Anti-gambling website launched
AFTER watching his dad suffer from a terminal illness, Phillip Fresta became a problem gambler.
Mr Fresta was sucked into feeding the slots for more than two years before he realised he had a problem.
It was a further three years before he had control of the addiction.
He has now created a gambling help website - www.pokermachinewarrior.com - to help others beat the addiction.
“Creating poker machine warrior was a part of me getting better,” Mr Fresta said.
Mr Fresta developed depression while looking after his father in 1996.
His escape from the family dramas and depression was the poker machines.
“I found when I was playing them I would forget everything,” he said.
“Unfortunately it turned into an addiction.”
Mr Fresta’s depression fuelled his addiction to the poker machines but losing money made him depressed.
“It was a bit of a catch 22 situation,” he said.
It was not until 1998 that Mr Fresta realised he had a problem and went to visit his doctor.
“I consider myself a reforming gambler,” he said.
“Like an alcoholic, I know I will never gamble again like I did and I don’t want to but I would have to be on guard for the rest of my life,” he said.
“I could never give the promise that I will not go back to play the machines.”
The website was launched in July and has already had more than 500 hits.