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Ive been playing the pokies for 1.5 years. It started when i first turned 18. My best mate and used to go to sharks leagues club and just throw in $20 doing 30c hits.We would win 30$ - $40 a night and thought it was unreal. Then we uped the anti and started to do $1 hits, then $2.50 then max hits and had a few good wins of $1200 - $1500. we were ontop of life but it all started to turn and we started loosing $100s in a night and get so angry with ourselves. I want to change. lately i have been going for a gambling session by myself up to 3 times a week and most of the time i would loose. Is wasting time and money i dont have. I get paid $2600 a month so as soon as pay day hits i would regulary go to the leagues club and slap 300 - 400 and not notice it until in 2 weeks when im down to $200 to last me for the next 2 weeks. Its so addicting and i hate the dam things. They ruin so many lives and from today i hope to change my gambling habits. It feels realllly good to get this off my chest and i hope someone reading this will realise that pokies are a waste f time and money. If you really enjoy playing them that much, download an app to your iphone where its a virtual pokermachine, with fake money. THEY ARE DESIGNED TO TAKE YOUR MONEY!!! pleaase i beg anyone dont fall into the trap i did with loosing up to $2000 on the things i know its not much but i couldnt afford to go on holliday with my mates because i spent my savings on the pokies. WHEN YOU CHASE MONEY YOU DO NOT WIN!!! i always used to take out $20 after $20 from the atm to try to chase my losses and it never worked. i just kept spending more and loosing more. ide get home and be angry with my mum and sister because i was angry at myself. it was easier to take it out on someone else then myself.