Whilst the majority of people do gamble within their means, for some gambling can become an addiction and therefore a problem. It may help you to keep control to remember the following:
- Gambling should be entertaining and not seen as a way of making money!
- Avoid chasing losses!
- Only gamble what you can afford to lose!
- Keep track of the time and amount you spend gambling!
Not sure if you are a compulsive gambler with a serious addiction to gambling, try this test available at the BBC web site and devised by Gamblers Anonymous in the UK Are you a compulsive Gambler?
These are the 10 commandments of gambling as per The Wizard of Odds website. The list provided by the Wizard AKA Michael Shackleford, we feel cannot be improved and we have just added one more "un-written" rule, these rules should always be bourne in mind in order to ensure that gambling remains what it should be, a source of entertainment.
"Thou shalt honor thy gambling debts: A true gentleman honours his debts, especially gambling debts. When making a bet with another person you are putting your honour on the line. If you lose, you pay. No excuses!
Thou shalt not cheat: This one should go without saying. May anyone who cheats rot in hell.
Thou shalt expect to lose: The Las Vegas Strip was not built by winners. Even with good rules and strategy the odds are still usually in the casino's favour. So don't get mad if you lose. Think of it as the price you pay for entertainment.
Thou shalt trust the odds not hunches: If you want to maximize your odds then believe in mathematically proven strategies, not hunches. If hunches are so great why are there so many psychics working the Boardwalk in Atlantic City as opposed to playing?
Thou shalt not over-bet thy bankroll: Before you gamble determine what you can safely afford to gamble with - as entertainment money. Stick to your limits and don't gamble with money you need for necessities.
Thou shalt not believe in betting systems: For every one legitimate gambling writer there are a hundred charlatans trying to sell worthless betting systems promising an easy way to beat the casinos. I know it sounds like a cliché, but if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
Thou shalt not hedge thy bets: Hedge bets usually carry a high house edge. For example, never take insurance in blackjack and never bet the any craps or any seven in craps. Exceptions can be made for insuring life changing amounts of money.
Thou shalt covet good rules: Rules vary from casino to casino. To improve your odds know good rules from bad and then seek out the best rules possible.
Thou shalt not make side bets: Side bets are sucker bets. Period.
- Thou shalt have good gambling etiquette: Gambling is a lot more fun when people are polite and respect each other. It is also good etiquette to tip for good service. "
If you need to talk to someone about problem gambling then contact GamCare by clicking on the link below or by calling the GamCare helpline on 0845 600 133 (UK Only)
Other Useful Sites
- UK: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
- USA: www.gamblersanonymous.org, www.cghub.homestead.com
- Canada: www.responsiblegambling.org
- Australasia: www.problemgambling.vic.gov.au, www.gamblingproblem.co.nz
- South Africa: www.responsiblegaming.co.za