Responsible Gambling Tips

If you’re concerned that gambling is becoming more than a game for you, try using these guidelines to moderate your play.

  • Think of the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment. Consider any money you win a bonus.
  • Set a dollar limit and stick to it.
  • Set a time limit and stick to it. Leave when you reach your limit, whether you’re winning or losing.
  • Understand that you’ll probably lose, and accept the loss as part of the game.
  • Don’t borrow money to gamble.
  • Don’t let gambling interfere with or become a substitute for family, friends or work.
  • Don’t chase losses. Chances are you’ll lose even more trying to recoup your losses.
  • Don’t use gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain.

Know the warning signs of problem gambling.

If playing isn’t fun anymore, contact the confidential helpline: 2-1-1 (Maine only) for information and resources. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Content from the National Problem Gambling Awareness week. org