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Gambling While Impaired

Gambling purely as a form of entertainment should be the ultimate goal for casino guests and VLT players alike. Making great decisions with the time and money that you can afford to play with will help ensure that you have a positive experience when gambling. However, gambling while impaired can have unintended negative consequences for you and can result in spending more money than you planned. To maximize your gambling experience, be aware that the following items can cause impairment and poor judgment when playing:

  • Impairment due to alcohol consumption. Sure, enjoy a drink or two at our casinos but be aware that excessive drinking will impair your better judgement.
  • Impairment due to cannabis use.
  • Impairment due to illicit drug use.
  • Impairment due to fatigue. Fatigue can occur prior to you entering a casino or can be the result of you spending too much time on the casino floor without taking a break for coffee, food or just to stretch your legs.


Fast Facts

Learn how to use your GameSense to understand and enjoy gambling.

Common Myths

See what really happens when you play

Myth: Someone used the slot machine right after me and won the jackpot. That should have been my jackpot!

Fact: Slot machines & VLTs use a random number generator to select the symbols you see on screen. Pushing the button the exact millisecond the winning symbol is generated is the only thing that determines a jackpot.

Myth: I thought the VLTs were supposed to pay out 93% of the money I put in. That means if I put in $100, I should get $93 back.

Fact: VLTs pay back 93% of the money they take in over the life cycle of the machine, which could be millions of spins, not just your gambling session.

Myth: This slot machine hasn’t paid out in a long time. It's due for a win.

Fact: Machines are never “due” for a win. Since all machines pay at random, the next jackpot could be right away or thousands of spins later.

Myth: I can improve my chances of winning the lottery by picking certain numbers.

Fact: Picking certain numbers can make playing the lottery more fun, but it won't improve your chances of winning. Your odds stay the same no matter what numbers you play.

Myth: The longer I play a slot machine or a VLT, the more likely I am to win.

Fact: The longer you play, the more likely you are to pay, as the house advantage taken on every spin adds up. There is no way to predict when the next win is coming, no matter how long you play.

Myth: I'm an experienced card player so I can predict the outcome of the game.

Fact: Although skill and experience help you make better decisions than a beginner, you still can’t control the cards you are dealt or the house advantage present in every game.

Myth: If I play long enough, eventually I can win back all the money I’ve lost.

Fact: The longer you play, the more likely you are to lose. Chasing losses just leads to bigger losses.

Myth: My strategy for picking numbers for roulette is to avoid the last 10 winning numbers. They won't win again for a long time.

Fact: The odds remain the same no matter what numbers have come up in the past. With every spin, every number has an equal chance of winning.

Tips to keep it fun

How many of these do you know?

 Play for fun, not to make money.

When you gamble, the result is never certain and losing is always a possibility.  So look at gambling as entertainment, like going to a movie, and not as income.

Learn how the games work before playing.

The more you know about the games, the better equipped you are to make informed decisions before and while you play.

Set limits and stick to them.

Keeping it fun means playing within your limits.  When you set money or time limits before you play, you are more likely to stick to them.

Take frequent breaks.

Once in a while, it’s a good idea to take a break from playing. It can help you make smarter decisions, so gambling stays fun.

 Accept losses as the cost of entertainment.

Chasing losses almost always leads to bigger losses.  Chances are, the more you play, the more you’ll pay.

Balance gambling with other types of leisure activities.

Make gambling just one of the things you do for fun.


Helpful links

There's a lot more information on how to enjoy gambling responsibly. For more resources, click here.

Finding help

If you're concerned about your gambling or that of someone you know, click here


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