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Post by layabout » Mon Nov 14, 2016 12:03 am

The gambling hot streaks are lovely, but acceptance of the losing streaks is key to a punter's survival.

Wondering what PM folks advise for handling the calamitous betting day when every reaearched bet goes spectacularly wrong.

Do you hit the booze and break the furniture? Take a handful of Xanax and wake up in 48 hours? Run until you pass out? Treat it as business as usual? Consider stepping foot into a church for prayer? Watch cute cat videos on YouTube? Lose yourself in a sea of alcohol and Netflix?

All advice welcome.

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Re: Damage Control

Post by silverfox58 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:20 am

We have all had those streaks in the past, and will have them again in the future no doubt! :)

When I hit a bad run I stop for a week or so and do not even look for bets. I think it is important to take time away then come back fresh. There are always bets to be placed in the future and the only thing that happens if you go chasing is that you make bad judgement calls and lose more.

Betting can literally be an enjoyable business, but it has to be respected and my rule 1 is Never bet more than you are prepared to lose!

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Re: Damage Control

Post by harry_rag » Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:43 pm

An excellent response Layabout. Yeah, you have to treat it as business as usual and plough through it (being open minded to the idea that something that has worked previously might not work as well any more). Ideally keep records to allow you to see where you do well and where you do badly but, especially at longer odds, the winners won't come in predictable even distributions. Ride out most of them in the knowledge that "form is temporary but class is permanent" and when the really bad freak run hits, consider taking a bit of a break, especially if it stops seeming quite as enjoyable.

At this point, imagine some inspiring music and Brian Blessed reading an extract from "If"! :)


Re: Damage Control

Post by layabout » Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:27 am

Good advice guys. Anxiety is like fly paper when the bets are all losing. I appreciate the wise words from both of you.

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Re: Damage Control

Post by scottbhoy » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:04 pm

I shall add to this post rather than start another. I really struggled with juggling my gambling with everyday life. I treated my gambling as a business and was making decent money from it.

However I needed to put in the hours and found myself up at 3am studying working on my website and posting on here.

Between all that I had work and family life and in the end it was my family life which suffered. I never knew it then but I was putting in every waking moment into studying and trying to make money for my family.

In the end that was not what was needed and instead it should have been family time and studying and gambling put to the side.

I had blinkers on though all I could see was ahead of me and really did neglect everything to my side.

Family life fell apart and I took a break not only from here but gambling in general. I took a good 6 months out from gambling and feel fresher for it.

Yes I ended up divorced but I still have a relationship with my family and I know now what is important and what is not.

It is hard to see when you become involved to deep with studying for bets and striving to make money. My advice of someone says you are spending to much time gambling they are probably right.
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Re: Damage Control

Post by Col » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:23 pm

Jeez, sorry to hear about the divorce mate :(
I know you were putting a lot into your betting mate, about as much time as I was putting into building Puntersmate.

As my good lady often reminds me. :)

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Re: Damage Control

Post by peanut » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:26 pm

All the best going forward scottbhoy :thumbs

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Re: Damage Control

Post by scottbhoy » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:27 pm

Thanks lads just thought i would share my experience just incase someone out there is in the same boat. Onwards and upwards as they say. :thumbs
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Re: Damage Control

Post by kenbo » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:05 pm

Gambling is so accessible nowadays. You can literally bet on horses or football twenty four hours a day if you wished.

I waste far too much time doing it, but I thoroughly enjoy it.
If I were to pack it up then I don't know what I'd do with myself. It's my only hobby/pastime these days.
I certainly wouldn't enjoy it if it was relied upon for an income.

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Re: Damage Control

Post by dule_rsfc » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:52 am

Know that feel, Scott. When you have opportunity to earn more, it’s hard to put a line and call it off for a day. Then without noticing it, you start neglecting everything else.
Best of luck.

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Re: Damage Control

Post by Hoofhearted » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:06 am

Thanks for being so honest and open Scott.

I can see honestly see how things could take a turn like this - I too spend too much time on it but I'm probably like Kenbo there would be a void if I didn't.

My biggest problem is that I don't specialise in one sport, let alone one of the many betting opportunities of each sport.

Racing is my first love, I subscribe to a couple of online form sites and also use trackers to note ones I've watched either at the track or on tv. I also like trying to find alternate angles be it trainer jockey combos or a trainers record at a particular track etc rather than just the bare form

Closely second is Football betting, not helped by the many readily stats available on line without the need to pay for services- the trouble is there's so many markets available- then multiply it by the number of countries and leagues within countries.

Then there's greyhounds- I own them, and am active at Sheffield so it's inevitable I've got an interest

And that's just the tip of the betting Iceberg *,

This season apart from keeping better records, I'm going to specialise in the overs football market, and I'm determined to set up my personal ratings for Sheffield greyhounds ( I've been saying the latter for months but that's definitely on my betting bucket list :lol )

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Re: Damage Control

Post by The Fenman » Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:00 pm

When i walk downstairs my muggle never knows if ive had a good or bad day.

The way i play the game tho breaking level is a bad day.

I make a good living from it and i love it, but i also know im only a tilt away from blowing up!!!!! Thats why i am so controlled in what i do.

It certainly aint for everyone thats for sure.

Lee Grittiths has just scored thats the first free bet of the footy seaon landed !8D !8D 8D 8D

I also remember what im doing it for it used to be the kids now its the grandkids. ^/
Keep doing right things, right things happen. . . Simple innit

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