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When I tell people I am a Responsible Gambling Supervisor for Responsible Gambling Centres, they often give me a skeptical or confused look and say something like, “isn’t that an oxymoron?” or “I didn’t even know that existed”. In fact, they do exist and Responsible Gambling Centres (RGC) are found in many casinos and gaming establishments across Canada. RGC’s provide information and tips to the public on how to keep gambling fun, and their employees provide factual information on how games and other forms of gambling are played. They dispel myths and offer facts on the odds of winning (and losing!). RGC staff help casino patrons (and their loved ones) get immediate support for problem gambling and share information about how to get in touch with mental health services in the community for gambling-related problems.
Gambling is entertainment because the house always wins
Gambling should be seen as a source of entertainment, like going to dinner, the movies, or a concert because the house always wins. Casinos have a house advantage built in and despite being very transparent about this, many people still get caught up in the chase or the high of attempting to beat the house. The reality is simple: the more you play, the more it will likely cost you. This is because short-term play is unpredictable and anything can happen. This type of recreational gambler is realistic; they play and hope to win but know that the likelihood of winning is actually very low.
Learn from me and recreational gamblers to keep your gambling experience enjoyable by:
Gambling responsibly is just another form of entertainment when you keep these tips in mind and accept that lady luck works for the casino. So, go ahead and have a little fun but just remember that over long-term play, the losses will always outnumber the wins.
Stay tuned for part two of this blog about what problem gambling is, what the signs are and how to get help.
By Amy Demont. Amy is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and has been with Morneau Shepell since 2010. Amy started as a Team Lead working in the Responsible Gaming Information Centre in Casino NB located in Moncton serving both the patrons and employees of the casino. She currently supervises 5 responsible gambling centres in 3 provinces.
If you or someone you love has a gambling problem, there is help out there. Reach out to a counsellor or someone you trust to regain control of your financial and personal life. Talking with a counsellor can help. 1866 833-7690 workhealthlife.com