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Why this site exists

We created this site because we believe that gambling should always be fun. By giving you a breakdown of how the games actually work, and by providing you with tools to manage your budget and customize your playing experience, we’re helping to keep it that way. And, if it just so happens that it gets to a point where gambling stops being fun, we’ve got information and resources to help with that too. Whether you’ve been playing for decades, or have never gambled in your life, this site is for you. So feel free to look, learn, share and, of course, play.

PlaySmart Logo Want to Learn How Gambling Really Works?
That’s smart.

This site will show you how gambling in Ontario really works, and give you helpful tips on how to keep it fun.
The goal: to help you learn more and play smart.

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Why this site exists

We created this site because we believe that gambling should always be fun. By giving you a breakdown of how the games actually work, and by providing you with tools to manage your budget and customize your playing experience, we’re helping to keep it that way. And, if it just so happens that it gets to a point where gambling stops being fun, we’ve got information and resources to help with that too.

Whether you’ve been playing for decades, or have never gambled in your life, this site is for you. So feel free to look, learn, share and, of course, play.

Losing control? Find help here.

If you’re worried about your own gambling habits, or someone else’s, here are some warning signs to look out for.

Scroll Down

PlaySmart Resources

Interested in learning more about how gambling really works?
Have a look at these resources. They’ll help you separate the fact from the fiction.

Scroll Down

Accreditation

The OLG PlaySmart program

Our goal is to make gambling fun – and keep it that way.
That’s why we work closely with government and independent agencies to find newer, better ways to support people who are concerned about their gambling.

Scroll Down

Keeping your kids safe

Risky gambling behaviour is something that evolves over time. In some cases, it starts at a young age. That’s why it’s important to talk with your kids and help them understand the risks associated with gambling. This section will give you the information you need to help start that conversation.

Places that can help

Want more information?

Our brochures cover a wide range of topics, from slots to Self-Exclusion. Click one of these links to learn more:

Internet Gaming

Internet Gaming is the general term for accessing casino and lottery games through a website. Some people feel like they’ve got more control when playing online – the truth is, the same rules apply from the casino to the couch.

Slots

When it comes to slots, some people think that they can win by hitting the ”STOP” button at just the right time. The truth is, there is absolutely no way to predict or control when a machine will pay out.

Scroll down to learn more about slots and how they really work.

Bingo

Some people think that if you play games with a certain pattern, your odds of winning will improve. Not true. Like slot machines, lottery games and scratch and win games, the only factor that determines whether you win or lose is chance.

Lottery

Playing the same numbers every week or buying a ticket from a store that sold a winning ticket will not help your chances of landing the jackpot.

When it comes to winning lottery games or scratch and win games the only thing you can count on is chance – not skill, time, or place.

Table Games

When you’re at the tables and down some money, it’s easy to convince yourself that you can win it back if you just keep playing. Regardless of whether the game is Roulette, Craps, Blackjack or even Texas Hold’em Poker, there is a house advantage that affects your odds over time. The longer you play, the greater your chance of losing.

Top Five Gambling Tips

These tips won’t help you win a jackpot, but they will help you walk out on top – by having fun and sticking to your budget.

How Gambling Works

There’s no secret formula or lucky charm that will help you improve your odds of winning. For the most part, skill won’t help you at all – it’s all about chance.

Scroll Down

Need help taking control of
your gambling habits?

Join the OLG Self-Exclusion program. It’s available to every adult, regardless of who you are or what your history with gambling is like.

Scroll Down

Example

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Responsible Gaming Resource Centres

Get information where you need it most

Three people. Three perspectives.

Watch this video and learn more about Self-Exclusion, as well as the experiences of three self- excluders.

Self-Exclusion from Internet Gaming

If you have an internet gaming account with PlayOLG, you also have the option of self-excluding from internet gaming only (you’ll still be allowed to visit gaming sites).

How does OLG’s Facial Recognition system work?

During registration for Self-Exclusion, the self-excluder’s facial image is captured and assigned a unique identifier. The image is uploaded to OLG’s database and various biometric identifiers such as distance between the eyes, depth of eye sockets and length of jaw bone are assigned to the self-excluder to be used in future comparison.

About this site

This site was made by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), a provincial Crown Corporation that conducts and manages province-wide lotteries, casinos, and slot facilities at horse racing tracks.

Knowledge You Can Bet On

Is your slot machine “due” for a win?

Lost your Way? Find it here.

If you’re worried about your own gambling habits, or someone else’s, here are some warning signs to look out for.

Places that can help

Responsible Gaming Resource Centres

Get support where you need it most

Responsible Gaming Resource Centres

Get support where you need it most

About this site - Mobile Version

This site was made by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), a provincial Crown Corporation that conducts and manages province-wide lotteries, casinos, and slot facilities at horse racing tracks.

PlaySmart Videos

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Want to Learn How Gambling Works? That’s Smart

Welcome to Playsmart.ca – a brand new website that strives to keep gambling safe and fun by informing players how gambling in Ontario works.

So browse around, you’ll find fascinating facts, tips and tools – all to keep your gambling fun and enjoyable.

A Smart Read

Why this site exists

We created this site because we believe that gambling should always be fun. By giving you a breakdown of how the games actually work, and by providing you with tools to manage your budget and customize your playing experience, we’re helping to keep it that way. And, if it just so happens that it gets to a point where gambling stops being fun, we’ve got information and resources to help with that too. Whether you’ve been playing for decades, or have never gambled in your life, this site is for you. So feel free to look, learn, share and, of course, play.

PlaySmart Logo Want to Learn How Gambling Really Works?
That’s smart.

This site will show you how gambling in Ontario really works, and give you helpful tips on how to keep it fun.
The goal: to help you learn more and play smart.

Scroll Down

Why this site exists

We created this site because we believe that gambling should always be fun. By giving you a breakdown of how the games actually work, and by providing you with tools to manage your budget and customize your playing experience, we’re helping to keep it that way. And, if it just so happens that it gets to a point where gambling stops being fun, we’ve got information and resources to help with that too.

Whether you’ve been playing for decades, or have never gambled in your life, this site is for you. So feel free to look, learn, share and, of course, play.

Losing control? Find help here.

If you’re worried about your own gambling habits, or someone else’s, here are some warning signs to look out for.

Scroll Down

PlaySmart Resources

Interested in learning more about how gambling really works?
Have a look at these resources. They’ll help you separate the fact from the fiction.

Scroll Down

Accreditation

The OLG PlaySmart program

Our goal is to make gambling fun – and keep it that way.
That’s why we work closely with government and independent agencies to find newer, better ways to support people who are concerned about their gambling.

Scroll Down

Keeping your kids safe

Risky gambling behaviour is something that evolves over time. In some cases, it starts at a young age. That’s why it’s important to talk with your kids and help them understand the risks associated with gambling. This section will give you the information you need to help start that conversation.

Places that can help

Want more information?

Our brochures cover a wide range of topics, from slots to Self-Exclusion. Click one of these links to learn more:

Internet Gaming

Internet Gaming is the general term for accessing casino and lottery games through a website. Some people feel like they’ve got more control when playing online – the truth is, the same rules apply from the casino to the couch.

Slots

When it comes to slots, some people think that they can win by hitting the ”STOP” button at just the right time. The truth is, there is absolutely no way to predict or control when a machine will pay out.

Scroll down to learn more about slots and how they really work.

Bingo

Some people think that if you play games with a certain pattern, your odds of winning will improve. Not true. Like slot machines, lottery games and scratch and win games, the only factor that determines whether you win or lose is chance.

Lottery

Playing the same numbers every week or buying a ticket from a store that sold a winning ticket will not help your chances of landing the jackpot.

When it comes to winning lottery games or scratch and win games the only thing you can count on is chance – not skill, time, or place.

Table Games

When you’re at the tables and down some money, it’s easy to convince yourself that you can win it back if you just keep playing. Regardless of whether the game is Roulette, Craps, Blackjack or even Texas Hold’em Poker, there is a house advantage that affects your odds over time. The longer you play, the greater your chance of losing.

Top Five Gambling Tips

These tips won’t help you win a jackpot, but they will help you walk out on top – by having fun and sticking to your budget.

How Gambling Works

There’s no secret formula or lucky charm that will help you improve your odds of winning. For the most part, skill won’t help you at all – it’s all about chance.

Scroll Down

Need help taking control of
your gambling habits?

Join the OLG Self-Exclusion program. It’s available to every adult, regardless of who you are or what your history with gambling is like.

Scroll Down

Example

Scroll Down

Responsible Gaming Resource Centres

Get information where you need it most

Three people. Three perspectives.

Watch this video and learn more about Self-Exclusion, as well as the experiences of three self- excluders.

Self-Exclusion from Internet Gaming

If you have an internet gaming account with PlayOLG, you also have the option of self-excluding from internet gaming only (you’ll still be allowed to visit gaming sites).

How does OLG’s Facial Recognition system work?

During registration for Self-Exclusion, the self-excluder’s facial image is captured and assigned a unique identifier. The image is uploaded to OLG’s database and various biometric identifiers such as distance between the eyes, depth of eye sockets and length of jaw bone are assigned to the self-excluder to be used in future comparison.

About this site

This site was made by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), a provincial Crown Corporation that conducts and manages province-wide lotteries, casinos, and slot facilities at horse racing tracks.

Knowledge You Can Bet On

Is your slot machine “due” for a win?

Lost your Way? Find it here.

If you’re worried about your own gambling habits, or someone else’s, here are some warning signs to look out for.

Places that can help

Responsible Gaming Resource Centres

Get support where you need it most

Responsible Gaming Resource Centres

Get support where you need it most

About this site - Mobile Version

This site was made by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), a provincial Crown Corporation that conducts and manages province-wide lotteries, casinos, and slot facilities at horse racing tracks.

PlaySmart Videos

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About

Why this site exists

We created this site because we believe that gambling should always be fun. By giving you a breakdown of how the games actually work, and by providing you with tools to manage your budget and customize your playing experience, we’re helping to keep it that way. And, if it just so happens that it gets to a point where gambling stops being fun, we’ve got information and resources to help with that too. Whether you’ve been playing for decades, or have never gambled in your life, this site is for you. So feel free to look, learn, share and, of course, play.

PlaySmart Logo Want to Learn How Gambling Really Works?
That’s smart.

This site will show you how gambling in Ontario really works, and give you helpful tips on how to keep it fun.
The goal: to help you learn more and play smart.

Scroll Down

Why this site exists

We created this site because we believe that gambling should always be fun. By giving you a breakdown of how the games actually work, and by providing you with tools to manage your budget and customize your playing experience, we’re helping to keep it that way. And, if it just so happens that it gets to a point where gambling stops being fun, we’ve got information and resources to help with that too.

Whether you’ve been playing for decades, or have never gambled in your life, this site is for you. So feel free to look, learn, share and, of course, play.

Losing control? Find help here.

If you’re worried about your own gambling habits, or someone else’s, here are some warning signs to look out for.

Scroll Down

PlaySmart Resources

Interested in learning more about how gambling really works?
Have a look at these resources. They’ll help you separate the fact from the fiction.

Scroll Down

Accreditation

The OLG PlaySmart program

Our goal is to make gambling fun – and keep it that way.
That’s why we work closely with government and independent agencies to find newer, better ways to support people who are concerned about their gambling.

Scroll Down

Keeping your kids safe

Risky gambling behaviour is something that evolves over time. In some cases, it starts at a young age. That’s why it’s important to talk with your kids and help them understand the risks associated with gambling. This section will give you the information you need to help start that conversation.

Places that can help

Want more information?

Our brochures cover a wide range of topics, from slots to Self-Exclusion. Click one of these links to learn more:

Internet Gaming

Internet Gaming is the general term for accessing casino and lottery games through a website. Some people feel like they’ve got more control when playing online – the truth is, the same rules apply from the casino to the couch.

Slots

When it comes to slots, some people think that they can win by hitting the ”STOP” button at just the right time. The truth is, there is absolutely no way to predict or control when a machine will pay out.

Scroll down to learn more about slots and how they really work.

Bingo

Some people think that if you play games with a certain pattern, your odds of winning will improve. Not true. Like slot machines, lottery games and scratch and win games, the only factor that determines whether you win or lose is chance.

Lottery

Playing the same numbers every week or buying a ticket from a store that sold a winning ticket will not help your chances of landing the jackpot.

When it comes to winning lottery games or scratch and win games the only thing you can count on is chance – not skill, time, or place.

Table Games

When you’re at the tables and down some money, it’s easy to convince yourself that you can win it back if you just keep playing. Regardless of whether the game is Roulette, Craps, Blackjack or even Texas Hold’em Poker, there is a house advantage that affects your odds over time. The longer you play, the greater your chance of losing.

Top Five Gambling Tips

These tips won’t help you win a jackpot, but they will help you walk out on top – by having fun and sticking to your budget.

How Gambling Works

There’s no secret formula or lucky charm that will help you improve your odds of winning. For the most part, skill won’t help you at all – it’s all about chance.

Scroll Down

Need help taking control of
your gambling habits?

Join the OLG Self-Exclusion program. It’s available to every adult, regardless of who you are or what your history with gambling is like.

Scroll Down

Example

Scroll Down

Responsible Gaming Resource Centres

Get information where you need it most

Three people. Three perspectives.

Watch this video and learn more about Self-Exclusion, as well as the experiences of three self- excluders.

Self-Exclusion from Internet Gaming

If you have an internet gaming account with PlayOLG, you also have the option of self-excluding from internet gaming only (you’ll still be allowed to visit gaming sites).

How does OLG’s Facial Recognition system work?

During registration for Self-Exclusion, the self-excluder’s facial image is captured and assigned a unique identifier. The image is uploaded to OLG’s database and various biometric identifiers such as distance between the eyes, depth of eye sockets and length of jaw bone are assigned to the self-excluder to be used in future comparison.

About this site

This site was made by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), a provincial Crown Corporation that conducts and manages province-wide lotteries, casinos, and slot facilities at horse racing tracks.

Knowledge You Can Bet On

Is your slot machine “due” for a win?

Lost your Way? Find it here.

If you’re worried about your own gambling habits, or someone else’s, here are some warning signs to look out for.

Places that can help

Responsible Gaming Resource Centres

Get support where you need it most

Responsible Gaming Resource Centres

Get support where you need it most

About this site - Mobile Version

This site was made by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG), a provincial Crown Corporation that conducts and manages province-wide lotteries, casinos, and slot facilities at horse racing tracks.

PlaySmart Videos

Scroll Down

Why This Site Exists

We built this site believing that gambling should always be fun. By giving you tools and information to help manage your budget and customize your playing experience, we’re helping to keep it that way. And, if gambling ever stops being fun, we’ve got resources to help.

Whether you’ve been playing for decades, or have never gambled in your life, use this site to look, learn, share and of course, play.