Responsible Gambling Programme

Protecting the public

The Gauteng Gambling Board (GGB), as a leading regulator in the gambling industry, is dedicated to preventing problem gambling and promoting responsible gambling practices. The GGB has launched an extensive public awareness campaign to reduce gambling risks. Working with key stakeholders in the gaming industry, the GGB is fully committed to equip people with the knowledge to gamble responsibly.

What does responsible gambling mean?

You may gamble for entertainment, but are aware of your likelihood of losing and understand the associated risks. You’re in control of your gambling activity. Responsible gambling occurs in balance with other activities in your life and is not causing harm to either yourself or others.

What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling is gambling that is done excessively and negatively affects other areas of a person’s life, such as physical or mental health, school or work performance, finances, and/or interpersonal relationships.

Signs of problem gambling?

Everyone’s experience is different, but here are some general signs of a potential gambling problem. The more signs you recognize, the greater the chance of a problem.

Myths and Facts of gambling

MYTH:

“I feel lucky.” or “My lucky charm will help me win.”

FACT: 

Luck cannot be used to predict what will happen in the future. The outcomes of gambling are unpredictable.

MYTH:

Some slot machines are hot and due for a big jackpot.

FACT:

The fact is that slot machines have Random Number Generators (RNGs) inside them which ensure that each spin produces a random result. A machine is just as likely to have back-to-back winning combinations and big payouts as it is to have back-to-back losing combinations and losses.

MYTH:

“If I keep playing, I can win back what I’ve lost so far.”

FACT:

Chasing losses won’t solve your gambling or financial problems. The longer you play, the more likely it is that you will end up losing.

MYTH:

“I can learn a system that will beat the odds.”

FACT:

There is no system you can use to overcome the house advantage or the odds.  Every game has an element of randomness that cannot be overcome. This is a necessary condition of gambling.

MYTH:

“The more I play, the better I’ll get.”

FACT:

With gambling, practice does not make perfect. One play does not affect another and there is no system or sure way to win. Remember, every game has an element of chance that cannot be overcome, even with practice.

If you are concerned about your own gambling, or if you are worried about a family member or someone you care about, you can get help.
Contact:
Toll Free Counselling Line: 0800006008 or SMS Help to 0766750710

www.responsiblegambling.org.za