Gambling has always had a bad reputation, and sometimes there are some data and statistics to support this reputation. After all, we have all heard of not a few stories of families and persons being destroyed completely by addiction to gambling. Like any other addiction, poker addiction will consume all of your time, leaving you no time for your loved ones. It will also keep you preoccupied, therefore you might lose the fun and you, and can really be grumpy when with family and friends. At the same time, playing poker will most likely require you to extend your waking hours, which then cuts down your sleeping hours, resulting to lower resistance and energy level. Of course, gambling involves money so it also poses a financial problem.
But like anything else, playing poker also has its many advantages. The first and obvious will be the potential income you can have in a limited span of time. You can be a millionaire in an instant, and when this happens, there are many improvements that can be implemented in your lifestyle, as well as those of your family's. At the same time, poker gives a relief to many people, breaking their monotonous routine and unwinding them for the next stretch of stressing work week. In fact, many people turn to gambling when they have just had a serious problem. Playing poker also sometimes serve as a celebration to mark an important milestone such as graduation or reaching a certain age. It is considered special, and a luxury to some.
So poker in itself is not bad. It's the addiction that destroys the man. Sounds like cliché, but it is so true. As with everything else, if done in moderation, playing poker will have its rewards financially, emotionally and physically. But done excessively, it will most likely produce negative results, some of which may really be extreme.
It is really easier said than done, but one way to go about this is to control your playing environment. Casinos are always a trap, since they give you a larger-than-life feel. You feel magnanimous, invincible, and there is an overwhelming live-for-the-now, don't-worry-about-tomorrow feeling. It will be so easy to forget all your responsibilities when inside a casino, and it will really take a very strong sense of discipline to say no the glitter, the brilliance and the hype of it all.
Instead, you can create your own poker room in a neutral environment. You can enjoy the game with friends and family, and can replicate the feeling of excitement each game of poker brings. Your poker room can be as real as the ones you see on tv, with just a small amount of effort and not too much budget. This way, you get to enjoy time with family and friends, and you get to unwind and share stories when playing poker. But most of all, you will not know for the adrenaline playing in a casino brings since you are able to get a dose of excitation anytime you want to.