A person is gambling whenever he or she takes the chance of losing money or belongings, and when winning or losing is decided mostly by chance. Gambling in Canada has grown at an unprecedented rate over the last decade and is an increasingly popular recreational activity.
While gambling was once illegal, or viewed as a disreputable activity, social norms have shifted. Gambling is now a multi-billion dollar industry in Canada, and its growth is likely to continue. Surveys indicate that the general population favours funding charities, health care and other important initiatives through the funds raised from gambling.
While some may consider gambling only to be associated with casinos and racetracks, there are countless activities that are considered gambling.
There are many different ways to gamble, including:
- Lottery tickets
- Slot machines
- Casino games (for example, Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Sic Bo, Pai Gow Tiles, Caribbean Stud, Three Card Poker, Casino War, Baccarat, Spanish 21, Pai Gow Poker)
- Betting on horse racing
- Other sports betting
- Scratch, Nevada or pull-tab tickets
- Betting on card games, mah-jong or dominoes
- Betting on games of skill, such as golf or pool
- Tombola and similar games
- Internet gambling
- High-risk speculative investing, such as day-trading and penny stocks.
There are different reasons why people choose to gamble. Individuals may be gambling to win money, to socialize, for excitement or to pass time.
For some people, gambling may become a serious problem that affects all aspects of their lives. As gambling becomes more accessible, the number of people affected by problem gambling also increases.
Are you wondering whether you, or someone you know, has a problem with gambling? Fill out this quiz and find out!