How to gamble responsibly
It’s very easy to go overboard when it comes to gambling – so there’s just a few do’s and don’ts to take into consideration before you head online or downtown to play casino slots.
Allocate your budget – work out your finances and figure out how much you can realistically lose (as let’s be honest, you don’t always win).
Know when it’s time to stop – sometimes the game just doesn’t go the way you want it to, and like Kenny Rogers said in his ‘The Gambler’: “you got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away” – you know it, Kenny,! Exercise some self-control and you won’t get sucked in.
See it as entertainment – gaming is meant to be fun, that’s why the online games developers spend so much time making games with high-quality graphics, lots of interesting and fun features, and a whole immersive gaming experience. You’ve got to remember it’s not a way to make money. Grasp this and you’re golden (maybe even literally). Plus, poker nights with your friends is always a great way to spend a Friday.
Let it take over your day-to-day life – allocate your playing time and stick to it: you don’t want to log in at lunchtime, and then look back at the clock and it’s 6 pm, you haven’t eaten and you’re still in your stinky pyjamas. You also don’t want to go into a casino when it’s light outside and emerge when it’s dark and you don’t know what time it is. No one wants to be that guy.
Overspend – like the point above about allocating your budget, you don’t want to overspend, thinking “oh it’s only another tenner, it can’t hurt” and then suddenly, you’re £50 down. No takeaways or pub visits for a week then!
Go back and think you can recover what you’ve lost – this point carries on from the above, thinking that it will be easy to just recover everything you’ve lost because then at least you’ll be back where you started. It’s a very slippery slope, and your poor stomach will be sad at the thought of missing out on fish and chip Friday (plus a lot more, probably)!
Play for the sake of playing – it’ll be easy to tell if you’ve formed a habit when you’re no longer playing because it’s fun but because it’s what you’ve been doing for the last few days.
Get stressed – games aren’t designed to give you grey hairs and make you want to throw your laptop off the wall or hit the dealer. Again, it’s meant to be fun – so just make sure you’re enjoying yourself, because the minute you’re not, it’s time to walk away.
Now you’re armed with your survival guide to gambling, you can go off feeling safe in the knowledge you know what you’re doing, and knowing you won’t be sacrificing fish and chip Friday for anything!