Set a budget and stick to it

Avoid gambling on credit or borrowing money to gamble

Monitor time spent playing & take breaks

Set time limits and stick to them

Gamble for entertainment

Balance gambling with other activities and stop if it is no longer fun

Know how the games work

Understand the odds of the games

It's ok to ask for help

If gambling is causing problems help is available.

Gambling responsibly means taking steps to reduce risks or harms to yourself that can occur when gambling. There are those that can get themselves into trouble financially, for others their gambling can cause issues with friends and family, or some may drink too much and/or use other substances while they play. It’s important to remember that all gambling activities have risk and to enjoy a safer playing experience, you must be aware of the risks and how you can minimize them. Using strategies when you gamble like setting a budget before you leave your house, taking breaks, and educating yourself on how the games work are just a few tips on being the safest and smartest player that you can be.


The CT Way is a partnership between the CT Council on Problem Gambling, CT’s gaming industry and state agencies with a focus on the importance of making safer play a priority as opportunities to gamble in our state increase. Check out the website by clicking on the logo.