Chance-Based Gambling

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Slot machine play is one the most popular forms of chance-based gambling. In chance-based gambling games, game outcomes are uncertain and based completely on random events. Players have no way to affect or influence how the the game will end and whether they’ll win or lose their bet.

Chance based gamblers can get into trouble but overestimating the degree of control they have over the outcome of the game. Some players call this luck. A player who thinks that they are lucky or feels lucky may make decisions about playing that they wouldn’t otherwise make. It’s important that chance based gamblers have a good understanding of how gambling really works, and are aware of responsible gambling strategies so that they can keep gambling safe and fun.

Learn how a slot machine really works (video)

Examples of Chance-Based Gambling

Casino and Community Gaming Centre Games and Activities:
  • Slot machines;
  • Progressive bonuses;
  • Bingo; and
  • Most table games (roulette, sic bo, baccarat, etc).
The timing or order of bets does not affect outcomes, nor does the dealer, location, or history of the table or machine because each play is independent and random.
Lottery Products:
  • 50/50 raffles;
  • Pull-tabs;
  • Scratch’n win tickets
These products often provide set prizes that must be won individually.
Other Lottery Products:
  • 6/49
  • BC/49
  • Lotto Max
  • Keno
  • Pacific Hold’em
These lottery products can have prizes with no winners or prizes shared between multiple winners. Prizes can be set ahead of time or determined by ticket sales.

There are many forms, venues, styles and examples of chance-based gambling, but they all share one thing in common: all players at all moments have an equal chance of winning.

The word ‘chance’ can also be used to refer to ‘likelihood’ as in ‘what is the chance that it is going to rain today?’ ‘Chance’ often gets confused with ‘odds,’ ‘probability‘ and ‘randomness.’