If you do decide to gamble, it is important to do so responsibly. You may find it useful to know some of the risk factors for gambling addiction. You should know the real odds of winning. If you play slot or video poker machines, you should learn the Slot Secrets.

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RULES of RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING

 

Treat the money you lose as the cost of entertainment and any winnings as a bonus

Plan ahead - Set a money limit and a time limit, and stick to them

Expect to lose - Odds are, you will

NEVER gamble on credit

Create balance in your life - don't let gambling interfere with work or your personal life

Avoid "chasing" lost money - it's unlikely you'll win it back and very possible you'll lose more

Don't use gambling to cope with physical or emotional pain - Seek professional help

Learn the warning signs - Call 1-800-GAMBLER for yourself or a loved one.

 

RISK FACTORS  for  GAMBLING ADDICTION

Early big win

Mood disorder(s)

Family member with addiction

Alcohol and/or drug abuse

Bored and/or lonely

Loved one with mental illness

Bereavement