To some people, nothing could be more exciting than winning a hand of Texas hold-em on the river. The adrenaline rush, the thrill of victory…all adds up to a great time. Thanks to national television coverage of poker tournaments on nearly every channel, gambling has made its way into the mainstream. There’s a good chance that you’ve played Texas hold-em at some point. You might even play a few times per week. There is nothing wrong with gambling, but how do you know if you’re addicted?
Gambling addiction is a terrible problem in our world today. It has always been around but at no time has it controlled as many people as it does today. It tears lives and families apart. There are several signs that point to a gambling addiction.
How seriously do you take gambling? Gambling is a game and it should always remain so. If you find yourself getting extremely angry after a hand, you might be addicted. Are you betting your discretionary income or much more? There is nothing wrong with playing a few hands of poker with the guys as long as you don’t play for pink slips. Some people bet their life savings and their kid’s college funds. If this is you, please stop! Only bet what you can afford. The adrenaline rush that you get after a win is nothing compared to what it feels like to lose all your money. Many people have left Las Vegas with only the shirt on their backs. Don’t let that happen to you.
If you think that you might have a gambling addiction, there is help available. Don’t be too proud. Many people battle this problem every year. You can beat it with the help of a support group or even counseling. The important part is that you admit you have a problem. Keep gambling what it is…a game.