For many people, betting on the horses is exciting and entertaining. They make thoughtful decisions about spending time and money. We have a moral, social and business responsibility to promote responsible gambling among our employees and patrons. Here are some tips to follow in order to wager responsibly:
* Balance playing the horses with other leisure activities.
* Play the horses for entertainment, not as a way to make money.
* Do not "chase" losses. Accept them as the cost of entertainment.
* Use extra income to wager, not money needed for everyday expenses.
* Set a time limit.
Responsible wagering is what most people practice on a daily basis. For some, however, wagering or gambling becomes a serious problem that they are unable to control. This can lead to a state of compulsive or pathological gambling. Pathological gamblers cannot resist the temptation to gamble; they cannot stop regardless of their jobs, families or anything else.
How can you tell if you or someone you know has a gambling problem? Gambling becomes a problem when a person:
* Loses time from work, school or family life in order to gamble
* Gambles until all the money is gone
* Gambles to win back money lost through gambling
* Lies to hide gambling activity
* Boasts about winnings but is vague about losses
* Fails time after time to reduce or stop gambling
Help is available 24 hours a day, every day. Call 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) for assistance.