Playing games of chance should be fun! It offers the excitement of taking a risk in order to win. A responsible gamer understands the risk associated with playing games of chance; the risk of losing. To be a responsible gamer, it is essential to set limits for your losses. Playing games of chance is an entertainment cost and should be part of your disposable income. When your “fun” money is exhausted, it’s time to stop playing.
Sometimes it’s just not a good idea to gamble. If you find yourself in the following situations or experiencing these emotions, don’t do it.
When in recovery from compulsive/pathological gambling, or from other addictions such as chemical or alcohol dependency.
When gambling is going to interfere with your work or personal responsibilities.
When the form of gambling is illegal.
When trying to make a “quick buck” or to make up for gambling loss.
When feeling lonely, angry, depressed or under stress.
When coping with the death or the loss of a loved one.