Gambling responsibly means taking steps to reduce risks or harms to yourself that can occur when gambling. There are those that can get themselves into trouble financially, for others their gambling can cause issues with friends and family, or some may drink too much and/or use other substances while they play. It’s important to remember that all gambling activities have risk and to enjoy a safer playing experience, you must be aware of the risks and how you can minimize them. Using strategies when you gamble like setting a budget before you leave your house, taking breaks, and educating yourself on how the games work are just a few tips on being the safest and smartest player that you can be.

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Do Your Part to Play Responsibly

A person gambles when they take part in an activity that risks something of value – usually money — for the chance that they may win something. The best way to avoid the risks of gaming and gambling is to not play at all. But if you’re going to play, there are ways you can play safe, like creating a spending plan.

If You Bet, Know Your Limits

  • Know the Game

    Make sure you understand the odds and house edge. Over the long run, the house always wins.

  • Make Your Plan

    Know how much you’re willing to lose and how long you want to play – set limits of time and money.

  • Risk

    Know and respect your tolerance for risk.

  • Money

    Never borrow money to gamble. Don’t gamble money you can’t afford to lose.

  • Team Up

    Consider teaming up with a friend to help each other stick to your personal betting plan.

  • Time

    Set a timer on your phone to keep track of time spent betting.

  • Balance

    Balance gambling with other activities.

  • Entertainment

    Treat gambling as a form of entertainment and not a way to make money.

  • Take A Break

    When gambling is no longer fun, take a break.

  • Expect to Lose

    Hope to win but expect to lose. Remember, you’re playing to have a good time – never chase your losses.