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.
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.
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Family member with addiction
Alcohol and/or drug abuse
Bored and/or lonely
Loved one with mental illness