5 Top Tips for Responsible Gambling
March 15, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Oh, I do fancy a flutter, don’t you?

It’s Cheltenham week, oh course you do! And what a glorious time it is. Surely ‘tis the only week of the year where it’s quite acceptable to stroll into a bookies at half one on a Wednesday afternoon and precede to spend the remainder of the day there.

cheltenham

You might even see your wife’s number appear on your phone, but you needn’t worry. Other days, you might be forced to pick up and instantly think of an excuse as to why you didn’t come home for lunch: “Sorry, love, I had to work right through” or “Sorry, dear, the boss wanted to go al fresco”. But not this week, no siree! She’s probably in the same bookies throwing a fiver on some 40/1 shot. You just can’t see her through the throngs of hungry punters!

But gambling can be dangerous. Young people in particular can be very susceptible to its addictive nature. Here are a few tips to keep in mind, on this week of all weeks.

1. Gambling Is An Expense

Yes, many of us dream of becoming professional gamblers, but in reality, there is no such thing. Betting to make money is just a pretty idiotic thing to attempt.

Betting should always be purely for entertainment. Buying an extra round for the boys because yesterday’s accumulator came off, is one thing. But having no money to pay rent because Arsenal conceded a last minute goal is a completely different kettle of fish altogether.

As they say, there’s a reason the bookmakers are chomping on them big cigars.

2. Delete That Phone App Pronto

Once upon a time, gambling wasn’t quite so easy. To throw a score on Barca to win at minus one meant actually getting off the couch and making one’s way to the bookies. But nay is this the case anymore.

delete-that-phone-app-pronto

The bookmakers have brought gambling to the “couldn’t be arsed leaving the house” masses. This can be very dangerous, for spending the money on your account can sometimes feel like spending some kind of Monopoly money.

It’s just a bit too easy isn’t it?

3. Don’t try to “Win Back”…EVER!

You’ll often see this guy in a casino at half 4 in the morning. Down 80 quid, but absolutely certain that a couple of more spins on roulette is the best way to go. It definitely isn’t. There’s a reason that guy is down 80 quid.

If you find yourself down a few quid down, I don’t know, you might have had Sevilla in your accumulator or something, well it’s usually the best thing to put down the phone or get out of the bookies.

And start betting on Leicester, apparently.

4. Know Your Limits

It can easily happen. One minute, you’re down three quid after one of Willie Mullins’ babies lets you down. Next thing you know, you’ve re-mortgaged your house and you’ve gambled away your youngest sister.  Well, maybe not “easily”.

5-top-tips-for-responsible-gambling

But it is extremely important to know your limit. Whether it’s the decision to only spend twenty minutes, or a financial limit of twenty quid, stick to it. It can be easy to get carried away, but most sensible betting apps will have personalised betting settings that can place limits on the amount of betting you can do.

Don’t gamble away your sister, she’s not all bad.

5. Don’t Gamble When You’re Feeling Low

Okay, so this is kind of an important one. If you’re feeling a bit shitty for one reason or another, whatever you do just stay away from bookies. And that poor sister of yours.

Yes, you probably think that watching your horse put a crisp 50 into your pocket might make you feel better. But imagine you lose. Now you’re feeling shitty and you’re also ten euro poorer.

If you’re not yourself, take a walk, read a book, head down to the gym, it doesn’t really matter, just do anything besides gambling.

So go on, enjoy a flutter. But just remember who’s making all the money. Because they’re certainly not standing on your side of the counter.

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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5 Top Tips for Responsible Gambling
March 15, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Oh, I do fancy a flutter, don’t you?

It’s Cheltenham week, oh course you do! And what a glorious time it is. Surely ‘tis the only week of the year where it’s quite acceptable to stroll into a bookies at half one on a Wednesday afternoon and precede to spend the remainder of the day there.

cheltenham

You might even see your wife’s number appear on your phone, but you needn’t worry. Other days, you might be forced to pick up and instantly think of an excuse as to why you didn’t come home for lunch: “Sorry, love, I had to work right through” or “Sorry, dear, the boss wanted to go al fresco”. But not this week, no siree! She’s probably in the same bookies throwing a fiver on some 40/1 shot. You just can’t see her through the throngs of hungry punters!

But gambling can be dangerous. Young people in particular can be very susceptible to its addictive nature. Here are a few tips to keep in mind, on this week of all weeks.

1. Gambling Is An Expense

Yes, many of us dream of becoming professional gamblers, but in reality, there is no such thing. Betting to make money is just a pretty idiotic thing to attempt.

Betting should always be purely for entertainment. Buying an extra round for the boys because yesterday’s accumulator came off, is one thing. But having no money to pay rent because Arsenal conceded a last minute goal is a completely different kettle of fish altogether.

As they say, there’s a reason the bookmakers are chomping on them big cigars.

2. Delete That Phone App Pronto

Once upon a time, gambling wasn’t quite so easy. To throw a score on Barca to win at minus one meant actually getting off the couch and making one’s way to the bookies. But nay is this the case anymore.

delete-that-phone-app-pronto

The bookmakers have brought gambling to the “couldn’t be arsed leaving the house” masses. This can be very dangerous, for spending the money on your account can sometimes feel like spending some kind of Monopoly money.

It’s just a bit too easy isn’t it?

3. Don’t try to “Win Back”…EVER!

You’ll often see this guy in a casino at half 4 in the morning. Down 80 quid, but absolutely certain that a couple of more spins on roulette is the best way to go. It definitely isn’t. There’s a reason that guy is down 80 quid.

If you find yourself down a few quid down, I don’t know, you might have had Sevilla in your accumulator or something, well it’s usually the best thing to put down the phone or get out of the bookies.

And start betting on Leicester, apparently.

4. Know Your Limits

It can easily happen. One minute, you’re down three quid after one of Willie Mullins’ babies lets you down. Next thing you know, you’ve re-mortgaged your house and you’ve gambled away your youngest sister.  Well, maybe not “easily”.

5-top-tips-for-responsible-gambling

But it is extremely important to know your limit. Whether it’s the decision to only spend twenty minutes, or a financial limit of twenty quid, stick to it. It can be easy to get carried away, but most sensible betting apps will have personalised betting settings that can place limits on the amount of betting you can do.

Don’t gamble away your sister, she’s not all bad.

5. Don’t Gamble When You’re Feeling Low

Okay, so this is kind of an important one. If you’re feeling a bit shitty for one reason or another, whatever you do just stay away from bookies. And that poor sister of yours.

Yes, you probably think that watching your horse put a crisp 50 into your pocket might make you feel better. But imagine you lose. Now you’re feeling shitty and you’re also ten euro poorer.

If you’re not yourself, take a walk, read a book, head down to the gym, it doesn’t really matter, just do anything besides gambling.

So go on, enjoy a flutter. But just remember who’s making all the money. Because they’re certainly not standing on your side of the counter.

Andy Leech
Writes about sport and the general idiocy of the human race. Once read a George Orwell book and now understands life.

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