For many people. visiting a casino is a fun and enjoyable form of entertainment and one of the things that makes the experience exciting Is the element of risk and the chance to win, or to lose money. With any risk-taking activity it is important to ensure that you do not lose control. and for a small minority. gambling can become a problem. The temptation to keep trying your luck. or re-experience an early win may become irresistible. It's when you lose control of your gambling that it ceases to be an enjoyable social experience.

If each time you win. you find that you spend your winnings on more gambling, and if you lose. you desperately continue. hoping that a 'big win' is just around the corner, you may need to take stock of your gaming. If gambling has taken over your life and dominates your thoughts, if you cannot stop until you have run out of money or if you have lost relationships, friends, possessions or jobs as a result of your gambling

then this leaflet may help.


How to stay in control

At Coral Island we are committed to helping our customers stay in control. and there are some simple steps you can take to ensure gaming remains an enjoyable entertainment experience.

  • Set yourself a time limit
  • Set yourself a spending limit and stick to it.
  • Remember to take a reality check. Perhaps take a break away from gambling and collect your thoughts.


Do you have a problem?

 Ask yourself the following questions to help understand if gambling is becoming an Issue for you.

  • Have you put at risk Important or significant relationships, a job or your career because of gambling?
  • Do you see gambling as a means of escape from problems or other feelings?
  • Do you find yourself re-living previous gambling experiences and thinking of ways that you can get more money to gamble?
  • Have you ever claimed to be winning from gambling when, in fact, you are losing?
  • When you run out of money for gambling. do you feel loss and despair and need to gamble again as soon as possible?
  • Do you gamble all of your money, including what you may need to get home or for food and drink?
  • Have you lied, stolen or borrowed to get money for gambling?
  • Do you chase gambling losses or quickly return to gambling when on a losing streak?
  • Are you reluctant to spend your money on normal things?
  • Are you in debt because of gambling?
  • Do you try to hide the extent of your gambling from friends and family?
  • Do arguments, frustrations or disappointments make you want to gamble?
  • Have you ever thought of suicide as a way of solving your problems?


The more you answer yes to any of the above, the greater the likelihood of a gambling problem. It is essential that you speak to someone about this.


Getting back in Control

Firstly, be honest with yourself and with others about your concerns and gambling habits. Take responsibility of the problem and seek help, running away or hiding the issue will not help. The following outlines some steps you can take to begin to address your gaming problem.

  • Call the GamCare helpline who can offer advice and support in dealing with gaming issues.
  • Talk about it with someone you trust; A friend, family member or counsellor.
  • Ask someone you trust to handle your money for an agreed amount of time.
  • Talk in confidence to the Duty Manager at the casino, they are well trained in the issues involved and can help you get help and to ‘self exclude’ from the casino for a period of time.


Overall be optimistic, gambling dependency can be overcome. Some gamblers find it impossible to go back to gambling without losing control, whilst others are able to return to controlled gambling at a later stage.


Seeking help and advice


GamCare Helpline:

0845 6000 133

GamCare provides information, advice and counselling to individuals, their family and friends who have concerns about problem gambling.



Gamblers Anonymous (GA) Helpline:

08700 508 880

A self-help fellowship of compulsive gamblers wanting to address their gambling problems running weekly groups throughout the country. The sister organisation GamAnon runs groups for partners/families of compulsive gamblers. 


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