What randomness really means in poker machines

You have all probably heard about poker machines operating randomly, though what exactly does that mean? In gambling, random means that we are unable to accurately control or predict the outcomes that will occur next. Randomness also means that each outcome is independent of one another. That is, the outcome of each spin on a … Continue reading What randomness really means in poker machines

What is Return to Player?

If you are a regular pokies player, you’ve probably heard of something called the 'Return to Player Percentage'. It is something often talked about but not always well understood. It is important to clarify what Return to Player Percentage is, as misunderstandings can lead to problem gambling. By law, every poker machine in Australia must … Continue reading What is Return to Player?

We need to change the way we talk about gambling

Have you listened in to someone at a gambling venue playing the pokies? There are similar statements that seem to arise regardless of which venue you are at: “I’m up”. “I’m having a good run”. “I’m on a winning streak”. “The machines are hot today”. “I have won $200”. The problem with these statements is that … Continue reading We need to change the way we talk about gambling

Youth Gambling

Did anyone watch Insight on SBS last week? There was a vigorous and informative discussion on youth gambling (Insight - Youth Gambling). Gambling is a popular pastime in Australia and Australian youth are no exception with a participation rate of 70-80%. However one in every twenty young Australians will experience problems with gambling before they … Continue reading Youth Gambling

Building your quit gambling muscles

Having ‘stuffed up’ doesn’t mean you give up... At gambling help we often get stories from people who have been doing well controlling their gambling, perhaps not gambling for a few weeks, and then being devastated by a fall into old patterns – angry they’ve “stuffed up again”. While disappointing at the time, relapses are common and … Continue reading Building your quit gambling muscles

Recovering from a Gambling Relapse

Revisiting your game plan after a relapse, giving gambling the boot and getting back where you want to be You’ve probably seen the ads on TV talking about quitting smoking. The one that shows the bloke has given up four times, each time he was able to be free of cigarettes a little longer, and … Continue reading Recovering from a Gambling Relapse

Managing Gambling Worry

Are you constantly thinking about gambling? The difference between thinking about things you really like and thinking about something you used to like, say your gambling, is that it is likely that your gambling thoughts are now unpleasant and make you feel bad. Heavy and even moderate gamblers sometimes worry about their losses, think about … Continue reading Managing Gambling Worry