Is there such a thing as safe online gambling? Experts believe gamblers should set up a plan for online gambling to keep it at a controllable, healthy level. According to the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling and some common sense, here’s how:
1-Decide how much money you are willing to lose during the online betting episode. Let’s say you decided on $100.
2-Establish a time limit. Allow yourself 2 hours to gamble with your $100.
3-Before you start the online gambling episode, list games you would like to play. Allot an amount to spend on each game.
4-Pace yourself. Spread your spending over the total amount of time you chose to gamble online. Using the example, don’t spend more than $25 per 30 minutes on online betting.
5-If you get tired while wagering, stop. Sometimes when one is tired, he rushes through what he is doing. During online gambling, getting in a hurry could devastate your bank account. Make it a rule to cease online gambling as soon as you feel fatigued.
6-Consciously decide that when: a-money is gone before the time limit has lapsed, or b-the time limit is up, you will stop the online wagering. This is the most important tip of all. Vow to respect the limits you set.
7-If you find you are unable to stick to your established limits, you may have a gambling problem. If so, check this link for assistance in your state.
Debt and Online Wagering
Frankly, if you are in debt, online gambling might not be a healthy activity for you to have on your list of hobbies. It doesn’t make sense to frivolously spend money betting/wagering if you have unpaid bills. It is wise to consider online gambling only if you are in excellent shape financially. Then, set and respect your own limits.
Online Gambling For Fun
Online gambling should be a fun, enjoyable activity. Regard online betting as you do other entertainment. When you go to the movies, you usually have a good idea how much money you are going to spend.
So, if you plan on having an online wagering session, establish an amount of money you are willing to give up. Don’t plan on winning. Consider online gambling similar to seeing a movie-it’s entertainment. You pay for the entertainment and enjoy it. The money is spent, then, it’s over.
Chaney, Rita (pen name-Pearl Grace). November 27, 2007. How to Recognize and Help Someone With an Online Gambling Problem. Helium website (Original version of this article).
New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling website.