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Reminder to gamble responsibly over holidays

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality, Racing and the Arts, Mr Souris, is however reminding those who intend to gamble over the holidays to do so responsibly. Mr Souris said that enjoying a flutter is a popular Australian past time, but problem gambling can have devastating impacts on individuals and families. "This festive season remember that gambling is a form of entertainment not a way to make money," Mr Souris said.

According to Mr Souris, the majority of people do gamble responsibly without any impacts on their lives, however, 0.4 per cent of the population are considered to be problem gamblers. Unfortunately, sometimes financial hardship or even loneliness especially at times like Christmas can result in people gambling more money than they can afford to lose and it becomes a problem. Mr Souris adds: "Problem gambling can result in depression, anxiety, financial and legal trouble and even family breakdown and we don’t want anyone to experience this especially over Christmas. The best rule of thumb is to set a limit and only bet what you can afford to lose."

Mr Souris said the NSW Government committed more than $11 million for frontline problem gambling counselling and support services in 2011-12. "I encourage anybody who suspects they have a gambling problem to seek help at any one of a wide range of services funded by the Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund," he sums up and adds: "Problem gambling not only affects the individual but their loved ones as well, so don’t spoil this Christmas by gambling irresponsibly over the festive season."

Problem gambling counselling

Gambling Help counselling and support services provides free, confidential and effective assistance to problem gamblers and their families. This includes the 24-hour 1800 858 858 helpline which has assisted more than 100,000 callers over the past decade, face-to-face counselling services at more than 200 locations across NSW and online support at Live online and email counselling can also be accessed 24-hours-a-day, seven-daysa-week from the national Gambling Help Online service at which is also funded by the NSW Government.  

Winner Casino Policies

Winner Casino advise their players not to gamble without being aware of the facts about when to gamble and when, and how much money or time to spend at the tables. Following a couple of rules will help you ensure gambling responsibly:

• Decide on the maximum amount that you can afford to lose before you play and stick to it.

• Ensure that you have a healthy balance of activities in your life aside from gambling.

• Decide on a time limit for your gambling session and stick to it.

• Do not gamble if you are feeling depressed, under stress or in any other situation that may impair your judgment.

• While playing, ensure that you take regular breaks.

• Only gamble with money that you can afford to lose and under no circumstances borrow money to gamble.

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