“I Started Gambling When I Was 12 Years Old”

“I Started Gambling When I Was 12 Years Old”


My name is Jake Newstadt. I gambled for over
ten years. Particularly I gambled harmfully
for approximately a year for that time. I
started gambling when I was about twelve years
old. I just remember from the time I gambled
those first couple of dollars at the time
on a horse race feeling that buzz, that adrenaline
and excitement. I started working for an online
sports betting provider and in that period
was when my gambling really got bad. I was
always thinking about it, I was always thinking
about betting when I wasn’t betting. So if
I was out in a social situation for example
I wasn’t present. If a problem gambler has
access, money and time they will gamble. It
is increasingly difficult in an age where
all I have to do is pick up my smart phone
and have a bet. The two things that I would
say to other people potentially struggling
is try and be as honest with yourself as you
can, and speak to somebody.

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