Jul 13, 2018 -- 12:55PM, themightymac wrote:
If you could get another chance in life, would you gamble guys? I would most definitely not.
Yes, no question. Of all the things I've done in my lifetime, been here there and everywhere in my time but no doubt some of my greatest memories has been to do with all sorts of sports, mainly horse racing, greyhounds, cricket, rugby etc and it has always involved punting. Walking my Dads greyhounds aged 5 in Keston. I don't want flashy cars, bling etc, give me a day at Plumpton on a Monday afternoon and I'm a happy bunny,horse racing is my passion and I love the sport, it's a very part of me and always will be. Sandown on the 26th is my next day out on course. My username is a greyhound, 1990 Derby winner and I'll have that night in my brainbox forever.
Jul 14, 2018 -- 7:16AM, i_agree_with_nick wrote:
I don't get why people play them. Is it the idea that you might just get lucky and have a big win?Someone called in to LBC and claimed that he used to make thousands every week on the FOBTs because he was aware of when they were due to pay out. He said that he stopped a few years back because the firms had got wise to the loophole and closed it.
That caller to LBC was a liar. His claim is impossible as the machines do not generate their own percentage or their own numbers.
There probably have been people who got lucky in short bursts or won a bit in some shops and not others, but that's just luck.
The reason people play then is simply that they're addictive. Unless you are a player of FOBTs you cannot understand it. It's not as basic as thinking you might have a big win. I've seen older people who would have been 5p or 10p yankee punters, whanging their pension money, in notes, into them. You'll see people talk to them and get absorbed into a little bubble or world which comprises just them and the machine.
If a survey was done, or the questions about asked about whether they should exist was just given to the people who play them, I believe there would be an overwhelming call to ban them.
Jul 16, 2018 -- 4:20PM, STUDYFORM wrote:
It's purely an addiction, themightymac.The machines get into people's brains. Any semblance of reason and intelligence is lost.The thing the biggest bookies don't get - because they're run by ex-students and accountants and not anyone who understands gambling - is that if the machines weren't there, the money would come back over the counter. And, the expense (rent/tax) of the machines would be negated.
"The thing the biggest bookies don't get - because they're run by ex-students and accountants and not anyone who understands gambling - is that if the machines weren't there, the money would come back over the counter."
Well STUDYFORM, I really cannot agree with that statement. As you well know, the high street firms simply won't take a bet from anyone remotely clued up and the generation of say 20-30 year olds really have little or no interest in horse racing apart from the Grand National and the Derby. If I take a sample of my own nephews and mates sons etc then absolutely none of them bet on horses, it's football first by a distance and then the fobt's, the rest nowhere.
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