• mattneverwins

    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.

  • btwice80

    @PJGuin23 said...

    I feel like someone should educate addiction specializing psychology professionals on DFS. It’s amazing how many have still never heard of it.

    But they’ve certainly heard of traditional sports betting, and in this context there is no difference.

  • sethayates

    @PJGuin23 said...

    .. to add to my last post this is why a good self evaluation is needed before seeking help. I know where “help” will lead. It maybe necessary, but it may also be overkill. I don’t know the OPs case.

    If someone is seeking help for Gambling Addiction, or alcoholism, or drug addiction the best placed to go is an AA, NA, or GA meeting. There is absolutely no commitment. You may find individuals that you can relate to or you may not. Stick around for a few minutes and talk to people. You’ll find great people who won’t judge you. If nothing sticks or you absolutely hate it no big deal. There’s no charge to go to a meeting and you definitely don’t have to come back if you don’t want to.

    As you said though, If a person does seek help I think they should consider all options. 12-step groups are very structured. They work for a lot of people but abstinence is the only option in those programs. Not everyone who has an addiction needs to completely abstain from it. What does need to be treated is the underlying issues. Whether that be depression, chemical imbalance, or something else.

    Without enough information we don’t know if the OP needs to quit gambling or if abstinence would be “killing a mosquito with a sledgehammer.” Also, if the issue is chemical imbalance and goes uncorrected the problem may manifest itself with a different addiction.

  • CaptainKirk12

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    The answer is simple. I’m surprised nobody has mentioned it, BUILD BETTER LINEUPS.

    Kidding aside, doesn’t sound live you have lost a life changing amount of money. You are young. Cut your losses and stop gambling if you know its bad for you. If you get out now, it was a cheap lesson to learn. Hope everything works out.

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