Gambling is a form of entertainment and should be about having a good time. But, when done excessively it may negatively affect other areas of a person’s life, such as their physical or mental health, school or work performance, finances, and/or interpersonal relationships.
At BookMaker we are concerned about the addiction that gambling may cause and for this reason, we encourage all players to practice Responsible Gaming: an approach to gambling to ensure it remains an enjoyable activity.
The following are the main principles behind Responsible Gaming:
- Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money. With all forms of gambling, there is a risk involved and players must always be prepared for the fact they may lose more than they win.
- Always gamble with money that you can afford to lose. Use only expendable income that you would otherwise set aside for extra activities, such as going to the movies or out to dinner. Never use money that you need for important things, such as rent, bills, food, etc.
- Set limits and stick to them. Decide how much you can afford to lose and once you hit your limit, quit until the following day/week/month or whatever time frame you set for yourself. Also set time limits so you can be sure gambling does not consume too much of your time.
- Never chase losses. Don’t try to win back losses by going over your limits. In many cases, this leads to even bigger losses.
- Don’t gamble when you are depressed or upset. It is harder to make good decisions when you are not in the right frame of mind.
- Create a healthy balance. Always be aware of how much time you spend gambling, or thinking about gambling. Do not allow gambling to cause you to miss out on time with family and friends, or time spent on other activities you enjoy.
By following these rules, gambling can remain a positive aspect of your life. If you feel at any time your gambling is taking away from important areas of your life, is causing you stress or depression, or is leading to financial losses that are beyond your control, please reach out for help.
Links to Help Lines in the US and Canada can be found HERE.