Paul Buck presents gambling awareness training to Worcestershire County Cricket Club, Worcester, March 22, 2017. Photo: Professional Cricketers Association
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Sitting in his prison cell, Paul Buck was determined that something good would come out of a secret addiction that had seen him gamble away millions, attempt suicide and almost destroyed his marriage. The British former wealth manager had a year behind bars to think about it, after being jailed for stealing 434,000 pounds ($583,000) from his employer, Santander bank, to fund his habit.Addiction rates are rising because of the accessibility of online gambling, which accounts for more than a third of all gambling in Britain, according to the regulatory Gambling Commission.Losses via computers, mobile phones and tablets rose by 10 percent between 2015 and 2016, to 4.7 billion pounds, it said.Buck started betting at college, after he joined a football team full of gamblers.Gambling provided a refuge and a release.It was just the act of gambling on the spinning roulette wheel that had Buck hooked.Buck was convicted of theft and fraud and sentenced to two years and eight months in jail.
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