Responsible Gambling Policy
The Responsible Gaming policy at LegalBet Canada is focused on promoting a responsible attitude when betting online. We believe that gambling should always be fun, and done in a safe, transparent, and reliable environment.
At the same time, online gambling should also be recognized as an activity that inevitably involves financial risks. For this reason, it’s important that players are responsible and gamble in moderation, without putting themselves in financial, psychological or social danger.
Attitudes That Promote Responsible Gambling
LegalBet Canada strongly recommends that you:
- Understand the rules and peculiarities of all placed bets.
- Establish a rational betting plan, including setting maximum weekly deposit values and avoiding compulsive gambling.
- Define a maximum value for the weekly or monthly losses and keep on top of your potential financial damage.
- Never chase losses, or play in order to recover the money you lost.
- Never gamble your savings or the money that you need for your living expenses.
- Never borrow money to gamble.
- Always play for fun, and never as a means for quick and easy enrichment.
- Never gamble if your judgement is impaired by alcohol, medication, or for emotional reasons.
Furthermore, the websites you use to gamble may also offer a set of tools to ensure you play safely and responsibly, such as:
- Deposit limits
- Wagering limits
- Reality checks
At LegalBet Canada, we always recommend that you familiarize yourself with these tools, taking advantage of them whenever necessary.
Identifying Risk Behaviour
While gambling should be taken seriously, it can also be a fun and enjoyable experience that doesn’t negatively affect your personal life.
However, compulsive gambling is a reality that is responsible for leaving permanent marks on the personal, professional, and social lives of gamblers who lose control.
The following are risk behaviours that all gamblers should avoid:
Non-stop betting, especially if above the limits that you have previously established
Feeling bad, anxious, or worried when you are not gambling or when you are thinking about stopping gambling.
Trying to stop gambling and not succeeding.
Worrying too much about gambling.
Playing when depressed, anxious, or distressed.
Chasing losses, or to keep on betting after a loss, with the intent of recovering the lost money.
Not talking openly about your gambling behaviour.
Damaging your professional, familial, financial, and romantic relationships by engaging in gambling.
Borrowing money to cover gambling losses or to keep on gambling.
If you self-identify with at least 4-5 of the behaviours listed above, you may be at risk for compulsive gambling. It is recommended that you review your gaming patterns and limit your gambling account or accounts. If possible, you should also quickly seek to return to healthier gambling habits.
If you self-identify with at least 6-7 of the behaviours listed above, you have a considerable risk of developing a gambling addiction. If so, we recommend that you stop playing as soon as possible and ask for help from your friends, family, and acquaintances. Support from those that care about you is essential in situations like these.
Finally, if you self-identify with 8 of the behaviours listed above, you are likely to have a severe gambling addiction. We strongly recommend that you stop all gambling activities and seek professional help. The following are institutions that may help you reduce your risk and avoid financial and personal damage:
Responsible Gambling Council
The Responsible Gambling Council offers several online tools, such as gambling cost calculators and self-assessment quizzes. It also offers tips on how to deal with responsible gambling.
Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling
The Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling is a collaboration of non-profit organizations, gaming providers, research centres and regulators working to find and promote effective ways to reduce the risk of problem gambling.
Gamblers Anonymous has several branches in Canada. We recommend that you contact the one in your area of residence. For a full list of the different national and international Gamblers Anonymous addresses, please see here.