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09 June 2017

Top tips for responsible gambling this AFL season

The light leaves us earlier, the cold is creeping in and the fact that it’s starting to get wetter can only mean one thing – we are in the thick of winter, so we are in the thick of the AFL season.

For some, going to the football is the only thing to look forward to during the cooler months. It means rugging up, chucking on your team colours and heading to the grounds. It can also mean having a cheeky bet with your mates on whose team will prevail.

According to the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, a common myth when it comes to betting on sports is that it isn’t as risky as other forms of gambling because it involves skill.

This is wrong – knowing a lot about a certain game of sport doesn’t guarantee a win. It doesn’t matter how much you know, or your perceived “skill” level, because there’s no such thing as a sure bet.

To help you stay on top of your gambling this footy season, here are some handy tips:

  • Don’t think of gambling as a way to make money – going to the football is a social event. It’s about loving the moments, not the odds. Remember betting is just for entertainment
  • Plan how much money you want to spend – budget a specific amount that you can afford to lose and stick to it
  • Leave your credit and debit cards at home – take out your budgeted amount when you leave to go to the grounds so you can’t go over your set limit
  • Limit your alcohol intake when gambling – alcohol clouds your judgement and affects your decision making abilities when it comes to betting
  • Remember that odds change constantly, and they are not always in your favour
  • If you find yourself spending too much time and money on betting, get involved in other social activities with different groups of people.

If you feel that your gambling habit, or that of a loved one, is becoming a problem, Latrobe Community Health Service can help. Phone us on 1800 242 696.

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