Gambling addiction is becoming more and more prevalent. For some of us it is an escape from life’s problems and from our own feelings of anxiety and depression.However, what you may not realise is that this is all an illusion. There is no real escape. The feelings or unsolved problems do not go away, they will still be there waiting to be dealt with at the end of the gambling road, when you will have even less resources to deal with them.If you have a compulsive gambling addiction then you can still get help and recover from it. If you are spending more time gambling, maybe you need to step back and gain some awareness of what is really happening for you, before it is too late.Ask yourself what your end purpose is, in staking everything you have ever worked for, built in your life and loved, for a fleeting win?These are some of the illusions you may believe:1. Are you trying to numb emotional pain that you are feeling? Your addiction just covers the pain rather than helping it disappear. In the long run, you will have even more pain to deal with.2. Do you think that money will replace a lifetime, or buy you love or precious memories, friends or anything of real value in life? Money comes and goes but love and memories stay with you always. What memories are you carving for yourself?3. Does gambling make you feel powerful? How long do you think that illusive power is going to last?Gambling addiction will take away your power and enslave you. When you have exhausted all of your resources in life, you will only have yourself to face; there will be no escape. Will you like what you see? Help yourself today so that you will be happy to face yourself in the future.4. Do you know what you are really gambling with? If you think it is just money, think again. Ultimately, you are selling your life.5. Maybe you think you will be one of the rare winners? That is the ultimate illusion. There are no real winners in gambling. Everything comes at a price.True winners are those who choose to take the bull by the horns and create a life they want. Why not take a gamble on yourself and turn your life around. Challenge yourself to become a true winner in life.If you are experiencing gambling addiction do not despair, as there are always solutions. People have been where you are now and have come out the other end. You can do the same. You have a choice to make; make it a wise one.
Here’s the scenario, at the click of your mouse button the stakes are set and the world’s your playground. What’s even better is that you get to do all this from your living room. Introducing internet gambling, the newest and most addictive way to gamble with your big bucks. Gambling is like a narcotic, addictive and risky and ask any long term gambler how many calls he’s received from his bookies or the gambling venues.The catch is this, to play internet gambling you don’t need to carry a wad of the greens in your pocket. That’s right, your favourite games without any risky bets for unlimited gaming time. How cool’s that? The era of travelling far distances to place bets, and the conversations with a bookie to meet the ends is over. During the late 90’s gambling through the internet developed a considerable stronghold owing to the difficulties faced by gamblers. Its strength lies in the fact that gambling through the net can take place via any device that supports net access.Fear of getting mugged when you’re on the way to a casino and losing all that cash can now be erased, leave alone credit cards, there are a few other ways of making payment such as; MasterCard and VISA. When ever a gambler makes an online transaction, the exact amount is deducted from his bank account. However for those who wish to remain anonymous, credit cards are preferable.Another form of payment is through debit cards, which are issued by companies of the private sector.Certain companies operate by mediating funds transfer by gamblers by electronic means.
A more easy method of conducting transactions is through wire transfers which permits gamblers to transfer money from their bank account to the gambling site directly.Technological advancement has given rise to the green bills being replaced by a form of cash that can be stored on a user’s personal memory. These services can be availed from a E-money service provider.Several other forms of money transfer can be conducted using drafts, certified checks and several other electronic instruments that are specialised in handing transfer of large funds via the net. Considering the impressive number of options available to conduct a money transfer, it is no surprise that non-gamblers are starting to foray into the field of gambling.Survey shows that the gambling industry doubled its figures between the years 1995-2001, and also started hosting sites for gambling related to sports and other previously un-experimented areas. Long time gamblers are now sworn addicts to online gambling owing to its simplicity in operation. Here is the punch line to it, leave alone ruining your life; it destroys the lives of those around you. Your family, friends everyone suffers because of this roller-coaster type of life you lead. At one point of time you exhaust all the money you’ve saved up over the years, and now you need more cash to keep the money train running. You start approaching your closest friends, and family circles to get more and more cash. After some time, you realise there are no more such circles because everyone has withdrawn from your company. It’s bad enough to gamble with your money, but no one like it when their money is also used for the same purpose. How disastrous does that sound? This is a reality check for those who are slowly getting into the world of internet gambling leave alone casinos. Don’t even think about it, you’ll be merry making at what cost? Think about your children and family, there’s a lot more to live for other than just your self. Just think about it.
Louisiana is known across the country for its great food, music and festivals. Louisiana is also known for its gambling. People come from across the South to enjoy the food in casino restaurants and to gamble on riverboats. While the Mississippi Gulf Coast has numerous casinos, almost all forms of gambling are illegal in neighboring Texas and Arkansas. This article provides a brief summary of gambling activities that are legal in Louisiana and those that are not.Gambling in Louisiana is defined as “the intentional conducting, or directly assisting in the conducting, as a business of any game, context, lottery, or contrivance whereby a person risks the loss of anything of value in order to realize a profit.”LEGAL GAMBLING IN LOUISIANAAge restrictions: To participate in the state lottery or horse track betting you must be 18 years old. To gamble in a casino or on a video poker machine, you must be 21.Casinos and Racetracks: Riverboat casinos are legal in Louisiana. “Riverboat” refers to anything floating in the water, which results in many riverboats consisting of large structures on anchored barges near the shore. A land-based casino is licensed by the state in the City of New Orleans and on Indian tribal land. Betting on horse races are legal but dog racing is illegal.State lottery: The Louisiana Lottery began in 1991 and lottery proceeds are legislatively earmarked for improving Louisiana’s educational system. The Louisiana lottery includes numbers drawing, Power-ball, and scratch off tickets.Video poker: Casinos and racetracks in the state have video poker machines, as do a number of restaurants, gas stations, bars and truck stops. In Louisiana, if a business has a liquor license, this license allows you to have up to three video gaming machines. Truck stops can operate more video poker machines depending on the amount of fuel they sell.Social Gambling and Charitable Gambling: Social gambling (for recreational purposes and not for business purposes) such as pool games, personal bets or betting on sports is legal in Louisiana as long as nobody takes a “cut” or fee from managing the transaction (other than awards to the rightful winner). Certain gambling activities such as raffles, bingo and keno which are directly associated with charitable fund-raising for non-profit organizations is legal.Commercial cruise ships in international waters: Gambling on commercial cruise ships that travel internationally (beyond 12 miles offshore) is legal.Taxes: Any establishment that gives a one-time gambling award of $600 or more is required to report the winning, along with the recipient’s social security number, to the IRS and Louisiana Department of Revenue. Residents are required to report gambling revenue as taxable income on their federal and state tax returns.ILLEGAL GAMBLING IN LOUISIANADogfighting and gambling related to dogfighting: La. R.S. 14:102.5 makes it illegal to own, possess, keep or train a dog for the purpose of dogfighting or to possess any paraphernalia used in training dogs to fight. Violation for a first conviction results in a fine of up to $1000 and/or not more than one year imprisonment. A subsequent conviction results in a fine of up to $3000 and/or imprisonment of not more than three years.Cockfighting and gambling related to cockfighting: La. R.S. 14:102.23 makes it unlawful for any person to organize or conduct any commercial or private cockfight where it is reasonably foreseeable that chickens would be injured. It is also unlawful to possess, train or purchase any chicken for cockfighting purposes. A first offense conviction results in a fine of up to $1000 and/or 6 months imprisonment. A second offense conviction results in a fine of up to $2000 and/or one year imprisonment. A third offense conviction results in a fine of up to $2000 and/or three years imprisonment.State may seize property connected with illegal gambling: The state may seize any property connected with illegal gambling and upon conviction may sell the confiscated property at public auction.Computer gambling: Gambling by computer is prohibited in Louisiana. Computer gambling is the conducting as a business of any game, context, lottery or other activity whereby a person risks the loss of anything of value in order to realize a profit when accessing the internet. A conviction results in a fine of $500 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment.Gambling in public: Unauthorized gambling in public is specifically prohibited by statute. Violation results in a fine of $500 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment.Underage gambling: It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 21 to play video poker devices or to gamble in a casino. It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 18 to participate in the state lottery or in horse track betting. Violations result in a fine of $500 and/or up to six months imprisonment.