Student Pay’s Off $60,000 student Loan Playing Online Poker

I thought this might be an interesting article to list since I only started this new site less that 2 weeks ago. This site is all about debt and everything that goes along with it. I barely had this thing up and going and i was getting emails from people telling me their debt stories and I have no place to put them so I figured I would add them on here until i’m ready for them so here it is:

To: whom this may concern,

I noticed you started this new site and wanted to hear about debt and all the stories people have whether good or bad. Well I have an interesting story for you not one that a lot of people would agree with but one that I did and paid off in a big way. I graduated from Ohio state in 2005 and had no idea what i wanted to do in life. I had around $60,000 in student loans and was being “killed” (sorry but I didn’t know what other word to put there) by the interest on the loans as you know many of us students are. I worked my butt off and tried to pay this down during school and didn’t have much luck with the cost of living.

So one day I was surfing around on the net and saw all these articles about online poker and I said what the heck let’s try it out, one site was offering 100% match on my deposit. Now i’m from a very religious home and gambling is not tolerated.

So here goes I deposited $800.00 it was the last of my student loan money and well I was up $500.00 in the first 10 minutes, I thought AWESOME here I go. I played for several hours and didn’t move very much that day. So the next day I woke up and played again I went UP $2500.00. I was darn near rolling over on the floor. So I figured I would go grab something to eat and came home and played again. Now i’m thinking I have issues with gambling. So I figured if I went up anymore I would quit. Well that never came I went down $600.00

On to the next day a Sunday (god’s day)hahah I thought OK i’m gonna win today. I wasn’t playing for 20 minutes and I was broke. I LOST it ALL I didn’t know what to do talk about depressed. So back to the drawing board. I started mowing lawns and was making OK money but the thrill of winning that money playing poker never left my head.

Now that everyone thinks I have a gambling problem I went on and played again FOR FREE this time and went into a FREEROLL tournament(is a tournament you can play and win small amounts of money or entries into bigger tournaments) so I play about 20 tournaments lost them all and started to give up. There was one more tournament at 9:30pm for a free entry into a big tournament. The problem was there were 2500 people playing for this. Well I played and 8 hrs later I won the tournament and I was in to the big tournament.

So the following Saturday is the big day. Well I was late by 30mins I was down big time but I was still in the tournament just sitting out every hand. 7 1/2 hours later I was the winner of $100,000.00 Yes I could not believe it and I still do not believe it but here I am today debt free of $60,000 and off to the wonderful game of life.

Till this day I have not played online poker or any type of gambling. I figured My wish was granted



Debt Help

Nobody wants to be in debt, but many people find themselves there anyway. People develop gambling debts, business debts, credit card debt, tax debt, and other forms of debt. The best way of coming out of any form of debt is to get help from the various free debt help services available. Each has its own benefits in getting you out of debt faster.

Credit counselors work with you privately over the phone, through email or in person to develop a financial plan to get out of debt. They help you find areas of savings and recommend services like debt management plans or debt consolidation loans.

In debt management plans, you have to give them a monthly payment, which they use to pay your unsecured debts after negotiating lower rates and fees with your creditors. These plans can get you out of unsecured debt in less than five years, with only a minimal impact on your credit score. Debt consolidation loans are used to pay short-term debts with a home equity loan or personal loan. They lower your interest rates and monthly payments. The monthly payments are further reduced with longer terms for your loans. However, it is better to close paid-off accounts to minimize the affect on your credit score.

You can try to reduce your debt through agreements made by debt negotiation companies. Not all lenders may agree to reduce your loan amount, but many will if you declare bankruptcy. With reduced debts, you find it easier to pay them off. However, by using debt negotiation, this point remains in your credit history for seven years. You may be able to get credit within a couple of years, but it will be at subprime rates. This reduced rate also has to be declared as income in your federal and state taxes.

Whatever debt management option you choose, it is always better to research several companies before signing up. Make sure the rates and services are reasonable, and clear any doubts before signing up.

Loan Sharks

In the world today, it is not at all unusual to find yourself short of the cash you need to pay your bills, feed your family and maintain a reasonable lifestyle. For every working stiff who runs out of money before they run out of week, there are unfortunately a number of shady characters willing to loan you all the money you need at an exorbitant interest rate. You will have to be careful to avoid these loan sharks when you find yourself in need of quick cash.

Loan sharks are not just something made up in Hollywood to sell movie tickets. Unfortunately, loan sharks are all too real and getting involved with one can wreak havoc on your personal and professional life.

Loan sharks prey on people in financial distress. These people are often unable to obtain loans through traditional channels like banks and savings and loans. Often this is because of either bad credit or the nature of the debt they have incurred. A compulsive gambler may not be able to convince their local bank loan officer to help pay off their gambling debts. Likewise, if your credit is poor, you will find it extremely difficult to obtain a loan at a reasonable interest rate. Any time you borrow money, it is vital to know the interest rate you will be required to pay. If you interest rate is too high, you may never be able to pay off your debt. Your debt may pile up faster than you can pay it off. This is good for the loan sharks but bad for you. Loan sharks want to keep you in debt. This makes you dependent on them for ever increasing amounts of money.

Even if you are not a gambling man and not involved in any shady dealings, you can still fall victim to loan sharks of various stripes. Many so called payday loan and payday cash advance companies are actually loan sharks in disguise. They often charge exorbitant rates of interest in exchange for the quick cash they dispense. Although technically legal, these businesses are considered loan sharks by a great many of their former and current customers.

No matter what type of loan sharks you get mixed up with, extricating yourself from their clutches may be one of the biggest challenges you will ever face. Loan sharks, both the legal kind and the back alley kind, are notorious for chasing down the money they are owed. While not every loan shark is of the old leg breaking school, they will find ways to make your life miserable until you pay them what you owe. They will most likely visit you at your home or place of work to demand their payments. This tactic is extremely effective for the loan sharks and highly disconcerting for you. In addition to putting your personal relationships and your job in jeopardy, these type of tactics violate your sense of personal freedom and personal space.

The best way to deal with loan sharks is not to get involved with them in the first place. Anytime you need a loan, make sure you deal only with reputable firms. Make sure you know with whom you are dealing and that you get a full disclosure of the interest rate charged by the lender and all associated fees. One of the most common tricks loan sharks use to keep their customers in debt is to charge extremely high late payment fees, often as high as 1 to 1.5% per day. You can see how quickly your loan can spiral out of control at rates like this.

If you’ve already fallen into the clutches of a loan shark, the best way (probably the only way) to make them go away is to pay your debt in full. You may need to swallow your pride and borrow the funds you need from your relatives. It is always hard to admit to financial problems, and many people let their debt get completely out of control before they seek help. Your family and friends will most likely be willing to help you out with your financial issues. They will probably be more understanding than you expect. After all, most people wrestle with financial demons at some point in their lives.

Once you have banished the financial demons that loan sharks represent, it is vital that you not repeat your past mistakes. If you have a problem with gambling, seek help for your addiction. It is important to get your financial house in order so that you will no longer be easy prey for the loan sharks that prowl the financial waters.

Dealing With Gambling Debt

More often than not, those who have gambling problems or an addiction to gambling fall deep into debt. The debt becomes a major problem when it transcends owing money to casinos. Instead, gambling addiction can rack up major credit card debt, loan debt, and even extremities (though not completely unheard of) such as home equity debt. If this sounds like you, whether you own $ 500 or $ 5000, there are ways of dealing with the debt that follows the addiction.

Seek Help for the Gambling Addiction

Before you begin dealing with debt, it is imperative you get help for your addiction. It's been proven in many cases that gambling addicts are less willing to admit their problems than someone with a substance abuse problem. Not only should you get help for yourself, but for the ones who love you; your family and your friends. Take the time to really evaluate your situation, and how it has affected you, your family and the general quality of living surrounding it all.

Cut Off Funding

It could be half to all of your paycheque, a credit card, or maybe you've been dipping into your savings. In either case, put a complete halt on any money put towards gambling. Canceling a credit card is never a good idea, as it worsens your credit situation and lowers your credit score. But in the grand scheme of things, putting a stop to it now rather than racking up another large amount of money is probably for the best.

You Won't Win Back what you Owe

Statistically speaking, the chances of you winning back what you owe are next to impossible. In fact, you're only damaging yourself even more by putting yourself further in debt, and deluding yourself into believing something along the lines of "well I'll win back what I owe, and then some for good measure!"

Seek Treatment

If you find doing your best and trying your hardest toward helping yourself isn't working at all, you may need to seek a professional. In some cases, your health insurance provider may cover some or all of the treatment necessary to cure the addiction.

Pay Off Your Debt!

When you've controlled your addiction, begin focusing on your debt. Recognize this won't be easy. You're going to have to work hard, and do everything in your power to get the debt off your back. Write out a list of everyone you owe. You may have overdrafted bank accounts, or past-due credit cards. If you're in real trouble, you may even owe a bookie or loan shark. In either case, it's incredibly important to get your debt paid off.

Borrowing money from a loved one or a friend is a huge shot to your ego, even more so that you'll have to fess up about your addiction and your debt. If they're willing to help, not only do they trust you and love you enough to help, but they trust and love you enough to support you. Make note of the close friends and family who really help you; if you ever feel the urge to indulge in your former (or current) addiction; talking it out with them might help.

You could also start by selling your valuable assets. While undesirable, it's even more undesirable to carry a debt on your shoulders, especially a gambling debt. Furniture, electronics, jewelery and even your care can bring in some money to put toward the debt.

Getting a second job could help as well, even short term and part time. Any penny counts when it is as important as a gambling debt.

In the last and extreme case – file for bankruptcy. Gambling debt can be discharged by bankruptcy, though if you incurred the debt under false pretenses, or through fraud, you will not be able to file for bankruptcy.