If you’re an alcoholic, you might spend £30 or £40 in a day and you’d be flat on your back and you wouldn’t spend anymore. If you’re a drug addict, a similar story, you’d get your fix for that day, and once you’d had your fix, you’re not going to spend any money. Somebody who’s addicted to gambling could spend thousands and thousands and thousands of pounds in a day and still not stop.
If I went in the betting shop and lost the first bet it was like a red rag. I wouldn’t rest until I’d either got that tenner back or, and all I used to do was dig a massive hole for myself. Basically, I got to the point where the only time that I’d ever come out of a betting shop when I’d got no money left to lose. I’d lost the whole lot, and then I was happy. Believe it or not, happy I could come out.
He took me under his wing, not to learn about the computer that I had gone down to learn about. I was down there for six weeks and in that six weeks, he taught me how to read form, taught me how to use time from the black book. Basically, when I came back I was betting nearly every day, just small bets, small multiple bets and that went on for a while. To be quite honest, I had a lot of luck. I had quite a few wins, not massive wins but big enough to definitely wet my interest and so it went on.
You can talk to people till you’re blue in the face, and until that person acknowledges that they’ve got a gambling problem, anything that you say to them will just go completely over their head. People used to accuse me of having a gambling problem, and I used to say, “I haven’t got a problem.” They said, “Well, pack it in.” I said, “I can pack it in when I want.” They said, “Well, pack it in.” “But I don’t want to.” The sooner people realize that they do have a gambling problem, the sooner that they can do something about it.
I would like them to ease back on gambling adverts. In fact, I would love it if they were banned completely like there’s no smoking adverts anymore. Alcohol adverts are down to an absolute minimum. Before, during, and after football matches, it’s all about gambling, but it appears now at teatime with all the adverts for bingo sites. I’d love to see that. I’d love to see the logos on football shirts [stopped]. There’s nothing worse than kids running around with a football shirt on with Bet365 on the front.