Chase star Paul Sinha has spoken of his “addition to the game.”
The quiz expert said walking into a betting shop 15 years ago was one of the biggest regrets of his life.
Paul opened up about his secret battle when speaking to broadcaster Clive Anderson on his My Seven Wonders podcast.
Asked about the life decisions he would make, Paul said: “When I think back to the things that I have done in my life, the only thing I can think of where I would go, ‘I certainly would never have fact is that I spent a lot of time as a gambling addict. “
“I look back and think, ‘I wish I had never played. “
“I wish I had never walked into a bookmaker’s shop and said to myself, ‘Yes, of course I know which greyhound is likely to finish first.'”
The Sinnerman, as he’s best known on the ITV quiz show, said he struggled with addiction between 1995 and 2010 – but was able to get out of the rut without any professional help.
“What I find extraordinary is that I didn’t do anything, let’s go.”
Paul, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, has become a favorite among fans of the quiz presented by Bradley Walsh.
He was forced to disappoint viewers when he pulled out of the Beat the Chasers spinoff show due to illness.
Paul shared the news on Twitter, telling his followers, “New episodes of Beat the Chasers are on the way.
“Unfortunately, I wasn’t good with the recordings and couldn’t participate this time around. I feel a lot better now.”
Paul opened up about his battle with Parkinson’s disease during an appearance on Loose Women last year.
“By the time I was diagnosed there was a feeling of relief that it was nothing worse,” he admitted.
Revealing the impact of the disease on his daily life, Paul continued, “I get tired every now and then, but anyone who has asked me in the past six months will tell you that I answer questions very, very quickly.”
Paul said he plans to leave The Chase when he becomes unable to answer questions quickly.
The Sinnerman said he knew the producers wouldn’t fire him, but wanted to make the decision to take charge when the time came.
“I will say ‘It was a beautiful trip and you treated me very well and see you later’ – I will not let illness dictate how I live my life.”
Before landing a role in The Chase in 2011, Paul also proved his exceptional general knowledge with stints on The Weakest Link, University Challenge, Mastermind and Brain of Britain.
He came 11th at the 2019 quizing world championships and won the 2019 British quizing championship.