What to know if you’re gambling online

Only gamble on websites that have pre-commitment tools in place to help you manage your play by setting time and/or money limits; the RG Check accreditation symbol is a sign that the site has features to help protect you from overly risky play

Use the pre-commitment tools to set a limit for how much time and money you want to spend and stop when you reach your limits

Use a free gambling site blocker app to restrict or limit your access

Don’t gamble when you’re upset or stressed

Avoid alcohol and/or other substances while gambling online

Watch out for hidden fees when it comes to the costs of using your credit card to play

You can block sites you don’t want access to or set time limits using software like Bet Blocker and GamBan

Safer gambling tips

Unlike a night in streaming movies, there’s an inherent built-in risk when it comes to gambling and odds are, over time, you will lose more often than you win. Here are some strategies you can use to play safe and have fun.

Don’t gamble when you’re upset or stressed

Limit your alcohol and/or cannabis intake while gambling

Know how the games work before you wager

Set budget and time limits – there are tools available on many slot machines, mobile and internet gambling sites to help you monitor your play

Take frequent breaks – move around, get some fresh air, have something to eat or a coffee

Only gamble with money you have – never borrow money or use money intended for necessities, like rent or food

Don’t try to win back what you’ve lost

Gambling is not a way to make money so don’t think of it as a chance to win money for a trip, to pay bills or to pay off debt

Stick to your budget by leaving your credit and debit cards at home

Balance gambling with other recreational activities

If you’re no longer having fun, stop playing

Don’t depend on “good luck” strategies – they don’t increase your chances of winning