Unlike other recreational activities, there’s an inherent built-in risk when it comes to gambling. Odds are, over time, you will lose more often than you win.
Here are some strategies you can use to play safe, lower your risk and have fun.
- Don’t gamble when you’re upset or stressed
- Limit or avoid alcohol and/or cannabis intake while gambling
- Know how the games work before you wager
- Set budget and time limits – there are tools available on many slot machines, mobile and internet gambling sites to help you monitor your play
- Take frequent breaks – move around, get some fresh air, have something to eat or a coffee
- Only gamble with money you have – never borrow money or use money intended for necessities, like rent or food
- Don’t try to win back what you’ve lost
- Gambling is not a way to make money so don’t think of it as a chance to win money for a trip, to pay bills or to pay off debt
- Stick to your budget by leaving your credit and debit cards at home
- Balance gambling with other recreational activities
- If you’re no longer having fun, stop playing
- Don’t depend on “good luck” strategies – they don’t increase your chances of winning
Check out the Responsible Gambling Council's website for more great Safer Gambling information.