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Around my 19th birthday, I was starting to place bets in the $1000s, and then one day I deposited $2500. Over a month, I got that amount up to $13,000. One night I lost it all. That’s where I realised I was now an addict.
By the time I was 17, I blew a month’s part-time wage on one-arm bandits in a few hours. It was like I was zoned out playing these machines, thinking of nothing else.