Ex-AFL Player Brent Guerra Opens Up About His Struggles With Gambling

Ex-AFL Player Brent Guerra Opens Up About His Struggles With Gambling


When I first started I’d have a few small
bets here and there, never over the top
and always in control. There’s one time,
one moment that that really turned it
for me and that was during the football
season in 2011 I think it was. I put a big six
on and ended up winning $30,000. It was a great
feeling. That’s why people gamble
to win money I suppose. I was on top of the world no
doubt about it. Then you start to think
this can happen every week, I can tell you
right now said he didn’t. I went from
trying to win that thirty grand again to
chasing my losses. I would spend my last 50
bucks in my account on trying to turn it
into a thousand bucks $1,500 whatever it
was and that’s when I knew I had the
problem
I’d have accounts on my phone and I wouldn’t even have to leave my seat to put a bet on.
I went to great lengths to hide my problem –
through different email addresses and the lies
The lies was a big thing just
telling people that I didn’t have accounts
when I did. I probably knew every TAB from my house down in Bayside through to here in Fitzroy.
If people started to think I had a
problem I’d just change tabs. I lost my
last 50 bucks and I was supposed to go out for dinner that night and I was in a bad
place and I thought I need to do
something about this. I’d thought about it
thousand times but I just don’t have the
courage to actually tell someone and I
think once once I did that was a massive
weight off my shoulders. I knew that would be the hardest
thing is
telling Rach, my family and close mates
and so I went home and I did that and
there were a lot of tears.
We just had a little boy and that’s
probably one thing that gets me down the
most is what could I have given him if I hadn’t lost that money.
The reason I spoke out about my problem
was to help others because the path I
went down I wasn’t great and I wouldn’t
like anyone else to go down that path. If
I can help one person I’ll get a lot of joy
out of that.
Know your limits, at the time I didn’t know my limits, well I did but I exceeded those
limits. The advice would be is to know
when to stop and don’t chase. That’s the
last thing you want to do is is to chase. To put myself in that position and the
people that I hurt along the way
Close friends, family, my wife I’d definitely trade a premiership medal to get all that
back.

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