With the digital age taking over, everything has, in some way or another, been transferred online… even gambling. Any kind of gambling can now be done on the internet, including poker, casino games like slot machines, and sports betting: otherwise known as iGaming. However, it still carries the same risks and possible repercussions. It can affect one’s self-esteem, personal relationships, physical and mental health, work performance, and social life.
But iGaming, or online gambling, can also be a fun and profitable activity when done safely, responsibly and ethically! Thanks to Malta’s Responsible Gaming Foundation (RGF), anyone can learn how to gamble responsibly, and how to stop when they need to! Here are some of their best tips for gambling responsibly to make sure that you never cross the line:
Set a budget
It’s easy to overlook how much you’re spending in the heat of the moment, so it’s important to set a deposit limit for yourself: one that still leaves plenty of room for day-to-day expenses.
Set a time limit
Gambling can be pretty addictive, which is why it’s important to set a time limit for your iGaming experiences, and to make room for other activities you enjoy.
Avoid giving into superstitions
Keep in mind that at the end of the day, iGaming, just like gambling, is all about luck and chance. No superstitions can alter the results for you.
Never Play with Money You Don’t Have
iGaming is meant to be a leisurely activity, so if you can’t afford, don’t gamble. It’s always better than burying yourself in debt or borrowing money from friends and family.
Avoid playing under the influence
If you gamble while you’re intoxicated, your decisions won’t be as good, which might lead to going over your budget or time limits.
In the long run, iGaming is just another form of paid entertainment with high monetary risks, which you should enjoy within limits to protect yourself from becoming a problem gambler.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with a gambling or gaming addiction, reach out to RGF’s supportline on 1777, or contact them anonymously through their chatline on www.rgf.org.mt
If you’d like to learn more about responsible gaming and gambling, watch this Gadgets Episode!