Over five-years ago I had a terrible gambling problem that had spun completely out of control. I was gambling on anything and everything. There were no triggers that resulted in an impulse to gamble because it was my life. I gambled when I woke up, I set my robots to gamble when I was at work and I gambled when I came home. When I woke up each morning the first thing I did was check my laptop to see how much money I had won or lost. Only then would I roll over and kiss my ex-wife on the cheek and wish her a happy morning.
When I decided to quit alcohol I also used it as an opportunity to also quit gambling. I told myself that poker, although a form of gambling was different because it is a game that is heavily weighted to the more skilful players over the long run. So I quit all forms of gambling except for poker. In five-years I have only gambled once and funnily enough it was when I was drunk. It was in Las Vegas and I emptied my wallet of $3,000 while playing roulette.