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What is Responsible Gambling?

Responsible gambling is having the right attitude - realizing that gambling is a form of entertainment that has an associated cost and that it is not a way to make money.

How to gamble responsibly

Like almost all other forms of entertainment you know how much it is going to cost and how long it will take, the same should be true for gambling.  Set a budget and a duration for gambling and STICK TO IT.  


Tips for gambling responsibly

The money spent on gambling must not be the money needed for basic living expenses.  Never change your budgeted limit while you play.

Do not take bank cards or credit cards with you when you gamble.  Leave extra cash at home.

When you run out of money do not borrow so that you can keep gambling.

Have a clear plan on what you will do if you spend all you gambling budget earlier than expected, stop gambling when your allotted gambling time has expired.

Research the games you like to play, while you win sometimes you also lose so it is important to know the average cost per hour.  If your favorite form of gambling is Video Lottery Terminals’s or slot machines an understanding of how their virtual reels and random number generators work will be beneficial.  There is a lot of information on the internet regarding this. 

Understand your own reasons for gambling.  The responsibility of balancing the risks and benefits of gambling rests solely with you.

Gambling should not be the only activity you do in your spare time, participate in other leisure activities.

Keep an accurate record of your gambling activity and compare it to your budget.

For some people any gambling can put them at risk.  For these people the only safe gambling may be no gambling at all.