Responsible Gaming Tips

Problem gambling

Gambling is a problem when it adversely affects: relationships, family, friends; physical, social and mental health; employment; or finances.

Tips for responsible gambling

For many people gambling is exciting and entertaining. They make careful decisions about spending time and money, where to go and how to have fun.

The following are some ways people gamble responsibly:

bullet Gamble for entertainment, not as a way to make money
bullet Balance gambling with other leisure activities
bullet Only use discretionary income, not money for everyday expenses
bullet Set a budget and stick to it
bullet Don't borrow money to gamble
bullet Set a time limit
bullet Take frequent breaks
bullet Be awareŚrisk increases at times of loss or depression

Common misconceptions about gambling

Gambling is often regarded with a sense of mystique. Many people believe they can "win big" over time. The following are some common misconceptions about gambling:

bullet Gambling is an easy way to make money
bullet Gambling is the solution to my problems
bullet I believe I can beat the odds
bullet Borrowing to gamble is okay
bullet I can always win it back I am a lucky person
bullet This machine is ready for a large payoff
bullet If you flip a coin and it comes up "heads" several times in a row, the next time it is more likely to come up "tails"
bullet My lottery number is bound to come up if I play it consistently
bullet I don't have a gambling problem, it's a financial problem
bullet Gambling is a safe way to escape from my problems