All Bets Are Off
By All Bets Are Off - Gambling Addiction Recovery Podcast
All Bets Are OffNov 05, 2020
S4 EP12: Rick Benson (founder of Algamus Recovery Centers)
S4 EP11: Chris Murphy
In this, the penultimate episode of season four, Chris meets Chris. Today's host Chris Gilham speaks with professional darts commentator Chris Murphy about his personal experiences of gambling harm, including relapse, attempted suicide, and his recovery journey.
Chris is also the Communications Manager and Gambling Education Facilitator at the mental health charity Sporting Chance, which helps professional sportspersons suffering from addiction.
S4 EP10: Dan Cuss aka 'Juron' (YouTuber)
In July 2021 Dan Cuss, more commonly known by his 'Juron' pseudonym through his popular footballing/FIFA YouTube account with over 60,000 subscribers, released a video detailing his battles with gambling addiction (click here to view). As a follow-up to this, we invited Dan to discuss his own struggles, gambling-related harm in general, and to hear what it's like as a young person growing up in a world in which gambling products are so readily available and liberalised. Undoubtedly, Dan's story has and will continue to encourage young people to reflect on their relationship with gambling and perhaps ask themselves: am I beginning to develop a problematic association with gambling as opposed to having just a bit of fun. Please go and support Dan by checking out his videos and subscribing to his YouTube channel.
S4 EP9: Healthwatch Essex
Dan Potts and Renée Robey from Healthwatch Essex sit down down with Chris Gilham to talk all things addictions in this the latest edition of the All Bets Are Off podcast. Today we learn a lot more about their engagement project ‘Addiction: Gambling, Drugs & Alcohol' that has been conducted throghout 2021 & much more.
S4 EP8: Luke's Law feat. Annie Ashton
Host Ryan welcomes guest Annie Ashton. Annie, from Leicestershire, is petitioning to put an end to free bets and inducements after her husband Luke tragically took his own life in April this year. In today's programme, we talk about Luke and Annie's relationship. From what was a childhood crush to re-connecting on Facebook a few years later and the life that they had built for themselves and their children. We also hear a little bit about Luke's relationship with gambling and the Luke's Law campaign that Annie is crusading to bring to fruition. At the time of recording the petition was on just fewer than 6,000 signatures. However, just three weeks later when publishing the episode this figure had risen to over 15,000. To sign Annie's petition please click here. This episode is created in the loving memory of Luke Ashton.
S4 EP7: The Broke Girl Society
In today's programme, we hear from Christina, the Founder of The Broke Girl Society, and take in her addiction story and the work that she is now doing to raise awareness of gambling-related harms and support those in need, especially women.
S4 EP6: Childhood Trauma
After a mid-season break, we're back with the re-commencement of season four. In today's episode, we welcome Ian Richards who, as a child, was sexually abused. Ian and podcast host Ryan met a few months ago on The Big Step and became close having discussed their respective chilhood traumas and the similaraties of how this impacted them both and the events that ensued.
S4 EP5: The Researchers
In today's show we welcome Dr Steve Sharman, a Research Fellow within the School of Psychology. His research primarily focuses on the influence of within-game constructs on gambling behaviour, and virtual reality. Later in the programme TalkGEN's Chris Purnell aka CJ gives us a therapy of his lived experience and indicates gaps in research and the reasoning as to why he's so passionate about working in the sector.
S4 EP4: Gambling Harm - Scottish Edition
This episode is dedicated to our Scottish listeners as we welcome Darren Crocker a.k.a @Rule_ette_Out on social platforms. Now six years gamble free, Darren likes to utilise his lived experience to share practical advice and thoughts which, he hopes, helps others going through a bit of tough time. We cannot recommend his Instagram videos enough - go and check him out... once you've listened to the podcast!
In part two we are joined by Warren Hughes, Gambling Education Project Manager at Fast Forward, a Scottish youth work charity focusing on drugs, alcohol, tobacco, gambling and peer education. We hear all about what they are doing in their bid to prevent gambling harm in Scotland, the feedback that thy have received from young people and parents, and plans for the future.
S4 EP3: Anders Bergman (QuitGamble.com)
Today we welcome the founder of QuitGamble.com, Anders Bergman. The Swede talks us through his story of how he worked for the gambling industry before having a change of heart and wishing to help those suffering gambling harms and implementing a well-structured methodology via QuitGamble, including a comprehensive programme designed to simplify things for individuals that have a problematic relationship with gambling.
S4 EP2: The Girl Gambler
Today we are joined by the author of The Girl Gambler, Stacey Goodwin. Stacey's gambling addiction started at the age of 18 years old when she landed what she thought would be an innocent part-time job working at a betting shop. Little did Stacey know just how much her life would take a dramatic turn and an 8-year addiction would ensure.
Stacey burst onto the recovery scene recently having grown a large following over on TikTok in which she talks through her story, offers advice based on her lived experience and interacts with her followers - go and check out her videos @thegirlgambler.
You can purchase Stacey's book The Girl Gambler on Amazon, UK listeners click here to purchase.
S4 EP1: The Big Step (Scotland to Wembley)
Our first episode of season 4 pays homage to The Big Step’s campaign walk from Scotland to Wembley Stadium which starts on Friday 4th June.
We are joined by two integral members of the team that have helped to organise the event, Tom Fleming and Emily Beck. Alongside them, we speak with Chris Hulse who will also be taking part in the gruelling 300+ mile walk in its entirety.
Later in the show, we welcome the man charged to get the event on camera, investigate journalist Alexi Phillips.
To support The Big Step please follow the link below: -
Sign the open letter to support the call to suspend gambling adverts during the European Championships this summer - [CLICK HERE]
Sign the petition calling on the government to end gambling advertising, sponsorship and promotion in football – [CLICK HERE]
To donate - [CLICK HERE]
S3 EP12: The Difference In People
S3 EP11: Cricket - Gambling Addiction
Welcome to the penultimate episode of season three of the All Bets Are Off podcast. In today's show, we welcome Hampshire & London Sprint cricketer Chris Wood and former cricketer Patrick Foster, who both work for EPIC Risk Management.
Although the theme of the programme is cricket, the majority of today's discussion specifically draws on Chris' and Patrick's (Patch to friends) addiction to gambling, their subsequent recoveries, and the work that they are now undertaking to try and prevent others from following a similar path.
Enjoy the show!
S3 EP10: The Peoples FC
This week we welcome Kye Trott and Lewis Holloway from The Peoples FC, a charity YouTube football club from south-east London who was awarded the sponsorship package that we offered-up earlier on in the year. Although not gambling addiction specific, The Peoples FC are a club famed for raising awareness of mental health, and we really wished to introduce them to the community before the end of season three.
During the episode we discussed a bunch of things, including the reasonings as to why the club was formed, what they've been doing since football has been interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic, the work that they do in the community, and how great it is to be working together.
We released today's episode to coincide with the release of the new kit with the All Bets Are Off logo which is now available to pre-order.
Later in the programme, Ryan and Chris discuss the family fun day scheduled for Saturday 17th July.
S3 EP9: The Operator (Kindred Group - Maris Catania & Neil Banbury)
We understand that this episode may not be for all of our listeners and so as per the warning at the top of the show, if you are uncomfortable with discussions between a gambling addiction recovery podcast and a gambling operator then this recording isn't the one for you.
However, we believe that it's good to have a healthy debate and discussion with operators especially those that are setting a high bar in terms of ethics and sustainability, and that has set an ambitious target to reach zero revenue derived from harmful gambling by 2023, as is the case with Kindred Group.
In today's show, we speak with Maris Catania (Global Head of Player Sustainability at Kindred Group) and UK General Manager, Neil Banbury.
S3 EP8: Authors
Tony O'Reilly [Tony 10: The astonishing story of the postman who gambled €10,000,000 ... and lost it all] - click here
Rebecca Cassidy [Vicious Games: Capitalism and Gambling] - click here
Billiejo Priestley [My Addiction Is Just Fixation: Or So They Say] - click here
Jody Bechtold [The Gambling Disorder Treatment Handbook: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals] - click here
S3 EP7: Affected Others: The Children
Last year in a YouGov report commissioned by GambleAware, found that as many as 7% of adults, or 3.6 million people, report having been negatively affected by someone else’s gambling problem in the UK alone. Needless to say, that means there are a lot more people negatively impacted by someone else's problematic gambling, and yet as a recovery podcast, we feel that there still isn't a representative equivalent of their voices being heard and it's recordings such as this that will allow those affected others to talk openly, without judgement, and it may help others in a similar position.
In today's show, we speak to UK-based sisters Jess and Em whose father was sent to prison for a crime that was driven by his addiction to gambling. We were keen to unearth how their dad's addiction had impacted them, what their relationship was like before and after his stint in prison (now in recovery), and the wider repercussions.
In part two we speak with US-based Tricia whose mother has been attracted to gambling venues ever since Tricia was a teenager, and following many years of health issues, her mum has become reliant on Tricia and others to facilitate her gambling addiction.
S3 EP6: Relapse
Please note that this episode contains discussions around sensitive topics such as suicidal ideation and substance abuse.
The purpose of today’s show is to try and inspire those that may be amid a relapse, struggling to overcome a blip, and/or for those of us that may be fearful of a regression. To help us in this quest we welcomed two disordered gamblers in recovery, both with very different stories to tell.
Part 1: Richie Paxton
Part 2: Stephen Gillatt
S3 EP5: Gambling In Journalism, Media & Advertising
Should the press hold the gambling industry to a higher standard of account? Do sports desks need to have an honest reflection on their relationship with the gambling industry? New Statesman journalist Rohan Banjeree gives his views on this and more in our Gambling In Journalism, Media & Advertising podcast.
In the second half of the show, we welcome the founder of Underdog Sports Marketing, Ged Colleypriest. Having previously headed up the sponsorship department at talkSPORT Ged's company Underdog Sports Marketing works with sports clubs and brands with a view to creating more sustainable sponsorship and advertising strategies as opposed to being reliant on revenue from the gambling industry. Today he shares his experiences with us.
S3 EP4: Social Casinos & Loot Boxes
Later in the show we are joined by Jonathan Peniket who became addicted to purchasing FIFA packs following some challenges in his personal life. Jonathan now works for EPIC Risk Management as an Online Gaming and Esports Consultant.
S3 EP3: Gambling In Football
As many of our listeners will know, we absolutely love our football here on the All Bets Are Off podcast, and a series really wouldn't be a series without having at least one episode that centres around gambling in our nations number one sport.
In today’s show, we welcome John Peel (Director at Lewes FC) and Nick Hutt (co-owner of Billericay Town) to talk about gambling in football. We were keen to draw upon John and Nick’s experiences in non-league football and how the betting industry impacts clubs - directly and indirectly - lower down the pyramid.
We hope that this discussion can play a small part in football reverting to type and being as beautiful as it once was, free of betting logos emblazoned on everything. Long live the beautiful game... without betting sponsorship, promotion and advertising.
S3 EP2: Gambling & The Chinese Community
Part 1: Dr Edward Kwan was the first specialist certified gambling counsellor in Hong Kong SAR, China and has been helping people and family troubled by gambling disorder since 1996. In the programme, we touch upon a number of subject including his research on The Impact of Problem Gambling on the Female Spouses of Male Chinese Gamblers in Hong Kong (click here to view).
Part 2: Kent Woo has served the Asian American community for more than 30 years, the last 20 as the executive director of NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, a San Francisco-based public-private-community partnership of more than 30 health and human service organisations.
S3 EP1: Online Slots - Addiction By Design
Part 1: In the first half of the show, host Ryan Pitcher welcomes Scott Russell who, like Ryan, quickly became fixated with online slots. Their experiences are commented on by Dr. Luke Clark (Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Gambling Research at the University of British Columbia).
Part 2: We welcome Josh from slot slots streaming platform Fruity Slots to find out what it's like to be a UK-based slot streamer, especially with the upcoming review of the Gambling Act, and what challenges that this may bring.
All Bets Are Off: New Year's Special 2020-21
The All Bets Are Off crew come together for the final recording of what has been a breakthrough year. There are no guests this time out; just Ryan, Kishan, Chris and Tracey sharing their thoughts and memories from 2020, whilst also looking ahead on what's to come in 2021 both from the podcast and TalkGEN.
We would like to thank each and every guest that has appeared on the podcast ever since its inception eight months ago. Needless to say, we would like to extend this gratitude to all of our listeners who continue to listen and share the podcast.
We'll be back in four weeks time for season three!
All Bets Are Off: Christmas Special 2020
Just two weeks after the finale of season two, the All Bets Are Off podcast is back with a bumper-packed Christmas Special edition.
The team are joined by all of the following guests:
Henrietta Bowden-Jones: Director of the NHS funded Centre for Behavioural Addictions, overseeing the work of both the National Problem Gambling Clinic and the Centre for Internet and Gaming Disorders
Sharon Collard: Professor of Personal Finance and Research Director / Personal Finance Research Centre, University of Bristol
Minal Jain and Tejus Patel: co-founders of the RecoverMe app
It's an actioned packed-one that's for sure... Merry Christmas everyone!
S2 EP12: The Review Show
For our final episode of the season we are joined by Chair and Vice-Chair of the Gambling Related Harm APPG, MP's Carolyn Harris and Ronnie Cowan. The Review Show also includes Business Correspondent at the Daily Mail, Tom Witherow. Later in the programme we have a Q&A session with Chair of the UK Gambling Commission, Bill Moyes.
S2 EP11: Gambling Harm Among The Armed Forces & Veterans Community
The penultimate episode of season two of the All Bets Are Off podcast focuses on the armed forces and veteran community.
On today's show we're joined by three army veterans: Drew Crainie and Nick Phillips, formerly of the British Army, and from across the pond we have Dave Yeager, who served in the US Military.
Although research is limited, like many of the communities that we feature on the podcast, armed forces personnel and veterans are disproportionately affected by gambling harms in comparison to the general population. In fact, armed forces veterans are more than eight times more likely than non-veterans to exhibit problem gambling.
During the episode we explore each of the veterans' personal stories, and discuss whether or not the environment, stress and trauma's of army life had an impact on their gambling behaviours.
S2 EP10: Affected Others - The Story Of Julie Martin (including Steve Watts, founder of GamFam)
The incredibly brave Julie Martin joins us today to talk through her story of being married to a gambling addict, and the impact that this has had on her and their children. Julie has suffered many years of trauma as an affected other, including mental and physical abuse. Undoubtedly, this episode is one of the most emotive we've ever recorded.
Later in the show we're joined by Steve Watts, the founder of GamFam, a charity that primarily focuses on gambling addiction and related harms as an affected other.
S2 EP9: The Financial Element
S2 EP8: Stateside Special
Given that around a quarter of our listeners reside in the United States of America, the All Bets Are Off podcast wished to pay homage to our recovery friends, and those contemplating recovery, across the Atlantic Ocean. We believe that this particular episode comes at a time when the landscape of the gambling industry over in the US is evolving rapidly each and every day.
In this episode we welcome three individuals that each have lived-experience of gambling addiction, Jake Fincher, Brian Hatch & Paul Buck.
1st guest: Jake Fincher - comes from the Southern state of Georgia and dissects his longstanding battle with gambling addiction and how it drove him to the brink of taking his own life, and how he later found recovery through Gamblers Anonymous
2nd guest: Brian Hatch (Co-host of All In: The Addicted Gambler's Podcast) - now residing in Connecticut, Brian opens up about his addiction to land-based casino's, he has now been gamble-free since July 2014, and over the past few years has racked up well over a century of episodes as co-host of his own podcast alongside Jeff Wasserman
3rd guest: Paul Buck (CEO of EPIC Risk Management) - EPIC Risk Management have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of the gambling education and harm-prevention sector in the UK, and have recently launched their model over in the US market - in this discussion we find out the reasons why and what EPIC are wanting to achieve
S2 EP7: Gambling Harm Among The LGBTQ+ Community
The All Bets Are Off team are joined by George Cooper and Kerri Nicholls to discuss the disproportionate levels of gambling harm among the LGBQT+ community.
Lonely and isolated, George's gambling addiction began in late 2016 following the breakdown of a personal relationship. Later in the show, Kerri reveals that gambling was normalised in the football changing room environment that she was a part of. During today's episode we explore the coming out and draw-on some similarities between this process and speaking openly about an addiction to gambling.
S2 EP6: Women's Week 2.0
Following the success of Women's Week in season one; the All Bets Are Off Podcast again shine the spotlight on gambling harm among women.
In this episode we briefly catch up with two of our former guests Jean Mulleary and Lisa Walker, whom following their introduction on the podcast around five months ago, became good friends and now work together.
This week's host Tracey Gritt welcomes Nicole Hannah onto the show. Nicole shares her lived experience of gambling addition and tells us about the underground world of the gambling scene, which involves drug-dealers and unrepentant loan sharks.
Tracey is later joined by founder of Level Ground Therapy, leading UK therapist in gambling addiction in women, author and consultant Liz Carter to discuss her role and learnings within the sector.
S2 EP5: Criminal Justice
In the second half of this episode Justice for Punters founder, Brian Chappell, discusses his direct dealings and investigatory work into gambling operators and the industry as a whole, and what he believes need to happen to ensure a level playing field.
S2 EP4: That Tony Kelly Episode
S2 EP3: Sign The Petition!
Today we're joined by Alex Lewis aka The Invisible Addiction, James Grimes from The Big Step (who is now just one appearance away from a hat-trick ball) and founders of Gambling with Lives, Liz and Charles Ritchie.
This episode is dedicated to the Change.org petition to End gambling advertising, sponsorship and promotion in football. You can do your bit by signing the petition by clicking here and sharing it with friends, family and work colleagues.
Along with signing the petition you can make a monetary donation to the cause too by clicking here. Please only do this if it's affordable for you.
S2 EP2: International Episode
The panel welcome a couple of guests from abroad in this special edition of the All Bets Are Off podcast which focuses on gambling addiction related matters from around the world.
First-up we speak to Anna Bardsley regarding the problems that her native Australia has with the pokies and the tireless advocacy for positive change that she had embarked on over the years. Later in the show we chat to Collins Muhinda, the face of the BBC Africa Eye documentary Gamblers like me: The dark side of sports betting, as we discuss the rise of sports betting in Uganda.
S2 EP1: Gambling Harm Among The Student Population
The All Bets Are Off podcast kick-off series two with our Gambling Harm Among The Student Population episode. Our first guest is Bray Ash, a recovering gambling addict who once gambled his whole student loan within 24 hours. In the second part of the show we welcome the founder of Deal Me Out, Jordan Lea. Within this section we learn more about the tactics of land-based casinos and how they attempt to snare university students.
S1 EP12: Season Finale - Recovery Journey (Part 2)
S1 EP12: Season Finale - Recovery Journey (Part 1)
S1 EP11: Gambling Addiction Discussion With Keith Gillespie
S1 EP10: Gambling Harm Among The BAME Population
S1 EP9: Protecting Our Future Generations feat. Professor Samantha Thomas & Matt Zarb-Cousin
S1 EP8: Benjamin Smile Talks Addiction & The Long Way Home; Tejus & Minal From The RecoverMe App
In the second half of the show we are joined by co-creators of the soon-to-be-available RecoverMe app, Tejus and Minal. In this section we learned everything about what the app is about, the science and medical research behind it and loads more.
S1 EP7: Tony Parente, Alex Macey (Gamvisory) & Matt Blanks
S1 EP6: Family - Speaking To Family Members Impacted By Gambling Harms Through Their Loved Ones
S1 EP5: Women's Week - Raising Awareness Of Female Gambling Addiction
S1 EP4: James Grimes from The Big Step & Q&A Session
S1 EP3: Mental Health (joined by Ben Holmes & Owen Baily)
Ryan is once again joined by Chris & Kelly for the third episode of the 'All Bets Are Off!' podcast. This episode explores Mental Health that little bit more - both as an active disordered gambler and into recovery. The usual panel are joined by guests Ben Holmes (part 1) and Owen Baily (part 2).
S1 EP2: How Fair Are Gambling Operators? & Social Media Advertising
Ryan is joined by Chris & Kelly for the second episode of the 'All Bets Are Off!' podcast. In this episode we discuss just how fair (or unfair) gambling companies really are - why would they ban profitable players? In the second part of the podcast we go onto talk a little bit about social media advertising in the gambling sector among other things.