Safer Gambling

1.⁠ ⁠Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money:

Think of gambling as an entertainment expense – just like buying a movie ticket.

2.⁠ ⁠Only gamble with money you can afford to lose:

Gamble within your weekly entertainment budget, not with your phone bill or rent budget.

3.⁠ ⁠Set a money limit in advance:

Decide how much you can afford to lose before you go to play. When it’s gone – it’s over! If you win, you’ve been lucky, but don’t be disappointed if your luck doesn’t continue.

4.⁠ ⁠Set a time limit in advance:

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re gambling. Set a time limit or alarm, and when time’s up – quit! Odds are that the more time you spend gambling, the more money you will lose.

5.⁠ ⁠Never chase your losses:

If you lose your set money limit and then try to win some of it back before you leave, then you haven’t really set a money limit. Chasing your losses will usually just lead to bigger and bigger losses.

6.⁠ ⁠Don’t gamble when you’re depressed or upset:

Decision-making can be more difficult when you’re stressed or emotionally upset. Make sure you only gamble when you’re feeling happy and clear headed.

7.⁠ ⁠Balance gambling with other activities:

When gambling becomes your only form of entertainment, it’s unlikely that you’re still just gambling for the fun of it, and your gambling may even be a problem. Make sure gambling isn’t your only pastime.

8.⁠ ⁠Don’t take your bank card with you;

This is a good way to safeguard your money limit and not let being “in the moment” warp your judgement.

9.⁠ ⁠If you use the Casino Cash Desk;

Consider setting daily financial limits that are within your means by limiting the amount of money that can be withdrawn at the cash desk.

10.⁠ ⁠Take frequent breaks;

Gambling continuously can cause you to lose track of time and perspective. Step out for some air or a bite to eat at regular intervals.

11.⁠ ⁠Responsible alcohol consumption;

Alcohol can cloud judgement, and good judgement stands as your main line of defence against letting gambling get out of control.