What's the big deal about gambling?
If you're worried about how much you're betting or about someone else's, these questions and answers might give you the info you're after.
Why are young people more at risk of having a problem?
bet now and then doesn't automatically mean you'll develop a problem. But young
people are more at risk because they have less experience dealing with losses
and knowing when to call it quits.
very recently, young people weren't exposed to gambling as much as they are
now, and placing a bet wasn't as easy to do. Today everyone has a smartphone,
which lets you bet anywhere, anytime. And because cash isn't always used, it's
easier to lose track of wins and losses.
of this, a lot of advertising targets young people, especially online and on
social media. It makes gambling seem like a normal, fun thing to do.
If I can make money out of betting, why is that a bad
not. It's just extremely unlikely you will actually make money out of betting.
gets lucky from time to time, but casinos, sports betting agencies and pokie
venues are all in business to make money – your money. So it's worth remembering that the odds are
always in their favour! Know when to
facts about how
gambling really works.
Is a game that doesn't use real money OK?
It can be OK, as long as you're aware when real money starts to be introduced. Don't
be sucked into buying credits to increase your chances of winning or to move to
the next level. This is when you can find yourself with huge phone or credit
Many games and betting apps promote misleading odds in your
favour and pay out more in practice mode than when you're playing with real money.
If I'm winning on a game that doesn't use real money, why
won't I continue winning when playing with real money?
might continue winning for a little while, but practice games using fake money
or credits often give better odds than games with real money.
to make it seem easy to win, to encourage you to play the real money games.
However, once there, you get much lower odds and often play against seasoned
sites and apps are there to make money, so it's much harder to win the real money games. The odds are always in favour of the house!
Is any type of gambling safe?
gambling, there's a chance you'll win and a greater chance you'll lose. This is
why it can never be considered 'safe'.
if you do it in moderation and always within your limits, and treat it as
entertainment and not a way to make money, then it can be enjoyable.
know your limits and when to walk away!
What are my chances of winning on the pokies?
machines are computers that use randomised mathematical programming. This means
the machine will pay out prizes at random intervals, keeping a percentage of
the money put into them. They're programmed to pay out less than you put into
them, so the odds are you'll lose.
Victoria the law says that each poker machine must pay back 87 per cent of the
money spent on it each year, but this doesn't mean you'll get $87 back for every
$100 you put in a machine – far from it!
longer you play a poker machine, the more likely you are to lose all the money you
put into it. You may have small wins along the way, but this only keeps you
playing while your total amount is gradually reduced.
Know the facts about pokies
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