May 15-20, 2017

Campaign reminds Albertans to use their GameSense!

Provided by Alberta Gaming & Liquor Association

For many Albertans who enjoy gaming activities such as lotto tickets, vlts, casino games and bingo, it’s fun to dream of the endless possibilities a large windfall would bring. However, it’s important that we remind Albertans that gambling is entertainment – not a way to make money.

While the majority of Albertans gamble for fun, gambling can become a problem for others. With this in mind, the AGLC, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and industry partners have joined forces to promote Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW), which takes place May 15-20, 2017.

Now in its 10th year, the focus of RGAW is to raise awareness of responsible gambling, provide tips on healthy playing and promote resources should gambling becomes a problem. Here in Alberta, the AGLC raises awareness of responsible gambling through the GameSense program.

Vlts, which are most often located in bars, lounges or similar venues, vary from slot machines in their betting and game styles, maximum awards and redemption processes. Vlts also have special features to help players track the amount of time they have been playing, how much money remains during play and how to get help if their gambling becomes problematic.

 Some tips to help you and your patrons use your GameSense for all gambling activities:

  •  Play for fun, not to make money.
  • Know how the game works and what the odds are before playing.
  • Set a budget and stick to it.
  • Don’t chase losses. Accept them as the cost of entertainment.
  • Balance gambling with other types of leisure activities.
  • Take frequent breaks. Set a time limit before you play.
  • Seek help as soon as gambling affects other parts of your life.

For more information about responsible gambling and problem gambling resources, visit If you or someone you know needs help managing gambling behaviour, please call the AHS Addiction Hotline at 1-866-332-2322 or visit