CricketToday is always committed to support you when it comes to responsible gambling. You should have fun playing in a safe environment. While most players enjoy gambling as a form of entertainment, some may experience problems. Our commitment to protecting all players extends to those around them, especially when the experience stops being fun.
If you feel like you or someone close to you might be at risk, please complete the following surveys to identify if there may be a problem:
Feel like you might benefit from talking to someone? You have options:
Want to share your experience with someone online?
Visit GamTalk to connect with people who have been through this before:
Based in Ontario and want to speak to someone on the phone?
Contact Ontario ConnexOntario Help Line 1-866-531-2600 This helpline is a free and confidential service in Ontario, Canada and is available 24/7 with service in 170 languages.
You can also visit their page here: https://www.connexontario.ca/en-ca/
Common Gambling Myths Debunked
The more you play, the more likely you are to win.
WRONG. The longer you play has no affect on the likelihood you will be successful. The outcomes are never guaranteed, no matter the length of play. This is called the gamblers’ fallacy.
If you play long enough, you will win back all of your money.
WRONG. There is no correlation to time vs money won. Gambling is a leisure activity and should be enjoyable. If you feel like you are playing beyond your means, please use your operator’s responsible gambling tools.
Knowledge of a game can give you a better chance of winning.
WRONG. Players must make educated decisions and to fully understand the games or types of wages they are placing. Knowledge of a game never accounts for chance. The exciting part of sports, including cricket, is the unknowable and the unpredictability.
These are the most important principles to stick by when wagering:
1. Set A Budget And Stick To It
Two of the most important things to consider before gambling is whether you are betting more than you can afford to lose – or whether you are chasing any losses. Setting a budget that you are willing to spend on a monthly, or even daily, basis should help to stop this – allowing you to remain in control and prevent any gambling-related issues.
Using the Deposit Limit feature on your chosen online betting account is a handy way of restricting the amount you can deposit over a certain time frame.
2. Only Gamble With A Clear Head
It is important to only gamble when your judgment is clear, with those being under the influence of alcohol – or those that are emotional – far more likely to make irrational decisions in regards to their betting. It is wise to sit back and evaluate before placing any bets, hopefully preventing you from acting outside of your normal judgement.
The Take A Break feature on your account will prevent access to a site in the short term – usually up to 30 days. If a longer-term option is preferred, Self Exclusion provides a similar service, but usually for months or even years.
3. Keep Track Of How Much Time You Spend Gambling
If gambling is becoming so time-consuming that you are beginning to see friends and family less, or that it is stopping you from enjoying any recreational time – it would be wise to assess your relationship with betting. This can be done by keeping track of time spent gambling – and how many bets you are placing over a certain timeframe.
Your Account History allows you to track settled and unsettled bets, deposits and withdrawals, to see how much you have bet over a certain period. Whilst setting Reality Checks will also produce regular pop up alerts that will show the amount of time you have been logged into your account.
4. Never Be Afraid To Ask For Help
If it gets to the point where losing or winning a bet is the difference between paying bills, or you are starting to borrow money to continue, then it is never too late to ask for help to stop gambling altogether.