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The year 2011 was a very bad year for me. Everyday afterwork, I use to go to my local RSL at Merrylands and spend $500-$1000 a day on playing the pokies. My favourite - Big Red. A friend showed me how to play once and I won a couple hundred dollars. This gave me the thought of "free money, I can buy so much stuff with this". This then lead on to actually putting more money in the machines and trying to get 5 of a kind of something. I once lost $2500 which got me angry and I had the urge to chase what I lost. If I didn't play at all, I won't need to go down this path, but as most machines are programmed, I withdrew and lost more. This then went down the path of borrowing thousands of dollars from friends, maxed out credit cards and a personal loan. I have been struggling to pay rent all of last year due to this addiction, which left me emotionally unstabled. I have stopped decided to stop for 3 months to pay off my debt and have started playing roulette again. Putting $100 on 1 number, hoping that I will get it within 10 rounds. This went on for 1 week but now I have said to myself I will stop. You cannot depend on poker machines to pay out big all the time and you cannot risk your whole pay check every pay day. Those that have began should stop now! and those that haven't tried it, it's not worth the risk. YD