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Former Arsenal and England legend Paul Merson is a recently reformed gambling addict. But over the past 30 years, he gambled away a fortune.

In this first-person account, Paul sets out to understand why his life has been so badly blighted by gambling, and explores the relationship between football and gambling at a time when it’s never been more urgent to question the industry’s place in the world of sport.

Paul is now on the path to recovery, but he wants to understand the triggers that have led to his addiction. To do this, he’s undergoing therapy and meeting scientists who have brand new theories in addiction science.

And whilst the government moots the question of whether gambling laws should be changed, Paul wonders if an entire generation of young Brits is at risk of following the same, dangerous path that he trod. Advertising and sponsorship by betting firms has exploded; the industry now spends £1.5 billion a year on advertising*, with 80 percent of all gambling marketing spend now online.

Paul says: “If this film helps just one other person affected by the issue of problem gambling, it’s been worthwhile”.
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Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 12:23 PM BST
Press briefings for the show have outlined that Merson comes face-to-face with his compulsive behaviours, and further examines how “new technology is making the gambling industry more insidious with the ability to gather information about customers”.
Paul says: “If this film helps just one other person affected by the issue of problem gambling, it’s been worthwhile”.
will also help with the book sales paul
Report howard October 11, 2021 1:30 PM BST
he was addicted to other things as well. most of these people have problems full stop.
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 1:48 PM BST
In this first-person account, Paul sets out to understand why his life has been so badly blighted by gambling?

I can answer that. Lack of self discipline. We live in a era where the majority of people can't seem to take responsibility for their own actions in life. They then go running to the BBC, Guardian (who both love a good sob story) or on Social Media to complain about the "injustice" of it all.

And anyway, there's worst thing for young guys to do with their money. They could be Simping on Only Fans! lol
Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 2:00 PM BST
peter shilton paul merson that bird with the blue hair that falls asleep alot all making it difficult for people to have a bet .
2 are selling books and one has never had a bet.
Report DOUBLED October 11, 2021 2:03 PM BST
Merson getting paid good money by Sky on Soccer Saturday while they run gambling adverts every 10 minutes Laugh Seems Ok with that though !!
Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 2:07 PM BST
1.01 merson will cry a few times on the programme he loves a good cry
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 2:07 PM BST
Just think what else they would have done with their time & money? They could have easily spent it doing something worthwhile for society. But instead they CHOSE to gamble excessively. There's no such thing as a "Gambling Addiction"
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 2:08 PM BST
I'm pretty sure I've seen him plugging bets for them too, Doubled. Laughable stuff!
Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 2:09 PM BST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHdU0hMCDS8
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 2:14 PM BST
F'ecking classic! Laugh These f'eckers have NO shame!
Report jamesdean October 11, 2021 2:22 PM BST
Whippin Piccadilly • October 11, 2021 2:07 PM BST
Just think what else they would have done with their time & money? They could have easily spent it doing something worthwhile for society. But instead they CHOSE to gamble excessively. There's no such thing as a "Gambling Addiction"


Ive read some sh1te on this forum but that's up there
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 2:27 PM BST
Block me then you toby
Report jamesdean October 11, 2021 2:31 PM BST
No chance, I like a laugh and you never fail to provide it.
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 2:34 PM BST
Like I laugh at your tips and opinions on Horse racing. One of the worst judges on the forum. Grin
Report jamesdean October 11, 2021 2:38 PM BST
Their worse in real life tbf
Report jamesdean October 11, 2021 2:39 PM BST
theyre*
Report Shanelee1966 October 11, 2021 2:39 PM BST
You can have whatever view you like re gambling. Imagine sat there knowing you`ve blown 7 million.

That must feck you head in.
Report themightymac October 11, 2021 2:42 PM BST
Bunch of feckers the lot of them ballyregan. Stelling would sell his soul to the devil for a few bob. Winston worse.
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 2:44 PM BST
lol Fair play, JD.

If ever you needed evidence that a cap on players wages is needed, you have it right here!
Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 2:48 PM BST
yes themightymac if merson truly believes that gambling is so destructive surely he has to pack in his skysports job considering all the sponsoring of bookies it does and get a job in an industry he believes in .  I suppose lots of people in all industries do jobs that they disagree with though and everyone needs money I suppose.
Report EastLower Gooner October 11, 2021 2:51 PM BST
Merson was and still is a self destructive degenerate. Show is just a cash grab. Take it from me. Someone who knows all about his BS….fine player though…
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 3:08 PM BST
Says he's not worried about the money he lost , more so the time? Eh, what do overpaid footballers do with their spare time anyway? Most of them are perv's and degen's lol
Report dustybin October 11, 2021 3:29 PM BST
BBC got their monies worth

Only the other week they had him in to talk about his drinking and showed old footage of him blubbing in a press conference cos he couldnt give it up
Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 3:32 PM BST
he was on gmb with sussananh and madeley the other week also crying about how he had a relapse in lockdown and lost his deposit on a new house due to gambling at the end madeley got up and shook his hand telling paul how brave he was
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 3:45 PM BST
The guy has lead an exciting life and achieved plenty. Sure, he's had his up's and down's but who hasn't? I won't be losing any sleep over his problems. Now if we do our betting banks, will we get a guess spot on GMB and a shoulder to cry on? No chance! lol
Report Hayden October 11, 2021 4:10 PM BST
Don't know anything about Paul Merson or even soccer for that matter but surely after all those alleged gambling problems but to then appear on a promotional betting advertisement is obscene , isn't it ?

Or is it me ?

Couldn't watch a trash program like that is my life depended on it and as for any book i'd want paying good money to be forced to read such junk.

Laughing stock rather than someone to feel sorry for.
Report SlippyBlue October 11, 2021 4:16 PM BST
Endorsing betting firms is totally beyond the pale but he'll do anything for a pound note or so it would appear anyway.
I wouldn't read this book even if they were being given out for free, I've got better things to do than read that nonsense. Brave my ar@e, don't make me laugh.
Report Storm Alert October 11, 2021 4:50 PM BST
Watched a couple of clips on the BBC web site. Looks well worth a watch. This one about risk/reward/brain plasticity, the frightening bit is most of us are there with the physical reasons we can't easily change our behaviour should we want to:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09y3lgl
Report 11kv October 11, 2021 4:53 PM BST
I'm expecting a lot of tears...
Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 4:56 PM BST
1 hour long programme will be alot of tears 11kv
Report sixtwosix October 11, 2021 6:43 PM BST
7 million ..... a night out in the casino for golf's big man.
Report Cider October 11, 2021 6:51 PM BST
Quite a juxtaposition for auntie, bbc1 an hour's naval gazing about gambling addiction, bb2 the new labour revolution.
Report glentoby October 11, 2021 6:54 PM BST
Wiil they discuss what effect the white powder he snorted had on his gambling iyo?
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 6:59 PM BST
More top quality TV shows on the BBC....followed by the news and then RuPaul's Drag Race UK

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK returns for a third series. Global drag icon RuPaul presides as twelve fabulous queens compete to be crowned the UK’s next Drag Race superstar.


Why does the BBC still exist?
Report glentoby October 11, 2021 7:03 PM BST
They are unbiased whippin,unless you are white,healthy and hetero!!?
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 7:05 PM BST
When I was younger they produced some of the finest TV, probably anywhere in the world. Can you imagine the type of people who run the show now? All on huge salaries, all hugely untalented.
Report glentoby October 11, 2021 7:10 PM BST
Should be renamed LGBTV+ imo.No room for normal people anymore.
Report G Hall October 11, 2021 7:13 PM BST
Yes and sky ports news should be renamed sky sports racist news imo.
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 7:16 PM BST
If you're a white working class guy, there's nothing for you on the BBC. Even final score has been hijacked with the high pitched shrill of women reporting from around the grounds.
Report glentoby October 11, 2021 7:20 PM BST
Get used to it whippin,ch4 racing and the Racing Post seem to be following their lead,RP even reporting LGBT+ getting involved in sponsoring racing during "National Coming Out Day!!!

FFS the days of bent jockeys and trainers taking on a new meaning!!!
Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 7:33 PM BST
as you say tonight paul merson slamming gambling then ru pauls drag race then graham norton repeat who are bbc supposed to be appealing to mary whitehouse homosexuals?
Report Whippin Piccadilly October 11, 2021 7:49 PM BST
To give some balance to what might be misconstrued as a "sexiest" comment. Francesca & Sally Ann are much better at their jobs than Ed & Oli. Cool
Report elise October 11, 2021 8:08 PM BST
If you're a white working class guy, there's nothing for you on the BBC  bury your head in a few puzzle books for a month, then you'll be able to watch only connect with half a chance of answering something, the working class bonus is you get to imagine sticking your nose between victoria corens breasts while screaming out your favourite egyptian hieroglyphic
Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 8:19 PM BST
victoria is wasted on mitchell peepshow is a timeless classic and he may be quite clever/witty but I feel she deserves more than this little fella imho
Report elise October 11, 2021 8:25 PM BST
between innings she'd probably get a deck of cards out and deal a few hands of poker, dream girl
Report HallGreenSpy October 11, 2021 8:37 PM BST
the working class bonus is you get to imagine sticking your nose between victoria corens breasts while screaming out your favourite egyptian hieroglyphic

LaughLaugh
Report ballyregan October 11, 2021 9:09 PM BST
he is crying already 1.01 landed
Report brain dead jockeys October 11, 2021 11:24 PM BST
his young lad has a good left foot
Report dustybin October 12, 2021 7:30 AM BST
‘I have never had a chat with anyone on the phone about anything, bar gambling’

He’s either super thick, or extremely insincere.
Given he opened with ‘Any-fink’, I’ll say he’s both.

You can not deny he is a very unreliable witness. Doing a programme about problem gambling after presumably taking money from bookies to advertise gambling.

There are two silver linings however, one, blowing £7m is good for the economy and two, that wart on his nose helps to keep his glasses on.
Report dustybin October 12, 2021 9:01 AM BST
There was a chart The Economist made a few months ago, I’ll dig it out later, that showed the propensity of Premier League sponsorship.
From memory there were no bookies sponsoring it when it started, and now the industry is the single biggest advertiser on football shirts.
Report dustybin October 12, 2021 9:05 AM BST
*I think there were rules restricting bookies advertising when the PL started.
Report top2rated October 12, 2021 9:14 AM BST
Report dustybin October 12, 2021 9:17 AM BST
Aye thats it.
Report Storm Alert October 12, 2021 9:20 AM BST
I thought it was worth a watch, they didn't hold back. Already knew that risk/reward/brain plasticity occurs in all individuals through repetitive gambling. Didn't realise how out of control compulsive gamblers are though, they truly have an illness. Always suspected that bookies target them. But still a bit shocked about the collateral info they collect allowing them to manipulate compulsive gamblers, even though I've seen it first hand as one of my friends was almost bankrupted a few years ago through gambling on PaddyPower casino and he got all the VIP treatment during the downwards spiral.

Merstham, not the sharpest tool in the box, but not a total failure as has a wife standing by him and some great kids. Now he has had the courage to make that program and opening up about himself, I hope he can cope with criticism that will be thrown at him and find some happiness as he rebuilds.

At a personal level, I love gambling as I assume most of us do and am so glad I am not a compulsive gambler.
Report jumper3 October 12, 2021 9:26 AM BST
This programme went head to head with RTE in Ireland showing the Barney Curley biography. I couldn't imagine the BBC putting that on as prime time viewing.
Report dustybin October 12, 2021 9:35 AM BST
I believe theres a saying within neuroscience; 'What fires together, wires together'

Meaning that pleasure is cemented in the activities where neurotransmitters are relearsed due to an action, over time the habit forms because neurons literally connect at the cost of connections elsewhere. His brain showed the result of that.
Report Brian October 12, 2021 11:34 AM BST
I thought that among other things it should the ridiculousness of some of the responsible gambling initiatives as the bookmakers have the information they need to tell them who the problems gamblers are.
Report parispike October 12, 2021 12:13 PM BST
The silver lining in the programme was that it exposed the uselessness (deliberately obviously) of the approach that the industry has been permitted to adopt of putting all the responsibility on the addicted person.

The fact that the operators devise and are permitted to market addictive products is an aspect that needs more airing imo.
Report impossible123 October 12, 2021 12:35 PM BST
The bookies are still doing it. They're adopting a "subliminal" advert strategy to target the weak and possibly vulnerable but time-rich insomniac tv viewers with their "delicate" Gamblersaware commercials.

All gambling adverts on media esp tv, mobile and computer by bookies must be banned. Anything less is ineffective and only watering down the present rise in problem gambling.
Report MJK October 12, 2021 6:36 PM BST
Shouldn't the audio guys in bookies be banned? One of the blokes for Spoils will say, every day, that a particular 'special is proving very popular.  The bookies could be only open 10 mins and he'll say this. Totally lying.
Report glentoby October 12, 2021 7:22 PM BST
The bottom line is that no amount of legislation will prevent addicted gamblers becoming addicted through asking bookies to adhere to pie in the sky rules.

The difference now is the internet and that is it and has been for this century,if an addict wants a fix it is at their fingertips regardless of age,Merson and his compatriots did not need the medium,one of them would always have laid him.

Like all addictions,gambling does not discriminate between intellectual or economic circumstance?
Report themightymac October 12, 2021 7:38 PM BST
The latest craze before Covid shut the shops were firms holding FREE competitions on the machines with top scorers getting FREE betting vouchers.

.... objective? To get customers hooked on gaming machines. Even the thick bookie apologists on here can`t dispute that.

Since betting shops opened in the early 60s and even more so since the evolution of the internet, Bookies huge profits are made from problem compulsive gamblers, yet they still come out with all the guff forced on them by the gambling commission. e.g. "When the fun stops, STOP"! when in reality, they don`t give a F.

Responsible winning gamblers get their accounts shut and are blacklisted in the shops.
Report impossible123 October 13, 2021 9:48 PM BST
Nationalise horse racing betting like France and Hong Kong with proceeds going to government to fund vital services and good social causes as in Hong Kong. The present high street and online bookies could go "underground" like some of those they critcised and despised intensely.

Maybe this is the way forward to ensure horseracing here can compete with those overseas eg Ireland, France, Japan, Hong Kong, etc. The bookies are funding the sport despiteb their ever increasing and cilossal annual profits.
Report Storm Alert October 14, 2021 9:18 AM BST
*underfunding* ?
Report sixtwosix October 14, 2021 10:51 AM BST
Watching it as a gambler of many decades I wondered what drastic action could curtail my betting .

Ban all internet gambling would be the only method ...... the hassle of going back to a shop and the difficulty placing bets , trading a position etc would make me give up altogether .

Never going to happen when these companies make gazillions through online markets.
Report saddo October 14, 2021 10:55 AM BST
Like alcohol, gambling would never get a licence if it was invented tomorrow.
Report sixtwosix October 14, 2021 10:57 AM BST
and sugar and plastic .....and many other developments/inventions.
Report howard October 15, 2021 12:54 PM BST
There was a story about a guy depositing over 2000 times in a year. Wouldn't be able to do that now ?  Also Merson going in full bank after each win. That tells you he really wants to lose and have no money in order to have to stop rather than need any discipline.
Report dustybin October 15, 2021 1:04 PM BST
I got the impression he was doing it for the camera
After all, it wouldnt have had much point had he bet sensibly on the odds of probability
Report dustybin October 15, 2021 1:05 PM BST
Like he was going 'look how focked up I am ill do this and not think'
Report dustybin October 15, 2021 1:09 PM BST
And when he went into that scanner complaining about it doing his head in and the beeping I just thought, he hasnt got a gambling problem he's just retarded.

Thought they were going to show Homer Simpson's brain
Report Storm Alert October 15, 2021 1:13 PM BST
It's a brain illness, the winning or losing doesn't make a difference to a compulsive gambler, until it's all gone. It does make difference to family and other dependants though.  The Panorama program last year showed a guy with hundreds of deposits a week and hand stolen/borrowed a lot of money from work and friends and a woman again with hundreds of deposits a week, in her case with Jackpot Joy. I think she had lost 600k inheritance money in about six months.

I was amazed banks were allowing that many transactions without some sort of check. I'm assuming it can't happen nowadays with affordability checks in place.
Report howard October 15, 2021 1:14 PM BST
Don't think I would be sure about that Dusty. If you've done 7 million I would guess there was more than a few full bank plays.
Report dustybin October 15, 2021 1:27 PM BST
I dont doubt he has/had no understanding of the value of money as has already been mentioned, footballers are massively overpaid and dont tend to be Mensa types.

But him betting sensibly or coming across as rational wouldnt have made much of an impact.
Report impossible123 October 15, 2021 6:33 PM BST
Anyone feeling sorry for Mr Merson himself is either anothe Merson or lacking intelligence. Mr Merson was a footballer earning over £5k (mega bucks) a week then; wrapped his BMW round a tree due to his drinking; exhausted his sub (salary in advance) then asked the business partner of his dad to put bets on for him.

Easy come, easy go - not as if it was hard earn money. As such, I do not have a moment's compassion or sorry for him. However, his immediate family I feel very sorry for as they've not asked to be born or related to him.

Mr Merson...no! You make your bed, you lie on it.
Report BARROWBOY October 15, 2021 7:29 PM BST
The psychology of a compulsive gambler is very interesting,a lad who used to work for me a few years ago,on about £300 pw told me that when he had money in his betting a/c he couldn’t sleep & would often get up in the middle of the night to find something to bet on,& also that when he’d lost his last penny he felt a great sense of relief.as far as Mersin is concerned don’t feel much sympathy but does beg the question why someone earning huge money would feel the need to gamble,it’s a pity no one nudged him into horse ownership,would have kept him interested in the game.would still probably have cost him but at least it would have been slower.
Report brain dead jockeys October 15, 2021 7:58 PM BST
how much u reckon he gets a week AFTER TAX from sky and other work he does such as after dinner speaking?...........5k?.........he does have 8 kids........i know some are grown up but after paying for everything he might be left with 1-2k a week which he could save..........still a great living for doing a job he loves..........still a great life...........he needs to get some inner peace....forget the past and be positive.
i wish him the best of luck but given that he bets on the same stuff he earns a living from - team sports.......it wont be easy....theres a diff between betting on horses every 5 mins - something which has nothing to do with your job - to betting on football, rugby and cricket.........something which his employer covers every day.........i know its all gambling but its like an alcoholic working in a pub.........there is some hope as betting on sports is not as bad as casino betting.
Report unitedbiscuits October 15, 2021 7:59 PM BST
Weak c**t.

And that was all she wrote.
Report ballyregan October 15, 2021 8:30 PM BST
what are shilton and merson new books about?
Report impossible123 October 16, 2021 8:29 AM BST
I know of a youngster who plays regualrly in the Under 23 of a newly demoted Premier League club. He gets about £750 a week (norm is about £400) after a pay rise due to age and near inclusion to the senior team. His lodging and food - both selected, advised and monitored by the club - are paid for by the club. He only pays for meals at the training ground; the club pays for hotels and food when accompanying senior team on game day for moral sypport and bonding.

On an off day (no game - senior or Under 23) he goes to training at about 7.30am (public transport or drive); finishes about 1pm (staying behind for physio, if recovering from an injury); post this he'd do whatever he likes within reason. 

Let's hope Mr Merson gets as much back from the bookies who fleeced him to alleviate the pain and sufferings he caused his family. Anything else is a bonus he does not deserve, I think, as it was easily derived, and wasted from a professional activity and natural ability.
Report Facts October 16, 2021 9:49 AM BST
Not much sympathy or understanding on here !
Do you guys have the same views or someone who is an alcoholic .

To say that it's all their fault and should ' pull their socks up ' and sort it , because ..etc ...etc. Is completely missing the
point , it is an illness. And like mental depression, should be treated as such.

It's very easy to have a ' holier than thou ' attitude, when you haven't experienced a life living with an addiction that
utterly rules your life.
Report impossible123 October 16, 2021 11:09 AM BST
Do you know Mr Merson? What some would do to be in his position ie getting paid mega bucks doing a hobby, and living the life of riley? An opportunity wasted; blame no one but himself. His immediate family were the people I felt sorry for. Mr Merson? No!
Report apassagetobangkok October 17, 2021 8:03 AM BST
I have been extremely fortunate in being able to gamble "normally" for several decades. However some people cannot, and there is no doubt in my mind that these people can be targeted by the big firms in a very unscrupulous way. I think it was WH that said that they did not recognise any critical aspects in the documentary which is just laughable - whatever you think of Paul Merson there is no doubt in my mind that weak and vulnerable people are preyed upon by these big firms and using 20% of your budget to put out warning messages in your advert is akin to the messages on cigarette packets - it does not cut the mustard. They rely on preying on these troubled individuals to make their business work and in my opinion it is a serious form of abuse.
Report G Hall October 17, 2021 10:47 AM BST
I remember a few years back on soccer Saturday, must have been the international break, he was doing a Colchester game, they were winning 3-0, when he lets out a shout, oh no they just hit the bar! Jeff Selling says it doesn't matter they are winning 3 nil, Merson comes back it does matter if you are in goals!!

At that time he was supposed to have stopped gambling, it didn't sound like it to me
Report G Hall October 17, 2021 10:48 AM BST
*if you are ON goals*
Report DIE LINKE October 17, 2021 10:58 AM BST
Take a look at the mind-boggling Quatsch you can bet on under "live casino" on this site. £1K spins of the Rad on the ironically named Adventures Beyond Wonderland. No responsible betting company should have that as part of its Angebot.
Report ballyregan October 23, 2021 11:24 PM BST
cannot believe paul is giving advice on football games this weekend after that programme quite remarkable
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/paul-merson-s-predictions-manchester-united-vs-liverpool-premier-league-gw-9-fixtures
Report Storm Alert October 24, 2021 9:40 AM BST
Why? He needs to earn bread for his family...
Report BARROWBOY October 24, 2021 10:03 AM BST
If Mersens giving betting advice with his track record it’s probably best to employ the Richard birch system & do the exact opposite.
Report ballyregan October 24, 2021 10:37 AM BST
very funny storm alert he has admitted that he has lost 7 million on gambling so in theory he is the worst tipster going also with these tips he is encouraging people to bet. if he was an alcoholic would he be doing a lager. wine guide?
he created a 1 hour long programme that basically condemmed the gambling industry that potentially will destroy everyones gambling enjoyment next year on onwards
imo he should remove himself from the betting circus if he strongly believes against this arena and get a job in an office or a factory if he has morals not promote an industry that has destroyed him.
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