Problem Gambling FAQ

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Signs you may have a gambling problem

  • I gamble to escape from my problems
  • Everyday I think about gambling
  • I hide my gambling losses from my friends and family
  • I sometimes borrow money for my gambling
  • My gambling affects my work
  • I often spend more than I can afford
  • My family suffers as a result of my gambling

Gambling Myths and Truths

Myth: “Is my poker machine more likely to payout at different times of the day?”
Truth: No. Payouts on the poker machine are randomly generated and it makes no difference what time of the day you play.

Myth: “If I change my playing patterns can I trick or confuse my poker machine?”
Truth: No.

Changing the way you play does not determine your result. Each game is random with an independent result.

Myth: “Can I affect the outcome of a game by touching the poker machine, using lucky charms or pushing the buttons in a different way?”
Truth: No. The machines’ computer cannot be altered in any way. It only responds to you pushing the button.

Myth: “Can I affect the result of a game by using positive thoughts or concentrating?”
Truth: No. You are unable to change the machine in any way. All results are generated randomly.

Myth: “If I keep playing longer will I make up my lost funds?”
Truth: No. Each individual game is random with an independent result. The longer you play makes no difference to your chances of winning.

Myth: “If I play a machine after a payout, is the machine more likely to continue paying?”
Truth: No. Previous results have no bearing on your next game. Each individual game is random with an independent result.

Myth: “If I play a machine that hasn’t paid out for a while, is it due to payout?”
Truth: No. The chances of winning a prize on a gaming machine at any one time will always be the same. Previous results have no bearing on your next game. Each individual game is random with an independent result.