How to Gamble Responsibly
Make your mind up to gamble only what you can afford to lose, not money for everyday expenses
- Check if you are in a depressed mood. If you are feeling down, don’t play today
- Decide how much you are going to spend
- Decide how high your losses can be
- Set a time limit
- Take regular breaks
- Don’t chase losses
- Use the help tools provided by many of the poker operators. These include:
- Customer-Led Deposit Limits – let you control the amount you deposit into your account.
- Self-Exclusion Tools – you can set a period of time in which you are not able to log in to your account.
Protect Minors from Problem Gambling
You must be at least 18 years old to gamble, or the legal gambling age where you live. This age varies from country
to country, but it is defined as the age at which a person enters into full
adult legal rights and responsibilities. This age is not necessarily the age of
majority or voting age, so please do your research to see if you are of the
right age before playing real-money poker.
Protect minors by keeping your login and
password information safe. Use child protection software that enables you to
restrict gaming Web sites. Do not use the “save password” option on
Do I have a Gambling Problem?
If you’re wondering if you have a gambling problem, ask yourself if you have any of these signs of problem gambling:
- Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
- Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
- Did gambling affect your reputation?
- Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
- Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
- Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
- After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
- After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
- Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
- Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
- Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
- Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble, boredom or loneliness?
- Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
- Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
- Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
- Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
Used with permission of Gamblers AnonymousIf you answered “Yes” to some of these questions, you may have a gambling problem.
How Can I Start Fixing a Gambling Problem?
A “gambling problem” is not necessarily obvious to either the gambler or those around them. You don’t have to gamble every day or go into debt or even have trouble controlling your gambling. It simply needs to be causing an issue or disrupt the functioning of your life and those around you.
A few things you can keep in mind about the conditions needed for gambling:
- Gambling requires making a decision to gamble
- Gambling requires money
- Gambling requires time
- Gambling requires a game to gamble on
Don’t try to double up after losses.
You had an incredibly stellar hand and the odds were in your favor up until the river card was revealed, and you ended up losing on a fluke. So, the next hand comes around, and while you aren’t sitting as pretty as you had been, you figure karma must be on your side this time around, right?
Well, maybe. It can be extremely tempting after a particularly bad loss to try to put twice as much money on the next “sure thing” to make up for it. While in theory this might seem like a smart play, you can just as likely end up on the losing end of the deal, as these plays can be made hastily and can result in you being down more than twice as much as you were before.
When it comes to poker—or virtually any other gambling game, for that matter—what happened on the previous hand or play doesn’t affect the outcome of the next one. Even on the roulette table, if black has hit ten times in a row, there’s just as good a chance as red that it’ll hit on the eleventh, too. There’s an old theory called the Martingale System wherein it’s suggested a bettor simply double his bet each time to win his money back, but it’s foolish: the house always has the edge, and an unlucky streak may leave you bankrupt before you can ever double up.
The only surefire way to double your money is to fold it in half and slide it back in your pocket.