Paul’s last bet was many years ago. His life revolved around gambling from the time he was a youngster. He played cards, poker, baseball cards. He always wanted to be a winner and pursued winning aggressively. He worked in a bowling alley at 12 years old and loved to watch the men play poker afterwards. He liked the “action” of gambling. It wasn’t about winning or losing. His focus became on gambling and he thought about it all the time. When the game was over, he would feel sad and isolated. At 16 years old he dropped out of high school. Paul grew up and got married, but his gambling persisted, progressing to the point he was lying to his wife about his whereabouts.
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