|Nevada Gold believes that companies in the gaming business have an obligation to responsible gaming. For most people, a visit to a casino is a form of entertainment. Unfortunately, for a small number of people, gaming can be a problem: a disease often referred to as compulsive or pathological gambling. It’s important to be able to identify problem gambling and know where help is available.
Any gambling behavior negatively impacting the lives of individuals, resulting in serious personal, financial, or legal consequences.
The following behaviors (or combination of behaviors) may indicate that an individual has a gambling problem:
- Extensive and/or frequent playing sessions, whether rated or not.
- Remaining in the gaming area without playing or after their bankroll has been exhausted
- Regular credit increase requests
- Excessive credit card and/or cash machine use
- Requests to borrow money from other guests and/or staff
- Significant changes in betting pattern
- Losing regard to health and/or hygiene
- Becoming desperate
- Excessive playing in many casinos during short period of time
- Selling, pawning or stealing items to finance gambling
- Gambling to solve financial issues
Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to many of the following questions:
- Do you lose time from work due to gambling?
- Does gambling make you insensitive to the welfare of your family, thus making your home life unhappy?
- Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
- Have you ever gambled to solve financial difficulties or sold personal property to finance gambling?
- After winning or losing, do you feel like you must return as soon as possible?
- Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?
- Do you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever committed, or considered committing an illegal act to finance gambling?
- Do arguments, disappointments, frustration, even good fortune give you an urge to gamble?
- Have you ever considered self-destruction as result of your gambling?
These questions from Gamblers Anonymous spotlight common behaviors of problem gamblers, but by no means provide a diagnosis of problem gambling. If you would like more information, please contact The National Council on Problem Gambling at 800-522-4700 or Wexler’s National Hotline at 888-last-bet.
Responsible Gambling Council