Online Poker Tips

Internet poker room is a good place to test your basic skills and define the best live poker game playing strategy for yourself. At the Internet poker room table you would have to play against possibly more skilled opponents.

The first and the main live poker game tip on our list is: do your homework, study the basic poker rules, memorize all possible poker hands, visit Internet poker forums, read books on poker, chat with other poker card players.

Then try playing a poker game online to master your skills!

Take full advantage of live poker game deposit bonuses at the Internet poker room you choose. Almost all Internet poker rooms offer deposit bonuses for new poker players, usually from $30 to $50.

Place a limit on the money you are going to gamble with before you start playing live poker game.

When playing a poker game, analyze the playing habits and poker playing strategies used by your opponents at the Internet poker room table.

As a beginner do not play too many poker hands, you will be sure to loose. Play only the higher value starting hands.

With chosen low poker limits you can play live poker game for several hours for less than the cost of a movie ticket. So even if you lose a little, think of the expense as a small payment for a nicely spent evening.

Play poker at your present mastery level. If you are just a beginner poker card player, do not rush into Internet poker room tournaments, your time will come after months of improving your skill in numerous live poker games.

Learn how to fold a poker hand and when. Fold if you have nothing in your hand, do not be afraid to fold poker hands as many times as necessary.

Becoming a successful player by mastering the art of choosing starting poker hands, employing pot odds, and aggressively betting your winning hands.

Codependency Is Sneaky and Powerful

Focusing thinking and behavior around someone else is a sign of codependency. We react to something external, rather than our own internal cues. Addicts are codependent, too. Their lives revolve around their addiction – be it food, work, drugs, or sex.

Codependency derived from the term “co-alcoholic,” originating in studies of family members of substance abusers who interfered with recovery by enabling.

Family therapists found that their codependent behavior developed in their childhood growing up in a dysfunctional family. In the 40s, German psychoanalyst and humanist Karen Horney wrote about neurotic behavior caused by self-alienation. She described personality types that fit codependency and believed that they resulted from faulty parenting and the “tyranny of the shoulds.”

The 12-step program Codependents Anonymous (CoDA) was founded in 1986 by Ken and Mary, two therapists who had grown up in abusive families.

Definitions

Codependency is considered a disorder in the American Psychiatric Association, due to lack of consensus on a definition and empirical research. However, the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders does list a dependent personality disorder, described as someone more passive, submissive, and dependent than most codependents. In 1989, experts at a National Conference arrived at a suggested definition: “A pattern of painful dependency on compulsive behaviors and on approval from others in an attempt to find safety, self-worth and identity.” Other definitions by experts in the field include:

* Melody Beattie: Allowing another person’s behavior to affect him or her and obsessing

about controlling that person’s behavior.

* Earnie Larsen: A diminished capacity to initiate, or participate in, loving relationships.

* Robert Subby: Resulting from prolonged exposure to oppressive rules.

* John Bradshaw & Pia Melody: A symptom of abandonment – a loss of ones inner reality and an addiction to outer reality.

* Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse: A brain disorder that leads codependents to seek the relief of soothing brain chemicals, which are released through compulsive behaviors, including addiction to work, substances, gambling, food, sex, and/or relationships.

* Charles Whitfield: A disease of a lost selfhood.

Beattie’s and Larsen’s definition centers on relationship behavior. I agree with Bradshaw, Melody, and Whitfield that codependency resides in us whether or not we’re in a relationship. I also agree with Wegscheider-Cruse that addicts are codependent and that relief is sought through substances, processes, and people. However, unlike Cruse, I believe codependency is learned behavior that’s trans-generational. Other influences are cultural and religious biases. Although research shows that some teens had brain abnormalities even before they became drug addicts, their twins did not become addicted, so the full impact of genetic and organic causes is still unclear, particularly in view of the brain’s plasticity in adolescence.

Core Feelings and Behavior

Codependent feelings and behavior vary in degree on a continuum. Like a disease and addiction, if untreated symptoms become compulsive and worsen in stages over time.

Core feelings include:

  • Denial
  • Low Self-esteem
  • Painful emotions: Shame, Guilt, Anger and Resentment, Anxiety, Depression
  • Core Behaviors include:

  • Dependency
  • Intimacy problems
  • Dysfunctional communication
  • Dysfunctional boundaries
  • Control of oneself and/or others (includes Caretaking)
  • Core feelings and behaviors create other problems, such as, people-pleasing, self-doubt, mistrust, perfectionism, high-reactivity, enabling, and obsessions. Codependents are usually more attuned to other people’s needs and feelings than their own. To quell anxiety about rejection, they try to accommodate others, while ignoring their own needs, wants, and feelings. As a result, they tend to lose their autonomy, particularly in intimate relationships. Over time, their self-worth declines due to self-alienation and/or allowing others to devalue them.

    Codependents have varied personalities, and symptoms differ in type and severity among them. They also have diverse attachment styles. Not all are caretakers or are even in a relationship. Some seek closeness, while others avoid it. Some are addicts, bullies, selfish, and needy, or may appear independent and confident, but they attempt to control, or are controlled by, a personal relationship or their addiction. Sometimes that relationship is with an addict or narcissist. A relationship that is one-sided or marked by addiction or abuse is a sign of codependency. But not all codependent relationships are one-sided or abusive.

    Recovery

    Untreated codependency can lead to severe anxiety, depression, and health problems. There is help for recovery and change. Recovery goes through stages that normalize codependent symptoms. The goal of recovery is to be a fully functioning adult who is:

  • Authentic
  • Autonomous
  • Capable of intimacy
  • Assertive and congruent in expression of values, feelings, and needs
  • Flexible without rigid thinking or behavior
  • Become informed. Get guidance and support. Codependent patterns are deeply ingrained habits and difficult to identify and change on your own. It often takes an experienced third party to identify them and to suggest alternative beliefs and responses. Therapy and 12-Step meetings provide this. In recovery, you will:

  • Come out of denial
  • Let go of others
  • Build an autonomous Self
  • Raise your self-esteem
  • Find pleasure – develop friends, hobbies
  • Heal past wounds
  • Learn to be assertive and set boundaries
  • Pursue larger goals and passions
  • Self-Help and Therapy

    Codependency is highly recoverable, but requires effort, courage, and the right treatment. A therapist should be knowledgeable in treating codependency, shame, and self-esteem, as well as be able to teach healthier behavioral and communication skills. Cognitive-behavior therapy is effective in raising self-esteem and changing codependent thinking, feelings, and behavior. In some cases, trauma therapy is also indicated.

    Recovery can generate more anxiety, so it’s important to maintain a self-help support system such as, Al-Anon or CoDA 12-Step programs to build self-esteem and become more assertive.

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    Is It Possible To Crack The Poker RNG?

    Actually the answer is not as simple as a yes or no, simply because anyone who would want to crack a poker RNG would need to know an advanced amount of mathematics and skill as well as the random variable entropy source of the specific RNG.

    However, there are methods by which one could determine some of the possible outcomes produced in a poker RNG. These outcomes are commonly referred to as the Poker RNG flaw. Although knowing the exact and specific outcome of the RNG is not entirely possible, an close examination of how the RNG works will reveal the deterministic approach for one to be able to discover the end result.

    Random or Not?

    First, an understanding of what randomness is and the capacity of a computer to choose a random number is important to proceeding with understanding how the RNG works and how it affects the relative outcome in online poker. Randomness is by definition the absence of order.

    In other words, in the case of choosing a random number, there can be no specific or determined order in which the numbers would be selected. The fact that a computer program will generate a number (or poker hand) using determined mathematical functions, entropy sources, or seed variables, in and of itself defies the true logic of randomness.

    Entropy and How the RNG Works

    Secondly, online poker sites utilize advanced entropy sources (entropy is a measure of the uncertainty associated with a random variable), such as white noise generators, laser lights passing through filters and even thermodynamics to create seed variables to produce random numbers. The fact that entropy is used in the production of the RNG in online poker, does not give it the true or real life randomness of actually shuffling and dealing a deck of cards.

    Furthermore, Claude E. Shannon in his 1948 paper “A Mathematical Theory of Communication” introduced a concept known as Shannon Entropy which determines, in the sense of an expected value, the information contained in a message. In other words, the Shannon Entropy is a measure by which it is possible to discover the information that is missing even if you do not know the value of the random variable used to determine a random number.

    In simpler terms, by knowing a mathematical function, you CAN determine the random number or RNG outcome, based on known information.

    The RNG Flaw

    In online Poker, the Shannon Entropy could be related to the poker algorithms and the ability of a player to actually determine the supposed randomness of the cards in an online poker game. Furthermore, entropy sources may seem like good methods by which to create a random number, the fact is that such information (poker algorithms) is ultimately predictable since the use of long mathematical procedures are involved in the creation of such randomness. In other words, it is possible to crack the poker random number generator and ultimately expose the flaws in online poker.

    Overcoming the Vig is the Secret to Making Money on Horse Racing Bets

    The vig, short for vigorish, is the amount of money taken out of the pools at the track before the winners are paid. For instance, if the bettors wager a total of $10,000 to win in a race, there is a total of $10,000 in the win pool. However, when the race is over and the winners are paid, $10,000 isn’t the amount that gets distributed amongst the winners. It is far less because the track has to take out a certain amount that is determined by the state. That’s the vig.

    Part of the money that is taken out is paid to the state and the rest is the track’s share. So let’s say that the vig is 18% and there is $10,000 in the pool. After the race you would expect $8,200 to be distributed among the winners, right? Sorry, it’s not that easy. You see, there is also breakage. What get’s broken and how come you have to pay for it? Why doesn’t the clumsy oaf who dropped it or sat on it and broke it pay for it?

    No, no, breakage doesn’t mean something actually got broke, it means that race tracks pay out in nickels and dimes, not pennies, so they get to round a bet down to the nearest nickel or dime. For instance, if a bet would normally pay $6.55, the race track gets to keep the nickel and you get $6.50. Talk about being nickel and dimed!

    That breakage may not seem like much, but if you bet $100 and would receive $4.05 for every two dollars bet, but instead receive $4.00, you’ve just donated $2.50 to the track so their tellers don’t have to deal with handling pennies. That’s another 2.5% out of your winnings, too. That $2.50 can really add up after a while, especially if you are trying to make a living by betting on the horse races.

    As if overcoming the vig isn’t bad enough, there are other expenses involved in horse racing wagering. On the last day of January I decided to go the horse races. I wasn’t interested in the races at Santa Anita, so I decided to play the simulcasts from Golden Gate Fields. I figured I’d go to Hollywood Park since they didn’t have live racing there and it figured to be much less crowded.

    However, what I didn’t take into account was the fact that it was dollar day at Santa Anita so I could have gotten in for $1. When I got to Hollywood, they charged me $7 just for the privilege of going in and watching and wagering on simulcast races. Seven bucks right off the top before I even made a bet or bought a hot dog.

    It is at times like these that I ask myself why I don’t just go gamble in a casino where I can park and enter for free and also get a free meal after I’ve gambled for a few hours. $7 to bet on simulcast races? Then they have the nerve to complain because attendance at the races is declining. Gee I can’t figure out why, can you? The last time I went to Santa Anita, I had to pay to park, pay to get in, pay for a racing form. By the time I was done I had invested a small fortune and hadn’t even made a bet.

    With all the ways there are to gamble or be entertained now, you would think the tracks would get a clue and start to help us horse players out. As money gets tighter, and it is, the tracks are really going to have to start being creative. Horse players can sit in their own homes now and play the races over the internet. While some of those services do charge you to deposit money, another sore subject with me, at least you are at home and not paying to get into a race track that isn’t even offering live racing.

    Well enough of the ranting and raving, I think you get the idea and I hope the race tracks do, too. I’d hate to see racing fade any more than it already has but if it does, it will be because management dove it into the ground. They have a thrilling, live drama, that people can bet on and take part in as gamblers. It is a great product but they can ruin it if they don’t start trying to offer more to the players.

    Back to the vig. My expenses for the day were the gas I put in my car to get to the track, the $7 I paid for the privilege of entering the track, the past performances I bought so I could handicap the races, the food I bought while I was at the track. By the time I was done, my expenses were $20. Add that to the breakage and vig and you can see that I would have to make some very good bets that paid well in order to make a profit that made a day of handicapping and travel worthwhile.

    That is what you are up against if you are trying to make a profit from betting on horse races, so here is some advice. Cut your costs as much as you possibly can. Get the deals online for past performances. Place your wagers through whatever venue is legally available to you and watch all those incidental expenses that eat away your profit.

    It is possible to make money from betting on horse races, but there will always be people who are trying to take as much of it away from you as they possibly can and the first ones standing in that line are the tracks themselves.

    Enjoy your days at the races.

    Red Or Black? Let Me See

    The Rat Pack did it with style and grace. The suave sophistication of Sinatra, Martin and Davis Junior remain memorable visions for those who cheered them on during their ambitious heist in Vegas.

    Smart stuff for the silver screen it may have been, but the modern day gambler has become highly sophisticated and mere shuffles or slights of the hand are simply old rope. No longer is Vegas the venue for fantasy cheating or shifty card play, the UK is awash with high rollers with a far more sinister methods of cleaning up the house. Card Counting is mere child’s play.

    Recently, a ring of gamblers were convicted for running well drilled scams which resulted in cheating casinos and bookmakers of millions of pounds.

    Gang members worked as a team to distract croupiers and security staff as they stole gaming chips worth thousands of pounds. A spill of drink on the table, a sudden cough or a sweaty palm have been enough to escape even the hawking eyes of ceiling security.

    The inquiry, codenamed Suresh, began in January and investigators believe the ring may have been operating for several years. The gang is alleged to have used a similar ruse at betting shops to take money from cashiers.

    Detective Inspector John Anderson, of the Metropolitan Police’s clubs and vice unit, said the investigation was the first to include Gambling Commission investigators.

    “This gang has been repeatedly committing acts of fraud to gain entry to gaming establishments with the aim of cheating,” he said.”Through working collectively together in this way we can form a more effective response to combat organised gaming fraud.”

    However, this was simply a basic hustle. There have been more ruthless methods. A casino cheat used hi-tech spy equipment to win up to 250,000 pounds from a West End casino was jailed for nine months while his accomplices received suspended sentences.

    Others have been convicted following use of “up the sleeve” cameras and virtually invisible earpieces.

    Hundreds of the roulette-cheating machines – which consist of a small digital time recorder, a concealed computer and a hidden earpiece – were tested at a government laboratory in 2004 after a gang suspected of using them won 1.3m pounds at the Ritz casino in London.

    After the research, which was never made public but has been seen by the Guardian newspaper, the government’s gambling watchdog admitted to industry insiders that the technology can offer punters an edge when playing roulette in a casino, and the advantage can be “considerable”.

    But rather than ban the devices, which are outlawed in many jurisdictions across the world, the Gambling Commission will require casinos to police themselves. Phill Brear, the commission’s director of operations, admits predictive softwares can work but suggested it might be possible to prosecute someone using them under a new Gambling Act offence of cheating.

    However Mark Griffiths, Europe’s only professor of gambling, said using computer devices would not constitute cheating.”If someone’s got a piece of equipment that calculates where a ball will land, then that is akin to card counting in blackjack. It’s not cheating – it’s using science to give yourself a better advantage.”

    The equipment consists of a clicker that records the deceleration speed of the rotor and ball, a remote computer device concealed inside a mobile phone or MP3 player, and an earpiece that instructs a player which zone the ball will land in.

    The defense is used by Counsel when confronted with trials of this nature. Gaming devices which simply give a gambler an advantage may well be a legal tool in the same way that a sharp brain which can card count cannot be said to be a device for ‘cheating’

    The Gaming Commission wrote last year stating: “We now agree that roulette wheels can develop a bias of the type you describe and that, particularly with the use of electronic equipment, players can use the bias to predict with some accuracy the segment of the wheel in which the ball will come to rest, thereby giving them an advantage.”

    The dangers of such an admission are clear. Punters who have missed their numbers through innocent number selection will no doubt be furious that a device has cleared their pockets.

    The Gaming Industry may now have left a easily accessible defense to a charge of cheating.

    As Sinatra once famously quipped “Luck is only important insofar as getting the chance to sell yourself at the right moment. After that, you’ve got to have talent and know how to use it.

    Can a Lottery Algorithm Help You Win a Random Jackpot?

    By nature, lotteries are set up to be random. That is, each number has an equal chance at being drawn. Yet, there are many people that believe that there are lottery algorithms that can help you win the big jackpot. Is this for real? Can a lottery algorithm help you win a jackpot that is purportedly random?

    First off, the definition of an algorithm is “a set of instructions for solving a problem.” In this case, the problem to be solved is how to win the lotto jackpot. If there is an algorithm for this, then that same algorithm should apply to other random events, such as a coin toss. You know that if you flip a coin, there is a 50-50 chance as to which side it would land on. So, said algorithm should be able to predict how many times that coin would land on heads if, say, it was flipped 100 times. But that sound preposterous, doesn’t it? So why should we believe it when it comes to lotteries?

    There are many theories as to how to predict future lottery numbers. The most popular of the theories are the hot-number theory and the cold-number theory. I won’t explain the gist of the two theories, but I could assure you that they are just the way they sound. Think back to the coin toss. Would you bet that in the future, the coin would land on heads a lot more times than tails just because in the past few tosses, heads have been hot? No, of course not. Why? Because coin tosses are random, just as lottery balls coming out of the machine are random as well. No algorithm can predict future lottery numbers.

    How To Predict Consecutive Numbers In Lotto Results

    Quite a few lottery results include at least one pairing of consecutive numbers. This scenario can surprise some players who have often excluded such results in their combinations.

    The last three weeks of NZ Lotto give us an example of this pattern; in each line there is one pair of consecutive numbers.


    7,14,17,18,25,30
    4,20,22,34,36,37
    13,14,27,31,38,40

    Analysing The Probability Of Consecutive Numbers

    The first thing we notice is that there is only one group per winning line, which gives us an indication of the probability of consecutive numbers occurring.

    By definition, each pairing will include one odd and one even number. But if we look at our small sample each set includes a prime as the odd number which aids our research significantly. Let’s look at why primes figure prominently in consecutive number pairings.

    Prime Numbers And Consecutive Lotto Groupings

    Because there is a limited number of primes in each game we can predict how they will figure in any sequential number groups.


    Primes between 1 and 40: 12
    2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29,31,37

    The percentage of primes in a 40 ball game is around 30% and so in any 6 ball draw we can assume on average 2 primes will be drawn.

    Because we know consecutive patterns must include odd numbers, it follows that two third of these groupings will involve a prime number.

    Using The Consecutive Pattern Information To Reduce Your Lottery Investment Size

    With the knowledge that prime numbers will dominate sequential patterns we can use that information to exclude any lines with consecutive numbers that don’t contain primes.

    By including these prime number patterns this enables us to leave out other number groups. For example if we decide on a prime to use as a consecutive then we might omit other primes in close proximity.

    An additional option might be to look at “hot primes”. I noticed in the NZ Lotto sample that each prime number in the pattern was a different one so we can omit consecutive pairs that include primes that have recently been in a winning line.

    Summary

    This article has introduced the concept of consecutive numbers in lotto results. It concluded that the majority of these patterns will include prime numbers. This leaves plenty of scope for further research with a goal of reducing the total combination size of lotto selections.

    The Fun of Gambling in an Online Casino

    Today’s online casino gaming has developed to be a profitable industry showing great hopes for years to come. The best thing about the web casino is that they offer you great accessibility in terms of time and place. It is rightly said that the internet casino help you to gain insights on the world of casino online gambling.

    Online casino variations- select one that suits you

    There are different varieties of online casino present in the internet today. Coupled with the advanced features, most of them are either Java based and can be directly loaded in the browser. On the other hand, there are those casinos that use shock wave or flash and require shock wave plug ins to run in your own browser. The plug ins are available from the Macro media.

    Both the above mentioned sites are defined as no download casinos. One of the major advantages of playing in no download casinos is that it can be easily accessible on most operating systems and computers. Many a times, these online casinos are available on the Web TV as well. The other variations of the online casino is down loadable software casinos. Taking much less time, this variation of online casinos form to be more secure and stable than the other.

    Online casino bonuses

    One of the major advantages present with the online casinos form to be the bonuses. With the wide availability of different bonuses, the gaming sites offer you the option to test your hands. There are some sites that offer you money without making any deposit. In addition, there are others that require you to make an initial deposit to receive bonus. Now the bonus can be in the form of percentage of the added deposit.

    Making a deposit at casino online

    Making a deposit in an online casino site is not a big deal. There are many methods to make deposits in your casino account. Some of these include credit card transactions like that of Master card and Visa. When Visa and Master card is acceptable in most internet gaming sites these days there are other banking options as well. There are gambling sites that offer you alternative transactions whether through Fire Pay or Pay Pal.

    Playing casino games online

    Most casinos online provide you a good collection of both table and card games. These include games like that of Caribbean Stud, Red Dog, Craps, Three Card Poker, Video poker and Casino War. In many cases, the name of these games are slightly altered.

    Video poker forms to be the most popular betting game these days. When some casinos offer 1 or 2 types of this game there are others offering about 10 to 15 varieties of the game. Some sites offer you the multi hand video poker. While there are the popular progressive video poker variations.

    Apart from video poker, there is the game of slot, which is another popular game of the internet. You will probably find hundreds and thousands of slot machines. There are single line slot, 3 line, 9 line and 5 reel slots machines.

    To conclude, we can say that online casino is sheer fun and if you want to test the excitement then sign in and get started with your favorite game.

    The Truth Behind The Limits – What Minimum and Maximum Bets Are About

    Have you ever thought about the reason behind the existence of minimum and maximum bets? The truth is simple: casinos want your money. As simple as that. So they restrict your possibilities to win.

    It was in 1654 that Antoine Chevalier de Mere asked Pascal why he usually lost when he bet even money that are double, 6 would show up at least once in 24 rolls of two dice. Pascal demonstrated that 24 rolls would be against the gambler, but 25 rolls would be slightly in his favor.

    Pascal solved the question, and sent the solution to Pierre Fermat and Christian Huygens. The science known as Probability Theory was born. Up to then gambling odds were found by trial and error. Pascal, however, was able to calculate the odds of chance in a scientific way.

    But if one knows the odds he can find the way to trick them. Since that time people also began developing the schemes to beat the system. A good deal of the systems is build around increasing each consecutive bet as anticipation of winning grows, known as martingale systems. So gambling establishment elaborated a simple method shut out a game transformation in to jump with bets, where a resource-sufficient player was practically “doomed” on winning. Maximum bet has its limits.

    In any world casino each table, be that roulette, blackjack or poker, features signs clearly defining minimum and maximum rate of bets on a given table. A difference between them can be in 10, 30 or even in 100 times. But nowhere to you will be allowed to multiply your bets without restriction.

    Please pay attention, that the very existence of maximum bet limits proves that a system, founded on bets augmentation principle, threatens the success of the casino. Take any table in regular or even on-line casino. For example the one, on which minimum bet is $25, and maximum one is $1000. Why do you think you are not allowed to bet more than $1000 at once? Do you believe they won’t have money to pay out? Or do they fear, that you will win and take your money home? But in VIP-halls of the same casino you can make a bet of $2000 or even $10000! And if you have specially requests you try negotiating with the administration to satisfy them. Most casinos have more than enough resources to meet any bet of yours.

    The deal is about the correlation of maximum and minimum bets. So, in case the maximum is set at a $10000, the minimum bet will rarely be less than $250. The idea is to limit your double bets to certain number of times depending on the game. Usually you want be able to double more than 5 times. Otherwise your odd of winning become impermissible high.

    In the Eighteenth century, Jacomo Casanova hit upon a method to win at gambling. Each time he lost, he would redouble his bet until he won. In letters he wrote to the friends, he discusses how his martingale system would guarantee his win every time. And mere two days later, he wrote a letter from prison. The scheme had failed — and series of losses overcame his funds, and he was now in debt. In 1755, after suffering ruinous gambling losses and participating in various illegitimate dealings, Casanova was denounced by the Venetian State Inquisitors and imprisoned beneath the lead roofs of the Venetian Ducal Palace, in place known as the “Leads”.

    Gambling Addiction Basics

    The coming age has brought with it numerous new pathological addictions, one of them being addiction to gambling. Pathological gambling was conferred with the status of a disease by the American Psychiatric Association back in 1980s. Robert L. Custer, M.D., is a pioneer in this field of problem gambling.

    People who fall prey to this addiction are usually those who secure an income by means of blackjack, poker or other gambling activities. They are professional players who visit casinos not for fun sake, but to employ their skills and earn.

    Based on their way of playing and the driving force behind it, gamblers can be categorized. For example, while professional gamblers are skillful and good in their game a casual gamblers plays merely for recreation.

    The symptoms of gambling addiction are usually hard to identify. Since this disease is different from other substance related addictions like drug or alcohol abuse, the indications of this sickness are subtle. The nearest possible way in which the symptoms of this addiction can be stated is through the “Custer three Phase Model”. According tot his model, the gambling addiction can be characterized by three phases: the wining phase, the losing phase and the desperation phase.

    In the wining stage, the compulsive gambler is ecstatic and overexcited with this earnings and is unwilling to quit gambling. Therefore, the addict usually increases his intensity of gambling . However, losing being the other half of gambling, his wining streak is short-lived. Nonetheless, recurrent losses do not deter him as he wants to win again and get his money back. Addicted gamblers suffer from financial stress, loss of sleep, and mental fatigue in this phase. They face problems at the family front. The patient also tends to borrow huge amounts or avail some money making schemes. As the gambler continues to face loss on every alternate day, he finds it difficult to stay away from gambling. Compulsive gamblers may resort to any means to raise funds for their obsession. They become desperate, with their debts becoming unmanageable. Loss of jobs, fight with friends and family, committing crimes or suicidal tendencies define this phase.

    The question as to why does one gamble, can not be answered in definitive terms. One of the dominant reasons is the mental health of the gambler. For some people gambling serves as a n escape route from their lives. A compulsive gambler plays for kicks. He is just unable to stay away from it. Many researchers also blame the easy accessibility to casinos. The government and its lottery fund is also widely condemned.

    Treatment programs and centers exist to treat this disease. Regular therapy and counseling is an effective and a widely used technique to cure this disease. Various support groups have also cropped up, where the addicts share their experiences and strengthen each others desire to quit gambling. Some groups that fund such programs include casinos and state lotteries. Some casinos lay stress on responsible gambling and have taken steps to make the people aware about his addiction.

    However the first step, before undertaking nay treatment would be to acknowledge this disease. With very slight symptoms and effects this addiction is difficult to catch and acknowledge. Hence it helps to be aware to act wisely.