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Lost more than you planned? Contact us.
Every year Gambler's Help assists thousands of Victorians with free and confidential advice 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We help people with gambling problems as well as those close to them who are affected by their gambling. There are many ways to get help – choose the support that suits you. On the phone support. Online chat. In person counselling. You name the method, we’re here to help.
Families and friends
If someone close to you is experiencing harm from gambling, we can help you.Find out more
Going through a tough time? Youthline is confidential and open 24/7 – call 1800 262 376.Find out more
Aboriginal Communities’ Gambling Awareness Program
Harm from gambling is common in both the wider community and the Aboriginal community.Find out more
Trent Cotchin, Captain of Richmond Football Club
"When I was younger, I loved to go to the Spring Carnival and put a few dollars on the horses with the boys. But I learned quickly that you lose a lot more than you win!"
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I chased my losses, and recovered about 60 per cent of my money but eventually lost that too while I was trying to recoup the remaining sum.
I used to think I was king of the punt. I'd mostly bet conservatively by placing bets on favourites. There was no science to it though, and ultimately I would still lose my money, only slower.
Right from the start, I kept chasing my losses and also got a real buzz out of believing that a big win was right around the corner. By 1996, I was losing my entire pay on a Friday night and was borrowing money against my housing loan to fund my addiction.
* Based on 2017–18 data from the Gambler's Help client outcomes survey where 93% of responses indicated gambling affected their ability to be productive at work none of the time at a six month follow up survey.