Tips to Keep Gambling Fun
- Play for entertainment, not to make money
As with all forms of entertainment, there is a cost involved. The more you play, the more you pay.
- Set a budget and stick to it
Before you start playing, set a limit on how much you want to spend. If you do this before you play, you’ll be more likely to stop once you’ve spent your budgeted amount.
- Know your game
Learn as much as you can about the games you play. This will give you a realistic idea of your odds of winning.
- Use money you can afford to spend
Don’t use money intended for everyday expenses, or borrow money to gamble.
- Keep track of your spending over time
This will give you a realistic idea of the cost of your play and whether or not this is affordable entertainment for you.
- Keep balance in your life
Balance gaming entertainment with other leisure activities you enjoy.
- Problem Gambling
While gambling is entertainment for most people who play -- for some, gambling is a problem. If you are concerned about your gambling, or someone else’s, look for the following signs:
Signs of Problem Gambling
- Spending more time or money on gambling than is affordable or planned
- Borrowing money to gamble
- Gambling with money meant for essentials like food or rent
- Neglecting important responsibilities like work, school, or family to gamble
- Lying about the extent of gambling
- Chasing losses to try and get money back
- Increasing arguments with friends and family, especially about money issues
- Increasing debts due to gambling
Problem gambling can affect anyone; but there is help. Recognizing the problem and having a desire to make changes is all you need to begin the recovery process. Information and assistance is also available for concerned family and friends.
24-Hour Problem Gambling Helpline
Confidential and Free
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba