Make sure the game doesn’t lose its fun
Gambling is a game like many others, the only difference being that there are no formulae or magic numbers that allow you to predict the result. People play to win, for the thrill of the challenge and for countless other reasons. As with all other forms of entertainment, it comes at a cost: sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. But when the game stops being a choice, when you find yourself in trouble for playing too long or betting too much money, when gambling causes problems with your friends and loved ones, and when you neglect your hobbies and work…
At this point you know that game has stopped being a form of entertainment, and instead has become an obligation, an addiction that with the passing of time will lead you to lose money, friends, family and trust in yourself.
To ensure you don't get to this point, there are a few rules you should follow:
- Never gamble if you are tired, depressed or ill or worried about relationship, family or educational issues.
- Only gamble with amounts of money you have set aside for your free time and entertainment.
- Set the maximum you want to gamble before you begin. Leave your credit cards at home. The amounts you bet should be in line with your income.
- Don't try to win back what you have lost. Very often, increasing the risk also increases your losses.
- When playing, allow yourself time to rest and relax: eat something at the restaurant or treat yourself to a drink.
A test that may be of use:
- Have you ever spent much more than you originally planned?
- Have you ever hidden your gambling from those close to you?
If you have answered ‘yes’ to at least one of these two questions, you are probably a player at risk of gambling addiction.
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