People gamble for different reasons. But betting is not a get rich quick scheme, it is entertainment, a bit of fun, and should always be seen as such. But gambling can be addictive and this can sometimes lead to problems. Be aware of the time and money you spend on gambling and play responsibly.
Set limits and stick to them
There are a variety of gambling limits you can use to keep your gambling under control. Responsible operators will provide you with tools to manage these from your account page.
- Session limits help you keep from spending all day gambling. You can configure a time limit for each time you login to your gambling account and will force a logout after this period.
- Deposit limits help you in managing your spending on gambling. You can configure daily, weekly or monthly limits on how much money you can transfer into your gambling account. This will help limit the amount you could potentially lose in that time period and prevents further losses.
- Cool-down period is a great way to avoid gambling for a predefined period of time. You can set these timers and take some time away from gambling.
- Self-exclusion is a longer term option for taking time away from gambling, typically over 6 months at a time.
Only gamble with spare money
Always walk into a casino knowing that you will probably leave with less money than you walked in with. So it is best no to go in there with next month’s rent money in your pocket. Set a gambling budget that is within your means and only gamble with those funds.
Don’t chase losses
If you find yourself on a losing streak, consider taking a break from gambling. Better to walk away from the tables and return another time, than to keep spending more money trying to catch that big win.
The house always wins
Remember that you are paying for the entertainment.
Gambling problems help
If you feel that you might have a problem with your gambling behaviour, you might like to start by taking a self-assessment test.
It might also be worth reaching out to one of the many services specialising in helping people deal with gambling addiction, such as GamCare.