Responsible Gambling

Learn how to understand gambling and how to gamble responsibly.

How to Gamble Responsibly

Here are some key tips to help you gamble responsibly:

How Gambling Works

Gambling is an exciting and enjoyable form of entertainment for millions of people around the world. The vast majority of people gamble in a safe, responsible fashion and find that they are able to stay in control of their gambling.

However, surveys suggest 0.5 to 3% of the gambling population slip into a pattern of problem gambling, and it can have a harmful impact.

It is therefore vital to understand how to be a responsible gambler and ensure that it remains a fun source of entertainment.

We have created this dedicated responsible gambling resource in order to provide our readers with trustworthy advice and to promote the highest standards in responsible wagering.

You will find practical tips to help you stay in control of your betting. These include tracking your spending, managing your bankroll, maintaining a betting diary and setting deposit limits. We will also explain the self-exclusion and time-out options available to you.

Read on and you will find detailed guidance on how to manage problem gambling, information about the support you can benefit from, and details about how to protect minors.

Sports Betting Explained

Sports betting involves making a prediction on a sporting event. It could be the final result, or an event within a game, like the total runs in a cricket match, the first goalscorer in a football game or the winner of the opening set in a tennis match.

The bookmakers will assign a set of odds to each outcome, depending on how likely they think it is.

For example, you might see odds of 1/8 on Liverpool beating Norwich, and 30/1 on a victory for Norwich. A £10 bet at odds of 1/8 would earn you a profit of just £1.25 if successful, whereas a £10 bet at 30/1 would yield a £300 profit.

It indicates that the bookmakers believe Liverpool have a great chance of winning. However, there are no guaranteed winners. Upsets happen on a regular basis. In fact, if you were to bet on the favourite in every match or every race, you would be likely to incur a loss overall.

Or if you are betting in America sports bettors may look to bet on the final result, or an event within a game, like the total points in an NFL game or the amount of 3-pointers a basketball player will make.

In the United States, you might see odds of -300 on the Seattle Seahawks beating the Los Angeles Rams. A $10 bet on the Seahawks would earn you a profit of $3.33 if successful. It indicates that the bookmakers believe the Seahawks have a strong chance of winning.

What is important to remember for all sports wagering is that around 95% of all sports bettors tend to lose in the long run and although every sporting event and market has a winner to be found it may not be you each and every time you place a bet.

Casino Betting Explained

Casino gaming includes slots and table games such as blackjack and roulette.

These games sometimes involve a degree of skill, but they are mainly games of chance. When you play blackjack or slots online, a Random Number Generator (RNG) produces the results.

Reputable, trustworthy online casinos are strictly regulated, and the RNG software they use is regularly audited to ensure the games are fair. However, they are set up to give the house a slight advantage, and even the most generous slots will only offer you a Return to Player (RTP) of 98% to 99%.

RTP is calculated over thousands of spins, and it does not indicate the return you can expect if you simply play for 10 minutes. But remember that you cannot predict the outcome of the game. A computer driven programme generates a sequence of numbers at random, and that produces the result.

Just like Sports Betting, playing at the Casino, whether online or in person carries monetary risk and an in-built house edge for the operator or casino which means the house always wins.