Gambling Information

What is Gambling?

Gambling is when someone risks losing something of value, usually money or belongings, and winning or losing is decided by chance.

• Lottery, Scratch, Nevada or pull tickets

• Bingo

• Slot machines

• Casino Games (blackjack, roulette, craps)

• Horse racing

• Sports Betting

• Internet Gambling

• Stock Markets

• Card Games (poker)

The Aboriginal Gambler (in Ontario) is most likely:

• Female

• Between the age of 25-55

• Married or living common law

• Has completed high school or higher

• Annual household income less than $40,000/year

• Has children (many have 4 or more minors living in the home)

What is Problem Gambling?

Problem gambling occurs when gambling begins to negatively impact a person’s life on a mental, physical, emotional or spiritual level. Problem Gambling can lead to serious consequences, including:

• Financial Crisis

• Emotional Difficulties & Isolation

• Health Problems

• Burnout

• Physical /Emotional Abuse

• Suicide

• Crime

What is Responsible Gambling?

Responsible Gambling includes viewing gambling as a form of entertainment. Like most entertainment we do it occasionally, setting appropriate limits with our time and finances. If you do decide to gamble remember these simple suggestions in order to enjoy responsible, healthy gambling:

• Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money

• Always gamble with money you can afford to lose

• Set a money & time limits

• Never chase losses

• Don’t gamble when you are depressed or upset

Gambling can be fun and entertaining - just be smart about it!