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Dollars & Sense Guide

What affects your cost of play? It’s the choices you make, like how much you bet, how often you bet and the amount of time you spend playing any one game. Other factors like house advantage (set by the casino) and randomness also have an impact.

Remember, in the short term you may lose more than the average or sometimes win money in a single gambling session. But the longer you play, the more likely it is that losses will outnumber wins. This guide can help give you an idea of how much it costs to gamble in the long term.

  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    1
    What denomination per credit do you typically play?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    2
    For machines, how many lines do you typically play?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    3
    When you play , how many bets do you wager/multiply your bet for each line?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    4
    How long do you typically stay at the Casino during each visit?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    5
    How often do you go to the casino each week?

    Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    6
    Then how often do you go to the casino each month?
  • 6
    Your spending is:

  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    1
    How do you typically bet per game?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    2
    How long do you typically stay at the casino during each visit?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    3
    How often do you go to the casino each week?

    Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    3
    Then how often do you go to the casino each month?
  • 4
    Your spending is:

  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    1
    How do you typically bet per game?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    2
    How long do you typically stay at the casino during each visit?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    3
    How often do you go to the casino each week?

    Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    3
    Then how often do you go to the casino each month?
  • 4
    Your spending is:

  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    1
    How do you typically bet per game?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    2
    How long do you typically stay at the casino during each visit?
  • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    3
    How often do you go to the casino each week?

    Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge to figure out the cost of how much you play. This calculation is only to provide a general idea of weekly and monthly spending habits. It is not intended to calculate your wins or losses

    3
    Then how often do you go to the casino each month?
  • 4
    Your spending is:

This guide is only intended to help players understand how various gambling patterns can increase or decrease their total cost of play. Players should keep their own log of time and money spent to determine if their playing patterns are affordable.

The calculations provided here are estimates based on game rules in the casinos of British Columbia. The house advantage may vary based on player skill level.

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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