Responsible Gambling: Essential Information

Responsible gambling is a vitally important subject, so please take a moment to read and understand the following information.

Gambling should be seen as entertainment and fun. However, for some, it can become compulsive and addictive.

Problem gambling can lead to serious consequences such as getting into severe debt. It can have major knock-on effects on your own well being and of those around you. This could negatively impact your work, studies, health, friendships and relationships.

Therefore, please always gamble responsibly, understand the signs of a potential gambling problem and, if needed, seek help and support. I’ve provided further information and links section on the site here.

This site only reviews and promotes casinos that have a United Kingdom Gambling Commission licence. The UKGC has strict operator rules concerning responsible gambling in Britain.

Every UKGC licenced casino should be offering various tools and options in your account to help you in gambling responsibly.

These include being able to set a deposit limit, Having loss limits in play. A ‘Reality Check’, on how much time you have been playing. The ability to take a ‘Time Out’ or a temporary break from playing on the site. The choice to self-exclude, where you decide to stop your ability to play at the casino.

All of these functions and more should be available in your account, if not please contact the individual casino for further information.

How to gamble responsibly:

Do take advantage of the tools available, therefore set a deposit limit. This can be daily, weekly or monthly. You can usually set a limit when you register or before you deposit and start playing.

Budget – Make sure you budget how much you want to play and are willing to lose and then stick to it.

Never ever chase your losses. If you hit your limit, stop, don’t redeposit, walk away.

Similarly, have in mind an idea of how much you’d like to win. If you reach that target then withdraw. Again stick to this. Don’t be tempted to reverse your withdrawal.

A number of casinos can be notoriously slow in processing withdrawals. This can offer a serious temptation to reverse your withdrawal and play with the winnings.

There are a couple of options here; first, you can take a break for a few days while the withdrawal goes through.

Alternatively, you can ask the casino if they have manual flushing. This moves your winnings, so while the withdrawal is being processed you can’t access the funds. Thereby removing the temptation to start playing again and risk losing it all.

Remember it’s all real money – it can be easy to forget when you’re in the middle of a game that you are playing with real money since it all looks just like numbers. However, always consider what it would look like as cash in your wallet or purse. Can you really afford to lose that? What would it mean if you did?

The same applies when you are depositing with cards or e-wallets. As mentioned earlier it’s recommended you set a deposit limit, this will keep your focus on the money. You have to be aware it’s very easy to go overboard and spend more than you intended.

Never gamble on credit cards. You can get into serious debt very quickly. Since the credit card companies consider gambling transactions as cash, this means interest charges start to rack up as soon as you deposit.

Similarly, never gamble with money from a loan or any other type of borrowing.

I personally recommend using a debit card. If you gamble regularly I would also suggest using a separate bank account to your main account. This will allow you to keep full track on your gambling. You’ll have a ‘betting bank’ which has a set amount in it and you’ll stick to it.

E-wallets such as Skrill and Neteller are useful for fast transactions. However, again you must remember this is real money.

Use the take a break or time out option if you are concerned you may wish to gamble more than you can afford.

Depending on the casino, you can take a break for a couple of days up to six weeks. During this time you won’t be able to log in and gamble.

Please note – taking a break from gambling is different to self-exclusion. It provides you, the player, with a flexible period of time away from gambling rather than being fully excluded.

Never gamble if you’re under the influence of alcohol, drugs (legal or otherwise). Your judgement will almost certainly be impaired leading to the likelihood of making poor decisions.

Also never gamble if you are upset, depressed or stressed. If you’ve received bad news, don’t gamble, you’re in no fit state.

If the amount of time gambling is affecting your ability to follow your daily routine, your ability to work or in upholding your responsibilities then please stop and seek help.

If you are struggling with any physical or mental health issues and gambling is having a negative impact please contact a health professional or support service.

Use the Reality Check function to help you keep track of time at the casino. This function allows you to set how long it will be before a notification pops up on-screen telling you how long you’ve been playing. Some notifications will also tell you how much you’ve won or lost during this time period or session.

If gambling is a persistent problem and you feel you cannot gamble safely make sure you use the self-exclusion facility.

If you exclude from a casino, this means you cannot re-open the account, nor create a new one at the same casino. Also, you should be aware that you will not be able to open an account at any of the casino’s sister or parent company gambling sites. Self-exclusion usually lasts between 6 months and five years.

Self-exclusion should be used when you feel you want to stop all gambling. Don’t feel pressured into making just one more deposit or taking another bonus.

Available on both PC and Android, GamBlock provides blocking software. The application uses sophisticated analyses to block you or anyone else who uses your computer from accessing gambling websites, services or software.

GamBlock is considered industry leading and comes highly recommended. If interested, please click here for further information.

 

Always remember the following points:

  • Keep gambling fun and entertaining. Don’t consider it a way of making money or to pay the bills.
  • Set a deposit limit at an amount you feel comfortable with and stick to it. Don’t spend more than you can afford
  • You are dealing with real money, think of it as cash in your wallet or piled up on your table
  • If you hit your loss limit, don’t chase your losses, don’t re-deposit, leave the site, turn off your PC or mobile and do something else
  • If you hit your withdrawal limit, withdraw! Don’t leave it in the casino.
  • Don’t be tempted to reverse your withdrawal. Some casinos can be slow processing your withdrawal. You can use the ‘take a break’ option for a couple of days while it goes through or ask about manual flushing
  • Use the take a break or cooling off options if you find you’re playing a bit too much.
  • Keep track of how long you’ve been playing. Don’t let gambling affect your daily life, routine or responsibilities
  • If you find you feel you cannot gamble safely, seriously consider self-exclusion.
  • If you are concerned about a friend or family member’s gambling then please contact one of the organisations in this link for support and advice
  • Consider installing software on your PC that blocks gambling sites

Above all, if you feel like you may have a gambling problem, talk to someone about it. Remember a problem shared is a problem halved.

 

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