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’My wife had no idea what had been going on for 10 years, she thought I’d been having an affair. It says more about her than about me that we are still together, and now as happy with three kids, they are 14, 12 and eight now and I think myself lucky every day now that I am here at all and that my relationships with my wife and family are as as strong as ever.’

Mr Pepper said around 60 gaming industry specialists from the island and 30 staff from the gaming department at SMP Partners were at the event.

’Also we like to ensure that our staff are fully educated.

He said: ’When I first started in 1994 you could really only bet in cash in a bookie’s office, it was a very different world, it was far more difficult to gamble than you can now.

Father of three Mr Buck is the founder and chief executive of Epic Risk Management, an independent gambling harm minimisation consultancy.

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’We now work with professional sports people, criminal justice, the armed forces, financialservices, education and the gambling industry.

Mr Pepper said: ’SMP Partners have worked very closely with Motiv8/Gamcare for a number of years and we were instrumental in helping them to maintain their funding and that relationship has become stronger and stronger.’

’You can place a bet within 12 seconds on any one of 2,000 worldwide gambling sites on your mobile phone.

’These six stages go on an ever destructive path and I was at stage six.’

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He regularly makes appearances at events to discuss the financial, legal and regulatory risks that problem gambling can have within the workplace and is now recognised as one of the industry’s leading gambling harm minimisation experts.

’Just during the period between 2001 and 2011 I transacted £4.8 million across 93 separate betting accounts.

The event took place on the first day of an annual nationwide initiative called Responsible Gambling Week.

It will be in co-ordination with Motiv8/Gamcare.’

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Mr Pepper said he hoped it would be a ground breaking initiative that would raise the profile of Motiv8/Gamcare in the island to maintain its relevance and also as an educational tool for the island, as a responsible place to work

’Now in any one football match there are 136 different markets including bet in play and live markets.

’More recently they have been working with the gaming community to ensure that gaming operators are fully aware of patterns of play and activities to look out for, again to protect their players.’

And he only handed himself in to the authorities after attempting to take his own life in desperation over his addiction.

Paul Buck admits he had a ’pathological’ gambling disorder which led him down a ’horrendous’ road.

SMP Partners takes social responsibility seriously and has been working closely with GamCare Isle of Man through the ’umbrella’ charity Motiv8.

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’And by working with organisations in the highest risk sectors it will stop a lot of gambling related harm’.

I lost £1.3m gambling and was locked up for stealing from work

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 8 November 2018- Business by A Reporter - Reporter newsdesk@iomtoday.co.im Click to buy photos from our newspaper Printed and digital download photos available Paul Buck admits he had a ’pathological’ gambling disorder which led him down a ’horrendous’ road. Over a 10-year period he gambled £4.8million across an incredible 93 separate betting accounts. In all he lost £1.3 million and was jailed for stealing ’nearly half a million quid’ from the bank where he was a regional manager. And he only handed himself in to the authorities after attempting to take his own life in desperation over his addiction. Father of three Mr Buck is the founder and chief executive of Epic Risk Management europe casino

 8 November 2018- Business by A Reporter - Reporter newsdesk@iomtoday.co.im Click to buy photos from our newspaper Printed and digital download photos available Paul Buck admits he had a ’pathological’ gambling disorder which led him down a ’horrendous’ road. Over a 10-year period he gambled £4.8million across an incredible 93 separate betting accounts. In all he lost £1.3 million and was jailed for stealing ’nearly half a million quid’ from the bank where he was a regional manager. And he only handed himself in to the authorities after attempting to take his own life in desperation over his addiction. Father of three Mr Buck is the founder and chief executive of Epic Risk Management europe casino

’The whole aim is that we need to make gambling safer, we need to make it fairer.

And he admits he was once at the sixth and most dangerous stage.

’But let’s not forget that most people can gamble and stay in control of time, money and cognition or brain space.

In all he lost £1.3 million and was jailed for stealing ’nearly half a million quid’ from the bank where he was a regional manager.

’The guys from Epic Risk Management, who are our speakers, are a consultancy firm, essentially five gentlement who have previously had issues with gambling. They are from all types of backgrounds.

He said it was important that companies such as SMP, which works with gaming firms, were involved.

It was hosted by SMP Partners’ eGaming division on the first day of ’Responsible Gambling Week, which always starts on the first day of November.

’It can be damaging on so many different fronts if it goes out of control.

 8 November 2018- Business by A Reporter - Reporter newsdesk@iomtoday.co.im Click to buy photos from our newspaper Printed and digital download photos available Paul Buck admits he had a ’pathological’ gambling disorder which led him down a ’horrendous’ road. Over a 10-year period he gambled £4.8million across an incredible 93 separate betting accounts. In all he lost £1.3 million and was jailed for stealing ’nearly half a million quid’ from the bank where he was a regional manager. And he only handed himself in to the authorities after attempting to take his own life in desperation over his addiction. Father of three Mr Buck is the founder and chief executive of Epic Risk Management europe casino

’You talk about where gambling can take you, and in my case of the £1.3 million quid I actually lost half of it from the bank that I worked for where I was a regional manager. So I eventually ended up in prison for two years and eight months.’

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Mr Pepper said: ’A lot of the work we do at SMP Partners, particularly in the training sphere, crosses into areas of problem gambling and responsible gambling.

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