Howard Riback

Howard P. Riback




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Who is Howard P. Riback

Howard Riback is a Gaming and Gambling therapist, known as "The· Cleaner". He hosted his own radio show entitled "The Winning Hand" on Team 990 and AM 940. He has often been a guest on CTV, CBC and local stations as both an Expert in the world of "Gambling and Gaming", as well as having been asked for his opinion when there is a gambling story in the news.

Having gone through the tunnel and made it out the other side, Howard Riback is a gambling survivor who has seen it all. After 25 years of gambling, Howard overcame his own addiction and is living proof that an addiction can be cured quickly and permanently. Howard's methods can be summed up in his own words: "It takes a former addict to know an addict."
With a 97% success rate in helping his clients overcome problem gambling for good, Howard is leading the way to a new paradigm. He has certificates in Problem Gambling, Prevention and Treatment of Youth Gambling as well and the list goes on. Howard is on call, readily available to his patients, and does whatever it takes to get their life back on track. Moderation is consideration is his moto which has earned him numerous clients that came to him for his proven track record and friendly approach.

Howard's credentials range from being a licensed pilot to going back to University in Windsor, Ontario, in his forties to specifically study the world of problem gambling. He obtained certificates in Problem Gambling and Suicide prevention. In 2009, Howard finished a certificate on Youth Gambling in Albany, New York, and attended the International Symposium on Gambling and Addiction. He also recently received a certificate in Nonverbal communication and the use of body language. He was featured in many international newspapers about his life and expertise.

Howard, is known to have gambled (a tad too much), going back more than 25 years, and woke up.
Realizing that gambling to the compulsive gambler and to the families is not a joke at all. Howard's storytelling, bluntness, and black and white style do not know from the colour grey. He has been in every possible situation imaginable as a former gambler. He has stories that range from the horrific to the comical.

Howard's recent activities read like a virtual who's who and what's what over the past few years alone.
He can be found 7 days per week cleaning up a gambler's mess with such activities ranging from patching the broken family together, making financial arrangements with "loan sharks" and with those the gambler may have "stiffed", to helping the gambler himself to curb his appetite for this insidious addiction and helping other professionals by teaching them how to notice and recognize a gambler. His clientele is world-wide.



  • McGill University - Psychology
  • University of Windsor - Degree in Gambling Addiction
  • AACA of Albany New York - Compulsive Gambling Addiction
  • University of Windsor - Study of Pathological Gambling and its Effects
  • New York State - Pathological Gambling
  • Province of Quebec - Problem Gambling for Adults
  • Province of Quebec - Problem Gambling for Youths
  • Province of Quebec - Pathological Gambling
  • Province of Quebec - Gambling and Suicidal Effects
  • North American Certificate - Non-Verbal Communication (Body Language)
  • Mark Bowden - Truth Plane
  • Provincial mediator (Civil and commercial) Member of IMAQ