My Profitable Gambling Addiction?

Question by Henry: My Profitable Gambling Addiction?
I play online video games that have currencies in them, and I use Game Theory to accumulate incredible sums of wealth within those video games. This usually involves gambling with other players through various means such as player.vs.player combat in which items are at risk, gambling on the probability of an event occurring, etc. Now the thing is, I have learned so much from my adventure with gambling in games. I have significantly improved my mathematical skills, and I feel proud to have created some completely unique games that I’ve used to “clean out” others. I have done research on events in these video games and have made discoveries that nobody other than the programmers of them know.

I know what I’m doing. And I’m good at it. I turned 25$ into well over 50,000$ by playing these video games in my spare time. (I sell the video game currencies for real life money.) The problem is…


I’m in college now. No longer in high school, and I feel like I’m too tempted to spend time gambling in these video games when I should be out meeting people and further developing academic skills that will benefit me in the long run. Sure, making thousands of dollars on videos games is awesome. But in the long run, it’s not that much. Spending the time to say, improve my programming skills, or learn even more types of complex math, or contemplate things to research in real life, would all be more profitable in the long run than this.

I know I have to stop. I know I love it. I know I want to incorporate it into my life somehow in the future, perhaps through investments (hedge funds or something). But I have to stop for now and focus on other things.

I need advice. How can I reduce this urge to gamble? I’m addicted to the profits, and as crazy as it sounds, that’s bad. Because I know I can be profiting more in the long run by doing other things. I’ve made enough that I can graduate college debt free and have plenty of money left over to get me started. So it’s not like I need to do this anymore. But the idea of making more, and KNOWING that I WILL make more if I do it, is just so enticing. Not to mention, it’s risk free! Gambling with video game currency and selling for real life money. It requires no initial investment of your own money. How great is that? But yeah… Any advice on how I can get over this and move on? It was fun while it lasted, but i really do have to move on. It’s not worth the time investment anymore.

Best answer:

Answer by LegFuJohnson
Gambling involves risk of losing money. If you are advanced, knowing things other people don’t know, you aren’t gambling. You are working.

Answer by yahooer
I am taking a course in Scuba Diving where the monthly salary can range anywhere from $ 2,000-$ 100,000/month (based on whether you want to work or spend your time looking at fishes) I think this could be a good course for you to take. I am personally wanting to get into saturation diving which makes $ 30,000-$ 120,000/month based on resposibility upheld in the company. There is also a job that my teacher briefly mentioned that makes $ 88,000/month average working on the outskirts of India. But, I have not been able to find any supporting evidence of this salary so I don’t want to get my hopes up to much.I think scuba diving sounds like a great idea to me not just because of the high salaries, but also because of the fact that your lifestyle can be heavily routed in travelling and exploring which is, of course, much more exciting than sitting at a desk. For you I might suggest doing something like this.

1.) Go through the program and get a job on a cruise ship. I am guessing that this would be a very good job in terms of having a family (they can come to work with you every day and hang out on a cruise ship) The salary for this is kinda crappy ($ 2,000/month) but you get all amenities included and you are already rich anyways.

2.) Now with your $ 50,000/month plug it all into a secured investment account with an interest of 1.2%. You will make an increasing amount of interest of $ 600 every month after seven years you will be making your $ 50,000 every month just in interest. Do this for another seven years and you will be making $ 100,000 in interest every month.

So if this sounds appealing to you the school website is here
Typical first year tuition will run you about $ 25,000

Just look into your local bank for an account that will give you 1.2% interest where I am from this kind of interest is very common to come by.

Good luck!


Oh ,yeh, as far as your difficulty concentrating on the subject at school. This course is a little bit funner than your average school course

-You spend 8% (2 weeks out of 6 months) of it swimming in the Cayman islands, as ofc there is a need to have a good backing scuba diving

-You spend a good portion of it scuba diving locally and working out physically

If it is school stress that is slowing you down

-The academic part is based on a system called the “mastery approach” so what happens is if you get 75% or higher on your test than the teachers will work one-on-one with you to get you to 100%. If you get 75% or lower on the tests than the teachers will work one-on-one with you to reinforce the principles that you have clearly missed. This makes it much more assuring that you will get a good value for your money.

-The school has direct relations to companies all over the world so you can rest assured you will have a good job after completing the program.

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