Most of us gamble for fun. Some people though see gambling as a way of making money, solving personal problems or even a way to escape them.
Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money
Gambling companies are in it to make money. Over time you will give away more money than you receive. Don’t treat gambling as a way to make money.
Only gamble with money you can afford to lose
Gamble within your weekly entertainment budget, not with your phone bill or rent budget.
Setting limits on how much you can deposit
Decide in advance how much you can afford to lose before you play. All gambling sites offer the option to set certain daily, weekly or monthly limits on how much money you can deposit.
Never chase your losses
Usually gamblers cannot accept a bad beat. Once it comes -and it always comes- they try to gamble more and more in the hopes that eventually their luck might turn and they will recover all their losses. That’s a huge mistake.
Don’t gamble when you’re depressed or upset
Betting when you’re clear headed is also very important. Your state of mind affects the way you make decisions.
Don’t focus all your time on gambling
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.
Take as many breaks as possible
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.
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.
If you’re concerned about keeping your gambling under control, sticking to some simple rules such as setting a money or time limit can help make the hard decisions for you when the time comes to walk away. To find further advice and support visit our Confidential Help pages, or find out about Self Exclusion.