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Gambling Explained

Gambling is taking part in a game where you risk losing something, usually money, in order to win a prize. Obviously you won’t always end up with a prize – that wouldn’t be gambling, it would simply be buying a product or service. Gambling is all down to chance, so you might leave with more or less than you started off with, and sometimes nothing at all.

There are many forms of gambling, from card games like poker and blackjack, to sports betting, slot machines, bets with friends and even taking part in a casual game of bingo.

The Grand National horse race is a popular favourite across the country, with many people having “a flutter” specially for the occasion (placing a bet despite usually never gambling). Even the National Lottery games and scratchcards count as gambling, with a lot of the money raised from sales going to worthy causes. The point we’re making is that gambling isn’t a bad thing, but it can be very risky, which is why we all need to be careful.

Find out more about different types of gambling.

Next: Why do people gamble?