Tips for Minimizing Risks of Gambling

Gambling can be a fun activity for many people. However, 2-3% of U.S. citizens are reported to have a problem with gambling. Here are some ways to minimize your risk of gambling becoming a problem for you: Always gamble with a predetermined amount of money that you can afford to lose Set limits on time you have available to gamble, both duration and frequency Gamble for fun, not to win money Gamble only with money set aside for your entertainment budget Balance recreational gambling with other healthy hobbies and activities Know the risks before you bet Keep gambling a social activity Bet only what you can afford to lose Know when to quit, don't chase your losses Realize that knowing more won't guarantee a win Never borrow money to gamble with Understand that everyone loses over time Play for fun, not just for money Never gamble when stressed, depressed, or in recovery Don't play to escape Avoid mixing gambling with alcohol or other substances Know what's legal to play in your area and avoid gambling illegally Know where to get help if you need it The Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program (GAP) pays for confidential counseling with certified problem gambling providers to Nebraskans and their families who suffer a gambling addiction. A list of all GAP-certified counselors in Nebraska is located at GAP 24/7 Helpline - Call 1-800-522-4700 This presentation is sponsored by and paid for by the Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program