Just about everyone gambles in one form or another in their day to day lives. Some gambling involves money, but many of us gamble in our every day activities, such as accelerating through that yellow light, or driving 20 MPH over the speed limit. Each has its own degree of risk and consequences.
Professional gamblers who have been able to gamble for a living and not fall into the dark side of addiction, know the importance of knowing how they personally react to the rush of winning and the down side of losing. Professionals also are able to detach a lot of the emotion – after all, to the pro, it’s a business. For the recreational gambler, it can be difficult keep those fiery endorphins stable.
For today, I have some simple tips to help being a responsible gambler. While many have a fun, exciting gambling experience without them, take a look at the following tips so you can enjoy gambling without putting yourself at risk for problem gambling.
Our “Cool NETG Gambling Cats” will help add to our suggestions.
TIPS to the RECREATIONAL GAMBLER – GAMBLING RESPONSIBLY
- Have the right attitude – gamble for fun and entertainment. If you are considering playing poker, video poker, blackjack (probably the only casino games you could make a living in), be well-practiced, well-funded, and strategically perfect – that’s all! Otherwise, keep it as a leisurely activity.
- Set a limit on how much money and time you can afford to spend gambling. Try not to change this limit while you play. If so, it must the next bankroll negatively or put off your next gambling trip.
- Leave any extra cash at home, and think twice about taking your bank and credit cards with you. When you run out of money, don’t borrow from family, friends or others so you can keep gambling.
- Don’t gamble for comps. Gambling for comps is a rabbit hole that will swallow up extra money you didn’t expect to spend. Comps will accumulate. Check rewards clubs for the best deals, and compare to the best games, or an experience you prefer. Then, just let it happen.
- Plan for sessions by bankroll increments, not by time. Have a clear plan on what you will do if you spend all that money sooner than expected. Eat, walk, people watch? Something to lengthen the time between sessions. Or, there’s another option – go home.
- Know your reason for gambling and how much it costs to play per hour on the games you enjoy. While you win sometimes, you also lose, so it is important to know the average cost per hour. Click HERE for your free chance to calculate your own cost of play, provided by the Addiction Foundation of Manitoba.
- Balance gambling with other leisure activities.Gambling shouldn’t be the only activity you do in your spare time. Other activities can blur into other casino events, such as culinary interest, music performance, and sports.
Finally, if you gamble on a regular basis, keep track of the money you spend. Most people would never think to keep track. It’s no fun to track your gambling, and lets face it, most of us are just TOO lazy. Statistics don’t lie. Print out the NETG Gambling Log 3 to keep track – it will help you to keep a realistic record of your gambling expenses. Remember, a simple log is not to be used if you claim gambling losses for your taxes. A much more specific log of your gambling is needed.
We hope this helps.