PlayChange Arrives in Bavaria to Tackle Gambling Addiction – GamblingNews.com

In a bid to begin reducing the numbers of problem gamblers in Bavaria, the state is launching a new help line app, PlayChange, to tackle the issue.

The Bavarian State Office for Gambling Addiction will launch a new platform dedicated to reducing gambling harm in the state. PlayChange will offer support to individuals who may be at-risk or already experience gambling addiction and are coping with gambling-related harm.

The platform has been set up with the Ministry of Health and Social Care with the help of the State Office for Gambling Addiction (LSG), and the solution is scheduled to go live on July 15. According to Health Minister Melanie Huml, PlayChange will allow people who are affected by gambling addiction to seek counseling services and help without fear of reprimand or stigma. Here is Ms. Humls statement cited by iGaming Business:

Those affected can get help quickly, easily, and above all, anonymously on PlayChange. This is an excellent addition to our existing counselling services and a big step forward in addiction counselling, which we offer to citizens in the Free State of Bavaria.

The service will have a non-invasive registration process, allowing citizens to register and set up a counselor visit anonymously via email. Vulnerable and addicted players will be able to have telephone appointments and generally have an easier time finding help to battle with an issue that Ms Huml and the Ministry of Health find serious. All services will be offered remotely.

Ms. Huml cited the novel coronavirus pandemic and argued that the remote mode of operating the help line was a good way to begin offering vulnerable people and addicts a way out of their issue without breaking social distancing rules or endangering the health of either party.

PlayChange will run under the control of LSG and will operate a budget estimated at $40,000 annually. PlayChange is a standalone app that can be downloaded for a mobile or desktop device, making access to the solution easier.

The introduction of PlayChange is an attempt to stem the tide of the growing number of gambling addicts in the State of Bavaria. Estimated 70,000 people have shown signs of problematic gambling behavior according to various surveys conducted between 2011 and 2017.

Some 33,000 of the people observed are qualified as problematic in the surveys, as they already show signs of gambling addiction. While the LSG has been around since 2008, this is one of the most significant moves to scale up the coverage and help reach out to problem gamblers who may be too embarrassed to attend in person.

Already, the institution provides treatment at 70 points across the state and in 22 specialist centers. The Ministry of Health has also been pleased with LSGs work, vowing 8.7 million for the period between 2020 and 2023.

Meanwhile, Germany continues to report an increase in the overall gambling revenue, with the amount total expected to reach 3.3 billion by the end of 2024, as previously reported.

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Optimism is back: online gambling industry climate increases in Q2 2020 – EGR Global

Online Gambling Quarterly shares insights on the current and future business climate, with 47% of industry experts having a 'good' view of the online gambling sector in the next 12 months

What a rollercoaster ride this was in the past six months. Back in January, it seemed to be just a 'normal' year in the industry. Then Covid-19 changed everything and, as lockdowns spread around the globe and sports events were suspended, it became clear that this crisis would also hit the online gambling industry. And

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GOLFICITY BETS: The 2020 Memorial Tournament Gambling Guide – Golficity

Memorial Tournament Tournament Preview

If the conclusion of the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village was a mere aperitif for what is to come at this weeks Memorial Tournament, we should be in for a mouth-watering event indeed!

Collin Morikawa served up another glimpse at his outrageous talent, and when he learns how to putt properly he will find himself among the sports elite.

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Mind you, there were some outrageous putts landed towards the business end of the Workday, and none more so on the first play-off hole against Thomas the latter drained a 50-footer to put the pressure on Morikawa, who responded with a 24-footer of his own.

In the end, it was Morikawa who held his nerve to clinch a second of what is likely to be many PGA Tour titles to come.

We got a good look at Muirfield Village last week, and all of the rumors suggest that event organizers want to beef up the challenge somewhat this time around.

So were anticipating some changes, such as thicker, tangly rough that will not be trampled down of course, and then were expecting quicker greens and run-off areas shaved to within an inch of their lives.

Of course, the weather may play havoc with that ideal. There is some rain and thunderstorms in the forecast, and so if the rain falls in any great quantity then that will slow the surfaces we could be looking at another iron-and-putt contest if that is the case.

Anyone that saw Jack Nicklaus play this incredible sport knows he was a ball-striking machine, and that skillset has been introduced into his own golf course design too. Hitting the ball in a straight line is key at Muirfield Village!

But again, to confirm, it is the weather that could have a huge bearing on how this track plays this week. Are we looking at a razor-sharp test of all-round golf, or will this be a soft test in which hitting your approaches close to the pin is key?

On Sunday, Patrick Cantlay showed why he is a former champion at Muirfield Village.

He delivered a sublime 65 only Jon Rahm bettered that on the day, and once again showed the sort of suitability for the test that saw him lift this trophy 12 months ago.

Embed from Getty ImagesCantlays top-10 in the Workday was a really nice sighter for the challenge ahead, and continues his fine form that has yielded two top-10s and a pair of T11s within his last five starts.

He has all-round ability with no weaknesses in any department, and that will probably be the order of the day this week over a player who is strong in one area but lacking in others.

A man reborn after changing his driver, Gary Woodland found a bit of something last week.

His top-five at Muirfield was franked by a huge improvement off the tee, with the US Open gaining +0.85 strokes gained in this department with the Wilson driver that took him to that major title.

Woodlands putting stroke looked really smooth too, and all told he looks ready to contend for silverware again.

He got a good look at the layout last week, and hell be looking to improve on that T5 this time around.

With form as our guide, Abraham Ancer is playing the golf of his life right now and is looking good in all areas of his game.

There are doubts about his mettle in contention particularly when he will have some heavyweights chasing him down in this field, and so a top-10 wager is possibly the smart move as far as the Mexican is concerned right now.

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Ancer has been recording some outstanding tee-to-green stats of late, and he is a solid putter on any given day so thats a winning combination that could fly at Muirfield.

Having finished no lower than T14 in his last three starts, Ancer will be looking to really cash in this week.

In the top-20 market we can pin our hopes on tee-to-green specialists who can, very occasionally, get hot with the putter.

Of late, Lucas Glover is a player that has been trending in that direction, and he actually putted well on the Bentgrass/Poa of TPC River Highlands a few weeks ago a rarity indeed!

Glovers game is based on precision off the tee and on approach, and improvements in those areas have led to four consecutive top-25 finishes since the seasons restart bizarrely, hes only banked one wager in the top-20 market, however.

If the rain comes and slows the greens, you would expect Glover to go along very nicely.

Heres a very interesting matchup indeed Bryson DeChambeau taking on Justin Thomas.

Will Bryson throw the kitchen sink off the tee? Remember, he has won at Muirfield before, but back in 2018 he was playing VERY different golf to what he is displaying at the moment.

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We dont expect Justin Thomas to suffer a hangover following his play-off loss last week, and hes experienced enough now to take the knock and learn from it.

Based on course fit with regards to Bryson 2.0 were inclined to suggest JT is the play here.

Unsurprisingly, Tiger Woods is a serial winner at Muirfield Village.

But its been three months since he hit a competitive ball in anger, and while he looked in reasonable touch in The Match against Phil Mickelson, thats a world away from 72 holes against the best players in the world.

Sorry Big Cat; not this week. But well be keeping a close eye on you nonetheless.

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My son was shaking, trying not to go online: how the gambling industry got its claws into children – The Guardian

In Jack Ritchies first term of sixth form, when he was 17, he started to spend his lunch breaks at the bookies down the road from his school in Sheffield, staking his dinner money at the fixed-odds betting terminals. It became a regular thing. No one ever asked for any proof of age.

Early on, Jack had a big win. It was too much money to fit in his pocket; he had to ask the bookies to hold it for him until he could pick it up after school. He came home with 1,000 in cash, his mother, Liz, tells me, blinking in astonishment.

Jack only told his parents hed been gambling a year later, when the 1,000 was long gone, along with the 5,000 his grandmother had left him, and every other spare penny hed scraped together from bits and pieces of work and birthday presents. He knew what hed done was ridiculous and stupid, says Charles, Jacks father. At that stage, we were naive. Were not a gambling family. We thought, this is a young man growing up, doing stupid things, experimenting. We thought hed grow out of it.

Charles took Jack into every betting shop in Sheffield, where Jack left a photograph and signed a form that would exclude him from placing bets there. There he was, a good-looking, ambitious 18-year-old, with his dad, going into these deeply depressing places. Charles shakes his head. Hed come out of them and say: Thats not me. This isnt what I am.

But Jack soon started visiting gambling websites to play online roulette. When he arrived in Hull for his first term at university, he blew his student grant in virtual casinos almost immediately. During the Christmas holidays, Liz and Charles bought software that blocked his access to gambling sites. But it expired after a year.

Jacks gambling was intermittent often triggered when an unsolicited email from one of the bookies landed in his inbox but he began to feel controlled by it, Liz explains. You lose your capacity for self-determination. Jack was used to being a clever boy. I think he will have experienced himself losing that, at an age when he needed to rely on it.

At a time when he was supposed to be forming his identity, Jack began to feel it was slipping away from him. Liz shrugs. He felt he was destroying himself.

***

For as long as people have gambled, there have been gambling addicts. But over the past 15 years, a perfect storm of technological innovation and new freedoms for the gambling industry has left young people particularly vulnerable. A report by the Gambling Commission last year estimated there are now 55,000 problem gamblers aged 11-16 in England, Scotland and Wales, and 450,000 who gamble regularly. In this age group, gambling is more popular than smoking or taking drugs; 11% of 11 to 16-year-olds report that they gamble every week, compared to only 6% who smoke tobacco and 5% who take drugs.

Jack Ritchie was part of the first generation to begin their teenage years after the 2005 Gambling Act allowed bookmakers, casinos and gambling websites to advertise on television and radio. The industry now spends 1.5bn a year on marketing. Gambling has become normalised and ubiquitous more than half the teams in the Premiere League carry betting firm logos on their shirts. A 2019 study by GambleAware found a 24% rise in industry spending on advertising and marketing campaigns between 2015 and 2018, and that, even if ads were aimed at adults, children still found them appealing. Jacks generation was also the first to grow up when it was normal for teenagers to have laptops in their rooms and smartphones in their pockets. That made it possible to gamble 24 hours a day, without leaving your bedroom, without anyone else knowing.

Jack's distress came from the hold gambling had over his life and the feeling he could never escape it

In response to the Gambling Commissions findings, the first NHS Young Peoples National Problem Gambling Clinic was set up in London in December 2019. The links between problem gambling and stress, depression and mental health problems are growing, said the NHS England chief executive, Simon Stevens . We need to be clear. Tackling mental ill health caused by addiction is everyones responsibility especially those firms that directly contribute to the problem.

So far, those companies have been reluctant to change strategy. When Britains leading specialists on gambling disorders called on firms to suspend advertising early in the coronavirus lockdown, it took them three weeks to agree to begin to pull their ads. (From 9pm to 10pm on Friday 24 April on Channel 4, I counted commercials for gambling websites in every one of the three ad breaks). Regular gamblers are gambling more during lockdown, even without live sports fixtures to bet on.

While adult gambling problems are often measured in terms of debts, the damage done to children and young people can be more insidious, affecting their sense of themselves. For the Ritchie family, the consequences were devastating. On 22 November 2017, seven years after Jack placed his first bet, Liz and Charless wonderful, warm, kind, happy son took his own life. Gambling With Lives, the charity his parents founded after Jacks death, estimates there could be up to 650 gambling-related suicides every year in the UK. The Ritchies are now in contact with more than 60 recently bereaved families; one lost a daughter, all the rest lost sons. The youngest killed himself less than a year ago, aged 18. They all started gambling as children.

I am speaking to Liz and Charles over Zoom from the kitchen table of the family home where Jack grew up with his two older sisters. I recognise it from a video on the Gambling With Lives website, which shows 6ft 4in Jack waltzing with his much shorter mother, bending her backwards over the kitchen sink as they collapse with laughter.

He was a big, happy character, Charles smiles. Very popular, with lots of close friends. He loved football; he cared about politics and was a big supporter of Jeremy Corbyn. Its easy to idealise somebody when they are dead, but he really was genuinely very warm-hearted. All his friends say what they miss about him is his big hugs, Liz adds.

Nobody saw it as a problem. There were no warning bells. It felt so normalised. It's a bit of fun, as the adverts say

Jacks friends all knew he liked to gamble. Nobody saw it as a problem, Charles says. There were no warning bells. It felt so normalised that no one felt they needed to intervene. Its a bit of fun, as the adverts say.

Over seven years, Jack probably lost around 30,000. His distress over gambling was never really about the money; it came from the hold it had over his life and the feeling he could never escape it.

When he died, he was teaching English in Hanoi. He hadnt gambled for three months before leaving the UK, and gambling is banned in Vietnam, so his parents felt it was behind him. Then, one Sunday in November 2017, Jack Skyped his parents and told them he was feeling down because he had gambled again, on British websites.

We bought blocking software for his computer. During the call he installed it on his machine, Charles says. Or so we thought.

At lunchtime three days later, Liz and Charles opened an email with a suicide note. They spent a frantic hour trying to locate Jack. An hour later, his body was found.

The Ritchies have no doubt that he died as a direct result of gambling. We were able to piece together his last day, and, we can see that Jack crashed out, after a day of gambling, and he was dead within an hour and a half, Charles says. Gambling was the root and the trigger of his death.

The coroner at Jacks inquest asked everybody in court, including representatives from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and the Gambling Commission, to accept that Jack killed himself because of gambling. The Ritchies are bringing legal action to hold the government liable for Jacks death, on the grounds that it didnt provide adequate care for addicts, or sufficient warning about the dangers of gambling.

Over the past 20 years, theres been the growth of a kind of industrialised electronic gambling, Charles says. Fixed-odds betting terminals are the high-profile version, but youve got exactly the same games online.

Dr Matt Gaskell, clinical lead and consultant psychologist for the NHS northern gambling clinics in Manchester, Leeds and Sunderland, tells me the most common formats that bring patients to the clinics are online slot machines, digital roulette and online in-play sports betting (where gamblers bet on specific aspects of an ongoing game, such as who is going to get the next yellow card). In the past, people put a stake on the outcome of a forthcoming event, such as a single football match or horse race. These new online formats offer never-ending opportunities to gamble.

They are designed to maximise losses and what is called time on device per user, Gaskell told the Gambling Related Harm all-party parliamentary group on 11 May. These digital products have design features that distort a gamblers judgment. They reward you with visual and auditory congratulations, even though youre losing money, Gaskell said. So dopamine, this motivation chemical, is released, even when youre losing This pattern of rewards has repeatedly been demonstrated to develop habitual behaviour in animals and humans.

Its not just online bookies that exploit this pattern. A recent study of the most popular desktop videogames showed that more than 70% of games even some designed for young children now contain loot boxes: opportunities for players to spend money on mystery virtual items. They are commonplace in Fortnite, Overwatch and Fifa. Segas Football Manager routinely displays betting odds as a way of measuring probability; whenever League One Matches feature, they are always referred to along with the name of their official sponsor Sky Bet League One. Last September, cognitive psychologists called for loot boxes to be regulated in the UK.

Liz Ritchie is a retired NHS consultant psychotherapist. Children are being groomed to be gamblers, she says. The App Store has rated Segas Football Manager suitable for ages 4+. I do believe there will be a Jimmy Savile moment, and people will suddenly say, What on earth were we doing? When your child dies, that curtain is ripped aside for you. We want to warn other parents because nobody warned us.

***

Shortly before lockdown, I visit the headquarters of the new Young Peoples National Problem Gambling Clinic, on a busy road in west London. The same building is home to the National Problem Gambling Clinic for adults aged 25 and over. In one of the consulting rooms, I meet consultant psychiatrist Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, the director. She set up the adult clinic in 2008.

A lot of our young people start with an early big win. That kicks off a disregulated approach. Gambling disorder is a mental illness, she says. Its a loss of control over gambling behaviour, which for the majority of people is a recreational activity that should not cause any major problems.

When Bowden-Jones describes the specific harms children and young people experience as a result of problem gambling, she could easily be describing the effects of drug addiction.

Sadly, weve had a lot of students dropping out of school or university in the past because of gambling activities. The academic impact is enormous because they are up all night gambling. They lose friends because they borrow money and cant repay it. They steal money. We see people with gambling problems drop out of their sports teams, lose interest in their hobbies, stop playing their musical instruments.

The clinic was set up to reach problem gamblers as young as 13, but Bowden-Jones says the typical young person who reaches the service has hit a crisis point in their late teens, after leaving school. They have no specific mentoring: its not the relationship between teachers and pupils, where teachers may spot something; at university or work, they are not so close. Thats where things can slip out of hand.

Nine out of 10 of the problem gamblers they see are male. They tend to be either extremely interested in sports sports betting is a big problem or have an overinflated sense of self in relation to poker abilities, she says. With young people, theres a significant association with alcohol and drugs. Alcohol disinhibits them. Cocaine is a stimulant, it keeps you going all night. Low mood and anxiety can play a part: sometimes they are using the gambling to act almost as a self-medication.

Bowden-Jones is used to hearing how her older patients fled physical, emotional or sexual abuse as children by running away to the arcade, and later the bookies. Now young people are choosing to escape online.

Last year, 355 people attended the national problem gambling clinic. At least half the patients have family histories of problem gambling. Early intervention can make a difference, Bowden-Jones says: We know that high levels of impulsivity at the age of seven are already a predictor of potential problems with gambling in adulthood.

But getting help to those who need it most is difficult: patients and their families need to refer themselves to the clinic, and many of the youngest problem gamblers will be hiding it. While older problem gamblers are treated in groups, young people are given individual cognitive behavioural therapy. The aim is to completely stop gambling and never start again. Once a problem gambler, always a problem gambler. The prognosis can be good, but you need to be abstinent.

There is therapy for parents, too. Some young people are emotionally abusing their parents because they want money, Bowden-Jones explains. They will call in the middle of the night saying they have been hurt and they need money for medication. The clinic offers parents strategies so they can ensure children are fed and have their rent paid, without giving them cash that will feed their addiction.

While she is careful to say that there is a lack of research on the link between gambling disorders and suicide in the UK, she knows how serious the problem can be. In the last couple of years, we could discuss 12 cases at our weekly meeting and 10 of them would be suicidal.

***

So Im recently 18. Ive never had a job, reads Josh Joness post on the Student Room online forum. Recently (last 8-10 months) Ive just been consumed by gambling. Started with house games of poker for 5 here, 10 there. Now Ive lost over 1,000 Im scared for my sanity. I still just really want to play poker as I am confident now that if I had $500+ to play with I could make a living from it Doing maths at Bristol (grades permitting) as of October Is it legal to gamble your student loan?

Seriously, seek help for that gambling addiction, someone replies.

But Josh is insistent. I am trying to train to be a professional poker player Now Ive improved a lot Im out of money to play with.

The final message is brief, and blunt. And now Josh Jones is dead. Suicide due to his addiction, aged 23. Give up all of you. From Joshs mum.

I speak to Joshs parents, Kim and Martin, in a video call from their home near Swindon. Josh was the middle son of three. Theres no history of gambling in their family. They are both retired engineers, and used to looking at things with a kind of logic that makes problem gambling particularly bewildering to them.

He was the life and soul of the party, Kim says. Very gregarious, outgoing, intelligent. He probably thought he was more intelligent than he was, in terms of gambling.

Josh played football and captained one of the university hockey teams. He was also a musician. Basically, his life growing up was fulfilled. He wasnt sitting there playing on his computer, Kim frowns. He was really happy.

Martin and Kim found out about Joshs gambling when he was 17 they got a call from his school. A member of staff overheard him in the canteen boasting to his friends about how much money hed gambled with or how much hed won, Kim says.

Josh was gambling at night, on the laptop they had bought for his homework. A few early wins at online poker led him to believe he had a talent for it. His real talents for academic work and music were quickly subsumed by gambling.

He didnt get the grades he needed to go to Bristol, after all (Im a gambling addict who totally flunked the summer exams with no revision, he admitted in an online post) and instead studied maths at the University of Surrey. Within his first week as an undergraduate, he had lost his grant for the whole term.

His parents drip-fed him 20 here and there, enough that he could eat but not enough to gamble. They took over control of his bank account. They installed software to block gambling sites from his computer. Then Josh began to take out payday loans and visit casinos.

He lost in the order of 3,000. Its not about the money. I think, in the end, its embarrassment and shame

Josh told his parents the compulsion to gamble was almost unbearable. He would describe lying in bed, sweating, shaking, physically trying not to hit the button again, not to go back on the gambling site. To me, thats describing almost exactly a drug addicts cold turkey, Martin says. You can tell how deeply embedded in his brain it was.

They encouraged him to get help. He had counselling at the student health service, and in his third year, referred himself to the adult problem gambling clinic in London, where he had about a dozen CBT sessions. Although we felt it helped to some extent, it didnt stop him, Martin says. They eventually paid for private hypnotherapy at a Harley Street clinic. After about the fourth session, he gambled on the way home. And he said to us, You may as well save your money, its not doing any good. He just couldnt stop.

On 30 July 2015, Josh took the day off work to gamble. It was payday: he had earned 2,500 from his graduate accountancy job, plus a 1,000 bonus for the year, and he had worked out how to access his bank account. He owed people money and was convinced he could win everything he needed to pay them back. And he lost it, Martin says. He lost in the order of 3,000, and thats what caused his death. Its not about the money. I think, in the end, its embarrassment and shame.

When the police knocked on Martin and Kims door at 2am to break the news, they were not surprised. I knew what they were here for, Kim says. For months, wed been living under this cloud, waiting for this call.

Like the Ritchies, the Joneses are convinced their son was killed by his gambling addiction. Weve got absolutely no doubt whatsoever, Martin says. The government, the Gambling Commission and the gambling industry are jointly responsible for his death not only his death, but the death of hundreds, and the harm of hundreds of thousands.

***

The gambling industry funds projects intended to protect children from gambling. GambleAware is funded by a voluntary levy on the industry, which came to 10.5m in the year from April 2019 to March 2020 a tiny fraction of the 1.5bn spent on marketing. GambleAware funds GamCare, which operates the National Gambling Helpline, and has run a youth outreach programme in schools and youth clubs.

We run interactive workshops that provide information about exactly what problem gambling is, raise awareness of what is available and help young people make better choices, says Megan Pengelly, a programme manager for GamCares risk reduction projects. Were not going in, wagging the finger at young people. Were trying to stimulate conversation around different attitudes towards gambling and providing some accurate information. Pengelly says GamCare takes great pains to insure they work independently of the gambling companies that fund them.

We hear young peoples experiences and attitudes in our interactive sessions. There tends to be a polarisation: at one end of the spectrum, you have young people who may be a bit laissez-faire about problem gambling, who are not that worried about it maybe they have parents who gamble and dont see it as a risk. At the other end, interestingly, you have young people who are fairly moralistic, who, at that time in their life, are very resistant to the idea of gambling. From our point of view, both ends of the spectrum are at risk. Young people who are judgmental of people who gamble their attitudes will change; theres a risk in that they might have an increased chance of experiencing shame or reluctance to seek help, she says.

Bowden-Jones also goes into schools to talk to sixth formers. They form long queues and ask you questions about whether they are doing it too much, so clearly there is a need there. But she fears the message is not yet getting to 13 to 16-year-olds.

The gambling industry likes to emphasise individual responsibility. Its slogan (When the fun stops, stop) suggests that stopping is a straightforward choice that every individual can make. When I ask Bowden-Jones who is responsible for Britains child gambling addicts, she choses her words carefully. It will be a mix of things. We, as a country, are allowing children too much exposure to gambling. The close connection with sports and gambling is an issue, the advertising is an issue, the marketing is an issue. Age verification is a very big issue.

But parents need to take an active interest in what their children are doing online. We know from research that people who have problem gambling issues tend to have less parental control.

Of course, parents who have lost children despite every effort to monitor their spending and online activity see it differently. The Gambling Act needs to be revised. It needs to be focused on preventing gambling harm not reducing it, Martin says.

I think its potentially like the opioid scandal in America, Liz says. Youve got very addictive products being portrayed as safe. Youve got a legal product thats generating a pool of addicts, particularly in the young. She sighs. And its bereaved families who are always at the prow of the boat somehow.

In the UK and Ireland, Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org or jo@samaritans.ie. The National Problem Gambling Clinic can be contacted on 020 7381 7722 or gambling.cnwl@nhs.net. The NHS Northern Gambling Service can be contacted on 0300 300 1490, or referral.ngs@nhs.net.

In the US the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.

In Australia the crisis support service Lifeline is 13 11 14.

Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org

This article was amended on 13 July 2020. An earlier version incorrectly stated that When the fun stops, stops was a GambleAware slogan.

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Bill allowing deduction of gambling losses dies – Cherokee Phoenix

BYD. SEAN ROWLEY Senior Reporter

07/12/2020 02:00 PM

House Bill 2667, authored by State Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, would have allowed the exclusion of gambling losses under Oklahomas $17,000 cap on itemized deductions.

During the 2019 session, the bill passed the House by a 83-16 vote, with the yeas including area legislators Matt Meredith, D-Tahlequah; Chris Sneed, R-Muskogee; and David Hardin, R-Stilwell. State law already allows the omission of charitable contributions and medical expenses when itemizing.

The measure then emerged from the Senate Finance Committee on April 2 with a unanimous recommendation of Do Pass, but with its enacting and emergency clauses stricken.

HB 2667 hurdled the Senate by a 32-12 vote, but conversely, none of the area senators supported the bill. Republicans Kim David, of Porter; Wayne Shaw, of Grove; and Dewayne Pemberton, of Muskogee, all voted nay. The Senates changes were rejected by the House, sending the measure to a conference committee from which it never emerged.

We never heard it or saw it on the Senate side, said Pemberton. It may be able to come back next year in another form, but this year it is dead.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the legislative session focused on the most pressing business.

We didnt get to hardly anything, Pemberton said. We got through the committee work, and had switched bills between the houses, and then after the next couple of days we had the outbreak. One senator got the virus, and they sent us home. There was a lot of conferencing over the internet, but as far as running bills we didnt do anything like that for the next six weeks. We got back to work on mostly health related bills, the things we absolutely we had to deal with. We did the basics, got the budget done and got out of there as quickly as we could.

Pemberton added that there was no legislation passed that directly dealt with or affected Oklahomas tribal governments, saying lawmakers only did what we had to do.

It was a strange session, to be honest, he said. We only passed 175 bills, and in a normal session we pass 450 or 500. A lot of good bills were left on the table I had two or three that were under consideration but we didnt have time to address them.

While HB 2667 is technically dead, Pemberton said bills can often cheat termination.

According to the rules, it is dead, he said. But we discussed the idea that due to COVID-19 we might possibly change the rules next year and consider some bills from this session. Nothing is ever truly dead in the state Legislature.

Some criticism was directed at HB 2667 because the Oklahoma Tax Commission projected its passage could result in a total revenue loss of $17.8 million.

Taxpayer itemized deductions were capped at $17,000 per year by HB 1011xx of 2018 the measure that obtained revenue for the states teacher raises. The bill also got funding from a $1 tax per pack of cigarettes, an increase in the gross production tax on new oil and gas wells from 2 percent to 5 percent, and an added 3-cent gasoline tax and 6-cent diesel tax per gallon.

The Cherokee Nation never publicly announced any official stance on HB 2667.

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Sean Rowley was hired by the Cherokee Phoenix at the beginning of 2019. Sean was born a long time ago in Tulsa, where he grew up and attended Booker T. Washington High School as a freshman before moving to Pawnee County and graduating from Cleveland High School in 1987. He graduated sans honors from Northeastern State University in 1992 with a bachelor of arts in mass communication with emphases in advertising and public relati ...

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Is Iran Really Winning the War With Unauthorized Online Gambling sites? – Tunf.com News

It was a valiant effort against recalcitrant online gambling sites and maybe Iran really is winning the war.

The unauthorized sites increase cybercrime, according to top cybercop GeneralVahid Majid, and it is growing year by year.

Gambling in any form is strictly illegal in the Islamic Republic of Iran, with the authorities even targeting state televisions version oftheWho Wants To Be A Millionairegame show.

The FATA cyber police unit was formed in 2011 and has since been hot on the sites trail. Majid made the comments at a recent press conference to warn the public that promoting online gambling on social media or digital channels would have repercussions.

Majic said that FATA targeted 6,157 sites and 730 websites engaged in such activities, resulting in 2,884 judicial actions. Clearly it has been on track. In October of 2019, pre-pandemic, Majid was celebrating the disruption of61 online gambling sites.

Early this year, the FATA chief in Hamadan province warned the public that:

Anyone who wants to bet on cyberspace is guilty according to the law and will be dealt with.

It is a long prison for errant Iranian nationals (up to six months) as well as 74 lashes if caught in illegal gambling.

Gambling operators can face up to two years or longer for repeat offenders

The bulk of Iran-facing gambling operations are conducted from outside the country to avoid such punishment.

The primary base of operations for betting sites is said to be Turkey using aa stable of Farsi-speaking Instagram influencers and some popular hip-hop artists to pitch the best online action.

Thankfully, these sites have no direct access to Irans banking system, so customers have to deal with third-parties to convert Iranian tomans into digital currency.

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Effect of gambling on Mental Health – Qrius

Gambling is an activity that takes place in almost all regions of the world. Indians especially love to gamble. People play it for various reasons. Some play for the fun and excitement for some people while for others it could be to enjoy the competition against other players.

Also, some people see the huge cash prizes offered as a way to escape financial problems and try all they can to win while they play. A few others see it as a way to escape from their worries and stress.

Over the last few years, we have witnessed a rapid increase of online casinos in India. What is even more fascinating is how well adjusted they are to Indian players. You can now play with Indian Rupees on online casinos, making the entry barrier to gambling smaller. This has led to an increase in gambling activities in the country.

Whatever the reason for gambling, it ultimately has some effect on us. It could be positive and it could be negative. It all depends on the gambler and the circumstances surrounding him.

There are two major types of regular gamblers; one is those who gamble moderately or sensibly and those who are addicted to gambling. Those who gamble moderately see it more like a form of gaming and fun while those addicted have developed a problem with it.

Lets discuss the mental effects gambling could have on these two types of people.

Effects of moderate or sensible gambling on mental health

1. Gambling can help to increase your focus and mental alertness

Gambling involve strategies and tricks. A moderate gambler is under no pressure or form of compulsion. He takes his time to apply these strategies and even develop more strategies. He also takes his time to learn new skills that could help to win the game.

Practicing focus and strategies on the games do not end there but will also help you to focus and develop strategies for other areas of life.

2. Improves your decision-making skills

When gambling, you have to make many decisions. You have to decide on the bets to make, which moves to make, and when to stop. You make many quick decisions when you play games and may pay dearly for making the wrong moves. Hence, you take proper care in deciding when gambling. It can help you in making decisions in other aspects of life.

3. Improves brain power

Casino games like slots, poker, rummy, teen patti require a lot of attention and this stimulates the neurological networks within your brain. The games engage the brain to play and involve it in every process.

Mental effects of being addicted to gambling

1. It could lead to depression

An addicted gambler spends more money than he should on gambling. Most times, this causes such a person to lose a lot of money which further results in depression. The gambler goes broke after losing a lot of money or may even run into debt. It could lead to severe emotional and physical breakdown.

2. It could lead to disorder and serious health problems

When people start to gamble uncontrollably, it could lead to pathological gambling. Pathological gambling is also known as compulsive gambling and is a condition where the gambler continues to gamble despite the negative consequences gambling has caused to him. When this continues for a long time, it could lead to chronic stress which can also result in further physical consequences such as hypertension.

3. Gambling addiction leads to strained relationships with other people.

When gambling becomes a problem, it could make the gambler lose interest in maintaining personal relationships with people. The gambler becomes preoccupied with gambling only and isolates himself from other people to keep gambling.

It causes strained relationships and a feeling of separation from other people. Also, it could lead to a feeling of shame or guilt which can overwhelm the gambler eventually. This is because the gambler may have borrowed money from other people and may not be able to return it. It keeps driving them away from people until they lose connection with other people completely.

4. It leads to a loss of interest in other activities

When a person gets addicted to gambling, he becomes less interested in other social activities. He stops thinking about other hobbies and gambling dominates the thinking even when he isnt playing games. Some people could even see themselves gambling in their sleep and find themselves thinking of their next game once they are awake.

How to keep your gambling moderate

We have seen the results of gambling moderately and addictive gambling. It is obvious that the best way to gamble is to gamble moderately. However, theres a thin line between these two. One could easily cross from gambling moderately to being addicted if one isnt careful. Here are a few tips to help you maintain the balance:

Do not see gambling as a form of making money. Instead, see it as a way of having fun. This will ensure you do not take it as a do or die affair.

Do not spend all time gambling without partaking in other activities. Only spend reasonable time playing gambling games.

Place a limit to the amount you can spend on gambling. Dont spend more than you are ready to lose. This will ensure you dont put yourself under unnecessary pressure to make money.

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Dramatic rise in visits to gambling parlours – Newsbook

The number of visits by Maltese citizens to village gambling parlours has increased steadily over the past four years, while the number of visits by foreign nationals has more than tripled over the same period.

Visitor figures were presented by Finance Minister Edward Scicluna in response to a parliamentary question by Opposition MP Hermann Schiavone.

The total number of visits to gambling parlours almost doubled between 2016 and 2019, from 432,177 to 799,420 visits.

While the increase in the number of Maltese visitors was considerable during the period from 338,635 to 460,852 the number of visits by foreign nationals rose dramatically, from just 93,542 to 338,568.

The figures supplied by Scicluna show that the number of visits to Maltese casinos also increased over the same period, albeit slightly, with the increase entirely attributable to foreign nationals.

Casinos welcomed 904,412 visitors in 2016, with the number reaching 940,766 last year. But the number of Maltese visitors is on a slight downward trend: casinos received 426,756 visits from Maltese nationals in 2016, with the number falling to 410,671 last year.

But the number of visits by foreign nationals increased every year, from 477,656 in 2016 to a peak of 530,096 last year.

Schiavone also asked Scicluna a related question on the economic impact of gambling a sector which also includes burgeoning online gambling activity with the minister revealing that its importance has been increasing.

The sectors gross value added output rose from 1.27 billion in 2017 to 1.56 billion last year.

The number of people employed by the sector also increased correspondingly, from 6,673 in 2017 to 7,417 full-time equivalent positions two years later. Maltese nationals only account for a minority of these employees, though their number correspondingly increased from 2,088 to 2,794.

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The Sneideman-Barton duo delivers yet another episode jam-packed with though-provoking comedy and commentary.

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On this episode of the Tournament Poker Edge Podcast, Clayton discusses the ongoing WSOP Online 2020 series, examines the recent Mike Matusow controversy and digs in to some strategy from a recent deep run in a tournament on Betonline.

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In todays episode we have up-and-coming poker star, Twitch streamer, and MTT pro Brian The Golden Blazer Frenzel.Brians going to tell his story step-by-step from mascotting in college (true story), to becoming an educator, to discovering the game of poker and heartbreak, and finally putting all of his earthly possessions into his car, moving to vegas, and taking his shot.In todays episode youll learn:- How Brians Twitch community helped him overcome a brutal personal struggle.

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JULY 10 POKERCAST RECAP: With the WSOP.com online poker series under way, some are asking what the likelihood of cheating is. Also, the Poker Brat is trying to sell his house and hes getting roasted for it. We also have a new OMallys Move and OMally has our Hand of the Week, too, with A-A.

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Wai Kin Yong finds himself facing a massive bet against known aggressive player Tan Xuan. Does he have the right hand in the right situation to call the wild player down?

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Welcome to Episode 76! MTT Coach Gareth James and Peak Performance Coach & Educator Dr. Tricia Cardner are back discussing all things poker strategy & mindset! The start of the episode finds Gareth talking about how he changed his schedule up in order to attain better performance and it is working!

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Jeff Fing Platt. That is all we gotta say about this one. The legend makes his return to the CA podcast to talk about his 7th place finish in the online WSOP event while streaming the entire thing. Poker beast and all around great guy. Plus we talk about staying in shape, fitness, and how difficult it is to maintain that stuff. Enjoy!

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In the latest edition of the PokerNews Podcast, Sarah Herring, Jeff Platt, and Chad Holloway break down the first week of World Series of Poker online bracelet events. They even welcome guest Matt Bodeyster Bode, who won a bracelet in Event #4: $500 No-Limit Holdem Super Turbo for $97,091. They also discuss the settlement in the long-running legal battle between Phil Ivey and Borgata, offer their thoughts on Mike The Mouth Matusows controversial live stream comments after busting an online bracelet event, and breakdown deep runs by both Phil Hellmuth and Daniel Negreanu.

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On this weeks episode of The Rake podcast, our hosts Marle Cordeiro & Jamie Kerstetter talk to Kristen Bicknell about mitigating the vicious cycle of self-criticism, maintaining personal confidence, finding her place in the poker world, and the communitys perception of women in the field.

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Todays guest is longtime cash game pro, Poker Detox mental game coach, and the author of the greatness bomb dripping book Poker with Presence, Jason Su.Its always a little tough for me to make these intros with cash game crushers. Normally I read out my guests HendonMob results, wow you with the millions of dollars theyve cashed for in poker tournaments, list off their highlight reel, and hop into the show.

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The RecPoker panel of Steve Fredlund, Jim Reid, Chris Jones, Rob Washam, John Somsky, and Andrew Feist chat with Adam Friedman, three-time WSOP bracelet winner, all in mixed games, including back to back in 2018-19 in the $10k Dealers Choice event. We talk mixed games, WSOP, and advice for recreational players.

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Bernard Lee goes down memory lane by revisiting an earlier interview with Eli Elezra.

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This Week On DAT Poker Pod: Daniel, Adam and Terrence are back with: 1:22 Daniel WSOP Content Updates, Fitness Prop Bets & More 19:07 Matusow Loses It 35:15 WSOP Online Updates & News 49:50 Short Deck Hand Review 104:58 Voicemail Questions: Travelling for WSOP, Grinding for a living, Daniels plans for the future.

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Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters return for a new episode of The Fives Poker Podcast to discuss the opening events of the 2020 World Series of Poker. They also discuss Mike Matusow getting out of line on a live stream of one of the events.

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Andy flops incredibly well against Art and goes on to play some very strange poker. Does it work out for him? Should it work out for him? The guys break it down.

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First-time online poker player has the best reaction to winning $188,214 in World Series event – For The Win

Ron McMillen had quite a first-time experience playing poker online.

In the 2020 World Series of Poker online event No. 9 a $1,000 no-limit hold em 6-max tournament he finished first, winning $188,214 and a bracelet. And he reacted as he should have (see below), with a celebration.

As Poker News reports, this isnt McMillens first poker experience hes a regular on the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) [who] actually came fairly close to winning a bracelet in the past on a couple of occasions.

But as for online, which can be an entirely different ballgame? First time. And he walked away a winner. Amazing!

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Seven Types of Bets You Can Make In Poker – Poker News – CardPlayer.com

As a beginner in the poker world, youd be forgiven for thinking that all the bets in poker are one and the same.

But theyre not!

In fact, there are as many types of bets in poker as there are many forms of the game itself. If you can understand and master how each of these betting types works, you can rest assured that youve just safeguarded your chances of winning against any poker opponent. But, of course, where will you find this information?

You might spend the whole day scouring the internet or skimming through books. Luckily for you, weve done the heavy lifting, and weve come up with this guide.Here you will find all the types of poker bets that are there. Read till the end, and make sure you know each one like the back of your hand before you proceed to a poker online site like omiqq to gamble your money.

Donk bet

Normally in poker, when someone sees that the guy in the pre-flop is playing aggressively, they let them continue to do so regardless of how good their own hand might be on the flop.

In contrast, a donk bettor does the opposite of this.

Donk betting in poker refers to a situation whereby a player bets into the raiser instead of checking to them. As the name might have hinted you, it is really not a smart type of betting. Although some pro players use it on specific occasions to counter aggressive opponents, donk betting is really not a safe way to play in the long-term.

Continuation bet (C-bet)

In poker, when a player raises before the flop, theyll almost always continue to represent a strong hand by betting on the flop as well. This is known as a continuation bet, and it is one of the most common types of bet in all of poker.

Continuation betting the flop after raising pre-flop is something that even inexperienced players do. This gives you a chance to put more pressure on your opponent and win the pot right then and there regardless of your particular hand strength. The main idea behind c-betting is that the other player is unlikely to have connected with the flop, so theyll often release their hand without any resistance.

Overbet

Properly sizing your bets in poker is very important as experienced players make their decisions based on pure mathematics. In general, you want to size your bets in relation to the pot, and, for the most part, you dont want to bet more chips than whats already in the middle.

Underbet

When youre trying to calculate the right size for your bet, you want to make it in relation to the size of the pot. Usually, betting something around half the pot is a good amount, as it gives you an opportunity to continue building the pot when you have a hand but also puts your opponent to a decision as to whether or not they want to continue.

Just like you usually dont want to bet huge, betting very small is also not a typical play. This is whats known as underbet, and it doesnt really achieve those two goals from the previous paragraph.

Three-bet (re-raise)

When one player raises and another player re-raises, this is known as a 3-bet. This can happen both pre-flop and on later streets. Usually, a 3-bet signals strength as the 3-betting player is coming over the top of the initial opener, showing theyre willing to commit more chips to the pot.

Value Bet

There are typically two reasons for betting in poker. Youre either betting to get your opponent to fold (bluffing), or youre betting because you have what you believe is the best hand and want them to call. The latter scenario describes whats known as a value bet.

Pot Bet

As mentioned in some of the previous poker bet types, your bets usually represent a certain percentage of the pot (be it 30%, 50%, or 70%, etc.). Sometimes, though, you might just want to bet the exact amount of chips that are in the middle. This is known as a pot bet or a pot-sized bet.

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As investors continue to attempt to quantify an increasingly volatile market, some continue to place value in luck and chance. The Biggest Bluff author and 2018 PCA National Champion Maria Konnikova joins The Final Round panel to discuss how the skills she learned in poker can impact your daily life.

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Kami Hudson Finds Satisfaction In Poker, Happiness In Honduras – PocketFives

When Las Vegas-based poker pro Kami Hudson decides to do something she tends to go full out.

From her morning meditation routine clearing her head, setting her intentions, and getting active to grinding online, Hudsons approach to all of her passions is one of positivity and going for it.

Im a big believer in positive thinking and in poker and in life I do my best to look on the bright side of things.

And theres been plenty to be positive about for Hudson, who plays on WSOP.com under the screen name Loco4coco, when it comes to her poker career. More specifically, her positivity helped her in her recent victory in the World Series of Poker $320 Online Circuit Season Finale NLHE event in which she took home her first career gold ring and a payday of over $50,000.

I was really excited to win a ring, Hudson said. As all MTT players know, it isnt easy to win a tournament, and all of the close calls can really start to wear on you.

Hudson had been tracking down a WSOP Circuit ring for years, making three final tables over the past three years in various WSOPC events. She also bubbled a WSOP final table in 2017, finishing in 10th place in a $1,500 event for over $23,000. But those close calls just encouraged her press forward.

Yes, Ive had a lot of close calls and have been close to winning several events, but instead of letting that get me down, I use it as motivation and look at it as a sign that I am growing, she said. I dont look at it as a failure but instead as improvement and that I must be doing a lot of things right to get so deep and close.

Hudson, who grew up in Oklahoma and earned her degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, has always found herself drawn to pursuits that lend themselves to success in the game.

As a kid growing up and throughout my entire life I have always been curious and inquisitive, into playing games, solving various kinds of puzzles, and super interested in studying people and the psychology behind everything I encounter, she said. Ive been around a poker environment since the age of 18 and thats how I began picking it up. In the beginning, it was more of just a hobby and it wasnt until about four years ago I became more interested in it and started taking it more seriously.

At the same time that Hudson first encountered poker, she also was introduced to another life passion. In her first year of college, she was invited to go on a trip to Honduras to visit and work with an orphanage.

From that very first trip, I fell in love with the people and the place, and the rest is history, she said. Those kids broke my heart wide open and change my entire life in the best ways possible. Thirteen years and twenty trips later, it has become my biggest passion.

Hudson isnt a part of an organization, its a personal endeavor that she at first shared with a friend but now has now extended to her entire family including her parents and sisters. Projects for the orphanage have included installing an entire water purifying system, purchasing a new playground, fixing up the building, providing greater security and essential items like bedding and pillows for the children.

But the biggest thing I have a heart for, the type of service most important to me, is investing my time and energy into the children emotionally and mentally, she said. After her first trip, she immediately started learning Spanish so she could better connect with the kids. I spend a lot of my time there sitting with the kids and communicating about life and their goals and what we can do to accomplish their dreams.

Each time I leave, I leave a piece of my heart there, but at least I know I leave with them knowing that they are loved, brave, smart and that people believe in them, she said. My days there are spent laughing, crying, playing, building, teaching, learning, starting and keeping traditions, showing consistency, capturing the good times on camera so that they can have photos of a happy childhood with people who love them with people who love them, and making memories with some of the most beautiful people on the planet.

I know it might not look like much to some people but to these kids, it might be the first time a person has been a constant source of love and support in their life.

That love and support, when at its best, is a two-way street. Hudson not only has had the opportunity to change the lives of children in desperate need but in return, she found love and purpose in her own life.

I will never forget the time I heard one of my little 6-year-olds praying before dinner, and she prayed for the lives and health of her mother and father, who she had never met, and then followed that with all of the things she was grateful for. That hit me hard, Hudson said. Those kids have changed my life, they have given me so much. I will never be able to repay them, but I will continuously return to them, over and over, to do all that I can to try.

Hudson credits her current life as a poker pro with giving her the flexible schedule and free time to continually support the orphanage and the kids. She has plans on returning to Honduras at some point after her current World Series of Poker grind.

I plan on playing the majority of the WSOP.com/USA event because I think they are amazing value, she said, noting that one of the reasons she originally moved to Las Vegas was to have access to these types of events. I do intend to travel to Mexico to play some of the [GGPoker] events next month, but mainly the $1Ks and lower. Winning an online bracelet would be a great accomplishment but I dont think I will feel fully satisfied until I win one live.

For Hudson though, satisfaction in poker is one thing while the definition of success is another.

We all have our definitions of success, she said. Success and happiness are relative.One of the biggest lessons my kids in Honduras have taught me is that happiness isnt based on material things. Because despite not having money or many material items, they are so much happier than the majority of people I know who society would consider being rich.In my opinion, the key to happiness and success is being grateful for what you have and always doing the best you can with what you know at the time.

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