I don't know what you did finally, but, a/p my personal experience, I learned gambling (5 cards draw, black jack, roulette
, ...) from 12-13 years old during home family games... 20 years later : I'm not an addited to gambling and I'm not and anonymous, but I exploited these talents in mobile funny casinos
, where I was hired as table dealer for several types of games, and I was working a lot! I was doing a great job... but I LOVED it...
Today (I'm 34), I'm addicted to poker, but in a good way... This is the only game I play. Why? No system, no play decieded by the way the cards are shuffled, this is about strategy! I did not bankrupt and I'm not (yet :P) in big debts... but I try to push more!
Until I was 18 years old, I was severly restricted about gambling and I wasn't authorise by my parents to gamble at all (maybe a slap in the face or a kick in the butt, but nothing more :P) without them and outside of the family house. Also, I had a very limited initial stack (like 5$, that I was growing sometime up to 100$ some night) and if they heard that I was gambling somewhere else, it was the end for me at home and my parents told me that I'll have to go to bed when they'll play.. my parents was playing cards at least 1 saturday night on 3.. didn't want to go in bed at 7pm! :P