Losing track

It is easy to “zone out” when gambling online. After a while, your time and money are gone and you may not remember how it happened.

People often say that zoning makes them oblivious to their surroundings, time and responsibilities.

Betting with credit or a linked account instead of actual cash can make it feel less real – like it’s not really money you’re gambling with.

If you gamble alone, there is a risk that there is no-one around to help you. Being around people can help to talk down a bigger bet, to remind you to slow down or take a break, or to support us after a loss.

Online gambling

So easy to bet – too easy to lose

You can gamble online any time and anywhere – at home, at work, anywhere you have internet really.

This can mean that Online gambling can be quite risky as there is very easy access to gambling and for some people it can get out of hand quite quickly.

It may feel comfortable and less risky than gambling at a venue and the ease and convenience makes it really simple to spend more time and money than planned.

Even if you only gamble what you can afford, Online gambling can affect other parts of your life.

Unknowingly, the time spent gambling online can affect your job, your personal relationships with friends and family, and even your health.

Offers & Promotions

Once you have used a site, it’s likely they will send you offers and promotions, these are deliberately designed to draw you back to the site so you gamble your money.

These websites track everything you do on the sites including: how often you visit, how much you spend, and how your gambling patterns change. They then use this information to market to you very effectively. They can and will, send you bonuses and offers to keep you gambling and promotions to come back to their site if you haven’t bet in a while, but remember the house always wins even when they are offering you promotions.

Practice Sites

SGWinningFT Some sites offer free games so that people can ‘practise’. Be aware that these sites are designed to make you think you are really good at the games. They make it easier to win, giving you a false understanding of how easy it may be to win, they are trying to lure you in so that you gamble your money.

When winning at the practice games don’t expect to have the same results in the paid games.