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If you’re concerned that gambling is becoming more than a game for you, try using these guidelines to moderate your play.

• Think of the money you lose as the cost of your entertainment. Consider any money you win a bonus.
• Set a dollar limit and stick to it.
• Set a time limit and stick to it. Leave when you reach your limit, whether you’re winning or losing.
• Understand that you’ll probably lose and accept the loss as part of the game.
• Don’t borrow money to gamble.
• Don’t let gambling interfere with or become a substitute for family, friends or work.
• Don’t chase losses. Chances are you’ll lose even more trying to recoup your losses.
• Don’t use gambling as a way to cope with emotional or physical pain.
• Know the warning signs of problem gambling.

If your gambling is no longer an enjoyable activity, ask yourself: “Why am I still playing?” Call Missouri’s problem gambling help line at 1-888-BETSOFF (1-888-238-7633) for free help.

Source: National Council on Problem Gambling

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