Gambling should be a fun activity and should only be done for entertainment purposes. But it's no surprise that sometimes people may run into trouble due to gambling.
This article aims to provide you with a series of tips and recommendations on how to keep it fun and have a safer gambling experience. Read on!
Safer Gambling Tips
Tip 1 – You should only spend money you can afford.
Keep in mind that casinos have a mathematical advantage over the players, so you're more likely to lose money you stake that you are to win.
This is why you should never gamble money that you need for other purposes like rent, paying bills, savings, child support or any other that's important in your life.
If you're going to play casino games for real money, you should have a fixed amount of money that you can afford to lose and that it reserved for this purpose only.
Tip 2 – Set a limit for money and time.
Decide how much money you're going to spend and for how long you will be playing for.
Most online casinos have a safer gambling tools that allow you to set deposit and spending limits. With these, the casino will alert you when you have reached the limit and it will lock you out of the site to stop you from playing.
You can also set playing-time limits that will prevent you from playing for longer even if you have not yet reached your spending limit. For more information on tools to help you control your gambling, please visit his page from the Gambling Commission.
Something else you can do is to contact the casino staff and let them know you want to set limits for yourself. Explain to them that you'd like to set deposits and time limits and they will assist you.
They may show you how to do this or they will even set this limits for you and stop serving you once you're reached these limits.
Tip 3 – Don't gamble if you're upset or angry.
Gambling while having any negative emotions will not make you feel better, it will make you feel worse in the long run.
Lower emotions like sadness, anger, frustration or desperation are non-positive emotions that cloud your judgment and make it difficult to make smart decisions.
Thee type of negative emotions will most likely lead to negative situations. You may end up losing more money than you can afford and can seriously hurt yourself, your financial stability and your relationships. This is especially true if you add alcohol or drugs in the mix.
Tips 4 – Don't let gambling affect your relationships.
Don't let gambling become a habit. Do more things that you enjoy and spend time with people you love.
There's way more to life than just gambling. As stated before, gambling should be done for entertainment only and from time to time.
If you spend too much time gambling, you will be missing out on other fun and important activities in your life that bring joy, happiness and other forms of entertainment.
Playing casino games should never come between you and your relationships and/or your personal life. If you are tempted to lie to someone (including yourself!) about gambling or how much time you spend on it, that may be a sign that you have a problem with gambling. If this is the case, please reach out for help.
Tip 5 – Gambling is not a solution to any problem.
You should keep in mind that gambling is not a way to make money nor fix anything else in your life that you're not happy with.
It is true that sometimes people win big cash prizes but it does not happen as often as it may appear. As mentioned before, the casino has an advantage over the players and over time, the house always wins.
Using gambling to escape problems in your life, may those be personal, financial or any other, will not help and you should know that gambling will only make them worse.
If you feel like you need help regarding your gambling or you would like to stop altogether, please speak to a specialist adviser:
- By telephone – FREE on 0808 8020 133
- Via online chat with GamCare at www.gamcare.org.uk
- Visit the National Gambling Treatment Service at www.BeGambleAware.org
We all have problems in our lives; and from time to time, it can be overwhelming. We all have bills to pay, relationships that can be difficult to deal with, unresolved emotions and life challenges that we need to overcome.
That's all just part of life and being human! There's nothing wrong with recognizing that we need help from an adviser, a therapist or even a friend.
Don't let your emotions bottle up. Solitude is rarely a good adviser. Reach out to someone you trust or a professional and ask for help. Be proactive and don't wait until things become a problem to address them.
Following these tips and recommendations will go a long way towards keeping you safer when gambling and staying out of trouble.