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If you choose to gamble online, it’s important you adopt responsible gambling techniques and avoid spending more than you can afford or develop an unhealthy habit or attitude towards gambling.
Gambling Guidelines To Promote Responsible Gambling
Online gambling is the same as gambling in high street casinos or bingo halls and therefore adheres to the same gambling laws in the UK. You must be over 18 to gamble online and sites have measures in place to try and ensure minors are protected. As the digital age progressed, online gambling has become much more popular. Gambling operators run under much stricter guidelines imposed by regulators to ensure under 18 gambling is strictly forbidden.
Although online casino sites have processes in place to ensure players are over 18, it’s also important for parents to stay vigilant, know what sites their children are visiting and put in the appropriate filters and blocks within their home to protect them.
Online casino and gambling sites now have processes in place to help players gamble responsibly, so let’s have a look at what’s on offer:
In more extreme cases where a player is concerned over the amount of money or time they’re spending gambling, they can exclude themselves from particular gambling sites or individual games. You can head to your account settings and either opt to exclude yourself from a particular type of game, or from the whole site itself for a set period of time.
Self exclusions time periods vary but are often a minimum of 6 months. If you feel the need to self exclude yourself, then it’s advisable to do this on all sites you may visit or even adjust your internet settings and filters to block gambling sites.
Responsible Gambling Support
If you’re concerned about online gambling there is support and help available:
GamCare offers advice and support via both their website and helpline and can even offer free counseling to help with any gambling issues.
Tel: 0808 8020 133
GambleAware is an organisation that provides information on how to gamble responsibly and what steps you can put in place to ensure what starts as a bit of enjoyable fun, doesn’t end up out of hand. It’s aimed at all kinds of gambling, both online and on the high street so visit their website for more details www.begambleaware.org
Gamblers Anonymous is available to access all over the world and helps bring together people with gambling issues. There are groups available throughout the country where you can join and get support. Visit www.gambleranonymous.org.uk for more information.
Set yourself limits
Most players who enjoy online casinos or online bingo sites gamble responsibly. It is still worth putting steps in place to ensure you don’t overspend. Here’s how:
A player can choose to set a Deposit limit either daily, weekly, or monthly to avoid spending too much. Even if you don’t play regularly or feel you’re in control, it’s worth setting up a deposit limit.
By setting up a loss limit, if you lose a certain amount within a specific time period, you will not be able to play. Loss limits are great to stop players from trying to chase their losses or from spending what they cannot afford.
Sites allow you to set up loss limits on specific game products or on the site as a whole.
When Responsible Gambling Becomes Irresponsible
If some of the following sound familiar to you, always seek advice:
- Do you gambling in secret or lying about the amount of time or money you’re spending gambling?
- Have you found yourself chasing your losses?
- Are you using gambling as a way of escaping reality?
- Are you stealing money to fund gambling?
- When you stop, are you eager to start gambling again straight away?
- Are you using every penny of your spare cash to fund online gambling?
- Spending less time with family or friends or doing hobbies you previously enjoyed in order to spend that time gambling?
- Have you ever felt that gambling has made you depressed or feel suicidal?
Always set up limits, research the games you play so you understand the odds of winning. Never try and win back the money you’ve lost and never spend more you can ill afford.
Online gambling should be a bit of fun and the ability to gamble responsibly should be encouraged by all sites. If things change put in preventative measures beforehand and always seek help and advice where necessary.