Think about the last time you gambled. Did you set a limit beforehand?
While gambling can be a fun source of entertainment, it’s also easy to get carried away. Research shows that people who don’t set limits before they gamble have a higher risk of experiencing gambling harm.

So whether you’re playing VLTs, table games or bingo, make a plan ahead of time, and stick to it.

There’s more than one way to set a limit before you gamble. Here are some ideas to help keep you on track.


  • Set a limit on the amount of money you are willing to lose. Stop gambling once you’ve spent that amount.


  • Only take the money that you are willing to lose with you when you gamble. Don’t take your bank cards or credit cards, and leave any extra cash at home.
  • When you run out of money, don’t borrow from family, friends or others to keep gambling.


  • Set a limit on how often you gamble. Balance gambling with other leisure activities. Gambling shouldn’t be the only activity you do in your spare time.


  • Set a limit on how much time you can afford to spend gambling. Whether you’re winning or losing, stop gambling once you’ve reached your time limit.


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If you or someone you know is struggling with gambling,
help is available through the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba’s 24-Hour Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-463-1554.



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