Uncontrolled gambling can be destructive. A gambling addiction can result in consequences like bankruptcy, unemployment, loss of family and friends and depression. So it is important you should gamble without being addicted. The intention is not to quit gambling, but stopping yourself prior to entering a non-returnable zone.
Gambling control strategies
You can gamble for your enjoyment without getting addicted if you follow a few simple stratagems:
- Go for a short break: Do not gamble every day. Some days should be taken off. Ensure that you do not engage in gambling during particular days or hours and keep these promises. Plan the day so that free time is kept to a minimum and you do not get the time to enter a casino.
- Find replacement activity: Try to find another activity which will substitute your gambling habit. Go out with your friends and shop. You can cook or listen to your favourite music. The aim of such activities is to stop gambling. Find replacements which gives you the same high as gambling does.
- Remember the pain of losing: Bring back the feeling of utter despair when you lost heavily at the casino. Go through the despondency once again. You will discover that your wish to place a bet have suddenly diminished.
Know about gambling addiction
Understand what gambling addiction is, specifically about the gambling activity you prefer. The knowledge will help you draw your own personal imaginary line. Try to find out your personal triggers as they assist a lot to deal with addiction. If you know this, you will think twice prior to placing a bet.
Texas Republican Joe Barton has introduced legislation again to legalise online poker so states that would like to launch it in their states can go ahead. This move comes as a surprise since most state legislatures and social groups are proposing blanket ban on all kinds of online gambling.
The legislation proposed by Joe Barton will ensure that states have full control over online poker operations with their boundaries and will take steps to cut off illegal offshore operators.
Details of the online poker
Joe Barton is an avid fan of poker and considers it a game of skill that is unique to Americans which is different from other card games like blackjack, craps, slots and other games of chance. The law would be tech-savvy enough to root out under-age players and help problem gamblers to overcome their habit. In 2013 Rep.
Peter King had tried to introduce similar law to legalize internet poker gambling and protect financial interests of players but did not get much support. Billionaire Sheldon Adelson has also joined the group of gambling protestors against this legislation and he is being supported by Republic Representative Leonard Lance.
Debate for and against internet gambling
In the bill supporting internet gambling Barton is being supported by six senators among whom one is running for president. He is also getting support from Representative Jason Chaffetz and 19 more sponsors that are introducing similar bill in the House.
The most vociferous protestor of online poker is South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham who has reintroduced a bill, which if cleared, will put an end to licensed online poker on both federal and state level. The law could also put an end to online poker in Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey the three states where it is already law.
Few, if any have ever accomplished what he did in the game. His specialty was No Limit Hold ‘em Poker in which he was widely considered to be the greatest ever. The records can speak for themselves. In possession of five World Series of Poker bracelets, Stu Ungar was a world champion several times. He achieved this by playing only 30 championships in his entire lifetime.
Lacking experience at the No Limit Hold ‘em, Ungar entered the $10,000 buy-in World Championship event in 1980 and won. He held onto his title with great success in his title-defense the next year . By 25, Stu Ungar was a two-time world champion. He won the world championship thrice; the first and the last time he entered for the event.
He was a player who was revered by those who knew him for having an incredible IQ and astounding photographic memory. This led him to being barred from playing blackjack in all casinos.
Stu Ungar lived his entire life as a gambler, going from being penniless to a millionaire and vice versa – four times. His life was however, plagued by many problems including substance abuse. Despite this, Stu Ungar’s life and contribution to the game of Poker was certainly one for the hall of fame and he was successfully inducted into the Poker Hall of Fame in 2001.
Johnny Chan – the hall of famer
Movie and Poker star, Johnny Chan is a born leader. His achievements have made him stand out, especially as he attained all his wealth before turning 50.
He won the world championships for two consecutive years in 1987 and 1988. That is not all. He took the lead in the all-time money won in the 2002 World Series of Poker. Johnny Chan also became the first Poker player to become a movie star. His admission into the Poker Hall of Fame was considered an oversight because of Johnny Chan’s tender age.
Considered one of the best No-Limit Hold ‘em players to live, he was considered for the Hall of Fame for his willingness to play against all. He has earned numerous nicknames, and is one of the best-admired and most friendly ex-world champions.