I know this is kinda harsh to bring to this site, but I just need to talk about it. I do not plan on talking to anyone on 1-800 gambler or the like because I don’t feel it would be useful to me.
Im 19 years old, I first discovered DFS and sports betting when I saw recurring Fanduel commercials during the beginning of football season in 2014. I figured why not and put in $25 with the promo code for an extra $25. At that point I had already dabbled in gambling by buying scratch off tickets at stores in my area, but it was never anything too drastic and I won sometimes. I was a lazy better and figured I could just pick players names that I knew and it would pay off. In about a week between NHL and NFL, I was up about $200. I was invincible, I felt like a pro and gambling would be a means of extra money besides my cashier job at a grocery store. Of course this luck streak ended, and that $200 went down the drain. Then came another $25 deposit, and this time that was lost in about 2 days. Repeat this cycle about three more times and I was down $125. I decided to stop with it and didn’t deposit again. (about Feb/March 2015)
Come to May of 2015, and commercials go around saying that DraftKings now offers DFS NASCAR. Being a big NASCAR fan, I had to take the opportunity. $25 went to DraftKings, and same thing happens. Win a couple hundred bucks, then a couple weeks later down to nothing. Add more, lose more, add more, lose more. Around the same time, I discovered a website called BetOnline. This website is not DFS, and contains a sports book. I figured it would be easier to pick teams instead of players. After a few times of winning and losing, it eventually went down the drain, along with another 3 or so re-deposits I put in. In the beginning of the summer last year, my gambling wasn’t awful. I was making a lot more money at work than I was spending on social activities and gambling. Hell I even went on a 6 day vacation to Mexico with my friend in January just from my minimum wage job. I started college in August of last year, and expenses went up and the lack of a job took a toll. There I learned the true value of money and what its like to be broke as hell. Given I didn’t have bills to pay, but would sometimes pass up on going out to eat and would stick with school food with my ID card swipe.
Late February of this year I got my tax return which was a healthy $500+. I decided to throw some money back on DraftKings, and thats when I discovered RotoGrinders. I was playing NHL, and over the course of a few weeks I was up to about $400 from NHL. I was feeling great and felt like I finally discovered the right research methods to pick the right players. Of course, the amount of $$ per night on entries increased, and the losses hit like never before. 4 days and I had lost $400. I couldn’t believe it. My confidence was back out the door and I was going to give up on DFS once again, but not on gambling.
Around the same time, which was just two months ago or so, I put another $50 in my BetOnline account. This is where I finally thought I solved my problem. I discovered parlays and round robin betting, which is making two or more bets which depend on each other in order to win. High risk high reward essentially. After a couple of nights of winning 20 here and losing 20 there I hit $300 on a night of baseball. I had done my research that day and picked the right teams and over/unders. The next day was a big day, as a 6 team round robin hit me almost $3000. I couldn’t believe it, I found the right betting strategy finally. The next week brought me another $2000 on round robins and parlays. I was at $5,700, and being 19, that was amazing. I wanted to withdraw $5,000 from my account, but due to me using a promo code for an extra $25 on my deposit date, I had to wait an extra 30 days before being allowed to withdraw. This was one of their rules after I looked it up, and I was fine with that, I would just keep on betting and making money until I could withdraw. The date I was told in an e-mail was June 11th, and I was around May 20th at the time. Long story short, by June 11th I had $200 in my account. My big mouth told my family around the house that I won money and I couldn’t withdraw yet, so by now it’s too late. To this day they still think I’m waiting on a withdrawal date. I had to win this money back, I can’t tell them I just lost over $5,000 even though I told them I was going to be careful. A couple days later, my account balance was at 0. I put 300 back into it to try to win my money back. A few days later, back to 0. At this point my bets were frantically and impulsively placed although i was still researching. I put another 200 back into it, and I hit $1,000 about last week. I was relieved, and went to build on this to get back to my original balance. Over those few days the money gradually went down and now here I am today back to 0.
My friend and I each bought scratch offs mostly every time we hung out to this day. And mostly losing 10-30 dollars each most of the time would be laughed off as we would joke about our gambling problems. I now understand I have a real problem. I just needed to write about it. I hope some of you can share similar experience or comments. Thanks for reading.