The Risk of Problem Gambling

Gambling is the wagering of something of value on a random event with the intent to win something else of value. There are many forms of gambling, including lottery, casino games (e.g. slots, table games), sports betting and scratch-offs.

The risk of problem gambling can vary from person to person and can be influenced by both environmental and individual factors. It can be difficult to recognise that you or someone you know may have a problem with gambling and this can make it harder to seek help.

Problem gambling is a serious and complex issue, and there are a number of different approaches to treatment and support for people with problems. This section offers information on the types of gambling that can cause harm, the impact of gambling, how to get help and where to find support.

Gambling can be a fun and enjoyable way to pass the time, but it’s important to remember that losing money is a part of the game. Only gamble with money that has been set aside for entertainment, and never use money that is needed for essentials like food and rent. Also, be aware that tipping is common in casinos, but never try to bribe or manipulate dealers by offering them cash. Always tip in chips and clearly state that you’re placing a bet for them. The best way to avoid getting carried away is to stay in control by deciding before you start how much you want to spend and sticking to it.