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Games explained

It’s always about control

Understanding the finer points of games of chance will likely let you enjoy a positive gambling experience.

Games explained

Poker

Poker is one of the most popular card games in the world. It differs with other card games in that it involves elements of skill. Players can increase their knowledge of the game, develop strategies, and learn how to bluff.

Remember!

Even when bluffing, you cannot control the substantial amount of chance involved in this game.

To learn more, consult Poker [PDF].

 

Slot machines and video lottery terminals

With these types of games, you win or you lose. You never almost win. Remain vigilant, as these games have characteristics associated with a higher risk of developing gambling problems.

In Québec, nearly one in five adult video lottery players (16,4%) shows signs of problem gambling.

Remember!

  • These machines’ interactive games enable players to choose their game or the paylines on which they place bets. Players may sense a feeling of control.
  • Machine games are fast-paced and tend to entice people to bet more in less time.
  • These machines often display a series of spins where players appear to be only one symbol away from a win, therefore leading them to falsely believe that they almost won.

 

For more information on machines, consult Gambling machines [PDF].
 

Understanding how video lottery terminals work

Understanding how slot machines work

Online gambling

For many players, online games are more attractive than games located in gambling establishments. They are accessible at any time… and they are anonymous. That is why it is easy to lose control when playing online.

 

Remember!

  • Remember that it’s easier to lose track of time and contact with reality when you gamble online.

 

  • Remember that online gambling sites offer players little or no protection
    • Choose certified sites that feature:
      - responsible gambling practices
      - deposit limits
      - self-exclusion options
       
    • If there are minors at home, choose sites that have an age limit.

 

To learn more, consult Online gambling [PDF].
 

Blackjack

Chance is ever-present at blackjack, also called twenty-one. Blackjack is a very popular card game in which each player goes up against the House and not against other players. 

Remember!

  • Players can win in the short term, but in the long term they lose more money than they win. That’s called the House advantage.
  • The House advantage and the player advantage are calculated on the long term, and it always favours the House.

 

To learn more, consult Blackjack [PDF].
 

Our publications

A number of publications are available to help you better understand games of chance and to promote low-risk gambling habits.

The following publications are available for download, or you may order copies by calling 514-282-8000 or 1-866-277-6660 (toll free).

Poker [PDF]

Gambling machines [PDF]

Online gambling [PDF]

Blackjack [PDF]

Stick to your limits [PDF]

Self-exclusion program [PDF]