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5 easy to spot early warning signs of a gambling problem

Get 5 problem gambling signs, which can help you or a friend recognise when they should stop gambling and seek help from a professional organisation



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Most people can enjoy football betting without falling victim to common gambling problems. However, there are times when it may be easy to gradually make betting decisions that are not helpful for your long-term prosperity, ongoing relationships or your health.


That’s why we’ve put this short guide together, to help you recognise when you may find yourself making unhelpful decisions.


Avoiding personal and financial consequences

Please take a moment to review 5 of the typical early warning problem betting signs, so you can not only make good betting decisions, but you can also make good decisions, if you feel yourself falling into any one of the 5 betting traps of problem gamblers.

What are the easy to stop 5 warning signs of problem gambling?

The 5 warning signs of problem gambling are:

1.    Fun and entertainment is replaced with worry and stress

2.    Thoughts are only filled with the next bet

3.    Chasing big winners to recover losses

4.    Lying and cheating to hide, disguise or fund betting activities

5.    Emotional balance is difficult

1.    Fun and entertainment is replaced with worry and stress

Sports betting and gambling in general should be a lot of fun. It’s sometimes not the best option for people to take their past time, which should be enjoyable. If anything is not enjoyable, which is supposed to be enjoyable, so why would you turn something that is fun into something that is far from enjoyable.


Betting should not stressful and should not be filled with worry and regret. This is a sure sign of a gambling issue, as there are very rarely any instance where soccer betting or any other gambling should trigger any prolonged negative emotion.


The only time a long-lasting negative emotion appears during betting is when someone either wagers too much money, more than they can afford to lose, they’re betting more frequently than they feel comfortable or they’re hiding something from a relative or a friend, which requires lying to hide an activity that you know is not doing you any good.


If you feel that you’re doing any of the actions above or you know anyone that exhibits the actions, we sincerely recommend that you contact the authorities.

2.    Thoughts are only filled with the next bet

We have many things happening within our lives; partners, family, friends, work, bills, chores around the house and other errands.  This usually means that our heads are filled with modern day items, which are all important and urgent and the same time.


That’s why it should be easy for you to recognise that there may be problem with your gambling. If there was no such problem this would means the gambling should not even register on your list of important activities. It should be a pure pastime, which should be fun and enjoyable, but it should not rule your life.


If you find that your thoguths and therefore your life is filled with gambling and negative thougths towards gambling, you should consider stopping gmablign and contacting one of the professional gambling support networks.

3.    Chasing big winners to recover losses

Everyone loses money when they bet and you’re no exception to that universal fact. You will place bets on many selections, which will not win. You will lose money and understanding that some of the losing periods can continue for a long time, if one way for people to understand that betting is not a ‘get rich quick scheme’ and betting cannot provide you with ‘easy money’.


If you feel like betting can get you out of a financial problem, you should not bet. If you feel that you can make your money back by betting large amounts of money on high odds to recover a drop in your stake or a number of consecutive loses, you should seriously consider taking a break and possibly not betting at all.


Soccer betting, sports betting and gambling in general is uncertain. Most punters lose money over the long term because they do not take the time to understand different betting strategies before risking real money. You should review statistics and learn betting strategies, which can help you become more successful before placing wagers.


Everything worthwhile in life comes through hard work. It’s something that we do not want to hear, but in our heart of hearts we know that it’s true. Unfortunately, you may think of betting as an approach to make money and for most people it will be the exact opposite.


If betting was a good way to make money, most bookmakers would not exist, as punters would have removed their profits.


So, if you think about it…


If it was a reliable method to make money there wouldn’t be as many bookmakers or betting exchanges as all bookmakers (or traders working the betting exchanges) would have fewer opportunities to retain profits from bettors, who win more often than they lose.


We instinctively know the truth, so chasing losses by increasing your stake and increasing the number of bets becomes a big problem.


If you ever find yourself within this trap, there is only one thing you can do. Stop betting immediately. Do not think about it. Just stop betting.

4.    Lying and cheating to hide, disguise or fund betting activities

Most people are honest and do not lie, cheat and scheme. For most people on the planet, the idea of treating people poorly is despised. Life is much easier if people work together and help each other, so if you find yourself lying about your betting; either by reducing the frequency or the amount of money you have lost, may suggest you have a problem with your betting that you’re trying to overcome. If you were confident and happy about sports betting (or any other form of gambling), there would be no need to lie about it to family or friends.


Furthermore, if you lie, cheat or steal funds to place wagers, this may suggest you’re trying to do whatever it takes, so you can place a bet. There is only one-way that can go (and that’s down), so you really need to take some significant time away from betting to try and remove the need to perform anything described within this section.


If you find yourself lying regularly about your betting, you should consider contacting an organisation that can help you make better choices.

5.    Emotional balance is difficult

There is wide variance within betting and the expected longest losing streaks can be significant, even for a high strike rate soccer prediction model. This means that you need to take the time to understand that loses will occur and could last a long time.


How do you feel when you lose money? Are the downs worse than the ups? Do you feel losing money is the worst thing that could ever happen to you? Do you find yourself watching every football match or constantly watching life score update services for your bets, or repeatedly refreshing your phone with betting updates? Do you feel a strong emotional response when you lose money? Do you find it difficult to communicate with friends and family after losing money?


If you answered yes to several questions above, this may mean that your emotional state is too reliant upon the outcome of your losing bets. If your emotional wellbeing and communication with family and friends is difficult after or during betting, it’s a good sign that you need to take a break and consider contacting a professional organisation.


Betting should be a fun and enjoyable past time, which should not cause you a large amount of emotional turmoil. You need to stop betting now, if your emotional state is not in control when you bet, as you could be a danger to yourself and to others.


Hopefully, the 5 betting traps do not apply to you, but you cannot be complacent, as sports betting can be very emotive and difficult to manage for some people. Particularly, if you have not conditioned yourself for the ups and downs that can occur within a random and a variable world, such as soccer betting.


If you feel you may need more information about support, please stop gambling immediately and contact a professional organisation such as GamCare or BeGambleAware, you will provide you with support and guidance with this difficult and sometimes hidden problem.


Please take care with your gambling and try to make sensible choices...


Good luck!



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