Share Your Feedback
skip to page content

GameSense Tips for Playing Responsibly

Play for fun, not to
make money.

If you gamble, the result is never certain and losing is always a possibility. So look at gambling as entertainment, like catching a concert or a movie, not a source of income.

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

The more you know about the games, the better equipped you are to make informed decisions before and while you play.

Set a budget and stick to it.

Keeping it fun means playing within your means. When you set and stick to a budget, you spend only money you can afford to lose.

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

Wondering if you can win back losses by playing more? It's possible, but unlikely. Chances are the more you play, the more money you'll lose. "Chasing losses" almost always leads to bigger losses.

Balance gambling with other types of leisure activities.

Finding other types of entertainment to enjoy will help make sure that gambling doesn't become your main activity or too big a part of your life.

Take frequent breaks.

Every once in a while, it's a good idea to walk away from the game you're playing. Taking a break can help you make smarter decisions, so gambling stays what it should be - a fun activity.

Set a time limit before you play.

When you make a plan for how much time you can afford to spend gambling (and stick to it), you are more likely to stay within your set budget and not miss out on the other things you need to do.

At the Bar

The odds are the same no matter how many times you try.

Dancer

Know when to take a break.

Hot Tub

Set a time limit.

Publications Library

  • gs-3-card-poker-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Three Card Poker

    Bet against the dealer, on the value of your own three-card hand or bet both.
     ...

  • gs-blackjack-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Blackjack

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

  • gs-slots-guide-cover

    The GameSense Guide to Slot Machines

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

  • gs-baccarat-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Baccarat

    Baccarat offers many different ways to play, such as Mini, EZ, Midi and No-Commission B...

  • gs-vse-cover

    Voluntary Self-Exclusion

    The Voluntary Self-Exclusion Program can be an important first step in helping you to c...

  • gs-pai-gow-tiles-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Pai Gow Tiles

    Pai Gow Tiles is a game of Chinese Dominoes played with thirty-two dominoes, dealt by t...

  • gs-make-sense-cover

    Want to make Sense of it all?

    The more you know, the better equipped you are to keep it fun.
     

  • gs-let-it-ride-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Let It Ride Poker

    Let It Ride is a version of Five-Card Stud. You win if your hand contains a pair of 10s...

  • gs-holdem-omaha-how-cover

    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...

  • gs-4-card-poker-how-cover

    How the Games Work - Four Card Poker

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