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What’s Your Gambling IQ?

Question 1

A slot machine has just paid out a very large prize. What are the chances another big win will occur soon?

  1. Very high because the machine is “hot.”
  2. The same as before the big payout.
  3. Very low because the machine just paid
  4. out money and is now “cold.”

Answer 1

The answer is B.

The chances of winning are always the same. Past wins and losses have no influence over what will happen next. Every slot machine has a random number generator (RNG) that runs continuously (whether someone is playing or not) and generates thousands of results per second. Players’ chances of winning or losing do not change and all payouts are completely unpredictable.

When you’re done, play our Pick-A-Card Simulator and see a random number generator in action.

Question 2

You can improve your odds of winning LOTTO 6/49 by:

  1. Playing the same numbers every week.
  2. Picking numbers more/less often than others in the past.
  3. Buying tickets from a store where a winning ticket was previously sold.
  4. There is nothing you can do to improve the odds.

Answer 2

The answer is D.

There is nothing you can do to improve your odds at winning. Your level of skill, personal strategies or lucky rituals has no impact on the final outcome of game. Due to the random nature of games like LOTTO 6/49, it’s impossible to predict what combinations of numbers will be drawn or which INSTANT ticket will be a winner.

When you’re done, play the Pick-A-Card Simulator.

Question 3

When playing Roulette, it might be a good idea to:

  1. Wait until you have a good ‘gut’ feeling about your chances of winning.
  2. Figure out a strategy to beat the odds.
  3. Set a budget of how much you want to spend and stick to it!
  4. Wear your “lucky” t-shirt.

Answer 3

The answer is C.

There’s nothing you can do to increase your chances of winning at games like Roulette. The outcome is always
random. The only thing you can control is how much you bet and how long you play for.

Question 4

Which of the following factors will increase your chances of winning at
slot machines?

  1. Feeling lucky.
  2. Knowing which machines haven’t paid out in a while.
  3. Experience playing the slots.
  4. None of the above.

Answer 4

The answer is D.

None of these factors will increase your chances of winning at slots. Computer memory devices determine when slot machines will pay out. Inside the machine, a random number generator is constantly coming up with numbers at a rate of thousands per second, even when no one is playing. Gambling can be fun and entertaining when you set limits and stick with them.

When you’re done, play our Pick-A-Card Simulator and see a random number generator in action.

Question 5

Which of the following strategies will
reduce a player’s overall cost of play?

  1. Playing less frequently.
  2. Making smaller bets.
  3. Making fewer wagers in a given time.
  4. All of the above.

Answer 5

The answer is D.

There are four factors that determine your overall cost of play: speed of play, size of bet, number and length of visits, and house advantage. The first three are the choice of the player (house advantage is set by the casino). A key concept in responsible gambling is keeping gambling expenditures within acceptable limits.

Question 6

Responsible Gambling Resources Centres
are a good place to find information about:

  1. Problem gambling help and resources.
  2. How gambling works.
  3. Tips to keep gambling fun.
  4. All of the above.

Answer 6

The answer is D.

Responsible Gambling Resource Centres (RGRCs), located at gaming sites in Ontario, provide players with essential information about safe gambling practices and referral to help for people who are concerned about how they or someone they care about is gambling.

For more information about Responsible Gambling Resource Centres, visit the Responsible Gambling Council’s web site at responsiblegambling.org

Question 7

The majority of people play table games like poker and blackjack to:

  1. Make money.
  2. Have fun.
  3. Earn a successful living.
  4. Make it to the finals in the World Series of Poker Tournament.

Answer 7

The answer is B.

The majority of people who play table games such as poker and blackjack do it for entertainment or the social value, not as a way to make money. Despite the celebrity status of some gamblers, the truth is, very few people actually make a successful career playing these games.

Question 8

For every $10 you put into a slot machine, you should:

  1. Get at least $8.50 of your money back.
  2. Double your money.
  3. Hit the jackpot.
  4. Have fun and realize that there’s no guarantee you will win.

Answer 8

The answer is D.

When playing a slot machine, you might place one bet and win a large amount, or play for two hours and end up with a loss. The slot machine’s random number generator determines when a slot will pay out. If you choose to play slot machines remember that there is nothing you can do to control the game’s outcome. The only things you can control are how much you bet and how long you play for.

Question 9

Which of the following is a good way to
keep gambling affordable, fun, and problem free?

  1. Set a limit on how much time and money you will spend.
  2. Learn how the games work and how much they cost to play.
  3. Balance gambling with other leisure activities.
  4. All of the above.

Answer 9

The answer is D.

These are all good ideas if you want to include gambling as a part of your activities. Remember, gambling is a form of entertainment that will cost you money over time. If you choose to gamble, doing a little planning ahead of time can help you do it responsibly.

Question 10

If you are gambling and regularly sending more than you can afford, a good strategy
would be to:

  1. Borrow some money and keep gambling to try and win your money back.
  2. Increase the amount of your bets.
  3. Take a break and look at your gambling. Consider seeking help if this is an ongoing concern.
  4. Quit for today, but try again tomorrow, as your luck has to change.

Answer 10

The answer is C.

Take a break and look at your gambling. Check and see if this is still an enjoyable and affordable activity. If gambling is becoming problem for you or someone you know, take a look at the Getting Help section on this website for more information on a variety of organizations that can be of assistance.