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Tips for Minimizing Risks of Gambling

Gambling can be a fun activity for many people. However, 2-3% of U.S. citizens are reported to have a problem with gambling. Here are some ways to minimize your risk of gambling becoming a problem for you:

Always gamble with a predetermined amount of money that you can afford to lose

Set limits on time you have available to gamble, both duration and frequency

Gamble for fun, not to win money

Gamble only with money set aside for your entertainment budget

Balance recreational gambling with other healthy hobbies and activities

Know the risks before you bet

Keep gambling a social activity

Bet only what you can afford to lose

Know when to quit, don't chase your losses

Realize that knowing more won't guarantee a win

Never borrow money to gamble with

Understand that everyone loses over time

Play for fun, not just for money

Never gamble when stressed, depressed, or in recovery

Don't play to escape

Avoid mixing gambling with alcohol or other substances

Know what's legal to play in your area and avoid gambling illegally

Know where to get help if you need it

The Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program (GAP) pays for confidential counseling with certified problem gambling providers to Nebraskans and their families who suffer a gambling addiction.

A list of all GAP-certified counselors in Nebraska is located at

GAP 24/7 Helpline - Call 1-800-522-4700

This presentation is sponsored by and paid for by the Nebraska Gamblers Assistance Program

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