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Responsible Gaming

Gambling is a part of American culture and the world’s culture. With this it is important for people to play with responsible gaming. When players go overboard with gambling the consequences can be severe. Fortunately most people do not get to levels that damage themselves. This does not mean that people should not guard against it.

When looking to play at online and land based casinos it is best to have a certain bankroll. You can consider yourself as a staked poker player if it makes you feel better. Having a bankroll in your budget allows you to enjoy yourself without dreading each hand or roll. When players start playing outside of a comfortable bankroll problems can occur. Also when this happens, players do not enjoy playing the game. You probably can think back and picture someone sitting at a blackjack table cursing the cards instead of enjoying the game.

Often times when players get into trouble gambling it is because of outside influences. It could be a rough patch at work or problems with their families. Studies have shown that most people who get into gambling problems cannot stop until these other issues are resolved. This can make it difficult for people to recover from gambling problems. Some say they can quit cold turkey but the problem comes back up. If you see someone suffering from gambling addiction they need to be confronted.

A new issue with responsible gaming is that it is easier for one to get into a game. Until the last ten years many people could not get into a game without traveling. This is because casinos in most parts of America are illegal. Also in many areas where there are casinos the games can be limited and many poker rooms have hard limits. This made it easier for people not to get in trouble with gambling. When someone got out of control on vacation at least they left the area. When you have to fly back to go to work it is easier to stop. Even though they would get themselves in trouble they could work their way out of it. Now with online casinos more and more players can get into games on a regular basis than ever before.

To combat this issue an industry watchdog has been formed. The group is called the e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulations and Assurance (eCOGRA). When a casino is part of the eCOGRA they have shown great resolve to responsible gaming. When applying to enter the eCOGRA online casinos need to go under stringent inspections on all aspects of their casino. Only after a strict overseeing will the eCORGA award their seal of approval. They can help and provide free consult with a dispute or for when a player gets out of hand.

For those who believe they have a gambling problem there are hotlines that one can call.
USA National Council on Problem Gambling 1-800-522-4700
UK Gamblers Anonymous 08700-50-88-80

Responsible gaming is fun and should be enjoyed. Just make sure to keep an eye on the true reason to play and that is to have fun.