Responsible Gaming is committed to promoting responsible gaming by educating our visitors to help them recognize problem gambling and providing them with resources to seek further help. Even though most online poker players play games for entertainment purposes, we recognize that for a small number of them, it may develop into a potentially harmful addiction, which can create a huge financial strain on the person.

To help identify if you have a problem in yourself or someone you know who may be at risk of developing a gambling problem, then we highly recommend that you review the following questions. These questions are intended to help you take an introspective look at yourself to establish if you have a real problem with gambling whether it be online or offline. If you have answered yes to two or more of these questions, you most likely are dealing with a gambling problem that needs to be tackled head on, and it would be in your best interest to get in contact with one of the support programs in your local area. These resources are listed at the end of this article.

1. Have you ever played for longer than you had planned for the session?

2. Have you ever played with more money then you could afford to lose?

3. Have you ever missed time from work, school, or other important things in your life due to playing poker?

4. Have you ever borrowed money from friends, family members, or work colleagues to help finance playing poker?

5. Have you ever had self-destructive or suicidal thoughts as a result of playing poker games?

6. Has playing poker caused you to neglect your own welfare or that of your family?

How to Play Poker Responsibly

For those who choose to play poker online, there are several things you need to consider, which can help you make the online poker playing experience a much more enjoyable one, as well as reduce the risk of developing an online poker addiction.

First and foremost, you should only play with money that you can comfortably afford to lose. Never buy into a game with more money then you are willing to lose, and not with money that you need for food, gas, rent, bills, and other expectations for living.

Although many online poker rooms will give you a bonus on your first deposit, it would be a good idea to treat this for what it is, a bonus and something that would be nice to have in addition to your winnings, and not a target you must aim for. If your main objective is clearing the bonus instead of playing solid poker, you may lose your bankroll trying to clear it.

Set stop loss limits. It can be very helpful to set a dollar amount on how much you’re willing to lose by implementing a stop/loss rule. That way, you will never lose more then what you’re prepared to lose for a specific day/session, even though you have more funds available in your bankroll to play with.

If for example you lose 2 buy-ins, or whatever limit you set it at, you will call it a day and stop playing for the session. This is a great way to help with managing your losses, because regardless of your skill level, there are going to be some days when you’re not going to show a profit.

There are always going to be games running pretty much around the clock. If you start losing, do not make a novice mistake of moving up to play higher stakes games then you normally would to try and chase your losses.

You also shouldn’t play online poker when you are feeling tired, or are not feeling well, or under the influence of alcohol or other drugs that influence your gameplay. It is much more difficult to make the correct decisions when your mind is not calm and you are not thinking very clearly.

The biggest challenge is to try and find the right balance between playing poker and doing other activities that occupy your time outside of poker. Playing poker should not take priority over other aspects of life, such as family, personal relationships, and work. So find the right time in the day to play, which do not interfere with work or family engagements, and don’t allow poker to be the only form of “entertainment” for you, otherwise playing poker online or offline will inevitably become an enormous part of your life.

Gambling Help Websites

If you feel that you have lost control of your gambling, as a first step it would be advisable to check out one of the following websites: