Golf star Phil Mickelson has never been shy about throwing down a bet. On Monday, he actually opened up about his gambling addiction on social media....
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Most of you will enjoy this football season with moderation while having lots of fun and entertainment. The fantasy leagues will provide banter amongst friends and money won or lost betting won’t affect you. I wont be betting this year because I crossed the line of moderation and into addiction which isn’t any fun at all. The money wasn’t ever the issue since our financial security has never been threatened, but I was so distracted I wasn’t able to be present with the ones I love and caused a lot of harm. This lack of presence has been so hurtful. “You’re here but you’re not with us,” is something I’ve been told often throughout my addiction. It affected those I care about in ways I wasn’t aware or could fully understand. It’s like a hurricane is going on outside and I’m isolated in a shelter oblivious to what was happening. When I came out there was so much damage to clean up that I just wanted to go back inside and not deal with it.

If you ever cross the line of moderation and enter into addiction, hopefully you won’t confuse your enablers as friends like I did. Hopefully you won’t have to deal with these difficult moments publicly so others can profit off you like I have. But hopefully you WILL have a strong and supportive partner who is willing to help you through being your worst self, and through your worst moments like I have in Amy. She has loved me and supported me through my darkest and most difficult times. I couldn’t have gotten through this without her. I’m so grateful for her strength in helping us get through the many challenges I’ve created for us. Because of her love,support,and commitment, I’m back on track to being the person I want to be.

After many years of receiving professional help, not gambling, and being in recovery from my addictions, I’m now able to sit still, be present in the moment and live each day with an inner calm and peace. I still have a lot of cleaning up to do with those I love the most but I’m doing it slowly and as best I can.

This football season and beyond, enjoy yourself with moderation so it doesn’t detract from your ability to be present. In my experience, the moments with the ones you love will be f
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cajunmud10 months
It's legalized theft sanctioned by your criminal gov because they are sharing in the ill-gotten gains. How can any casino game where the odds can be accurately calculated and in EVERY game the odds are in the House's favor, possibly be legal?

That's the definition of UNfair...that the tax-feeding parasites in your gov are perfectly cool with. It's OUR gov folks.
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Timeoday10 months
Very nice. I only have to look at how nice those casinos are and understand how quickly they are paid off to know the odds are not in your favor.
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Chipand2Putts10 months
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TulaneLSU10 months

We were a better civilization when gambling was illegal. Gambling, like the other vices, is designed to take advantage of human weakness. It, like all vice, injures individuals, families, and societies.

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TDTOM10 months
Hey Phil, no one gives a frick.
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chRxis10 months
over/under on his relapse?
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NewOrleansBlend10 months
It’s already happened. He bet a grand on a 9 hole 4 ball against Bryson about a month ago. And then posted it to YouTube.
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Tenntig10 months
Good Luck, Phil. You've always been a fan favorite on the PGA tour so you will have a lot of support to get this issue behind you.
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jbird710 months
I’ve never understood how people get into gambling. It is designed for you to lose and to take your money.
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Will Cover10 months
The thrill of the chase. Dopamine is real.
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cajunmud10 months
The worse thing that could happen is if you have beginner's luck on your first time. Ah this is fun. This shite is easy...haha.
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DeafVallyBatnR10 months
You ever won at anything? Well put a 5 dollar chip in the circle and pull back 10 dollars. Do that more than once and you are hooked. Free Money.
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