When played responsibly, casino gaming can be one of the most enjoyable way to spend some time online. There is a myriad of different games you can play ranging from games of chance such as slot games or roulette, to games where you can use a little strategy to help you try and land a win, such as blackjack.
However, regardless of which type of game you play at a casino, the one given in any session online with a casino, is that you should always play safely and responsibly.
This is the simplest way to ensure that your online casino gaming never becomes an issue and you don’t start to develop bad habits, which can lead to issues in the future.
In this article, we are going to give you some very simple advice and tips to follow to ensure that you get the very best out of the time you spend playing casino games online and to ensure that you can do so long into the future.
You may well feel you already gamble responsibly, but even if you do, this little guide can be a useful way to ensure that you are playing casino games the right way, and not starting to develop some little habits which have the potential to become more problematic issues in future.
What Is Problem Gambling?
There is no doubt that all sportsbook and casino operators are having a large drive towards promoting a healthier relationship between people and their online gambling. Indeed, the casino and sports betting industry are at the forefront of this drive to ensure that people enjoy the entertainments that they have to offer safely and responsibly.
At its worst, problem gambling can be a hugely detrimental issue that causes problems both for individuals and their family. Those issues can be financial, mental and even physical at times and they can often lead to behaviors that just make the situation even worse.
Exacerbating the problem can be the fact that the person suffering from issues with gambling may not even realise they have a problem. Or, they may realise they have an issue, but the lure to bet and to try and reclaim their losses is just too strong to ignore.
Once you reach this stage and gambling is controlling what you do, then you have a real problem and intervention and help is required. Fortunately, there are many organisations available to help people when they reach this worrying stage.
However, the best way to avoid any issues is to ensure that you nurture the right attitude and responses to gambling from the very start and to make certain that you enjoy casino gaming, sports betting, bingo, poker or whatever is your gambling game of choice, in the correct way.
To do that, there are some easy tips you can follow.
Golden Rules To Foster A Healthy Attitude To Casino Gaming And Gambling
To ensure you always remain in contral and develop the right attitude and response to gambling, I have a selection of four Golden Rules which are very easy to follow. These are:
Only Gamble With Money You Can Afford To Lose
This is the foundation stone of gambling and it should be a line that is never crossed for any reason whatsoever. The only money you spend on gambling should be that which you can afford to lose, once you have paid off everything you need to.
Using disposable income only is one of the unbreakable rules of gambling as it allows you to view your betting or gaming as ‘money spent’. That means then, if you are fortunate enough to land a win and earn some money back, then you can view that cash as a bonus.
That is not the case if you have wagered this month’s mortgage or rent on a spin of a slot or a turn of a card, where winning or losing would mean the difference between having the ability to pay your mortgage or rent on time. Then losing is a big deal and that isn’t the fault of the casino, that is the fault of the player for making such a rash decision in the first place.
Any gambling money, whether you add it to your account yourself, have won it previously or whether it is in the form of a bonus should always be money you can afford to lose and not worry about it.
Never Chase Your Losses
The second Golden Rule of gambling is a simple one. Never, ever chase your losses. Whether you are sports betting, playing a casino game or poker, if you lose money then you are best viewing that money as gone for good.
It is tempting to think that the next spin, the next hand or the next deal will be a more favorable one but you have to remember that casino games have a house edge that makes the casino more likely to win. Similarly, with other forms of betting, a sure thing, is no-such thing.
Instead, take the loss on the chin. Save the money you have until your next session and hope that next time around, you have a bit more fortune in your favor. It is much easier to do this of course, if you are using disposable income in the first place which emphasises our Golden Rule number one too!
Know When To Finish Your Session
How many times have you won at a casino and used that extra cash to play more games, only to then end the session slightly down in funds? Responsible casino gaming is not just knowing when to call it a day when you have lost money but also when you have won some too!
To that end, I always set some kind of limit on my session. That may be a set amount of money I am going to spend, or a time limit on my gaming. Once set, stick rigidly to those rules. If you do, you will be amazed at how many more times you finish a session with more than you started because you are not tempted to continue playing until a loss is almost inevitable.
If You Win, Enjoy The Benefits Of That Win
My final Golden Rule is one that I feel is not taken seriously enough by many and that is, if you are fortunate enough to enjoy a big win. Enjoy the benefits of that, rather than simply handing your big win back to the casino over time.
If you land a sizeable win, then withdraw a good chunk of your win and share the wealth with your family and friends. That way, you get a tangible benefit to your life from your gaming, and it is a positive both for you and your loved ones too.
Don’t underestimate how positive it can be to withdraw funds from your casino account, as well as depositing to play!
Stick to these four Golden Rules of online casino gaming and gambling and you should find that you develop a safe, healthy and responsible attitude to gambling and avoid the serious issues that can affect those that don’t follow a healthier approach to gambling.