– How the Games Work –

Learn how the games work before you play.

Chance-Based & Skill-Based Games

The more you know, the better equipped you can be to keep gambling safe and fun.

We all know that gambling involves risk. For some, that’s what makes it fun. But it’s important to know that gambling is entirely unpredictable.

Chance-Based Games

All the lucky charms in the world won’t affect the results of games of chance. Every roll, throw or spin has an equal chance of winning or losing. It doesn’t matter if you just lost three times in a row, or 40 times, the odds of winning don’t change. The only thing you can control is how much you bet, how often you play, and for how long.

Set a limit beforehand — it’s the best way to keep chance-based games fun.

Skill-Based Games

For some games, it is possible to improve your chances of winning by learning more about the game or by developing skills as a player. This is because players must make decisions that can affect the outcome of the game. But don’t be fooled, chance still plays a big part. No matter your skill level, you still can’t control the hand you’re dealt.

All casino games are designed to provide an advantage to the house, sometimes called “house edge”. Players may have the possibility of a short-term payoff, but the house has a predictable, long-term advantage. So winning is statistically possible, but the odds favour the house.

Every game has its own rules, odds & strategy

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Responsible Gambling Awareness Week

May 14-19, 2018
This week focuses on talking to players about the realities of gambling.

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