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Hello. I have an occasional gambling problem. Once in a while, I overdo it and lose control.
Understanding gambling
Games of chance have four things in common:
  • The player bets money or an item of value when playing the game.
  • The bet cannot be taken back.
  • The player either wins or loses.
  • The result of the game depends entirely or partially on luck.
That means you are playing games of chance anytime you win money or an item, anytime you wager on sports, or anytime you play a video lottery terminal, the lottery, bingo, keno, the slots, poker, casino card games, or any similar game.
Did you know there are many misconceptions about games of chance? For example, some people believe that they can predict when a slot machine will pay out, or that if they know a lot about a betting game, they can predict the next winning bet. Some even think they can learn to play video lotteries well. But they could not be more wrong!
To avoid falling into these traps, read through this section and test your knowledge!
This information comes from the website of Centre québécois d’excellence pour la prévention et le traitement du jeu.
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