Responsible gambling is a key concern in a growing age of easier access to casinos and through online desktops, tablets and mobile phones.
Gambling on slots, table games, sports betting or bingo should be seen as a form of entertainment and never as a way to make money.
Using only expendable cash, or money you can afford to and are prepared to potentially lose will keep you in good stead and on the right foot.
However there are a few key tips that can also help make sure you don’t play with more than you can afford or form a gambling problem.
Identifying a problem gambler whether it’s yourself or someone else isn’t always easy, however there are some common patterns or signs to look out for.
These are a few questions to ask yourself, if the answer to any of these is yes, then it might be worth seeking some form of help to try and prevent any further losses.
If you think that yourself or anyone you know has an addiction is showing signs of gambling addiction then there are online tools, or institutions that can help you.
In Canada you have the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario who provide you with more information, community forums and access to help via the online gambling helpline.
Another source of information is the Responsible Gambling Council who provide more resources.
Remember! Gambling is meant to be fun and provide you with entertainment, not as a way to make money.