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Responsible Gaming Tips

It’s possible to win money gambling, but it’s unlikely you’ll come out ahead in the long run. Whether you are at a casino, playing poker online or betting on sports, play for fun — not to make money.

These tips can help make sure you have a great time gambling:

  1. Remember gambling is entertainment. It’s not a way to make money.
  2. Pay for your entertainment. Don’t think of it as money you “lost” but the cost of entertainment.
  3. Mix it up. Make sure gambling isn’t your only leisure activity.
  4. Bring a friend. You can keep each other from going overboard.
  5. Remain realistic. Don’t gamble with money you need for everyday expenses.
  6. Stay away from ATMs. Easy access of funds can turn a day of fun into a financial setback.
  7. Don’t bet your belongings. If you are out of money, it’s time to quit.
  8. Know your limits. Set a time and expenses limit before you start and stick to it.
  9. Never borrow money to gamble. If you don’t have the money you can’t afford to gamble.
  10. Take five. Remember to take breaks often, taking breaks often helps to recognize the time and money spent.
  11. Check yourself. Gambling too much is a higher risk when you are feeling depressed or stressed. Find another activity if you are feeling this way.

Signs of problem gambling in adolescents:

  • Carry gambling materials with you such as dice, cards, or poker chips.
  • Gamble with money that is supposed to be used for lunch, the bus, or gas in your car.
  • Skipped class or other school activities to gamble.
  • Lie to your friends or parents about gambling.
  • Gambling has caused problems in your relationships with close friends or your family.
  • Borrow, steal, and sell items to get money to gamble.
  • Gambling because you are lonely, depressed, bored, or trying to forget problems.

Signs of problem gambling in seniors

  • Neglecting bills
  • Using your savings, insurance, retirement, or investments to gamble
  • Large credit card debt because of gambling
  • Neglecting your health or personal needs
  • Mood changes with wins and losses
  • Withdrawing from family, friends, or regular activities