line of credit on my home and maxed that out at $48,000. That loan is coming due next month and I can’t pay it. I self excluded myself for a year at the Racino and when that was up last month I went and spent $2,000 on the slots. To say gambling (or my addiction to gambling) has ruined my life is an understatement. A few years ago a man sat in the parking lot of the Racino and shot himself in the head. He must have felt hopeless. That is how I feel right now. Thanks for listening.

  54. I work in a Casino, and see people losing every day. The odds of losing, far outweigh the odds of winning. Yes, it can happen, but how much do you have to put in before you get your big win? No one talks about how much they lost before that big win. After posting above, we decided to try gamblers anonymous, and it has really opened our eyes to the devastation gambling causes. It is an addiction, that most people deny. The bells, lights, and machines are like a hypnotic spell, and you’ll always have the belief that you’ll be the one to get a big win. Google Gamblers Anonymous to find a meeting in your area. Since we’ve stopped gambling, we haven’t lost any money. 🙂 In fact, we’re way ahead now, and traveling, instead. Life is better when seeking out the support of others, and to hear from others.

  55. I never really thought I had a problem, but I just returned from playing again, (second time in three days) and lost another 150.00 that I cannot afford. I always feel that the next roll will be the one to give me back my money, but, in truth, this does not happen. In my head, I know that slot machines are designed for me to loose, but I don’t know how to stay away. For me, it is also a social occasion to go with friends or my husband, and I don’t know how to tell them that I can’t do this anymore as it will ruin me and my family financially. Thank you.

  56. I am having trouble quitting slot machines especially since they opened up in New York.yesterday I lost all my money now can’t pay the rent I can’t believe I could not quit any suggestions how to quit.I’ve been gambling for 27 years and really want to quitI am tired of being broke and having no money it suckswish all these places would burn down and go out of business.I put myself on a self exclusion list for lifetime and it does not matter I still go and nobody recognizes methat’s not to help you its for the casino when you win they won’t pay you.thank you sincerely Chris

  57. Do you think buying a slot machine to put in the home encourages gambling, or will help keep us out of the casinos here in Las Vegas? We’ve lost way too much money at the casinos, with only small wins here & there, compared to what we’ve given. We are addicted, and won’t be able to do the things we truly want in life if we keep throwing our money away. I thought if we just buy a slot machine, and put it in our house, then we won’t be giving it away to all the casinos, and this way we’d still have fun with all the lights and sounds at home. What do you think? Bad idea or good way to stop giving our hard earned money to the casinos and keep it to ourselves?

  58. Thanks for your words. I left the stupid casino late last night. I will not go back (I pray). I gave it one last look, knowing it would be the last. The slot machine took over my world. I want my world, for better or for worse. I called Gambers AA.

  59. Signs of slot machine addiction

    When gambling on a slot machine, the bond between the gambler and the machine becomes personal, no one to interfere with their gambling and no one to compete against. The player feels a fondness for a particular machine and some players even get irritated if they see someone else playing their machine. If the slot player is playing longer than he planned, spending more money than he can afford, and telling lies about how much he wins or loses, perhaps he has a problem. If s/he is concerned about his behavior while gambling and even during periods when the person is away from the casino, perhaps s/he may have a slot machine addiction. Other signs of slot machine addiction include:
    1. Belief that you are not gambling with “real money”.
    2. Belief that you will win back money that you lost on a slot machine.
    3. Developing a personal relationship or bond with a particular slot machine.
    4. Feeling irritation when you see someone else playing on “your” slot machine.
    5. Playing a slot machine longer than planned.
    6. Spending more money on a slot machine than you can afford.
    7. Lying about how much you win or lose on a slot machine.
    8. Thinking about playing the slots when you are away from a casino.
    9. Problems at work, home or in a social setting due to playing the slots.
    10. If you think you may have a gambling problem, you probaby do.
    Slot machines are designed to be addictive
    Slot machines are also known as VLTs (video lottery terminals) or pokies. The machines are designed with three or more reels that spin when a button is pushed or a handle pulled. The machines have different themes containing graphics and music from popular movies or TV show. The sounds, colors, and images on slot machines have been designed by psychologists to seduce the player and the music reinforces the addictive behavior.

    Dopamine, adrenaline and slot machines

    The rapid response from the machine has a hypnotic effect and stirs up the dopamine in our brains. And the speed of slot machine games keeps the gamblers’ adrenaline pumping. Even if the gambler does not win, the machine makes him feel that he almost did. And for the gambler that can be just as great a feeling as winning the jackpot. In fact, the person can sit there for hours just pushing buttons and zoning out because the games require no thought or skill. Many slot players have commented, “I just couldn’t get up and walk away.”

    Instant gratification on slot machines

    When a person gambles on slot machines they don’t have to think or plan their next move. They don’t have to wait for cards to be dealt, horses to run around a track, or the end of a sports event, to know the score. Playing the slot machines person knows instantly if he won. Even if he didn’t win, the reels show him how close he came to winning. The machine tells the player that it is ready to pay off because the images on the reels were showing us three, four or five of a kind.

    Slot machines are the crack cocaine of gambling

    Slot machines are powerful revenue-generating forces designed to keep the player spending more money. The innocence of the slot machine attracts the gambler as he walks through the casino but the slot machine addiction has been described as the crack cocaine of gambling. The money that people gamble on slot machines typically isn’t important and is treated like Monopoly money. Even when the person loses, they believe they will win back all the money they lost to the machine. To compound the losing of money, several ATM machines are located in the gambling area.  But what has your experience been? 

  60. I started gambling when I was 18 finding out I was having a baby my friends took me out to the porkies and I had a major cash jackpot so I went back and won again I always remember loosing the $100 I could never get back and became hooked it destroyed my friends family I stole and kept it my dark secret after a year and loosing over 30 000 dollars people started getting worried it was the worst time in my life I manages to stop for over ten years but recently I’ve had a relapse instead I got out and bet the highest as I just want a win and think If I had the guts it will pay out instead I slightly win and lost a grand tonight all my savings I am extremely disappointed and feel ashamed as I have a family ect after today I will stop this is just what the governments love to do take money from ppl doing it hard and use there addiction against them I’m truely discussed the government allows this to happen in not doing well today at all just want my money back and u can keep the porkies can’t believe I did that

  61. I play slots on a daily basis. If you’re clever, you CAN win more than you spend. A slot machine is designed to take exactly 50% of what is put into the machine. The machine tests you, you put your 1st hundren bucks in, it will let win some, loose some but after 10-20mins its gone. Then if you feed another grand into the machine, it knows you’re after the jackpot so it will keep eating your money. Let’s say you keep putting 100 bucks in till you’ve spent 5 grand. Then all of a suddend you notice you’re winning again. You’ll get up to a certain amount & you’ll up your bet. After that it will take all you’re money you just won back, you back to $0 so you think to yourself “I’ll put in another $100 & get it up to 1 grand & go home” the machine knows what you trying to do. It will let you win some but continue to take all your money. Once you’re winning again, get it up to $400, you cash out. Then you go home & tell everyone you only won $400 but they don’t know you just spent your whole paycheck. Now that machine is full of money, its taken 100% of what was put in, time to give back to the public. Next person on that machine, will win that 50% back & he will go home & tell everyone he put in $100 & pulled out $3000. That’s when you must be clever, watch the machines, when you see somone feeding their machines thousands, keep an eye on that machine, once the leave, go to it, make sure its been reset before you put money in. Just put $100 in & you’ll see what happens next. Down the road from me, there’s a bar & I’ve personly taken $20 000 out of it after putting $150 into it. My biggest win so far. I got to the bar & saw a guy sitting there & was betting highest bet & was sitting on $3500. I said he’s doing good for himself & he laughed and sand ” haha, no, I just put $5000 in here, going after the books (bonus game) so I sat down & watched him play 2 hours later, he had spent another $25 000. Then broke again, went to the atm, drew another $10 000 & put it all in one time. Max bet & 2nd spin up to $15 000 then a hour later he’s back on $5000 then nothing. By this time it was 5am he looked in his wallet & took out his last $100 put it in & 2nd spin, he got 4 a full row of something. Then he was up $500. I then told him, just take it out and go home or you going to loose it like you lost everything else. So he did exactly that, took out the money, machine got reset & he went to the bathroom, hoped onto the seat, ordered myself a drink put in $150 ( I spent $50 on the machine next to him ) & I got to $100 & then got a full line of cowboys(highest winning symbol) and 500 AG’s (automatic games) then after that I got a bonus & bonus symbol selected was a cowboy & I got 5 out of 10 full screens. That’s 5 x 500 AG’s per full screen (2500 AG’s per full screen) that was 12500 AG’s all together so excited I was. After 3 hours of playing, I walked away with $20 200 i bought all the bar tenders drinks & left, went straight to the bank. So next time try this. If you’re addicted, you might as well be winning at it. I recently opened 2 joined bars and I have a gambling section with 10 slots machines. The 50% that the machine is suppose to keep, now comes 2 me anyway! I don’t need to play 2 win! I just need to keep my bar running. Happy gambling! Hope my little story helps you win more than you loose!

  62. Ive never been addicted to anything except cigarettes, which I put down after 30 plus years. Im 60 years old. I consider myself smart and successful. After winning a trip to Reno 20 years ago, I became hooked on slot machines. I knew they would destroy me but still continued to get the rush. Ive lost more than enough to fund a nice retirement. Here I am broke and still finding time and money to give the Indians. I take full blame for my situation. Ive tried self banning. Most tribes think its a joke. Ive re entered most of the places I banned myself with no problem.I wish some of these Tribal Gaming Agents or state gambling commission officials could walk in my shoes for a week or two. Maybe then they could see the pain these machines cause. Just because they generate money does not make it right. I think its a crime to pretend that only 2-3 % of patrons have a problem. I dont know the answer for society but for me I think abstinence is the only answer. Thanks for reading.

  63. I started playing slots addictively a year ago. Was winning on average about $100 every time on a 2 casino visit a week. Over the past few months my recent visits have been “REELING”;) on the downward spiral! Over the past week I’ve lost over a $1000. I personely consider this a bad addictive behavior since I’m losing and keep going. Licking my wounds:(

  64. And now thanks to the wonders of technology, you can play the slots from the comfort of your own home, which makes it more secretive!

    What annoys me is that you wouldn’t advertising on television that you were giving out free cocaine or heroin to new members. Then why do Gaming Sites constantly advertise giving away x amount of pounds or dollars to new members to play with for FREE! This is the same honey trap that is used when drug dealers hand out free samples, once you take the free sample or the free money, you become hooked, and when you return it’s not free any more! Slippery slope to addiction and yet gaming sites are allowed to advertise in this way.

    And yes this is how I stupid got sucked in the first time, I opened up an account online and gambled with free money and have you noticed you always win when you first start playing! That’s to get you hooked, then suddenly you start losing, then, you start chasing your losses and then you become addicted.

  65. Hi Chris. Obsessive thinking can be a sign of compulsive gambling. Have you thought about speaking out your concerns and thought patterns with a psychologist?

  66. I put $21 in a $3 max hit slot machine. After the $21 was gone,7 hits,I thought “enough”. I COULD have put another $20 in but decided not too.
    I got up,walked away,came back to the same area less than 5 minutes later,
    a woman was on that same machine,and hit a jackpot for $2700.
    I was depressed after seeing that,and kept going over and over in my mind —-I SHOULD have put
    the other $20 in.Is it normal to still feel sad and mad at myself for not putting in the other $20?

  67. I became a slots addict online and within no time I had lost £60,000 or more to the addiction – money I worked hard for and saved hard for years, just gone. I am very ill with depression from all that has gone on with my gambling and am now trying to recover. I never want to gamble again. The biggest mistake I made was ever starting, what a horrible gripping addiction that I lost my soul to for too long. I can’t wait to be clear and free from this now.

  68. I am addicted to gambling, especially slot machines. I was losing way too much money. This went on for years. Then 3 years ago my income suffered a huge hit. I had to make drastic spending cuts across the board. One of the biggest areas i had to cut was what I was spending on gambling. But I am addicted. I could not stop. Then one day it occurred to me. The solution was right there in front of me all the time. Two little buttons, one of which says “one line” and the other says “bet one per line”. That’s right, I now play just one penny per spin! I can now play for hours, if not all day, on five bucks! Sometimes I play all day and leave a few dollars ahead. I found a way to feed my addiction very cheaply. I spend more time than ever in casinos, yet spend a tiny fraction of what I used to. If you are addicted to gambling, try this strategy. It won’t cure you of your addiction, in fact it may leave you more addicted than ever, but if you consistently follow it it will eliminate the financial problems that often accompany gambling addiction. And my spending more time playing slots for only one penny, you will have less time to spend money on more expensive recreational pursuits. However, if time wasted is the main problem for you instead of the money, then forget this!

  69. Dane ~ I can so relate to your post. I too blew 10 grand of my savings on nickle slots. I keep thinking about what I could have done with that money. Yet I returned again and again. I know intellectually that I will never win back what I’ve lost. But something keeps pulling me back there. I am addicted. I want to stop. My checking account is overdrawn on a regular basis. I have been paying my bills up until recently when I’ve blown my whole paycheck for the last 2-1/2 months. I found this article searching the internet for “help”. All of your comments have truly helped me to put things in perspective. I see people in the casino who are addicted and I only recognize them because I see the same characteristics in myself.

    I agree the government should put a stop to the madness. I see people gambling away money I know they can’t afford…you can see the frustration…panic…disappointment..the “what am I going to do” look on their faces. I feel for the senior citizens on walkers, wheel chairs, oxygen that are bused into the pit of doom every day with their once a month income.

    I am glad I happened upon this article. I know I can escape the addiction. I have lost too much of my hard earned money. I try not to think about that…what’s done is done and there is no going back. I have to start today to give myself a chance before it’s too late.

  70. Playing poker or any game you will lose as well , it is not just a slot machine. Gambling leads to loses with continued play , regardless if you have some wins, they soon go back and more.

    Accepting this FACT ! you can then limit your visits and only play the money you brought with you and not a cent more.
    If your unable to do that, stay away friends.

  71. I remember winning $450.00 on a machine and when I left the machine to cash out the winnings a lady said to me that I won on her machine and that she dropped almost $800.00 in to it just prior to my sitting down there. I found that kind of odd that she was thinking like that and then I remembered things I read about addictive gamblers.

    She seemed like a nice lady but wow how many like her in there losing their souls in these machines or playing to extinction as casino reprobates like to comment about the patrons who are regulars to their establishments, along with calling people cattle.

    So I had that win but in the following months I gave it all back and another $800.00, so I was on my way to being one of those addicted people.

    I stopped going and being a fool getting separated from his money.
    It didn’t take financial ruin to see the light early one as all I had to do was watch others and ask people how they were doing and every single answer was the same , they were down money and in some cases a lot of money.

    This government sanctioned craziness has to end and the governments have to start learning to be more responsible for taxpayers money instead of wasting it and allowing gambling parlors to get fast money off the very people who cannot afford to lose their money to these cretins.

  72. I used to piss my money away in the slots because I was an addicted fool but I never allowed it to cause such a problem that my bills were not getting payed or I had to borrow money.

    I blew through about ten grand of savings and then one night I was getting ready to head out the the casino and said to myself this has got to stop !

    I started thinking about what I could have spent that ten grand on and now the casino had it.
    Despite realizing this I was still going to go to the casino.
    I decided to not go that night and went on the internet and looked around and found so many horror stories about folks who blew 100’s of thousands and lost everything.

    It’s been six months now and I have not been any were near a gambling parlor.

    Yes I reasoned to myself on occasion I’ll just go and do a couple hundred but I knew this was my addiction talking and I knew it would not be a couple hundred , I would be right back at the game losing the rest of my savings.

    You know it is so easy now a days because it seems casinos are every were now and race tracks with slots and one of them is bound to be close to you were you live as they are to me.
    used to be you had to travel to Vegas or Atlantic city to see slots but no more , they are in your neighborhood.

    I can never say never but for now I am not going to give any of them my hard earned money just for a few hours of bells and flashing lights. And I have to say that I have more money in my bank account than I’ve had in years so this sustains me and helps me stay away.
    I’m just a regular working Joe and decided I would share this for what benefit it might have , I know I am one of many many people who are getting their pockets picked by these government sanctioned operations that used to be illegal until the government realized they could extract millions in revenues at the expense of the average individual who is already being taxed to hell and back in all other areas.

  73. Lots of books out there stating the obvious about slot addiction or gambling addiction in general.
    You can search the internet for free and find out all that information.
    However if your one of the addicted people you can read whatever you want and it is not necessarily going to change anything.
    Goes without saying that some folks should never go near any form of gambling establishment because of an addictive personality.
    Then there are others who lose a lot but not enough to create a serious problem. They actually have some measure of control.
    These gambling dens spend millions on ways to get you in there and pump the machines. Old tricks like the parking being quite far from the actual building when there is no need for that. The bathrooms way in side the place were you pass loads of machines to get to them , same with the cash out machines never near an exit , always well inside so you pass machines on the way.
    The points cards to entice you to become a regular visitor offering free meals and cheap articles when a certain amount of points are reached. They are of course open 24/7 so you can go at any time of day or night. I guess when you understand what these joints are all about you can maybe start controlling yourself and not allow these parasites to empty your pockets with their cheap parlor tricks.
    You are better off just playing a couple bucks lottery tickets and leave it at that and you will keep your money for your benefit and not be feeding someone else pockets.

  74. Slots no matter were you find them a Casino or Race Track , they are all the same made by the same manufacturer pretty well and they are are designed to take more then they give out.
    You can be lucky , of course but it is rare you will win anything decent unless you happen to hit on a progressive or something.
    In the meantime hundreds and hundreds leave your wallet to chase that elusive big win.
    I know what it is like to be drawn in to slots and now that they have a ticket and not cash coins hitting the hopper below you lose sight of the value of the money as in you never see any real money other than the cash you feed the bandit.
    So after losing two grand in a months time about 5 visits I started some new rules for myself and that is to take 100.00 once a month and no cards on me to get more money so once the 100 is gone and I am out of the environment and in the parking lot I keep on going as if the hypnotic trance of the slot surroundings and the lights and bells disappeared from my senses and I was back to normal and only out 100 bucks which is fine as that was the amount I planned on. Funny thing though I cannot really say here that I won anything worth talking about since I started that new rule of 100 once a month half a year ago but I can tell you my wallet if a lot thicker than it was when I dropped the two grand . And I don’t leave mad or light in my bank account like before.
    I guess I am more proud of myself for having this control than winning a big jackpot and still be able to have some slot fun and now it is fun for change.
    Only the addict can make the changes and no book by some flunky is going to change your ways , only YOU can do that.

  75. I have never been addicted to anything in my life and I am 48yrs old and started playing the slots about 2yrs ago .I now am VERY ADDIC
    TED . It is like a sicken , I tell myself just one jackpot Iand I will quit but that has not happend and if I don”t stop I am going to lose every thing . When I win I feel good until I but it all back in and walk out with nothing then If feel like kicking myself in the butt . I hate no telling my husband because my loss is his loss and that is not fair to him ,
    he does not deserve it .I no I need HELP and I want HELP .I live in GA.

  76. A very well depicted article.
    I agree wholheartedly with some of the neurological/psychological affects of playing slot machines, but concerning those like myself, who have “ADDISON’S DISEASE,” which is adrenoline deficiency, can actual become potentially fatal; I often pas out into complete unconsciiusness and often collapse, due to needing norepenepherine, or adrenoline. In conclusion, not everyone who loves slot machines is an addicted individual. Some of us just love to play and to get out; to experience something other than “themselves”

    To come to a casino is surely a glorious affair, and especially when this mentioned individual cannot due to a physical disability. So don’t believe everything you hear and or read. My upcomming book, my 14th title, “Casino Child; King of the Slot Machines,” will more the define such endeavors and exploits, but surely encompased in a deeply spiritual claim and insight.

    Lama Milkweed L. Augustine PhD DD

  77. I lost over a grand in a couple weeks as well and I like many people I started out saying to myself OK I’ll go in and do $100 and leave win or lose but as long as I have my wallet and bank card it always ends up being $300 each visit, sometimes a little more.

    One of those times I won $800 and then $300 but I gave that all back and more so I had to make a decision to quit while I was ahead , not in winnings but what I had in my bank account , even though I lost a grand I’m OK if I stopped now and I did.

    I do read about other people and how they lost control and lost thousands upon thousands and I am sure they started out like me and perhaps did not have the presence of mind to realize early on that this was a no win situation, also the entertainment is now gone replaced with addition.

    I knew that I had to stop myself , can’t blame the casino or anyone else for my lack of self control.

  78. I have been gambeling for about 10 years now. Im 43 and it first started out from my boyfriend teaching me how to play cards. It was so exciting and fun now im addicted to slots cuz after 3 years of cards my lucky streak went away. Slots are the same just more addicting. Why is it legal? Its taken my money, time, and energy away. They want you to be addicted not just entertained!

  79. ive lost thousands . ive been gambling since i was 21.i stopped for about 5 years and then went back. i honestly hate it. financially im stable but it only makes it easier for me. i feel i cant stop ,typcally i spend 1000 or more per month . i want to stop because i know i could invest that money and do better things with it .

  80. havnt touched a slot since my last submission on here in july.

    what did it for me was the youtube videos about slot addiction. and the movie 21 were it said slots were for losers

  81. Yeah it is very big problem for players. But if you believe in yourself, that you could refuse to all temptations and limit your playing time to 0.

  82. Hi Needhelp. First, you can call a hotline and talk with someone. Second, I’d suggest that you seek help from a licensed psychologist. Compulsive gambling can be treated with therapy and behavioral modifications. But you need to learn WHY you’re gambling, and then get suggestions for alternative ways of THINKING. Changing the way that you think will change the outcome.

  83. I started gambling on the slots when our first big casino opened about 15 kilometres away 7 years ago. Those days it was just now and again with very little money and no big deal. Today I am a full blown addict. Usually leaving the casino in tears, swearing never to set foot again – then after a couple of days the yearning starts again. I have insurmountable debts to pay – credit cards i have maxed out over the years, friends I have borrowed from etc. Honestly sometimes I have thought that suicide is the only answer.

    What IS the answer. I just cannot help myself.
    Please help me.

  84. Lilli, if the slots make you sick as you walk in by, that is not an addiction, only 5% get addicted, you may just have been burned and that can feel bad. It’s a good thing you feel bad, you can stay away or at least use tricks like leaving debit card at home and bringing set amount of money for fun. We all make mistakes, even as adults and slots is a new intense form of temptation, who doesn’t want to win the freedom from difficult adult problems we face. Freedom for the hours you sit in front of that machine, and freedom the money will buy you. But you discovered it doesn’t exist, and problems must be faced head on. Face this gambling issue by accepting you made a mistake, and as with food, fashion, men, you have to enjoy it cautiously. You just have to, there is no choice. We all want a get-out- of- jail-free card, there is nothing wrong with that desire. Give your real life problems time to heal itself as well as giving the pain of gambling time to heal itself. Chip away daily at your life problems, and I know it’s impossible to stay away from gambling so really don’t take your cards, and use just that small amount of money to play, and go home reminding yourself you can come back. Walking away from the casino after spending only 25$ of free play and 10$ of your own money may not be as much fun, but the point is to wean yourself away slowly as you get some time and distance from the trauma of losing control. Quitting cold turkey is a set up for failure if you’re really affected. this is working okay for me, but I live close to a casino. If you lived fairly far away, that would be gas money you’re losing as well, but if it’s entertaining and a diversion for you, it may be worth it. Just remember, don’t take your card even if you feel you have control, and play for the fun.

    Can you give us an update If you’re still around?

  85. I can only see slot machine as an amusement thing. Slots machine should be legal only for free. They can create addicition very easily.

  86. Al, I agree with you on slots (I also call them “sluts.”) I believe that slot machines should be illegal. I realize that money can be lost on other forms of gambling, but I have never lost so much so fast as on a slot machine.

    I still go the casino at times to play blackjack, but my slot interest has waned. When I hear the sounds of them as I pass, it does make me desire to play, but I just have to say “no.” When I think about slot machines I get sick to my stomach.

    In the casino, all of the games are “low information, low control,” except blackjack and poker, where the player has more information. I advise anyone who wants to gamble, don’t play games where you have no information on your chances at that moment.

  87. hey everyone. if you think your addicted the first step to stoppiong is addmitting it the second step. is maybe go with a set amount and leaving the debit card behind. or better yet just go with no money ant all and just enough to eat, drink and hang oiut.. I lost 400, tonight and 700 last night. I’m a grown man. and came home and almost started crying, by grown I mean 25 years old. the worst part about it for me is remember telling my freinds and relatives only morons play slot machines than id go play cash poker and win 500+ and litterally laugh at the people that lost money playing slot machines. now im the idiot playing. what happened. is it because i live in vegas now?????

    im not a loser im not playing slots any more mark my words.

    whos with me????????

    this is a guy thats 25 who maybe lost 2k in slots. oh wait thats a lie… i guess i am an addict. but my point is, if your consisently losing money you dont have in a slot machine somethings wrong.

    NO MORE. Beep vegas, from now on its poker for me. and no more slots. how many people in their 20’s have to cry about being addicted to sluts, what a joke. whats that ga number again

  88. Thanks for the feedback, Marilyn. I did call our local GA hotline back in December, and left a message, but no one ever returned my call. Pehaps I can call the number for another chapter.

    Gambling, for me, is a symptom. The original cause is the depression and hopelessness. Before the gambling, I had gained a lot of weight. Since the gambling started, I have lost weight. So it seems like I will either overeat or gamble. I don’t know which is worse at this point. The gambling is certainly more expensive. In that regard, it is unsustainable, and will have to end at some point due to lack of money.

  89. I was never into gambling before, and actually felt sorry for people who spent money on Lottery scratch-off tickets, & who had a dreams of winning big on the Lottery or in Vegas. I have taken statistic courses in college and knew that “Legalized gambling is a tax on people who can’t do math.”

    However, at the age of 51, I have, in the past four months, started going to a local casino. The past four years of my life, I have had some very unfortunate occurrences that have harmed my health and derailed my career path, and I have felt hopeless. At the casino I forget about my disappointments and problems. I first only played blackjack at the casino. I would take a few minutes away from blackjack to spend a couple of bucks on the penny slots with the fruit reels, but they never grabbed me in. They were “ho-hum.” But then I found this machine, “Golden Crown,” that the casino placed in a circle of eight machines where you first walk into the non-smoking area. It is the most addictive thing ever. You don’t win much on each spin, or nothing at all for a long time, then you can win large amounts.

    I realize rationally that the casino has the advantage. When I am away from the casino, though, I start to think that I will go back and just bet my comp-ed play, plus maybe $5 of my own money. Sometimes I do win on just that small amount, but other times I loose a hundred dollars.

    This is sad. I know I am doing this to escape. And I could stop going to the slots. But then I would gain weight, because it’s either eating or slots.

  90. Dear KB, It sounds like you have a very good awareness of what is happening and what you need to do: stop slot machine gambling. If you are ready to stop, you can look into Gamblers Anonymous (GA) meetings in your area, or check out SMART Recovery. Both offer programs for recovery from gambling. GA uses a 12 step model, while SMART uses cognitive behavioral therapy similar to counseling. They are both self-help groups where you can meet others going through similar struggles.

    My heart goes out to you. Please let us know how we can help.

  91. i have an addictive personality and when i first played slots I knew it could be a big problem, but I was never around them much so it wasn’t a big deal. well, fast forward a decade or more later, and i had some free time, and some stress in my life, i started to just drive (1.5 hours!) to get to them by myself. Now, I drive to them myself about 1-2x per week. I have just lost about 700 in the last week. That is a TON of money for me, especially right now. I egnore my responsibilites, and drink and eat too much. Then, I get really moody about it. I am addicted!!! and, it’s ruining (at least damaging) my life!!

  92. I rarely played slots before, maybe i played one or two times a year. Last year after a very sucessful session of poker (online) i tried a few spins at one of the slots they had. I won the $140k jackpot and i was addicted…The bets got higher and higher, as high as $300 a spin and i lost 40k in a day. The day after i won several jackpots ranging from $10-$50 000. And i was so thrilled thinking of all the money. It was a run of insanity indeed,
    But mathematics is what it is and you will never win in the long run. Eventually my heater ended end the machines stopped giving out. The problem with my addiction is that i allways think i will win more and more and more,,And i think just 10 more spins and it will give something, then 10 more and so it goes to the point of no return.

  93. I have a partner who is addicted to “pokies” here in Australia they are everywhere, you can’t to to ANY pub or club without their being hundreds of them. It is the WORST form of addiction I have had to deal with and it is ruining my life.

  94. This is right on the mark. I am a current gambling addict and I am addicted to the video slots. I am a recovering alchaholic who has been sober over 15 years but the slot machines are kicking my ass. To hear them described as the crack of gambling is stunninly accurate. I need to stop.

  95. Rose, I can so relate to what you said about your bank account. I have a long track mark of withdrawal upon withdrawal that feeds my slot addiction habit. I won’t be too surprised if one day my bank called me out of concern.

    Marilyn + everyone: I prefer slots to playing bingo. In fact, I hardly ever play bingo. It started off as something I enjoy. I still do, but it’s turned into something I call on to make me feel better, whether it’s boredom, feeling down or avoidance of something I don’t wanna deal with.

    And it’s not like I can really afford to play. But I play anyway.

  96. Wow…this article is right on….the first one Ive read that dealt specifically with slot machine addiction. It was so eye opening to see it referred to as the “crack cocaine”. I know I have a serious problem with slots…I go to “get away” from everyday stress..its mindless..doesnt require skill and yes…its hypnotizing. Even if Im doing well and have one a few hundred…nine times out of ten..I will leave with nothing!!!!.having loss of I could not afford to lose. It is seriously starting to effect me financially..I am in the process of seeking help…I told someone recently that if I showed them my bank would be like showing them my track marks…thats the hard part..unlike drugs or alcohol..its a lot easier to keep secret…but one thing I have discovered is that..secrets make us sick !!!!!!

  97. i agree with all on this article…i am addicted to video pokie machines that give free ganes etc…..and i am hardcore addicted…..still manage to pay all my bills most of the time….been like that since i was 20 or so….10 years worth of gambling and it has gradually been getting worse….with my partner of 8 years now and he does not even know about it….li have been living a lie for a long time. but i know it!

    so i hope that i click to the point where i refrain playing with real money…i would play with play money just to see the free games BUT i love to make some money.

    basically, i have lost more than i have one three fold….so plan to reduce my gambling from weekly to monthly. lets see….

  98. I quit going to the casinos after losing about $1,000 over several months. (A lot of money to me.) My close friend is becoming addicted, or already is, and she won’t stop. She neglects her teenage boys, one of whom just got expelled for drugs. She spends five, six, seven hundred dollars+ a week, and goes between two and five times. I think she is out of control and only see it getting worse. Never would have guessed it would get ahold of her. So sad.

  99. Very interesting. I did not think about a person feeling “jealous” of someone else playing their slot machine, but it makes sense. I can also see your point about how slot machines are designed to keep you playing. Just the way TV is designed to keep you watching. As an addict, I am very grateful that I did not pick up gambling, because I can see the potential for addiction there, too.

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