Tips to avoid Bet Regret

Limit how much and how often you gamble

  • Gambling is often seen as a social activity but it's important to maintain balance with other things in your life.
  • Having the time and the money to do other things you enjoy is an important way to keep that balance.

Set money and time limits and stick to them

  • Setting limits is a great way to keep track of the amount of time and money you spend gambling.
  • Sticking to limits means you'll have more time and the money to do other things you enjoy, like going on a holiday or buying something you really want.

Leave your credit and debit cards at home

  • Using cash and leaving the cards at home is a good way to manage the amount you spend and help you stick to your limit.

Don't mix gambling with heavy drinking or drugs

  • Limiting how much you are drinking when gambling can help you stay in control.

Gamble for entertainment, not because you need the money

  • Gambling is a form of entertainment so if you start chasing your losses, walk away.
  • If you start to gamble to overcome loneliness, relieve stress, boredom or to win back money, consider that it might be a sign of something bigger.

Always know the odds and your chances of winning

  • The odds are never in your favour. You may have wins, but over time you will spend more than you win.
  • Pokies are designed to make money for venues and keep you playing - your chances of coming out in front are small no matter how long you play or how much you spend.
  • Whether on casino games or at the track, the odds don't reflect your chances of winning because the House needs a cut.
  • No amount of research, knowledge or skill changes the odds or your chances of winning.

Learn from past gambling experiences

  • If you sometimes feel anxious, guilty or just uncomfortable during or after betting, recognise it and do something about it.
  • Follow these tips to avoid Bet Regret. Don't let it lead to something bigger.

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