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What about when it’s just not fun anymore?

Is gambling hurting your life? Do you need a break? Voluntarily excluding yourself from the casino can help. So can talking to someone who will listen.

By taking decisive steps you can start to regain control.

While most people treat gambling as entertainment and effectively manage the time and money they spend, some struggle to control their behavior, and as a result, experience harm.

Disordered gambling, commonly referred to as problem or compulsive gambling, is defined by the American Psychiatric Association as a behavioral addiction. It affects between one and three per cent of the adult population, and the consequences are serious.

PlayersEdge is a comprehensive program for all players, helping them learn how to prevent problems by promoting healthy play habits and explaining risks. We also assist and motivate guests to recognize signs of a problem, maintain control of their behavior, and take action should they gamble too much.

Casinos want:

»» Healthy customers who can return over the long-term

»» Players to make informed choices about their gambling

»» Those who need help to access professional services

Self-Exclusion

For those who feel that gambling is hurting their lives and need a break, most casinos offer self-exclusion programs, which allow someone to voluntarily ban themselves from the casino.

Talking to Someone

Anyone with concerns about gambling can contact counseling services 24 hours a day. Click here for contact information in your area. Assistance is there for you.

Below is your chance for some self-evaluation by answering privately some questions designed to identify if you may have a potential problem with gambling.

WHAT DOES GAMBLING MEAN TO YOUR LIFE?

Is gambling is hurting your life? Do you need a break? Consider these questions.

Do you lose time from work or school due to gambling?

Does gambling make your home life unhappy?

Does gambling affect your reputation?

Do you ever feel remorse after gambling?

Do you ever gamble to earn money and pay off debts? Or to solve financial problems?

Does gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?

After losing, do you feel you must return as soon as possible to win back your losses?

After a win, do you have a strong urge to return and win more?

Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?

Do you borrow to finance gambling?

Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?

Are you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?

Does gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?

Do you ever gamble longer than you had planned?

Do you gamble to escape worry, trouble or boredom?

Do you ever commit, or consider committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?

Does gambling make sleeping difficult?

Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?

Do you have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?

Do you ever consider self-destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Answering YES to 7 of these questions suggests you are experiencing problems.

Have you considered talking to someone? Or entering self-exclusion? Get the information for the programs in your region by clicking here.

The experience of people in self-exclusion and research evidence suggests that combining voluntary self-exclusion with counseling services may improve your chances of controlling gambling and addressing related issues in your life. By taking decisive steps you can start to regain control.

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