Gambling Addict Lost His Entire Student Loan In 30 Minutes With Online Bets

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Harri Kyle shares videos about her experiences on social media (Photo: News Dog Media)

Gambling addict who lost his entire student loan in half an hour is turning to social media to warn others about online betting.

Harri Kyle, 25, believes she has lost £ 100,000-200,000 gambling and has taken on the internet advertising of betting companies.

The Liverpool office worker says he has already played his entire student loan in 30 minutes, while having lunch on a subway. He also lost £ 2,500 in one day while still in college, before losing payday loans to fund his college addiction.

Admitting that the period was damaging to his mental health, he said, “I would ask people to borrow money, get Wonga loans, and sell my possessions, like my laptop.

“I left Uni in January 2019 after losing all my student loan in half an hour. £ 1,400 in half an hour.

But he hasn’t bet since January 2019 – except for a few small hiccups – and now talks about the pressure he feels from betting companies advertising online and advising others to consider anti-gambling technology. .

Harri explained, “This (the ad) absolutely needs to be looked at and needs to be mitigated. It’s so in your face that you almost feel like the odd one out if you don’t have a football bet.

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“It doesn’t have to be that way in your face. With the ads on Twitter and the captions they put in, it’s like you don’t have a bet, you’re the one missing something. ‘

He admits he was addicted as a teenager, when he started buying scratch cards at the age of 15 – but quickly switched to roulette machines in bookmaker stores.

“The first time I went to roulette I lost £ 20 in cash and that’s all I had left. Looking back now, it got me hooked pretty quickly, ”Harri said.

“The first bet I made on football was only a 10p bet and I won a few pounds. If I made money on the roulette machines then the stakes would be higher on football.

“At the time, I had no value for money. I noticed that I would play all I could. When I was 18 I wasn’t working and I was in college so I was living on a hundred pounds a month and betting it all.

After leaving college and starting a full-time job, he started losing £ 1,000 on football matches.

Harri explained, “I realized pretty quickly that I had a problem and got phone counseling when I was 18. At the end of 2015, I was playing thousands of dollars. I had four consecutive pay days where I lost everything I had earned.

“The bets I made (were) on impulse, I was betting on things to make money faster. For example, I stopped betting on the full 90 minutes and only the first half. I would bet on the next point of a tennis match or the first quarter of a basketball game.

Around the same time, Harri’s mother discovered his excessive bets when he didn’t have £ 150 for a deposit at his student halls as he had lost the money gambling.

This episode was upsetting for both of them, and Harri quit for seven months – but it didn’t last.

He said he started playing college again, but found it harder to cover himself because he had a student loan.

“The stakes were lower because I had less access to money but I started doing things I hadn’t done before like payday loans and credit cards,” he said. admitted, adding that it was the worst time for his sanity.

Clean Up Gambling Director Matt Zarb-Cousins ​​told Metro.co.uk: “Harri’s generation is the first to grow up surrounded by gambling ads, while being offered plenty of opportunities. to bet on the most addicting products like roulette and slot machines, where 2 in 5 players suffer damage.

“Unlike fixed odds betting terminals in betting shops, which in 2019 were reduced from £ 100 to £ 2 per spin, online stakes are unlimited.

“In addition to limiting advertising, the government should address this problem in its review.”

Harri says he then subscribed to Gamstop’s online self-exclusion technology and used it for five years to restrict his gambling.

He credits the technology with keeping him from losing more money and preventing him from playing on his phone “where most of the damage is done”.

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Harri believes the publicity around the online gambling industry needs to be toned down and admits that it can be a trigger for people trying to quit betting.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged to ban underground gambling ads as the government calls on the government to take the issue seriously.

Harri’s story is not uncommon, with an addict telling Metro.co.uk last year that he racked up tens of thousands of pounds in debt using seven credit cards.

Harri backs tech like Gamstop, comparing it to alcoholics unable to deny themselves access to every Tesco – but says that with gaming you can.

The free Gamstop service is involved in the “TalkBanStop” pilot project, which offers a helpline to help gamers.

For more information on gambling addiction, visit begambleaware.org.

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