Responsible Gaming

By Ben Hamill - October 30 2014
Responsibile Gambling

Almost every pleasure filled and exciting venture or activity that we undertake has its limits. Although sitting down to a huge steak dinner every night may be a delightful treat for our taste buds, our waist and cholesterol levels will certainly suffer. The same is true of the time we spend at the online casino. Although playing hours and hours of casino games at some of Canada's top sites is certainly enjoyable, this cannot be considered responsible gaming. Responsible gaming includes the time and money we spend at an online casino as well as the safety of the casino that we choose to play at. Although you are ultimately responsible for your own gaming sessions, the casino must also do its bit to ensure that our gaming experiences are safe and moderated.

Responsible Gaming as encouraged by the Online Casino

Canada's gaming industry research has shown that a responsible online casino encourages their players to have fun in a responsible manner and to know their limits — both from a financial and a time perspectives — when playing at a leading online casino. In addition, they have put into place mechanisms to identify compulsive gambling patterns and block all minors from gaining access to any type of gambling services.

These are some of the safety precautions and measures that have been put into place to support responsible gambling:

Protection of underage gambling — many casinos have put into place a number of security measures to ensure that minors cannot access the casino and to prevent underage gambling. The casinos also strongly encourage parents to implement safety measures on their home computers, such as enabling internet filters that can restrict gambling sites from underage children.

Self ExclusionMany Casinos are aware that players may need additional and outside assistance to control their gaming sessions. To this end, different initiatives by the casinos have been introduced such as a cooling off or self exclusion period. Different casinos will offer different programs. An example of such a program is a cooling off period or self-exclusion period whereby your account(s) will be blocked. Plus, you won't be allowed to open any additional accounts and you will be blacklisted from receiving any promotional and/or bonus offers during this time. If you feel that you need to enter a self-exclusion period, your request will trigger a permanent account blackout. At the end of the period you must reactivate your account. To do so, you must be in touch with the Customer Support Staff, who will review your case. At most casinos, you can ask for a self-exclusion period at any time by contacting the Customer Service Team.

Taking Responsibility

Playing casino games for real money is sometimes perceived as a dangerous activity as people can let their gaming time become out of control. Whilst it is true that some people do become addicted to the online casino games, in much the same way that some people become addicted to alcohol or prescription drugs, the majority of players do not. Players should be sure to treat the online casino is the same way as they treat all other leisure activities. The online casino is a way to relax and unwind and it can be very entertaining.

The most important rule for responsible gaming in Canada is to never spend more than you can afford to lose. Playing at the casino should come out of your entertainment and leisure budget. Some players find it helpful to set different budgets for different types of online casino games, for example $50 on the slots and a further $30 to play blackjack. Your casino budget should never come out of the household expenditures.

Another way to take control of your gaming session is to know when it is the right time to quit. Sometimes after a string of losses a player may become consumed with trying to chase the loss in the erroneous belief that a large number of loses must be followed by a win. Games at the online casino are completely random this means that no player is ever guaranteed a win. Players can spend their whole evening at the online casino experiencing a string of losses, or, conversely, a string of jackpots. It is therefore important that when you have lost all of the money you allocated yourself for the gaming session, quit and call it a day. By playing with a budget and a time constraint you will limit the amount of money you spend at the online casino and really enjoy your gaming session.


No matter how much money you win or lose, playing at the online casino should always be about having a good time and a great attitude. If you expect to win every time you play, you are going to have some very disappointing gaming experiences. You should also make sure to learn as many new games as possible, this will not only enrich the time you spend at the online casino, it will also open up your chances for winning.

Winning a jackpot at the online casino is more about luck and being in the right place at the right time. All players care about winning money at the online casino, but, the players who can keep things in perspective are the ones who will have the greatest satisfaction in the long run.