The vast majority of players know that this is a form of entertainment that must be done in proportion to the time and money spent on it.
However, a small minority will not realize that they are spending too much gambling and will not even realize that they are having problems. This is what defines a problem player. Within this definition, however, you may find that problem gamblers are willing to admit that they have a problem, but simply cannot quit because of the addictive parts of gambling.
Psychologists generally recommend that if players know they have an addictive personality (whether it be alcohol, other substances, etc.), then they should not play at all. Players are also advised to contact a psychiatric practitioner if they are in doubt about their ability to handle games, whether online or offline.
So what should potential players look out for when trying to find out if they can handle gaming entertainment without making it an addiction?
The first is to determine their personality traits and find out if they have a pattern of addictive behavior. This can range from eating to smoking or compulsive behavior such as addiction to cleanliness or personal hygiene at levels that are not considered normal behavior.
Casino games are a good form of entertainment and most players look at this pastime as they do something else, with the money they spend on this pastime in the same light as money spent on movies or a good meal. But for the small minority where gambling becomes an addiction, it is not fun in the pastime – just obsession.
So how do you deal with restrictive gambling if there are signs of addictive behavior? Players can start by making very strict personal rules about how long they spend at the casino and how much money they can afford to spend. Taking personal responsibility for creating a strict gambling regime can slow down all addictive personality traits.
Other tips are to take regular breaks during gaming sessions and not sit for hours in front of the computer. Head clearing, doing something else or simply shutting down the computer can do wonders for all mindsets – addictive personality or not.
Finally, there are many outreach programs that are willing to help players who feel they have developed a gambling problem. Most reputable casino sites will have information about these groups and the vast majority of them are just a mouse click away.