Gambling can be fun and enjoyable, however, for some people it can be very damaging if you do not gamble responsibly.
Here are just a few tips taken from the BeGambleAware website that can help you gamble safely and within your means.
1. Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money:
The venue is using gambling to make money. It’s not designed to work the other way around. Over time you will give away more money than you receive! 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 judgment.
9. 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.
10. Don’t drink or use drugs when gambling
Drugs and alcohol cloud judgment, and good judgment stands as your main line of defense against letting gambling get out of control.
What to do if you feel you have a gambling problem
The first thing to do is to seek advice confidentiality, here are some contact details
Australia – Gambling Help
Canada – Responsible Gambling
France – Adictel Prevention Addiction
Germany – Gluecksspielsucht Problem Gambling
Hong Kong – Caritas A G Counselling Centre
Ireland – GambleAware
Netherlands – AGOG
New Zealand – Problem Gambling Foundation
Norway – Hjelpelinjen
South Africa – Responsible Gambling
Sweden – Stödlinjen
Switzerland – Careplay
UK – BeGambleAware
USA – Gamblers Anonymous
Make sure you are old enough to gamble legally
Each jurisdiction has different laws regarding age and it is in your best interests to check before you open an account or place your first bet.
Your accounts can be closed and any potential winnings voided if you are underage and it would be wrong to assume that just because you are over 18 that it is safe to bet, some countries have ages set at 21 as an example.
Make sure it is legal to gamble in specific countries.
Some countries will ban their own citizens but not foreigners from gambling online, some do the exact opposite, again, check the respective laws of the country that you are gambling in, not all countries have the same laws.