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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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Publications Library

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    How the Games Work - Three Card Poker

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    How the Games Work - Blackjack

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    The GameSense Guide to Slot Machines

    There are a lot of myths and misconceptions when it comes to slot machines. With a litt...

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    How the Games Work - Baccarat

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    How the Games Work - Pai Gow Tiles

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