Goal is to end soccer gambling (2)

10:51, June 24, 2010      

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And Ren knows what he is talking about. Back in the early 2000s, he owned an exhibition company, two apartments, a car and had nearly two million yuan in his bank account.

Gambling changed all that and he lost more than a million yuan during the 2002 World Cup.

What started out as a bit of fun among colleagues at work ended in heavy debts two years later.

During his darkest days, he says he was on the brink of suicide.

He says it was only the unwavering love of his wife and two children that finally saved him and encouraged him to start again.

Now, Ren leads a civil association that helps gamblers and has also opened a small eatery in north Beijing's Huilongguan community. In addition to decorating it with a soccer-theme, he has placed a board on the wall carrying a poem he wrote that reminds customers of the dangers of soccer gambling.

He says that when he watches games each night now, the feeling is no longer the same as it was when he saw matches in 2002.
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