6 Things You Should Know About The Mechanics Of Gambling

6 Things You Should Know About The Mechanics Of Gambling

Let’s take a look under the hood of gambling and find out what makes it tick. We’re giving it to you straight about how odds in gambling actually works.

We’re going to take a look at a variety of different type of betting, including darts betting of course, to find out the truth behind the odds.

1. Odds in darts are based on past performances (but always expect the unexpected)

This might seem obvious, but it’s important to spell out that how sportsbooks work out odds in darts (and sports in general) is a careful analysis of what happened previously. However, as we all know, things don’t always pan out as we expect. That’s why it’s important to say that you should never think of a bet as a “sure thing”. Nothing is for sure in life, and certainly not in darts or any other sport, for that matter.

2. Poker is a game of skill

Poker has a reputation for being a tough game to play and an even tougher game to master. And that is fair. The thing about poker is, the best player usually really does win. Making sure you’re on top of strategy and really think about how you’re playing, plus how your opponents play, really does help. But of course, that’s not to say you won’t run into a bad beat.

3. Slots are totally random

Slots are governed by random number generators, which means they are truly random. Also, owing to the wide array of symbols, paylines, reels and features in many slots games, it’s clear that the number of outcomes possible is mind boggling. The whole idea of a hot or cold slot is kind of misleading. No one can predict when a slot pays out.

Also, it’s important to note that all slots will always have a return to player percentage. This is the average amount a slot pays out over thousands and thousands of slots. It’s not what you can expect to get back every time. And of course, as they are always under 100%, you know over time you’re bound to make a loss.

4. Online bingo and scatchcards are ditto, totally random

Just like slots, RNGs rule the roost over at online bingo and virtual scratchcards. There’s nothing you can do to affect the outcome.

5. Good strategy in blackjack minimizes losses

Some games are total and complete luck. Blackjack is a bit of a mix of luck and strategy. Again, it’s clear nothing is guaranteed. But there are also a set number of outcomes. Therefore, it matters what you do when faced with certain hands. Do yourself a favor and brush up on basic blackjack strategy before you play again. This isn’t going to stop you from losing. But it is going to stop you from making clearly poor decisions.

6. Roulette odds and payouts are (almost) always the same

Roulette has one of the most predictable odds and payouts systems of any casino game. You know what the riskiest bets are and what the pay outs are. And almost every version is the same. With one vital exception.

There are two big camps in the world when it comes to roulette. European and American. European roulette has slightly better odds, simply because it has one less number on the wheel (American has a 00).

Get the help you need with a gambling problem

No matter how well you understand odds in gambling, if you think you have a problem, you need to get help as soon as possible.

Professional organizations can help you with that. For example, in the United States the National Council on Problem Gambling is there on the phone at 1800 522 4700 or online. Meanwhile, Be Gamble Aware is an excellent organization in the United Kingdom. You can phone them at 0808 8020 133 or access resources online.

There are lots of other organizations around the world that you can reach out to in order to get help.

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7 Things You Should Know About Time Outs In Online Gambling

7 Things You Should Know About Time Outs In Online Gambling

Online gambling time outs might seem a little confusing at first, but really they’re not.

Whether this is the first time you’ve ever heard of them or you’ve been thinking about taking one yourself, we hope these 7 facts will help illuminate things for you.

1. You can’t place bets or deposit during a time out

This might seem pretty obvious, but during the time that you’ve chosen to take a break, you can’t place any wagers on your online gambling site.

And you also can’t deposit to fund your account during this time either.

2. Online gambling time outs are short breaks

Unlike self-exclusion, online gambling time outs are designed to be short breaks, after which you typically resume gambling.

3. Typically, a time out is between 24 hours and 30 days long

Depending on your online gambling site, a time out last anywhere from a day to 30 days.

4. You can also set custom and recurring time outs

Now this is a feature we love. In many online gambling sites, you can decide to set your own custom time outs. For example, it could start on a Monday morning and finish up on a Friday evening, for those who don’t want to gamble during the working week. And it can be recurring so it always starts and ends at the same time every week. Very handy.

5. There’s no way to reverse a time out

Once you’ve chosen a time out, you can’t cancel it. The only way to gamble again is to wait until the time period has lapsed.

6. You can withdraw whenever during an online gambling time out

It’s really handy that you can withdraw whenever you want during an online gambling time out. It’s not like your available funds are locked up. Simply log in and get out however much you need.

7. Time outs are for everyone

As you can see, time outs are handy responsible gaming tools that you can set to suit you. It’s a really smart way of time (and budget) management and keeping it straight in your head when you want to gamble and when you don’t.

Whether you set a custom time out for the working week, like we previously discussed, or you set one in the run up to a vacation to save or for any other reason at all, it’s a great idea to set a formal time out.

Just try it out and you can see how it works for you.

Get the help you need if you think you have a gambling problem

While online gambling time outs are brilliant for people who want to take a casual break from gambling, they aren’t designed to tackle a gambling problem.

If you think you have a gambling problem or you’re worried about a loved one, you need to get help from professional organizations. They are equipped to guide you or your loved one through dealing with a gambling addiction.

There are many excellent resources all over the world, including the National Council on Problem Gambling in the USA. As well as brilliant online resources, you can also phone them directly at 1800 522 4700.

In the United Kingdom, you can call 0808 8020 133 or visit the Be Gamble Aware website for help. And if you’re outside of the USA or the UK, there are lots of other organizations all over the world that are ready to help you.

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7 Self-Exclusion FAQs

7 Self-Exclusion FAQs

Excluding yourself from online gambling might seem like a big step. But sometimes it’s the exact right thing you should do.

Self-exclusion from online gambling is when you take a long-term break. This is something you can enable on your online gambling accounts, which means you are excluding yourself from online gambling for the duration of that break.

If you’re worried that you are displaying problem gambling signs, then you should take steps to exclude yourself from online gambling. And if you think a loved one has a gambling problem, you should encourage them to self-exclude too.

What you need to know about excluding yourself from online gambling

How long does self-exclusion last?

Self-exclusions are long-term breaks from gambling. They are a minimum of six months long or you can decide to permanently exclude yourself from online gambling.

How do you self-exclude?

Simply go to your account settings and you should be able to find an option to self-exclude relatively easily. If you can’t find the option, contact the site’s customer care team, who can guide you through the process.

What types of gambling does self-exclusion cover?

On some websites, self-exclusion stops you from all forms of gambling. However, on others, you can decide to self-exclude yourself from one form of gambling and not others.

If you suspect you have a problem with gambling, you should exclude yourself from all forms of gambling.

Can I still gamble on other sites when I’ve self-excluded?

Sometimes self-exclusions will carry through to other sites automatically. For instance, if the sites are owned by the same parent company.

However, this isn’t always the case. We think you should actively self-exclude from all your gambling sites to remove temptation during your self-exclusion period.

Can I stop my self-exclusion?

No, when you’ve chosen to self-exclude for a certain period of time, you can’t stop or reverse this decision. You also can’t speed it up. You must wait for that period of time to elapse before you can gamble again.

What happens if I still have money in my account when I self-exclude?

If you still have money in your gambling account when you self-exclude, you can still access it. You can log in and withdraw it at any time.

Will I still get updates from gambling sites when I self-exclude?

On most gambling sites, when you choose to self-exclude, you’re automatically unsubscribed from marketing email lists. If you’re still getting them, hit unsubscribe.

If you have mobile or desktop apps, you might also still get push notifications from them. Uninstall them as soon as you can, so you’re not bothered unexpectedly.

And while you’re at it, unfollow and unsubscribe from any gambling or gambling-related sites on your social media accounts.

Get the help you need

If you are excluding yourself from online gambling because you’re worried you have a problem, there are other things you need to do as well.

You should seek help from professional organizations, who are equipped to guide you in the ways you need. In the USA, you can call the National Council on Problem Gambling on their phone line at 1800 522 4700 or access resources on their website.

UK residents can contact Be Gamble Aware via their phone line 0808 8020 133 or online. And if you’re outside of the UK and the USA, you can find international help organizations near you.

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