Responsible Gambling Focus on the game

General Gambling Tips
The following are suggestions which will ensure responsible gambling and therefore make gambling an enjoyable recreational activity rather than a difficult and stressful one. These tips will help you, the player, to avoid situations that increase the likelihood of losing money and increase your gambling capabilities and therefore increase the possibility of winning.

When to gamble
The first step to responsible gambling is knowing when to gamble. It is highly recommended not to gamble alone because it is sometimes difficult to see and judge your own state of mind when you are caught inside a situation. It is advisable to go to the casino with a group of people or with at least one person that you know and trust such as acquaintances or a relative because this will give both participants a subjective eye to keep watch on their state of mind and their actions. By bringing someone whom you trust to tell you the truth, you decrease your chances of exceeding your monetary capabilities.

Don’t mix gambling with drinking
It is not recommended to gamble drunk because it will decrease your awareness and therefore make you less of an alert and successful player. Drinking decreases your chances of winning because you are not as sharp as you should be to make the critical decisions gambling requires. In fact, part of the reason many casinos give out complimentary drinks is to decrease the chance of players winning against the house dealer whose job it is to remain alert.

Focus on the game
The casino has many subtle ways of decreasing your chances of winning one of these being their design. Although the shows, music, lights and decorations of the casino are part of the attraction of going, they are also your worst enemy. All these things which contribute to atmosphere also distract you from your goal of winning money. There are other natural distractions as well, in the things and people around you, so do your best to focus on the game and your goal of winning.

Don’t gamble when you get the blues…
The final suggestion about knowing when to gamble is one of the most important. Do not gamble when you are in a bad mental state because this will make you more susceptible to the ploys of the casino, as you will not be thinking the way you normally would be thinking. When you are sad or mad stay out of the casino for your own good because your competence is disabled and you will most likely lose your money.

Learn how to play
Once you have entered the casino one of the most important strategies to winning and keeping money is knowing how to play the game, both the specific game you decide to play and the casino’s game. When picking a specific game it is important to know and comprehend all aspects of that game. Do not place bets on games where you are unsure of the rules. In playing the casino’s game it is important not to fall into the trap of being overly confident of your capabilities or succumbing to greed. The casinos rely on this in order to get money back from winners, but if you quit while you are ahead and walk away from the table with more money than you came with, you have automatically won. If you are spending the day or a significant amount of hours of your day at a casino it is crucial to give yourself a recess away from the hustle and bustle of the casino floor to rest your mind. This will keep you focused and sharp when you return to the tables or to the slots.

Money management
In order to keep your gambling habits recreational and fun it is very important that before you even step into the casino that you decide exactly how much money you can afford to throw away, just in case you lose. Once you have decided on an amount do not exceed it and to decrease the chances of going over your budget make sure you only bring that amount with you, in cash, to the casino. Do not bring debit cards, checks or any other form of payment with you because you may be tempted to use them and therefore go over your spending capabilities. By bringing the money you can afford to spend with you and sticking to your limit you are ensured not to fall into the habit of gambling away money you do not have.

When you move into the realm of gambling with money that you do not have then you end up having to borrow that money from relatives, friends or more dangerous sources. The practice of gambling with money that you do not have can be very dangerous and instantly turns gambling from a fun, entertaining experience into a dangerous habit. If you end up too much in debt you may find yourself losing valued material possessions or even worse valued friendships and other family relationships.

If you choose to bring more than your limit to the casino avoid using it at all costs. Especially avoid using it to win back all the money you have lost because the likelihood is that, you will just end up losing more money rather than gaining back your losses. If and when the inclination to do this hits you it is best at this point to follow the previous suggestions of quitting and taking a break. If you do not quit or take a break at this point the obsession to win back money can disable your good sense of judgement of the situation and put you into a bad or even dangerous situation and gambling becomes a stressful rather than fun activity.

Once you have set your limit and decided to stick to it, it is wise to create a strategy of how to spend the money. One way of doing this is to place your bets in the best possible way to stretch out your budget. One could call this maximizing your limit. The goal is to make a little bit of money go a long way. The best way to do this is based on your limit. If your budget is low then make sure you stick to lower betting sums. You may increase your betting sums depending on your limit and how long you plan on staying in the casino that day. For example if you only have one hundred dollars to spend in the casino and you plan to be there all day it is best to keep your bets really low, preferably sticking as close as possible to the minimum betting allowance.
It is highly recommended to avoid all dare devil inclinations of betting all your money in one shot because you are more likely to lose all the money rather than win a big amount of it. The consequences of losing all your money on one bet could tempt you to decide to exceed your budget. If you lose all your money in one bet and you are strong willed enough to stick to your pre-planned budget you will end up spending the rest of the day bored in the casino, which is not fun at all for a person who came with the intent to gamble.

Do not brag
It is wise when you are on a winning streak to not brag about it and to make the highest effort to bring as little attention to yourself as possible. The rationale behind this is not to remain humble, but simply to keep your winnings and your success out of the public eye. You never know who the other people in the casino may be and what their intentions could be. It is best to keep all attention and especially negative attention away from you and your earnings because they may want to steal it or swindle it from you and even in extreme cases attempt to do you physical harm in order to get your money.

Gambling is all about fun
The most important aspect to keep in mind when gambling is to keep it light and fun. True it is an activity that gives you an adrenaline rush because it is a thrilling and daring activity, but you must not allow this surge of adrenaline to break your sound judgement. When most people gamble at the back of their minds they have the story they read in the paper or heard on the news about the man or woman who went from rags to riches by winning the slots or some other gambling game. This story or person becomes their role model or goal while they are gambling. As a little side note to that story please remember, that person was an exception to the rule of gambling and those kinds of stories rarely occur, which is why they are such a big deal and make the news when they do occur. Casinos do not make money by having customers who win. They earn when you lose and therefore that is their goal. The key to responsible gambling is to always ensure that you are having fun and being responsible. The probability of amusement and even possibly winning will increase if you follow the instructions listed above.