Sports betting has always been a part of life in the UK and many other countries, going back hundreds of years to when people would wager on the outcome of horse races, cricket matches, and other, more dangerous sports, many of which are no longer legal.
The internet revolution, however, has provided a new impetus for sports betting, making it easier to bet on your favorite sports using desktop and mobile technology. You can even bet while you’re traveling on a train or relaxing in your garden. But while these developments have been positive in many ways, they have given rise to new problems, most notably the potential effects of sports betting on family life. Here we can mention issues with the family budget, or spending on sports betting the time you are supposed to be with your family, and some others. So how should responsible sports bettors balance this hobby and their family life?
Bet with Reputable Sites
The starting point for all sports bettors in order to avoid any problems should be to use reputable sports betting sites. If you are not sure of the reputation of a site you are planning to use, look for its license details, which should be displayed prominently on its home page. You can also use reputable analysis services such as Match Center, offering services in many countries, for instance, Match Center Spain and Match Center Czech, to check the quality of a sports betting site.
If you bet with unlicensed sites then you are potentially risking losing all your money, and you will be betting without the protection tools that reputable sites can offer, increasing the likelihood that you will develop a gambling addiction, which will inevitably affect your family. Gambling addiction destroys lives, ends marriages, and breaks up families and if you bet on sports, you should be aware of the risks.
Why do you bet on sports? It is something that all sports bettors should ask themselves from time to time. There are many reasons why people bet on sports, and most of them are harmless. You might enjoy an occasional bet on football at the weekend, in the same way, that some people play the lottery. You may like betting on your national team at major tournaments or you may simply enjoy the challenge of pitting your knowledge and judgment against the markets.
All of these are relatively harmless betting motivations. But there are some reasons for betting that are not harmless. These include:
• Belief that sports betting can solve your financial problems
• Addiction to the thrill
• Belief that sports betting can make you rich
• Chasing losses
• Seeking distractions from daily life
These reasons for betting are all potentially harmful and can lead to suffering for the people around you. Betting is a hobby. It is not and can never be a solution to financial or other problems and if you are betting for any of the reasons listed above, you should stop immediately and seek help.
Set Strict Limits
Your sports betting may be under control, but problem gambling can sneak up on us, even if we don’t believe we are prone to becoming addicted.
For this reason, putting strict limits on your gambling can provide an extra level of security. Restrict the amount of time that you spend on sports betting so that it doesn’t interfere with your family life. And most importantly, set yourself strict limits on how much money you risk when gambling.
Essentially, you should consider the money you spend on gambling in the same way that you would look at the cost of a cinema ticket. You wouldn’t get a loan or spend the rent money on a cinema ticket, and you should never bet with money you cannot afford to lose.
Be Open with your Family
One of the biggest warning signs of problem gambling is when sports bettors hide what they are doing from their family and friends.
If you feel the need to hide your sports betting in this way, ask yourself why? Would you be as secretive about going to the cinema or a football match? Hiding what you are doing is a sure sign that something is wrong, either in your attitude to gambling or the way that you are gambling.
Sports betting in a moderate, controlled way should not be a secret. Be open with your family about your sports betting and show them that it is always under control.
There is no reason why sports betting and family life cannot co-exist. But your family and their well-being should always come first and if you ever find yourself prioritizing betting over your family then that is a sign that you need to rethink the way you bet and the reasons for your betting.