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How Gambling Works

Ever wonder how the games you play really work? What about the odds of winning and losing? It’s smart to learn as much as possible about each game. The more you know, the better decisions you’ll make and the more fun you’ll have.

Gambling Myths

One of the best ways to make informed decisions when you play is to know a myth from a fact.

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Odds & Randomness

Don’t just guess the odds of each game — know the facts.

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Skill-Based & Chance-Based Games

All games have an element of chance. Can skill and knowledge also play a role?

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Probability

Probability and odds are related ways of describing a player's chances of a winning outcome.

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GameSense Tips

Play for fun, not to make money.

Know how the game works and what the odds are before playing.

Set a budget and stick to it.

Don't chase losses. Accept them as the cost of entertainment.

Balance gambling with other types of leisure activities.

Take frequent breaks.

Set a time limit before you play.

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    Gambling with GameSense

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    How the Games Work - Blackjack

    Also known as 21, Blackjack is a popular casino card game in which players compare thei...

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    How the Games Work - Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em Poker

    In Ultimate Texas Hold ‘em, players do not compete against each other. Instead, they ar...

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    Want to make Sense of it all?

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    How the Games Work - Four Card Poker

    In Four Card Poker, you receive five cards to make your best four-card hand. There are ...

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    How the Games Work - Texas Hold ’em, Omaha & Seven Card Stud

    Learn the differences of the variant games of Poker, including Texas Hold ’em, Omaha an...