CardsChat.com™ RESPONSIBLE GAMING POLICY
www.cardschat.com and CC Internet Media Inc. ("We" "Us" or "Our") report on and provide information regarding the poker industry. We recommend our visitors who play poker for real money engage in responsible gaming ("Gaming" or "Gamble") practices. We want our users to have the information and tools they require to help keep their Gaming an exciting form of entertainment by encouraging responsible Gaming habits and preventing excessive or compulsive Gaming problems.
Gaming should be a safe and enjoyable activity. By sticking to responsible Gaming practices our users can stay safe while still having fun. These practices include:
- Be moderate about how much time and money you spend when Gaming. You should not view Gaming as a way to earn money. Always keep in mind that most gamblers lose money and the odds are always stacked in favour of the house;
- Never bet more than you can afford to lose. Donít ever bet your rent money Ė donít bet with money you need to cover your day to day necessities;
- Take advantage of websitesí self exclusion and daily limit tools. On most website you can set an upper limit for how much money youíre allowed to bet and how much time youíre allowed to spend on the website;
- Donít expect to win back money you lost. This is called chasing your losses Ė donít do it;
- Donít Gamble while if youíve had too much to drink or if youíve been using drugs;
- Never Gamble if you are depressed; and
- Use the self-help tools made available on Gaming websites. These self-help tools include deposit limits or self-exclusion features that lock you out of the Website for a period of time.
Gaming by Minors
Individuals under the age of 18, or the age of majority or legal age where they reside, are not allowed to Gamble. If you play on a Gaming website and live together with minors who may have access to your computer or other Internet connected device, then you should ensure that they donít have access to your account login credentials for that Gaming Website. Keep your username and password private and donít enable auto-fill fields on any devices to which minors may have access.
Responsible Gaming can be exhilarating and fun, but always be mindful that Gaming can be addictive. Excessive Gaming can be very harmful to you and those around you. Learn how to spot early warning signs that your Gaming may become a problem. Learn how to identify any problem Gaming issues as they arise and get help right away before your situation starts causing harm. Ask yourself the following questions:
- If you lose a bet or a game, do you feel that you need to play again as soon as possible so as to recover your losses?
- After a win have you ever had a strong desire to play again in hopes of more winnings?
- Do you ever Gamble for longer than originally planned?
- Did you often Gamble until youíve completely exhausted all your money?
- Do you ever feel remorse or guilt after Gaming?
- Have you ever Gambled so as to obtain money in hopes that such money will solve your financial troubles?
- Have you ever missed work or school because of Gaming?
- Has Gaming ever caused unhappiness in your home-life?
- Has Gaming affected your reputation?
- Have you lost motivation or productivity because of Gaming?
- Have you ever borrowed money or sold anything to pay for your Gaming?
- Has Gaming ever made you disregard the wellbeing of your family, friends, or yourself?
- Have you ever been reluctant to use money that youíve set aside for Gaming for normal expenditures?
- Do you ever Gamble as a means of escaping your problems or worries?
- Has Gaming ever affected your ability to sleep?
- Do arguments, dissatisfaction, disappointment, stress, or frustrations tempt you to Gamble?
- Has good luck or success ever tempted you to celebrate by Gaming?
- Have you ever or ever considered breaking the law to fund your Gaming?
- Has your Gaming ever led you to have suicidal thoughts?
Answering yes to any of the above could indicate you have a compulsive Gaming problem. If you have answered yes to any of the above, you should seek help as set out below.
If you think you might have a Gaming problem, we encourage you to seek help. Many organizations and programs have been developed to support individuals in overcoming their gambling problems and regain control of their life. Resources and organizations that may help you include: