How to control poker addiction?

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Hey guys, i know that in our forum there are a lot of professionals and new players. Since i'm new I would like to know from professionals how they control poker addiction?
 
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Hi again Biohazard858. You been posting a lot. Glad to reply to them. My friend, there is only one way to control any addiction. You know what the problem is, so walk away from it. They say in AA, "we keep doing the same things looking for different results" As for me, I'm just not going to let a game or anything else rule my life. Poker will always be here. Take some breaks, no matter if it's an hour, day, or week. You know what I say? If you say you can do something, then you can, but if you say you can't do something, then you sure can't. GL to you
 
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I often take long breaks from poker, months at a time, but when I come back I go full tilt and burn out after a couple of months. This time when I came back I decided to limit myself to X number of tournaments a week to hopefully level it out and stick with it longer. You know what they say...too much of a good thing.
 
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Hi again Biohazard858. You been posting a lot. Glad to reply to them. My friend, there is only one way to control any addiction. You know what the problem is, so walk away from it. They say in AA, "we keep doing the same things looking for different results" As for me, I'm just not going to let a game or anything else rule my life. Poker will always be here. Take some breaks, no matter if it's an hour, day, or week. You know what I say? If you say you can do something, then you can, but if you say you can't do something, then you sure can't. GL to you

Exactly, i don't want the game to control my brain or my life. As a new one in this game i'm setting some rules ahead, so in the future i won't be caught in this kind of problems. Addiction is addiction till the moment you don't notice it.
Thank you again

I often take long breaks from poker, months at a time, but when I come back I go full tilt and burn out after a couple of months. This time when I came back I decided to limit myself to X number of tournaments a week to hopefully level it out and stick with it longer. You know what they say...too much of a good thing.


For the moment i'm limiting myself to only when i have free time but since the summer is ahead and mostly i will be free i'm trying to set some new rules. Thnx 🙏
 
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To control the addiction to poker I sleep to forget a little and return less addictive.
 
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Hey,
I am no professional, but I know a lot about addiction.
Been smoking cigarettes for over 20 years straight, and got rid of it, all thanks to my woman!
Also poker can be pretty addictive, and what I can tell is the following:
- Be aware, all time long! You don't let yourself forget that you are getting the gambling addiction! And poker is not gambling (for me), so leave the gambling behind, and get serious with your game and start studying!
-Obviously, start studying
-Try to surround yourself with decent people
-Allow yourslef to fail, over and over and over again! You gotta fail so many times that you won't be able to remember most of the failures!


That's my advice right from personal experience!
Take it easy an gl

see you
 
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It is very unusual to hear two words - poker and addiction )). You should enjoy the game, this is a great opportunity to get good emotions, and even if you get a lot of frustration at the table, you need to be able to quickly forget about it or learn to understand, that this a feature of the game. And it is impossible to avoid it! :) When you do not have enough time for a full game, do not sit down to play) Do something else) A good time to pause, when you make mistakes, when you lose real money, if you lost their, not go back their now, this is one of the main laws of poker), otherwise you will lose everything...

If seriously, you have to decide on the type of game, the necessary tournaments for yourself and the time to do it. And after that, play them calmly. In order not to constantly think about the game, you must clearly understand your schedule in life and poker ))
 
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Try not to get obsessed, especially if you lose, many times I think that everything begins there, some people who lose money say I'm going to try to get it back and they keep playing to "recover" the lost money and that's when the chaos begins, try to take breaks and to get away when necessary
 
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Many poker professional don't control poker addiction, they become the game and the game becomes them. Prevention and self discipline is the only way to prevent something from becoming an addiction.
 
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I understand that if a person says that he is addicted to poker, then he constantly loses.
If you can't stop playing poker, then you need to learn how to play, you will win, you will stop worrying about poker addiction.
I have not heard at least one professional say that he has a poker addiction :D
 
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I have been playing poker for many years and I know that at some point it can be difficult to control the time we have been playing poker, my advice is that if you feel that you are in a vicious circle, leave poker for a certain time and that you use that time to carry out other activities , the sport is an excellent option to dissipate the mind.
 
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If you are a full time professional player it makes no sense to talk about "addiction", because per definition poker is your job. So instead its a question of, how do you balanced your work life with your private life like hobbies, family etc. And really this is no different for poker players, than it is for other people, who are self-employed.

If you are playing poker for profit but as a side hustle, you obviously also need to balance it against your regular job. But again in this situation, you are not playing, because you are "addicted", you are playing because you want to try to win some money. So its like anything else really. If you spend 80 hours a week working 2-3 jobs, you will also have less time for family or friends. So whatever you choose to do, its a question of trying to live a balanced life.
 
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It is very unusual to hear two words - poker and addiction )). You should enjoy the game, this is a great opportunity to get good emotions, and even if you get a lot of frustration at the table, you need to be able to quickly forget about it or learn to understand, that this a feature of the game. And it is impossible to avoid it! :) When you do not have enough time for a full game, do not sit down to play) Do something else) A good time to pause, when you make mistakes, when you lose real money, if you lost their, not go back their now, this is one of the main laws of poker), otherwise you will lose everything...

If seriously, you have to decide on the type of game, the necessary tournaments for yourself and the time to do it. And after that, play them calmly. In order not to constantly think about the game, you must clearly understand your schedule in life and poker ))


Thank you for the advice 🙏
 
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If you are a full time professional player it makes no sense to talk about "addiction", because per definition poker is your job. So instead its a question of, how do you balanced your work life with your private life like hobbies, family etc. And really this is no different for poker players, than it is for other people, who are self-employed.

If you are playing poker for profit but as a side hustle, you obviously also need to balance it against your regular job. But again in this situation, you are not playing, because you are "addicted", you are playing because you want to try to win some money. So its like anything else really. If you spend 80 hours a week working 2-3 jobs, you will also have less time for family or friends. So whatever you choose to do, its a question of trying to live a balanced life.


Work addiction is real. I know a mortgage broker who works 90 hrs a week because she can't turn down business or money. She compromises her life for her addiction to money. Even though she makes 150k+ per year, she can't stop. She wants more money.
 
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I would be worried about poker addiction only if I were losing a lot of money or I would not fulfill my other obligations because of poker, but I don't lose a lot of money on poker (I set low deposit limits) and my family and work always come first.
 
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Work addiction is real. I know a mortgage broker who works 90 hrs a week because she can't turn down business or money. She compromises her life for her addiction to money. Even though she makes 150k+ per year, she can't stop. She wants more money.


Well, we can surely say that this kind of addiction it's not harmful until you loose other important things in life. If it affects life for better it will no longer be addiction but profession.
 
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if you schedule

I say that it's almost impossible what you have to do is program yourself and follow the schedule strictly, just so that poker addiction won't interfere with your personal life, I think this advice will be useful for other games as well.
 
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I CONTROLLED MY ADDICTION, IN A SIMPLE MATTER, I ONLY PLAY POKER WITH MONEY THAT I EARN IN FREEROLLS GAMES. THEN IT'S BEEN GAME OVER SIX YEARS WITHOUT ALLOWING MONEY.
 
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Well, we can surely say that this kind of addiction it's not harmful until you loose other important things in life. If it affects life for better it will no longer be addiction but profession.


A study of philosophy would reveal the harm in this addiction to money.
 
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When I have money at the box office, then I have a poker addiction.When there is no money I don’t even think about poker, everything is very simple)))
 
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If you are addicted, you should probably be looking to stop playing poker. The word addict means to me that your life is affected negatively overall by playing poker, so your efforts should be on cutting back and eventually stopping playing. As for HOW to do that, I have no idea, I guess you can ask to be banned from gambling institutions.
 
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