I started gambling on football in the mid 80's, whilst underage. Just 50p or a quid on an accumulator. I don't think single bets were allowed back then
Late 80's I can remember placing £100 on a treble, which came in , but after that gambling became an occasional thing
An ex girlfriend and I opened up an internet account in the late 2000's and we would bet tenners for a bit of fun
After we split, I started gambling quite big for a couple of years. £20's and £50's most weeks with a more than occasional big bet. The largest bets I made were £500, placed in notes.
This was the first time I felt a real rush. Walking in the bookies with a big pile of notes and walking up to the counter. Smiling at the assistant as I put the betting slip on the counter. Looking in their eyes when they saw the amount I wanted to bet.
"I just need to make a call to see if we can accept this"
Sometimes they refused. That gave me a high too. I wanted a £500 bet on Man U to beat Norwich when Giggs was in charge for the first time turned down. I was always backing against Norwich by this time as I felt it would jinx them if I put money on them to win. Totally irrational. As it turned out, they would only accept £90, so I walked out.
Placing bets that size was exciting. All the other punters sensed something was going on. I'm sure many bets bigger than mine get placed, but at the time I felt like I was the king of the punters.
I had £500 on Fulham to beat Norwich before we broke our bad run against them. An intended jinx bet, but it ended up with me being paid out over a grand. Funny, but collecting the money wasn't as much fun as placing the bet
I still used to use the old internet account that I had with the ex for a while. When I moved to Iceland I found out that I needed a VPN to access it as it seems many forms of gambling are illegal here
All the bets I ever made was with money that I could afford to lose, even if it hurt a bit. I think I ended up £300 or so down when I was betting a lot of money
I haven't gambled for the 2 years since the internet account went to zero. I don't miss it and it isn't something I think I will return to...and if I do, it will only be money that I can afford to lose
Gambling is just the same as something like drugs, in my mind. And it cripples people that can't afford to lose money, but chase their losses
Such a high, though.....