Ewan MacKenna: A gambling addict with a bookie’s app is like a drunk with car keys

Ewan MacKenna: A gambling addict with a bookie’s app is like a drunk with car keys
Ewan MacKenna

Just a couple of years ago, a friend of mine would pass many an evening by getting online and throwing down money so as to make whatever sport was on TV more interesting. He was a suit-and-tie type guy – well-paid job, nice apartment, and generally g

Thankfully, among other traits, he had self-awareness and, after losing 12 per cent of his salary in a week, realised action was needed. The problem was that, while the entrance into such a world was a lazy click away, the exit involved running a gauntlet laid down by his bookmaker.

With a new internet account, he wasn’t able to cancel for a month, so he urgently hustled across the city to a shop on a Dublin...

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