Lynette Whale’s new book – “Pokies, even when I win…”

August 7th, 2011

We’re pleased to announce that we are offering Lynette Whale’s new book “Pokies, even when I win…”. It is the story of Lynette’s fight with her addiction and how she finally freed herself to live a normal more productive life.  It provides many insights into her addiction and the road she took to recovery.

Lynette live s in Christchurch New Zealand and spends a lot of her spare time helping others to break their gambling addiction.

Want to know how to find Pokie free Pubs in Melbourne?

February 6th, 2011

here is the link.

Great article by Nikki Tugwell and Eleanor Bell

February 6th, 2011

In case you have not seen this great article, here ‘tis

More losses – imagine if all that money was spent in our shops!

September 16th, 2010

Well we have done it again – can you really comprehend how much money this is?

Vic Gamblers lose $5.1 Billion

The Free Yourself Program is now on FaceBook

September 15th, 2010

Hello out there,

The Free Yourself Program is now on FaceBook – search for the Free Yourself Program Group and join up for all the latest news on Gambling Addictions and poker machines.

Pre-commitment! Not long for the Pokie Barons to start complaining

September 13th, 2010

It seems that whenever there is an attempt to curb problem gambling (eg by introducing compulsory pre-commitment before playing) then it doesn’t take long for the people making all the money to come out against it and try to stop it or at least water it down.

All the more reason to make a submission to the State Govt before 20/9 on this important issue!

Have a look at this excellent article from

the Age

Submissions to Vic State Government pre-committment scheme for Pokies

September 11th, 2010

The State Government invites submissions from consumers and businesses to have their say in the proposed gambling pre-commitment scheme for poker machines.  The link below will give you all the details you need. The governments preferred option for pre-commitment is extremely weak and looks to me like a watered down customer loyalty scheme. Their idea for a card is not compulsory and you can set a limit for the day and when you have reached that limit a pop-up screen will tell you that you reached your limit and then gives you the option to continue playing or to quit, which really defeats the whole purpose of a pre-commitment in the first place.

When I was addicted to the pokies and was “investing” all of our money into my local poker machine venue to feed the government’s own addiction, I desperately wanted to feed the gambling beast – and a pop up screen that would give me the option to keep going would have been a minor distraction and would never have stopped my frenzy or have saved the rent money.

Here are 4 points that I think pre-commitment needs to include:

1. Compulsory (so everybody who wants to gamble must have a card)

2. Non-transferable (fingerprint or other identification necessary)

3. A default setting that the gambler needs to opt out of

4. Once a set of parameters are input and a limit is reached then gambling stops for at least a (day, week, month?).

So if you, like me, feel strongly about this measure, would you please have a look at following link and make a submission before the 21st of September.  It may be our only chance to have a say on this important issue!

Labor Govt to introduce Pre-Commitment?

September 8th, 2010

Now that the decisions have been made in Canberra we are anxiously waiting for the results of the agreement the Tasmanian Independent Andrew Wilkie has made about the Gillard govt introducing a pre-commitment scheme for pokies around Australia.  This is one of the main recommendations of the productivity commission to make a binding pre-commitment compulsory on all poker machines in Australia.

A good reason to be in favour of this Labor Govt.

Anger over Pokies Plan on State Land

September 1st, 2010

It seems that the residents are having less and less to say about what happens in their neighbourhood these days.

Check out this article in the Herald Sun Pokies on State Land

Welcome to our Blog

December 27th, 2009


welcome to the Free Yourself Blog. In the past the aim of the Free Yourself website was mainly about sharing my story with you and talk about the various services that we offer for people who are in one way or another are affected by problem gambling. I always thought that it would be fantastic if we could get some grass roots discussions going about everything to do with the “Pokie-Product” and what we could do together to reduce the harm it causes. Now with the new website which includes the “blog option” – we are able to do this. I will do my best to update this site regularly but it is also up to all of you to make this website become alive. Let’s talk – there is no right or wrong – let’s exchange ideas, opinions and possible solutions. I am really looking forward to working with all of you to create a innovative path towards a better way of dealing with the overstigmatised issue of poker machine addiction.