Responsible Gambling

Gambling should never be a problem, play responsibly.

We at Canada Poker want everyone to enjoy playing poker and we want everyone to play responsibly. At Canada Poker, we believe that one problem gambler is one too many.

Many Canadians gamble for fun. Most people use money from their entertainment budget to go a casino or a horse race, to play cards or bingo or to buy a lottery ticket. But, according to statistics, about 3% percent of Canadians experience gambling-related problems. These people cannot safely manage any kind of wagering. They have a disease called problem gambling.

Luckily, there is help for those who think they or someone they care about might have a problem with gambling. A number of private organizations offer assistance throughout the country.

Be a Winner…Play Responsibly
You may be quite successful at playing games of skill or chance, but unless you manage your money well, you might spend more than you intend when you gamble.

To ensure the safety of your gaming entertainment, stay within these responsible gambling guidelines;

Responsible Gambling How-To’s

  • Never gamble with borrowed money.
  • Work out your weekly or monthly recreation-spending budget and don’t go over it. Consider any money you spend on gambling an entertainment cost.
  • Only spend what you can afford to lose when playing.
  • Remember that over time nearly everyone loses: significant financial gain is rarely a benefit of gambling. Instead, find excitement in taking a chance, in winning sometimes and in having fun with your friends while gambling.
  • Don’t gamble alone. Gamble socially, with friends, family, or colleagues while eating or enjoying other forms of entertainment. Gambling should never be essential to having a good time.
  • Limit your gambling time in frequency and duration. If you gamble more frequently and for longer periods of time, you risk becoming a problem gambler.
  • Gambling should be your choice. Don’t let anyone pressure you into making a wager. If you struggle with addictions, you may not want to gamble at all.
  • Use of alcohol or other drugs when gambling is risky. Alcohol and drugs can affect your judgement and interfere with your adherence to your predetermined limits.

Who should not gamble:

  • Any person who is under the legal age, which is 18 for Canadians (may vary by Province)
  • Any person in recovery from compulsive or pathological gambling.
  • Any person in the early stages of recovery from alcoholism or chemical dependency.
  • Any person prohibited from gambling by organizational or employer policy.

When you should not gamble:

  • When feeling lonely, angry, depressed or under stress.
  • When coping with the death or loss of a loved one.
  • When trying to solve any personal or family problems.
  • When trying to impress others.

Gambling should be fun. Borrowing money to play, spending above your budget or using money that you have allocated for other purposes, can ultimately lead to more significant problems for you and your family.

If you think that you or someone you care about might have a gambling problem, contact any of these organizations below through their Gambling Help Lines: 

Ontario Problem Gambling Help Line

1 888 230-3505

Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

Available in English & French


1-866-SOS-JEUX (1-866-767-5389)

Confidentielle et accessible 24 heures par jour.
Disponible en anglais et en français
1-866-SOS-JEUX (1-866-767-5389)

Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

Available in English & French

Alberta Problem Gambling Help Line

1-866-33AADAC (1-866-332-2322)

Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

British Columbia Problem Gambling Help Line

Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

Manitoba Problem Gambling Help Line


Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

Saskatchewan Problem Gambling Help Line


Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

New Brunswick Problem Gambling Help Line



Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

Newfoundland and Labrador Problem Gambling Help lines

1-888-899-HELP (4357)


Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

Nova Scotia Problem Gambling Help Line
(hearing impaired)

Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

Prince Edward Island Problem Gambling Help Line


Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

Yukon Problem Gambling Help Line

Confidential and open 24 hours a day.

Northwest Territories Helpline



Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Helpline

979-3333 (Iqaluit)
1-800-265-3333 (Communities)

Anonymous and confidential telephone counselling
7:00 pm to midnight, 7 nights a week


USA – National Council on Problem Gambling


24 Hour Confidential Hotline

Gamblers Anonymous
Gamblers Anonymous is a group of men and women who share their experiences so that they may help each other solve their gambling problem.

Gam-Anon is a 12 Step self-help organization for those affected by the gambling problem of a loved one. No dues or fees are required.

Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling
The Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling provides information and resources to help prevent problem gambling.

Responsible Gambling Council
The Responsible Gambling Council works with individuals and communities to address gambling in a healthy and responsible way. The Council undertakes research and public awareness programs designed to prevent gambling-related problems.

GamTalk Forum
GamTalk is an online forum for anyone who wants to discuss gambling issues, concerns about the gambling behaviour of a friend or loved one, or advice on ways to keep gambling responsible. Developed by Dr. Richard Wood, a psychologist who specializes in responsible gambling initiatives, GamTalk will create a support network for players at all levels of the risk continuum.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
An online community supported by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This website contains information about problem gambling for individuals concerned about their own, or someone else’s gambling. also provides an online space for professionals to exchange knowledge and resources about problem gambling.

Canadian Partnership for Responsible Gambling

411 Richmond Steet, Suite 205 Toronto, ON M5A 3S5

Ph: (416) 499-9800 ext.246

Barry Koen-Butt Director,

Awareness Programs and Communications Responsible Gambling Council

411 Richmond Street East, Suite 205 Toronto, ON M5A 3S5

Ph: (416) 499-9800 ext.225

David Horricks Director,

BC Responsible Problem Gambling Program Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch

PO Box 9311, Stn Prov Gov Victoria, BC V8W 9N1

Ph: (250) 953-3078

Jackie Leonard-Janes

Social Responsibility Specialist Atlantic Lottery

30 Hallett Crescent St. John’s, NL A1B 4C5

Ph: (709) 724-1700 ext.1707 Email:

Anna Polatschek Manager,

Social Responsibility Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation

1601 Lower Water Street, 5th Floor, Summit Place Halifax, NS B3J 3P6

Ph: (902) 424-5997 Email:

Bev Mehmel Director,

Responsible Gaming Programs & Research Manitoba Lotteries Corporation

1425 Regent Ave. W. Winnipeg, MB R2C 3B2

Ph: (204) 957 2500 ext.2691 Email:

Paul Smith, Director

Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Affairs British Columbia Lottery Corporation

2940 Virtual Way Vancouver, BC V5M 0A6

Ph: (604) 228-3066

Elizabeth Stephenson Director,

Research and Communications Manitoba Gaming Control Commission

800 – 215 Garry Street Winnipeg, MB R3C 3P3

Ph: (204) 954-9449

Pamela Steppan Director,

Strategic Initiatives, Corporate Strategy, Social Responsibility Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission

50 Corriveau Avenue St. Albert, AB T8N 3T5

Ph: (780) 447-8812 Email:

Gerry Kolesar Supervisor,

Problem Gambling Services Addictions Foundation of Manitoba

3-1031 Portage Avenue Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R8

Ph: (204) 944-6205

Jim Engel Vice President,

Policy & Planning Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority

900-2500 Victoria Ave. Regina, SK S4P 3M3

Ph: (306) 787-2977

Christine Durocher Programs Director / Directrice des Programmes

Mise sur toi

410 Saint-Nicolas Street, Suite 247 Montreal, PQ H2Y 2P5

Ph: (514) 982-5524 Email:

Douglas Hood Senior Manager,

Policy and Program Development Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario

90 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 200 Toronto, ON M2N 0A4

Ph: (416) 326-6294

Bob Arlint Vice President

Security SaskGaming

1800 Saskatchewan Drive Regina, SK S4P 0B2

Ph: (306)787-2353

Patricia Steeves (Chair) Chief Operating Officer / Chef des operations

New Brunswick Lotteries and Gaming Corporation /

Societé des loteries et des jeux du Nouveau-Brunswick

670 King Street, P.O. Box 6000 Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1

Ph: (506) 444-3468