December 18, 2012
Don’t believe everything you read. At the very least..read on for ‘the rest of the story.’ Such was the case for me when I read this eye-popping headline in the Las Vegas Review Journal: “Reid Pulls the Plug on Internet Poker.” Say WHAT??!!
And then I read on…only to learn that Internet Poker’s “plug” was pulled for 2012. This on December 14th in a year when all eyes, ears and minds should be focused on the proverbial “Fiscal Cliff” vs. yet another gaming initiative.lvrj.com/news/reid-pulls-the-plug-on-internet-poker-for-this-year-183548271.html
Has the plug been “pulled?” No. The switch has been turned off for a mere few weeks until 2013. Internet gambling, social media gaming, online poker and more are hot issues for 2013. Read more →
Lost in my Gambling Addiction
November 12, 2012
I awoke in the hospital and l remembering looking over and seeing my son. I thought I was dead, because I had not seen him in over three months yet we live less than five miles from each other. Earlier that week all my lies had finally caught up with me. I hated myself and no longer wanted to live. I have only one child and had no relationship with him due to my gambling addiction. If I didn’t have him, I though, I have nothing. My gambling addiction was so out of control that I would look in the mirror and not even recognize myself. I was on high blood pressure medications because my blood pressure was so high due to the stress. I was lying, cheating stealing, whatever I could do to get the money to go and gamble and it was all coming to an end. I could not take the pressure of my actions. I had been found out by friends. My shame was so great. I needed an escape and I thought dying was the best solution.
I came home from my counseling appointment that day and decided I couldn’t do this anymore. I had no control over my gambling addiction. I wrote letters to my son and a few friends apologizing for my actions over the past few years. I remember thinking my son deserved a better mother than me. I thought he had a great wife and two beautiful children and he would be all right without me. I had hurt so many people in my life, some that do not even know yet about my addiction. I remember thinking before I closed my eyes on that day, after taking 110 pills that I was scared and I didn’t want to die. I thought it was too late. I had taken all those pills and I was going to die. I didn’t even get to tell my son I loved him, only through a letter. Well as I closed my eyes I felt I was finally going to get some peace, something I had not had in my life in a long time.
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Pennsylvania touts the opening of their 11th Casino at Valley Forge. How curious that this particular casino has guidelines for “access” including required consumption of goods and services at local attractions and/or a “membership card” to gain access. I’ll be interested to see how long the membership requirements are maintained as Pennsylvania establishments scramble for their share of consumer dollars. philly.com/philly/business/139335888.html
It is reported that Pennsylvania has more slot machines than any state east of Nevada Read more →
Las Vegas Review Journal’s Jane Ann Morrison post on the fate of Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe, convicted of Federal mail fraud related to his admitted gambling addiction, displayed a notable bias and an even more notable lack of understanding of the disease nature of compulsive gambling.
Morrison’s position on how “Justice” should be meted out for the Monsignor coupled with subsequent comments from RJ readers were notable angry; seemingly seeking a pound of flesh in lieu of jurisprudence. After numerous thwarted attempts to post my opinion following RJ submission protocol, I decided to use this forum to express my opinons. Ms. Morrison’s article is attached.