All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars, and Recovery from Gambling Addiction

By Arnie Wexler, Steve Jacobson

Arnie Wexler's lifestyles as a gambler all started at the streets of Brooklyn, manhattan, flipping playing cards, taking pictures marbles, and enjoying pinball machines. At age fourteen he came upon the racetrack, a bookie, and began taking part in the inventory marketplace. His obsession with playing sped up till a fateful day in 1968 whilst all of it got here crashing down.

Wexler's gripping narrative leads us in the course of the dungeon of a compulsive gambler's world—chasing the large win and bobbing up with empty pockets—and how his habit drove him and his spouse, Sheila, to the sting of existence. With support, they controlled to flee, and jointly they've got dedicated themselves to assisting others with the matter they understand so well.

Arnie and Sheila Wexler have supplied wide education on compulsive, challenge, and underage playing to greater than 40,000 gaming staff and feature written dependable Gaming courses for significant gaming businesses. as well as working the toll-free, nationwide helpline 888-LAST-BET, Sheila and Arnie are experts to restoration highway in Palm seashore Gardens, Florida, a Sunspire wellbeing and fitness inner most residential therapy facility for adults with chemical dependency and challenge gambling.

Steve Jacobson was once a activities reporter and columnist for Newsday for greater than 40 years with a good curiosity in all features of activities. He co-authored a couple of books with impressive activities personalities. He used to be named by way of linked Press one of the most sensible activities columnists and two times was once nominated via Newsday for the Pulitzer Prize.

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And this anger inside of ultimately burned a gap in me. i used to be out to harm him; i used to be out for revenge. i wished support. there has been a wife team of the twelve-step fellowship that was once all other halves and husbands then—now it’s for an individual who cares approximately an individual who’s attempting to take care of the compulsion—and I grew to become part of it in a short time; it used to be the 1st time I felt understood. there have been individuals with husbands like mine, and a few of them have been doing good. a few husbands had stopped playing; someone else had got a home. For the 1st time, I had a sense that existence may well get well. The group’s philosophy used to be that what Arnie had used to be an illness—that not anyone does this on objective. He didn’t got down to harm me; he used to be within the seize of whatever that had a lot keep watch over over him that he couldn’t aid himself till he acquired support in different places. It took many years for me to alter my view. I didn’t are looking to think what they have been telling me. i wished to think he did it to harm me and that i sought after him to pay. I belittled him any probability I received. i used to be nasty and boastful to him. We weren’t jointly that a lot on the time, even though. That most likely was once why he didn’t achieve out to me that a lot, or even he didn’t observe. yet i do know what i used to be pondering and feeling. Arnie hardly ever got here domestic among jobs. If he did have any time, often he’d exit along with his sponsor. We by no means had dinner jointly other than on Sundays. no matter what anyone in his software sought after him to do, he’d do. primarily, I needed to be able to dwell my lifestyles and look after myself, no matter if Arnie stopped playing or now not. i started to determine alterations in Arnie that gave me wish. One time I urged Arnie take a trip, so he took the children at the Staten Island Ferry—in the center of a ball video game! often he may say, “Are you kidding? no longer in center of a ball video game. ” i needed to think he did it to harm me and that i sought after him to pay. He used to provide me greeting playing cards for distinct events. He by no means signed them. He’d simply hand me the birthday card or Mother’s Day card and perhaps say, “Who else may offer you this? ” One time after he used to be within the application for awhile, he gave me a card and signed it, “Love Arnie. ” and that i used to be displaying it off to every body in my application. It intended a lot to me. i used to be placing directly to these refined tricks for pricey existence. Arnie and that i had no long-time buddies shall we expect. We basically had pals we gambled with, and now we had gotten rid of all of them. We started to socialize purely with humans in restoration like us. We’d social gathering at someone’s domestic for espresso, yet none people had any funds, so someone introduced espresso and an individual introduced milk. We went to at least one guy’s apartment within the Brighton seashore component of Brooklyn. We obtained to a massive residence apartment, ten tales or extra, and discovered we didn’t understand the guy’s final identify. That’s how the twelve-step fellowships paintings. we all know one another, we all know every thing approximately one another, all of the gory information, yet we don’t understand every one other’s final names. speak about anonymity. besides, to determine who this man was once, we went the names at the mailboxes and doorbells.

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