Responsible Gaming

Tips to Keep Gambling Fun

Play for entertainment, not to make money
As with all forms of entertainment, there is a cost involved. The more you play, the more you pay.

Set a budget and stick to it
Before you start playing, set a limit on how much you want to spend. If you do this before you play, you’ll be more likely to stop once you’ve spent your budgeted amount.

Know your game
Learn as much as you can about the games you play. This will give you a realistic idea of your odds of winning.

Use money you can afford to spend
Don’t use money intended for everyday expenses, or borrow money to gamble.

Keep track of your spending over time
This will give you a realistic idea of the cost of your play and whether or not this is affordable entertainment for you.

Keep balance in your life
Balance gaming entertainment with other leisure activities you enjoy.

Problem Gambling
While gambling is entertainment for most people who play -- for some, gambling is a problem. If you are concerned about your gambling, or someone else’s, look for the following signs:

Signs of Problem Gambling
  • Spending more time or money on gambling than is affordable or planned
  • Borrowing money to gamble
  • Gambling with money meant for essentials like food or rent
  • Neglecting important responsibilities like work, school, or family to gamble
  • Lying about the extent of gambling
  • Chasing losses to try and get money back
  • Increasing arguments with friends and family, especially about money issues
  • Increasing debts due to gambling
Problem gambling can affect anyone; but there is help. Recognizing the problem and having a desire to make changes is all you need to begin the recovery process. Information and assistance is also available for concerned family and friends.

24-Hour Problem Gambling Helpline
Confidential and Free
Addictions Foundation of Manitoba