Please Play Responsibly
Gambling is thrilling, it’s fun, it’s… as glamorous as it can be when you’re playing in your pajamas or on the bus on your way to work. It is, in a word, entertainment. After all, you could just as well be watching cat videos on your mobile.
Because time and money are usually also involved, there’s another thing to keep in mind about gambling: casinos would not be in business if it wasn’t a win-some-lose-some kind of a deal for them – and in the long term, looking at the big picture, the house always wins.
When it comes to players, winners know the above, and they know when to stop. After all, tomorrow’s another day and it’s best to face it with no regrets. Therefore [Site name] encourages you to play responsibly, and to also keep track of your gaming.
When gambling becomes a problem
Gambling comes with a feel-good factor and at the very least an occasional sense of reward – that also makes it potentially addictive. This potential danger is also why gambling is only offered to people who have reached the legal age of majority and are considered capable when it comes to taking responsibility for their actions.
However, if gambling is starting to become a problem, any player’s approach to it is changing to something that is no longer fully under rational control, and gaming starts to become compulsive. It’s becoming an addiction, an illness. Don’t let it get to that – there is help available.
What you can do
Keeping track of your gaming – frequency plus time and money spent – is a good thing to do even if you play the odd round of poker or a couple of spins on the slots.
Still a bit worried? Try taking stock of your gambling habits by checking how many of the following ring a bell:
- When I’m playing the time just goes – I easily lose track of time.
- I often spend more money gambling than I intend to.
- I can win back the money I’ve lost if I play a bit more.
- People who disturb me while I’m playing are seriously annoying.
- My friends or relatives don’t know how much I’m playing.
- A big win is going to fix all the losses, and it’s only a matter of time.
- I can game the system and make money from gambling.
- I’ve lost because I wasn’t on form that time around.
- I’ve often played out my wins… and then some.
- Lately I’ve been playing more than I used to.
- I’ve been increasing my bets as I can get better wins that way.
- I can’t tell other people how much I’ve been playing.
- I’ll rather spend time playing than with friends or relatives.
- I’ve missed work because of gaming.
Were there many Yes-answers on your list? While the above is not a comprehensive test, it’s offered as a rough indicator where there might be a problem. No jackpot is worth losing your health and money over.
Where to get help
Many online casinos are required to have measures in place to protect vulnerable players. These can involve time, wagering and deposit limits which may help concerned players gain better control over their gaming. Casinos can also lock your account for a set period of time and limit their marketing to you if you’d rather not visit for a while.
If you’d rather get a second opinion or seek help elsewhere, there are independent and non-profit options too. You can contact them online, via telephone or in person.
For example, GamCare aims to educate and counsel people about the risks included in gambling in a clear, non-judgmental manner.
A quick chat with people who understand where you are can work wonders for your well-being. Don’t gamble with your health!