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RESPONSIBLE GAMING1. Decide upon a personal gambling budget. Only deposit the
amount you can afford to loose. Never stretch this budget,
regardless of how lucky you may feel. Sticking to your budget
will allow you to play safely.
2. Limit the amount of time spent gambling online and stick
to your limit! Occasionally it will be very tempting to extend the
time spent gambling. Don’t do it! It is very easy to lose track of
time when gambling online so set some sort of alarm to
remind you to stick to your time limit
3. Know why you are playing! Playing should be entertainment
and fun, and as playing any game, we must be prepared to
loose. If you have a sensible gambling budget, it shouldn’t’ be
too painful to experience a loss.
4. Don’t go chasing your losses. This will almost inevitably lead
to more money down the drain, and you are not playing for the
5. Player Options. Take advantage of facilities provided by the
more reputable online casinos and poker rooms that allow you
to set your gambling session time limits and constrain the
amount of cash that you spend;
6. Be honest with yourself. If you are making excuses to go
out, stay in rather than spending time with friends and family
and dins yourself tired and stressed you need to
recognize these signs and take a
Regularly review the DMS-IV points below.
If you answer yes to at least five of these,
it is time to seek help
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PROBLEM GAMBLING?
Preoccupation occurs is when the gambler constantly thinks
about gambling. S/he is frequently referring to gambling
experiences and his/her life is centered on how to acquire
money for continuing gambling.
Tolerance when the amount spent on gambling becomes
higher and higher. The gambler is increasing the amount of
money spent in much the same way an alcohol abuser
increases the amount of alcohol. They can no longer get the
same effect with a lower dosage.
Withdrawal occurs when the gambler is pausing or stopping
his/her gambling and is feeling uncomfortable while doing so.
This may cause agitation, anxiety, irritation or frustration
Escape the gambler is using games to improve his/her mood
or to avoid issues or problems.
Chasing is the stage when the gambler is trying to win back
the money lost.
Lying by lying to family, friends or therapist, the gambler is
trying to hide the extent to which s/he is gambling.
Loss of control the gambler is no longer in control of the need
to gamble and cannot stop by won will.
Illegal acts in order to get the money to gamble or pay back
debts, the gambler has resorted to illegal acts. This may
include fraud, embezzlement, forgery, theft or bad checks.
Risked significant relationships the gambler is risking loosing
a significant relationship, job or other major opportunity due to
Bailout the gambler is asking family, friends or
others for monetary aid due to gambling.
Biological basis the gambler is lacking
sufficient norepinephrine. (a stress
hormone, norepinephrine affects parts of
the brain where attention and responding
actions are controlled.)
Our last advice: choose a reputable online
gambling site that takes player protection
seriously and operate in a reputable jurisdiction.
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