This is one area that can be quite touchy when it’s connected to gambling. It’s a very private matter to each individual gambler, and everyone’s budget is different. And this is an individual choice and may not be right for everyone. But it’s something that should be addressed and thought out whether you’re a weekend gambler or spend just a few dollars here and there or you’re a high roller with a large amount of expendable cash at your disposal. Limits will help keep you from getting in over your head and stay out of trouble.
It’s very important to decide exactly how much you want to gamble before you begin play. Set aside the amount you can afford to lose. Once your in the casino and playing on that last $10.00 or so, it’s so easy just to slip in another $50 or $100 without giving it much thought. Then, unless you win enough to keep playing on for awhile and that money is gone, you think “I’ve gone this far, what’s another $50″ This adds up faster than you think. And there have been more times than I can count that I too have told myself things like…” I’m going to win back what I lost and then quit.” Or, ” I know this machine is going to hit soon, it’s hot and about to burst”. These are easy traps to fall in.
If you are playing in an online casino and feel that you may have trouble limiting yourself, but don’t want to deny yourself the pleasure of gambling, speak with the casino manager or customer support and let them know how you feel. Tell them you would like for them to set a daily, weekly or monthly limits on your deposits, that no matter how much you plead with them to raise it, they will stand firm. The casinos would rather do this than to see you get in over your head or cause you any financial difficulties. If you contact a casino and they can’t or won’t do this to help you out and to keep you as a loyal player, you have every right to take your money somewhere that will. And let the casino know that. There are even a few online casinos that keep records of your deposits in a way that can alert them to a potential problem. And some even have someone on staff that deals with compulsive gambling problems, and can point you in the right direction if you need professional help. These casinos really care about you as a player but even better they care about you as a person, you’re not just an open wallet to them. If there is a casino that you really want to play at and they don’t offer this, then speak with the casino manager and suggest it as a service to their players.