Macau too far flung? Vegas in thrall to Trumpian, towering trash? Singapore better enjoyed on the streets than in the churches of crushed dreams? Maybe a trip halfway across the world to lay waste to the wallet isn’t for you. Perhaps you’re better off doing your fluttering from home, in comfort and conscientiously. With that in mind, here are 4 IDEAL ways to gamble online responsibly.

SET LIMITS

Online gambling websites offer the chance to add a self-imposed daily, weekly or monthly limit to your account. This is always a good idea, as it prevents you getting carried away. You can protect your money from major gambling mistakes and go a step further in the safety stakes by putting together a spending plan before you begin. 

CASH OUT PLAN

Presumptuous we know, but it’s crucial to have a cash out plan in place so you don’t get caught up in the thrill of victory before the jaws of defeat bite you on the way back down. Decide how much of your winnings you’ll re-invest in the game and cash out any additional winnings religiously. Re-invest only a percentage of your wins, so you’re taking a profit any time you’re successful with your online gambling. This will help you stay in the green, of course, only temporarily. It’s folly to believe any serious money will be made in the long run. Instead, treat it as a bit of fun.

ANONYMOUS DEPOSITS

Bitcoin casinos are becoming increasingly popular online as they add both anonymity and an extra layer of protection during the transaction process. Bitcoin safety is treated as paramount, and sites using this form of deposit provide a greater security than traditional casinos. Without having to enter all your personal information when you go online, privacy is afforded. Once you’ve found a reliable casino site that accepts bitcoin, this form of currency is easy to use. Simply link your bitcoin walled and make your first deposit.

ACCEPT THAT THE HOUSE ALWAYS WINS

Sure, you can have wins – make some money even – when you gamble in short bursts, but in general, luck reduces over time. In the long run, you will lose more than you win. As the old saying goes; ‘the house always wins’. Remember then, that gambling in any form is certainly not an exercise in making money; that’s what boring ol’ work is for. Instead, treat betting as fun and spectacle, and don’t chase a win that will, unfortunately, never come.

 

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Rachel is the beauty and fashion director at IDEAL. She loves trying new products and is an avid fan of London's fashion, from the high end to the high street.