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If you want to make sure gambling doesn't become a problem for you, the key is to gamble responsibly. This means, staying in control of how much time and money you spend gambling. Here are some strategies to help make sure your gambling doesn't sneak up on you.
The venue is using gambling to make money. It's not designed to work the other way around. Over time you will give away more money than you receive. Think of gambling as an entertainment expense – just like buying a movie ticket.
Gamble within your weekly entertainment money, not with your phone bill or rent budget.
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.
Gambling is a form of entertainment so if you start chasing your losses, walk away. Chasing your losses will usually just lead to bigger and bigger losses.
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. Decision-making can be more difficult when you're stressed or emotionally upset. Make sure you only gamble when you're feeling happy and clear headed.
Make sure gambling isn't your main pastime. When gambling becomes your only form of entertainment, your gambling could be a problem.
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. This is a good way to safeguard your money limit and not let being 'in the moment' warp your judgment.
Gambling continuously can cause you to lose track of time and perspective. Step out for some air or a bite to eat at regular intervals.
Alcohol and drugs cloud judgment and this can affect the decisions you make when gambling.
If you sometimes feel anxious, guilty or just uncomfortable during or after betting, recognise it and do something about it. Follow these tips to minimise harm from gambling. Don't let it lead to something bigger.
Regaining control if your gambling is already in the way
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Gambling Help Online also has useful tips to help you keep your online gambling in control