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Given the huge number of people who enjoy playing slots and table games like poker and blackjack at online casinos, it is important that people know how to do so in a responsible way. These tips should ensure you have fun at the casino without losing your shirt.

Work out a budget

The single biggest tip for responsible gambling is to know what you can afford to bet (and lose) before you start playing, and make sure you stay within that limit. That way it won’t matter too much if you have one of those nights where the gaming just isn’t going your way. However much you trust yourself it can still be a good idea to set aside your monthly gambling budget in a separate bank account. It is easy to underestimate just how exciting casino gaming can be when you are in the heat of it.

Know when to walk away

Which brings us to the next tip. Casino games like poker or the slots are a gripping form of entertainment – that’s why so many people love playing them – so having the self-control to know the right time to stop is crucial. This can be difficult, especially when you are losing as the temptation becomes to chase these losses in the hope of winning back some of the money, but good gamblers always know the right time to call it a night.

Take periodic breaks

One way of ensuring that you stay in control during particularly thrilling periods of gaming is to take breaks at various points during the evening. This will stop you from losing a sense of perspective, helping to keep your casino gaming as an enjoyable hobby, and should actually benefit your gambling – as it will let you go back with a clear head and fresh way of looking at things.

If you follow these simple tips there is no reason why gambling at an online casino should not be a thrilling new hobby, as well as one that can be rewarding both in entertainment and financial terms.

Editor's Insight: I think moderation and responsibility are key to any type of gambling that you might choose to do.  There's nothing wrong with having fun, so long as you have established limits that you set beforehand, that will not put you in debt, and most importantly, that you adhere to.  I would also add that you should have a clean mindset, and to be free of substances which can cloud your judgement.

This post published by Tom Shannon