Definitions Matching Game

Definitions Matching Game

Adferiad Funded by GamCare

This activity helps young people collaboratively learn some terminology, facts and information related to gambling, including better understanding of concepts that could otherwise be challenging, e.g. house edge, chasing losses.

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Time

10 Minutes

Materials to print

Definitions Matching Game handouts, Answer sheet

Resources

Pens.

Method

1.

Distribute the handouts.

2.

Ask participants to match each
gambling term to the correct
definition on the handout. You can
make this more competitive by
explaining that the participant who
finishes first will win the game.

3.

Once completed, go through the
game with the entire group and
check the correct answers.

Alternative options:

This game can be played individually, in pairs or in small
groups.

You could write all the definitions and key words on
individual strips of paper. Place the key words around the
room, then give 1 definition to each person (or to each
pair) and ask them to move around the room searching
for the corresponding word. Then proceed from step 3.

4.

Highlight some of the key
information, and if necessary give
some additional clarification. For
example, you may want to bring the
group’s attention to the following:

 

  • the minimum legal ages for
    gambling;

 

  • it is possible to gamble with
    anything that has some value,
    not just money, and it’s never
    possible to predict the outcome
    of a gambling game (not even in
    games of skill);

 

  • the similarities and differences
    between ‘odds’ and ‘chances’
    (both express the likelihood of
    an event, but the first shows it as
    a ratio whilst the second as a
    percentage);

 

  • the meaning of ‘chasing losses’;

 

  • the meaning and implications of
    ‘the house edge’.

 

Defintions Matching Game

Match each definition with the correct word (as in the example)

Example:

To play a game of chance for money or property.

Answer:

Gambling

Age at which young people are allowed to buy a national lottery ticket.

Odds

The person who distributes cards in a game.

18

Trying to win back money you’ve already lost by gambling more.

House Edge

Main or biggest prize in a game or contest.

Gambling Blocking Software

A possibility or probability of anything happening; likelihood.

Favourite

The money or property risked in a bet.

Jackpot

The probability, expressed as a ratio (e.g. “10-to-1”), that a certain event will take place.

Chance

The casino or gambling machine will always win more often than the person who is gambling.

Self-Exclusion

The outcome/competitor considered most likely to win.

Dealer / Croupier

Someone who accepts and pays off bets e.g. horse racing.

Chasing Losses

The process by which someone may opt to ban themselves
from accessing gambling activities online or at a venue.

Stake

Something that can be downloaded on to a device that
limits access to gambling websites.

Bookmaker

Defintions Matching Game

Answer Sheet

To play a game of chance for money or property.

Gambling

Age at which young people are allowed to buy a national
lottery ticket.

18

The person who distributes cards in a game.

Dealer / Croupier

Trying to win back money you’ve already lost by gambling
more.

Chasing Losses

Main or biggest prize in a game or contest.

Jackpot

A possibility or probability of anything happening;
likelihood.

Chance

The money or property risked in a bet.

Stake

The probability, expressed as a ratio (e.g. “10-to-1”), that a
certain event will take place.

Odds

The casino or gambling machine will always win more
often than the person who is gambling.

House Edge

The outcome / competitor considered most likely to win.

Favourite

Someone who accepts and pays off bets e.g. horse racing.

Bookmaker

The process by which someone may opt to ban themselves
from accessing gambling activities online or at a venue.

Self-Exclusion

Something that can be downloaded on to a device that
limits access to gambling websites.

Gambling Blocking
Software

A-Z of Gambling

A-Z of Gambling

Adferiad Funded by GamCare

This activity, developed around the letters of the alphabet, helps participants share and explore the information and opinions they have about gambling, while learning some of the terminology related to gambling.

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Time

10 Minutes

Resources

Flip-chart, Felt-tip pens

Materials to print

A-Z of Gambling practitioner notes (optional)

Method

1.

Write down on some flip-chart
sheets the letters of the alphabet.

2.

Ask the group to write down next to
each letter any word related to
gambling they can think of.

3.

Once they have finished, help them
to discuss what they have written
and clarify any terminology they
haven’t met before. This should give
you an overview of their knowledge
and thoughts about gambling.
Encourage them to say what they
think of gambling – some may be
keener than others who, perhaps,
think it’s rather a waste of money.
Be ready to introduce terms they
haven’t thought of, and that you
judge relevant to their needs and
stage of understanding, explaining
each.

Alternative options:

You can go round the room and ask participants to
name something to do with gambling that begins with
the first letter of their name, as an icebreaker at the
start of a session.

With bigger groups, you can split participants in 3
teams, with a flip-chart paper each (A-H; I-O; P-Z) and
with 1 felt-tip pen each (3 different colours). Rotate the
flip-charts every 3 minutes, so that all the groups have
a chance to add their ideas on the whole alphabet. At
the end, the different colours on the flip-chart should
let you identify which team wrote what: this might be
helpful if you are focusing the discussion on their views
and opinions of gambling.

Practitioner Notes

Some ideas for A-Z words about Gambling

Addiction, addicted, adrenaline, all
in, ante, affiliates

Bookies, bingo, broke, betting
shop, buzz, blockers

Chance, casino, cost, coupon,
chips

Dealer, debt, dog racing, dice,
disorder, dopamine hit

Expensive, excitement

Fixed odds betting terminals, fruit
machines, football

Greedy, gambling GG’s, games,
gambling blockers

High risk, horse racing, house,
hope, hooked

Internet, infectious, in-game

Jackpot, joker, jack

Kiosk, kick on, king

Losing, lottery, loan shark, Las
Vegas, lucky, loot boxes, limits

Money, machines, millionaire

Naïve, nervous, no winners

Odds, online gambling, organised
crime

Poker, problem, puggies,
probability

Questions, quitting, quality of life

Risk, racing, raffle, roulette

Stake, scratch card, slot machines,
sports, stealing, suicide,
streaming, skins

Ticket, Tombola

Unseen, underlying issues, unfair

Value for money, vulnerable
people, VIP, Vegas

Winning, wager

X rated (= over 18)

Young people

Zeno’s paradox, zone (in the zone),
zeros (000,000)

When Risk Outweighs Reward

When Risk Outweighs Reward

How Gambling is Affecting Young People in Wales Today.

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In today’s digital age, gambling has become more accessible than ever. From online casinos to mobile gaming apps, young people are increasingly exposed to the allure of gambling. As parents, carers, and professionals, it’s crucial to understand the harmful effects of gambling on young minds and how it can impact multiple areas of their lives. In this blog post, we explore the harmful effects of gambling, how to recognise the signs of addiction, and the support offered by the Welsh Gambling Education Adferiad.

Understanding Gambling and its Impact

Gambling refers to the act of betting or wagering money or something of value on an event with an uncertain outcome. While it may seem harmless or even entertaining, excessive gambling can lead to severe consequences for young people. One of the most concerning effects is the development of gambling addiction, causing problems with finances, relationships, academic progress and even impacting mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

 

The Ripple Effect

Gambling addiction can impact various areas of a young person’s life, affecting their overall well-being and future prospects. Academic performance may suffer as their focus shifts from studies to gambling activities. Financial problems arise as young people may resort to desperate measures.  They may need to borrow money or even engage in unlawful activities to fuel their addiction. Additionally, gambling addiction strains relationships, leading to isolation and a breakdown of trust with family and friends.

 

Recognising the Signs of Gambling or Gaming Addiction

Being able to spot the signs of gambling addiction in young people is crucial for early intervention and support.

Common indicators:

  1. Preoccupation with gambling related activities.
  2. Frequent talk about gambling wins.
  3. Borrowing or stealing money to fund gambling habits.
  4. Neglecting responsibilities, such as schoolwork or household chores.
  5. Becoming secretive, withdrawing from social activities, displaying changes in behaviour.
  6. Feeling restless or irritable when unable to gamble.
  7. Decline in schoolwork or sudden loss of interest in hobbies.

Supporting Young People

If you suspect that a young person may be struggling with gambling or gaming addiction, the Welsh Gambling Education Hub Adferiad is here to help. We offer a wide range of valuable resources, including training packages and interactive lessons, to tackle the challenges surrounding gambling for young people in Wales.

 

  1. Training packages: We provide specialised training for parents, carers, and professionals, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to identify and address gambling-related concerns.
  2. Creative Education: We use creative and engaging methods to educate young people about the risks and consequences of gambling. Through interactive lessons, toolkits, and peer-based performances, we aim to empower young people with the tools they need to make informed decisions and avoid the pitfalls of gambling.
  3. Confidential Advice and Support: We offer confidential advice and support for parents, carers, and professionals who are seeking guidance in dealing with gambling-related issues. Whether you need assistance in recognising the signs of addiction or require resources to address the issue, we can provide the necessary support.

 

Understanding the harmful effects of gambling is the first step towards prevention and support. By recognising the signs of gambling addiction and seeking help from organisations like the Welsh Gambling Education Hub Adferiad, we can create a safer environment and equip young individuals with the tools they need to navigate the challenges of the digital world.

 

If you or someone you know is struggling with gambling-related issues, don’t hesitate to reach out for free and confidential advice and support from Adferiad.

Understanding Gambling Addiction: The Importance of Education and Support

Understanding Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction is a serious problem that affects millions of people worldwide. It can lead to financial ruin, strained relationships, and even mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. In order to combat this problem, education on gambling addiction is crucial.

Education on gambling addiction can take many forms, from public service announcements and informational pamphlets to support groups and therapy sessions. The goal of this education is to raise awareness of the warning signs of gambling addiction, as well as to provide resources and support for those who are struggling with it.

One of the most important aspects of gambling addiction education is helping people understand what it is and how it develops. Many people who gamble may not even realize they have a problem until it is too late. By educating people on the signs and symptoms of gambling addiction, as well as the risk factors that can contribute to it, we can help people recognize when they need help and get the support they need.

Another key aspect of gambling addiction education is providing resources and support for those who are struggling with addiction. This can include things like hotlines, support groups, and therapy sessions. By providing these resources, we can help people get the help they need to overcome their addiction and live a healthier, happier life.

It is also important to educate the public on the potential dangers of gambling. Many people may view gambling as a harmless pastime, but it can quickly spiral out of control and lead to serious problems. By raising awareness of these dangers, we can help people make informed decisions about their gambling habits and avoid falling into addiction.

Finally, gambling addiction education can also focus on prevention. By teaching people about responsible gambling practices, such as setting limits and avoiding risky behaviors, we can help reduce the risk of addiction in the first place. This can include things like providing educational materials and training for casino employees, as well as promoting responsible gambling practices in the media and advertising.

In conclusion, education on gambling addiction is crucial in the fight against this serious problem. By raising awareness of the warning signs of addiction, providing resources and support for those who are struggling, and promoting responsible gambling practices, we can help reduce the risk of addiction and improve the lives of those who are affected by it. If you or someone you know is struggling with gambling addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out for help. There are many resources available to help you overcome this problem and live a healthier, happier life.