http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/nathan-hindmarsh-reveals-200000-poker-machine-addiction-in-soon-to-be-released-autobiography-old-school/story-e6frexnr-1226430244489 PARRAMATTA captain Nathan Hindmarsh has made the stunning admission he blew more than $200,000 because of a poker machine addiction. The Eels warhorse details the depths of a serious gambling problem in his soon-to-be-released autobiography Old School with exclusive extracts published in tomorrow's edition of The Daily Telegraph (and on League Central). â€œI would have maxed out my credit card at least two hundred times, with a limit of $1,000 a day,â€ the 32-year-old writes. "All up, I blew a couple of hundred thousand dollars. Thatâ€™s right: I had thrown away $200,000 by the time I was in my early twenties. â€œIt was such a waster. I think about all the things I could have done with that money: I could have owned the house Iâ€™m sitting in now, or I could have put a lot more towards a house or an investment property. It was a hard lesson learned. I would have liked not to have done it but I couldnâ€™t stop myself.â€ Hindmarsh, who will retire at the end of this season, reveals he would blow up to $2000 a day at the height of his addiction, which he battled over a six-year period during his early 20s. He said he dabbles in the poker machines now and then - but has advice for players and fans alike if they feel gambling is taking a grip on them. â€œWithout getting too Oprah, there are a lot of blokes who can do it socially and walk away but if you feel you canâ€™t control it, you are better off talking to someone,â€ he said. â€œThatâ€™s the point of this being in the book: getting help. I was lucky that I saw someone early enough to really help me out. â€œPlenty of players gamble, they do it and walk away. I keep an eye on some people, just to make sure that everything is going okay. Iâ€™m aware of how I used to be when I was younger, going out to pubs and clubs.â€ More in tomorrow's The Daily Telegraph and on League Central.