Gaming operators in Finland hold a monopoly position, and the right to maintain these monopoly rights is based on responsibility."
"In a study conducted by the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, the number of problem gamblers was estimated to be between 42,000 and 130,000 Finns (out of population of 5 million). This study was published in September 2007. In previous years, the number of compulsive gamblers had been estimated to be around 65,000."
"As I leave the casino thinking never again, a film runs on a loop through my head: there´s a stack of unpaid bills and lost money I can never get back. I feel a tightening in my temples. Also playing over and over in my head is the television commercial in which a high-ranking military officer proclaims that money spent gambling with the Slot Machine Association is for a worthy cause. The first time I saw that commercial, I felt like kicking the screen into million pieces."
"I´m full of optimism after my first hypnotic treatment. Immediately the next day, I rush to the casino to request a self-exclusion from gambling. I have made serious vow to get out of this roulette hell, and one way to do that is to be forbidden from entering the casino. I assertively tell the attractive clerk at the reception desk that my gambling has come too far (as if this were news to her!) and that I want to stop. She calls a man to the desk to help her with my request. ""We´ll start, then, with a three-month exclusion!" the smiling man and girl declare in unison." "No, I came here to get a permanent exclusion!" I cry in panic." "We can do a maximum of one year," the man states indifferently. After that you can start gambling again." "Tired of arguing about it, I take the longest exclusion I can get."
"Most compulsive gamblers would not have the strength to come here and demand the safe, supervised, trouble-free gambling advertised by the monopoly holder."
This is the true story of how easy it is to get hooked on gambling and how impossible it is to escape.
Above all this book is about one woman´s fight to make Finland´s gambling monopoly treat individual gamblers as real people. And she almost lost her life in the process.
The original Finnish version of this book was published in 2008 by Kustannusosakehtiö Nemo.
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