PARRAMATTA Eels legend Nathan Hindmarsh estimates he lost as much as $300,000 as a result of an out-of-control gambling addiction that spanned most of his career, a Clubs NSW event in Newcastle heard Thursday.
During a question and answer session at Souths Leagues Club the former rugby league player admitted he had spent as much as $3000 a night on poker machines during an addiction that began when he moved to Sydney to play professional rugby league in 1997.
Mr Hindmarsh spoke at a ‘‘post-election summit’’ held at Souths Leagues Club attended by representatives from more than 100 clubs in the Hunter and Cental Coast.
He works as an ambassador for the lobby group as part of its ClubSAFE campaign, which encourages gamblers to admit when they have a problem.
‘‘It’s going to be hard for a club to identify a problem gambler,’’ he said.
‘‘The reason I got on board was to help particularly the young man 18 to 25who has the potential to really spiral out of control.’’