9 Problem Gambling Red Flags

9 Problem Gambling Red Flags

Problem gambling can creep up on a person. And it’s of the utmost importance that you can recognize gambling warning signs in yourself.

You can see issues bubbling up internally and also spilling out to affect your external persona. We’re going to examine all of the most common gambling warning signs.

Internal gambling warning signs

Gambling can affect you on a deeply personal level, in lots of different ways. Here are some of the most common problem gambling warning signs you might notice in yourself, even if no one else can see it.

1. Financial struggles

You should never, ever gamble more than you can afford. Never put it on a credit card. Never borrow money to spend on gambling. If you find yourself doing any of these things, or struggling to pay for your rent, groceries, bills, it’s time to stop gambling.

2. Guilt

When you start or finish a gambling session, do you have niggling feelings of guilt? Perhaps there’s a part of you that thinks you are spending too much time and money gambling. Listen to that voice. It’s a good sign you need help.

3. Urge to keep spending

Do you feel like you need to keep spending more in order to get the same level of excitement you used to feel from gambling?

4. Chasing a loss

Believing that if you only spend more, you can make up for your losses, is a dangerous way to think.

5. Restlessness

Do you ever feel restless or uneasy if you haven’t placed a bet in a while? This is a clear sign that gambling is affecting you mentally in a harmful way.

6. Stress and anxiety

Are you increasingly stressed and/or anxious? When stress and anxiety start to creep into your life, it can damage many different aspects of your physical and emotional wellbeing. And if you suspect it’s linked to problem gambling, it could be a red flag for addiction. Contact your healthcare provider, as well as a gambling help organization for help to deal with this.

External gambling warning signs

Is gambling starting to have a negative affect on your relationship with the outside world? Here’s what you might’ve noticed…

7. Relationship issues

Does it feel like you’re fighting with your partner, friends or family more and more? Are these fights often about your gambling?

8. Problems at work

When you’re at work, do you find it hard to concentrate on the task at hand? Do you instead find yourself thinking about gambling. Perhaps your career is also starting to suffer… You’ve been passed over for that promotion or your performance is deteriorating?

9. Lack of focus studying

If you’re in university or taking a course, it deserves your full attention. But when gambling problems start to rear their ugly heads, it can be difficult to focus on your education. This could affect your overall grades and could have long-term implications.

Get the help you need

If you see this red flags in yourself or a loved one, then you need to get expert help. There are organizations all around the world that work tirelessly to help you stop gambling and deal with your problem head on.

In the United States, you can contact the National Council on Problem Gambling via their website or phone line (1800 522 4700). If you’re in the United Kingdom, Be Gamble Aware is available for online or on the phone (0808 8020 133).

For those based outside both the USA and the UK, there are lots of international gambling help organizations. So you can find the one in your district and start getting help as soon as possible.

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Darts Premier League Betting Tips And Predictions

Darts Premier League Betting Tips And Predictions

2022 Darts Premier League Betting Tips Preview

The 2022 Premier League of Darts gets underway on Thursday the 3rd of February at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff and, following an interrupted couple of seasons, will return to its weekly roster.

The format, however, is new as each Premier League of Darts night will actually be a kind of a mini-tournament that will comprise of an eight-man knockout event featuring some of the best darts players with four quarter-finals, two semis and a final, all played over the best of 11 legs.

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Players will now receive two points for reaching the semis, while the runner-up will pick up three points with five going to the winner. 

These points are then applied to the new-look Premier League table each week and the top four points scorers over the course of the 16 weeks will go through to the playoffs on the 26th of May at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle.

2022 Darts Premier League Line Up

This Thursday will be the 18th edition of the tournament and Cardiff will host the first of 16 nights of darting action — and we now know the eight players taking part in this year’s event.

World number one Gerwyn Price heads the lineup of those taking part in the 2022 Premier League and will be joined by reigning world champion Peter Wright and defending champion Jonny Clayton.

Five-time Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen will also be in competition, as will former winners James Wade and Gary Anderson.

Completing the lineup are the PDC Darts World Championship beaten finalist Michael Smith and recently crowned Darts Masters champion Joe Cullen.


  • Night 1, Thursday February 3: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • Night 2, Thursday February 10: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
  • Night 3, Thursday February 17: SSE Arena, Belfast
  • Night 4, Thursday February 24: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Berlin
  • Night 5, Thursday March 3: Westpoint Exeter
  • Night 6, Thursday March 10: The Brighton Centre
  • Night 7, Thursday March 17: Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
  • Night 8, Thursday March 24: Rotterdam Ahoy, Rotterdam
  • Night 9, Thursday March 31: Utilita Arena Birmingham
  • Night 10, Thursday April 7: First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • Night 11, Thursday April 14: AO Arena, Manchester
  • Night 12, Thursday April 21: P&J Live, Aberdeen
  • Night 13, Thursday April 28: 3Arena, Dublin
  • Night 14, Thursday May 5: OVO Arena, Glasgow
  • Night 15, Thursday May 12: Utilita Arena, Sheffield
  • Night 16, Thursday May 19: The O2, London
  • Play-Offs, Thursday May 26: Utilita Arena Newcastle


This year’s event has been chopped from ten participants down to eight, the first seven of which came as no surprise even if it does omit a few big names, such as Jose de Sousa, Dimitri Van den Bergh and Rob Cross.

The announcement was made by the PDC immediately after the conclusion of last weekend’s Darts Masters, which was won by Joe Cullen.

This was Cullen’s maiden PDC title and saw him take the eighth and final place in this year’s Premier League line up.

That was exactly what happened to Jonny Clayton last year when he went on to win the 2021 Premier League of Darts. The Rockstar will hope he can follow in the footsteps of The Ferret.

Sunday was Joe Cullen’s first-ever major final, but he has won some ranking titles over the past few seasons and he will now look to push on and get himself into the top 10 on the PDC’s Order of Merit.

Who Will Make The Play Offs?

Given the all-new format, it’s tough to call where the money will be flowing and obviously very difficult to predict how the tourney will pan out.

However, if we take consistency into account, the players that should be competing for the weekly titles are Gerwyn Price, Michael van Gerwen, Jonny Clayton and, at a pinch, Peter Wright.

That would represent a very solid last four for the play offs, where anything could happen, although bet365 have been quick to install Gerwyn Price as the outright favourite at 11/4.

There are consistently question marks around the streaky Peter Wright and his biggest threat for making the last four most weeks (thus earning enough points to qualify for the play offs) could possibly come from Michael Smith.

Part of Snakebite’s problem is that he never settles on his darts and, for The Masters, he switched again changing every aspect of his world championship, winning darts from the point to the barrel, the stem and the flight. 

He then went on to play one game at The Masters, where he lost to Simon Whitlock.

If he changes darts each week, his consistency will be impacted negatively for sure, but when he’s good, he’s great so I’ll stick with him to make the final four in my darts betting picks – just.

Adding To CV’s

Wright, alongside Gerwyn Price, are the two players who will want to win the Premier League more than anyone this season.

Both players are aiming to claim all of the events but they are yet to win and this trophy, one of the biggest in darts, makes for a glaring absence on both of their CVs.

bet365 have priced up Snakebite at 9/2 to win the 2022 Darts Premier League.

Elsewhere, Michael van Gerwen is looking to win this event for the sixth time.

Mighty Mike hasn’t won a televised event on the tour for the past few seasons and the world number three will be desperate to prove he can get back to the top of the sport.

Backers can pick up 7/2 on MVG at bet365 to return to winning ways.

Having lost out at the last minute yet again at the Ally Pally in January, Michael Smith will be hungry as ever to win his first major tournament.

Bully Boy is likely to relish this new format of playing multiple games should he win and has a good chance of making the play offs from where anything could happen.

bet365 Darts Betting Odds

  • Gerwyn Price – 11/4
  • Michael van Gerwen – 7/2
  • Peter Wright – 9/2
  • Jonny Clayton – 9/2
  • Michael Smith – 7/1
  • Joe Cullen – 11/1
  • Gary Anderson – 16/1
  • James Wade – 20/1


Thursday night gets underway with Jonny Clayton taking on the man who succeeded him as Darts Masters champion Joe Cullen.

This being a Cardiff event, the crowd will be behind reigning Premier League champion Clayton who is already odds on to win his season opener and I suspect he will.

Tourney Debutant Cullen is an intriguing selection in this first week however as we wait to see what a PDC title does for his confidence.

The Rockstar also has an excellent head-to-head record against Clayton having won seven of their eight meetings.

The second game of the night is between world number one Gerwyn Price and world number four James Wade.

Being a Welshman, for once Price should have the crowd rooting for him which wont be the case for Wade and I expect the Iceman to bank some early season points.

Be warned though, the Machine holds a 10-7 head-to-head record over Price.

Repeat Of The Ally Pally Final

World champion Peter Wright steps out next for the third game of the night when he takes on Michael Smith in a repeat of the World Championship final.

This is a really tough one to call and it really all depends on which version of Snakebite (and which darts) turn up.

For the sake of revenge, I’ll go with Bully Boy, who has only won 12 out of the 24 meetings between the pair, to strike an opening night blow on the world champ.

Lastly, we have a clash between former World and Premier League champions Michael van Gerwen and Gary Anderson.

Regardless of form, it is never dull when these two meet.

The head-to-head score between the pair reads 46-18 in van Gerwen’s favour.

Either MVG’s form has dipped or the rest have just caught up with him but he, along with Anderson, is no longer the force of old.

Both disappointed at last weekend’s Masters but The Flying Scotsman made the last four at the Alexandra Palace over the recent festive season so a narrow win for Anderson is the final night one, round one prediction.

If things go as we expect them to, then we can look forward to an all Welsh semi-final, which will guarantee one local finalist to the delight of the crowd.

Despite what happened last time they met, I would expect Price, who missed this event last year due to covid, to make the final where I suspect Michael Smith will be waiting.

From there it would come as no surprise to see The Iceman win night one and bank his first five points of the new Premier League of Darts season.

bet365 Darts Betting Odds For Premier League of Darts 2022 Night One

  • Jonny Clayton (8/13) v (13/10) Joe Cullen
  • Gerwyn Price (2/5) v (2/1) James Wade
  • Peter Wright (8/11) v (11/10) Michael Smith
  • Michael van Gerwen (4/9) v (7/4) Gary Anderson


Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff

Dates:  03/02/2022

Format: Best of 11 legs (first to six)

Current Champion: Jonny Clayton

Where To Watch: Sky Sports Main Event HD & Sky Sports Arena HD

When To Watch: 19:00 UK

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Darts Masters 2022 Betting Tips And Predictions

Darts Masters 2022 Betting Tips And Predictions

Darts Masters Betting Tips And Predictions 2022

Jonny Clayton is the Masters champion (Picture: Chris Dean/PDC)

The PDC swings back into life this Friday as the 2022 Masters in Milton Keynes gets underway bring together the top 24 players in the PDC Order of Merit for a three-day tourney right before the Darts Premier League kicks off in Cardiff next Thursday.

The top eight darts players, who are all likely to receive their invites for next week’s event, will each get a bye in the first round.

The current champion is Jonny Clayton whose success here 12 months ago helped him to qualify for the Premier League of Darts, an event he would go on to win as he got his fantastic 2021 season off to a flying start.

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Year Of The Ferret

The Ferret’s Masters win made Clayton the fifth different winner in the nine years of this non-ranking event. Clayton now returns to retain his crown alongside fellow former Masters champions Peter Wright, James Wade and five-time champion Michael van Gerwen.

World number one Gerwyn Price will also be among the big names, aiming to get his hands on the trophy for the very first time when the tournament concludes on Sunday.

The Iceman failed to successfully defend his 2022 PDC World Championship title at the Ally Pally earlier in the month after he lost out to Michael Smith in the quarter-finals.

Price made the last four places here last year, his best Masters performance so far. That will be the minimum he will be expecting of himself this time around.

The 36-year-old lost here in 2021 to last year’s runner-up Mervyn King, who could provide Price with his first match should he overcome Ryan Searle on Friday.

That could lead him into direct conflict with fellow Welshman Clayton in what will certainly be a tough quarter-final match.

Price, who bet365 have priced up at 15/4, has won six of his last eight meetings with Clayton. If he does manage to overcome his compatriot in the last eight then he will win his quarter of the draw.

Bully Boy Can Be Backed For Maiden Win

The pre-tournament favourite according to bet365 is still Michael van Gerwen, despite only having won one PDC premier event in the last two years. 

Far more encouraging was the Ally Pally form of Michael Smith, who enjoyed a spectacular run to the final of this year’s PDC World Championship.

The roll call of his victims in North London includes Clayton, Price and James Wade and, on form, few players are better to watch when he is in his full speedy flow.

Sadly for Bully Boy, it was yet another near miss as his search for his maiden PDC major title continues.

He is getting closer, though, and despite being a PDC event runner up on five other occasions, his performance this year suggests that the 2013 World Youth Champion is closer than ever to making his breakthrough.

Add that to the fact that Smith made this final in 2020, where he lost to his World Championship conqueror Peter Wright, and it makes Bully Boy look like a good shout this weekend.

He also looks like he has a fairly favourable route to the semi-finals, where he could face either Clayton or Price, both of whom he has beaten on the most recent occasions.

bet365 have put a reasonable price of 8/1 on Smith to win his first televised tournament title and this darts betting tips believes he can do just that.

Resurgent Superchin

There were also signs that Daryl Gurney was coming back into darting form at the Alexandra Palace either side of Christmas.

Superchin has a chance to continue his resurgence on the oche by overcoming Joe Cullen in round one of the Masters.

The Northern Irishman only played two matches at the worlds but was impressive on both occasions, his singing notwithstanding.

Gurney can be backed at bet365 for 66/1.

Rob Cross, who was eventually the man who did in for Superchin, is also looking resurgent.

Voltage has been priced up in the bet365 sportsbook at 22/1.

Elsewhere, Nathan Aspinall has withdrawn from the competition through injury, while Danny Noppert is also out after testing positive.

Scottish Threat

Another player looking for their first-ever Masters win is Gary Anderson.

The two-time world champion, who got married this week, made a run to this year’s World Championship semi-final stage for the second time in as many years, proving to doubters that he is still more than capable of competing on darts’ biggest stages.

Anderson made the Masters final five years ago and has also reached the semi-finals on three other occasions, so he knows exactly what it takes to go deep in this tournament.

‘The Flying Scotsman’ will take on either Joe Cullen or Daryl Gurney in his opening match, while Mighty Michael Van Gerwen and Peter ‘Snakebite’ Wright, who beat Anderson in the semi-finals of the worlds, are also both on the same side of the draw.

On paper, that looks like a bumpy route to the final, which is reflected in his bet365 darts betting odds of 20/1, but with his experience and previous successes, it will not worry him one bit.

Speaking of Peter Wright, whose daughter got married this week (note, not to Gary Anderson), the recently crowned world champion will take on one from Dirk van Duijvenbode or last-minute Asp replacement Simon Whitlock, both of whom will hold no fears for Snakebite.

The 2021 PDC Player of the Year is available at 9/2 with bet365 darts betting to win the 2022 Darts Masters outright.

The Scotsman, who won the two biggest PDC tournaments of the year in 2021, just pipped Jonny Clayton for the recently announced Player of the Year award which was announced today.

Meanwhile, stay tuned to BettingDarts.com for the 2022 Masters Darts results after the event is over.

The PDC 2021 Awards

PDC Player of the YearPeter Wright
PDPA Players’ Player of the YearJonny Clayton
Selco Fans’ Player of the YearJonny Clayton
Toyo Tires Televised Performance of the YearMichael Smith v Jonny Clayton – World Championship fourth round
ProTour Player of the YearGerwyn Price
Moneybarn Best NewcomerAlan Soutar
Unicorn Young Player of the YearRusty-Jake Rodriguez

2022 PDC Darts Masters Schedule

Friday January 28

First Round (Best of 11 legs)

  • Krzysztof Ratajski v Gabriel Clemens
  • Dave Chisnall v Stephen Bunting
  • Ryan Searle v Mervyn King
  • Rob Cross v Brendan Dolan
  • Dimitri Van den Bergh v Ian White
  • Joe Cullen v Daryl Gurney
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Simon Whitlock
  • Devon Petersen v Luke Humphries

Saturday January 29

Second round (best of 19 legs)

  • Jose de Sousa v Cross/Dolan
  • Gary Anderson v Cullen/Gurney
  • Michael Smith v Ratajski/Clemens
  • James Wade v Chisnall/Bunting
  • Jonny Clayton v Van den Bergh/White
  • Gerwyn Price v Searle/King
  • Peter Wright v Van Duijvenbode/Whitlock
  • Michael van Gerwen v Petersen/Humphries

Sunday January 30

  • 4 x Quarter-finals (best of 19 legs)
  • 2 X Semi-finals (best of 21 legs)
  • Final (best of 21 legs)


Venue: Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes 

Dates: 28 Jan – 30 Jan 2022

Format: Best of 11, 19 and 21 legs

Current Champion: Jonny Clayton

Where To Watch: ITV 4

When To Watch: 12:45, 19:00

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