Imagine sitting playing pokie machines, and all of a sudden all of them are turned off, and you are told that they will not be turned back on for one full hour! Well, if you visit or live in New Zealand that could be something that you will experience at the beginning of next month.
For it is the first week in September 2018 that the Gambling Harm Awareness Week in New Zealand will be in operation, and in conjunction with a large and growing number of pokie machine operators, it has been decided that pokie machines will be turned off for one hour per day during that awareness campaign.
What is hoped is that by turning off pokie machines, any players that are inconvenienced by them being off will have cause to think and ponder as to whether they do in fact have a gambling problem.
If they do feel that they do have any form of gambling problem then a range of additional services over and above those always in place during the year will then be available to those players who can finally get the help, support and advice that they required.
Many Players Can Fall Victim to Gambling Problems
It doesn’t take much for pokie players to quickly find that they are experiencing problems with their gambling activities, and as such you should always ensure that you are aware of the help and support that is on offer to you if you require it.
If you do want to ensure that you are never going to put yourself in a position whereby you could spend more than you intended when gambling online, you should always make use of the gambling limit option settings before you start to play at such sites, so make sure that is something you always do!
Setting Gambling Limits and Gambling Responsibly
To negate the possibility of you overspending when you are playing pokie machines in a land based venue you should only take with you to such a venue the amount of cash that you have set aside as you gambling bankroll.
I would also suggest that you leave any credit or debit cards at home, and never put yourself in a position where you could end up getting extra cash to gamble with at such a venue such as by applying for casino credit or the suchlike!