Responsible Poker

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The Poker Players Alliance strongly believes that with the right to play poker comes a corresponding responsibility. Through our Web site and our advocacy work, the Poker Players Alliance remains committed to responsible gaming. We seek to not only to comply with all legislation and guidelines, but to also exceed them.

While most players enjoy poker responsibly, a small percentage may gamble when under the legal age limit; others may let poker assume too large a role in their lives. Even though poker is largely a game of skill, like any sport, playing it can have negative and unintended consequences.

The following questions are for anyone who may have a gambling problem. These questions are provided to help the individual decide if he or she is a compulsive gambler and wants to stop gambling.

  1. Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
  2. Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
  3. Did gambling affect your reputation?
  4. Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
  5. Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
  6. Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
  7. After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
  8. After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
  9. Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
  10. Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
  11. Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
  12. Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?
  13. Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
  14. Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
  15. Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
  16. Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance
  17. gambling?
  18. Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
  19. Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
  20. Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
  21. Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?

Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions.

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