Farm Guide VIC : 2010 - 2011
Bill's Story My name's Bill, I work in the construction industry. I have a lot of hobbies like gardening, DIY, relaxing in front of the TV, watching DVD's or listening to music. I grew up in the 70's so went though the era of Pink Floyd, Skyhooks, Beatles all of those things but I think Bowie is the one that stuck with me over the years. I like cooking as well, I'll often come home and cook something elaborate. I also mentor a young child on Saturdays, which keeps me busy on Saturday mornings. Gambling for me started when I went with a group of people to the casino which was in the old casino in Melbourne, newly opened. I'd actually been into poker machine venues before that and was never interested, never put a ny money into them, but went into the casino and the atmosphere and the people and the feeling was what dragged me in. Going back a few times it became a habit of going in there every Saturday night and then it went to Friday night as well as Saturday and it just went from there. 78 Support Services If you're in a bit of a negative frame of mind to go into something like that where there's all of these positives, supposedly all of these positives, it's a really good feeling. It wasn't until that point in the casino that I actually started playing them and thought "this is fun". The trap from my point of view was the first win I had which was $500 in the casino, initially I'd just been winning small amounts or losing, constantly losing and to get that win I was trapped, I was hooked. To get hooked on poker machines I think for me happened very, very quickly. Initially you'd have one machine that was your favourite and if someone was on it you'd go to your second favourite and third favourite and so on. You wouldn't leave the machine, if you had to leave the machine for any reason you'd reserve it. The amount that I'd spend each time would be anything up to $600 at a time and that could be several times a week. Constantly you'd think "oh it's gotta win within the next hour or so".
2009 - 2010