Responsible Gambling - Always Remember to Enjoy Playing

For most of us, gambling is a fun way to enjoy some free time. And that's what it's supposed to be. Unfortunately, for a small minority of people, playing online can be problematic.

While most people should not have any problems playing such games online, responsible gambling is an approach that everyone should adopt. There are several things to take into consideration while playing online, and we will try to cover the best approach to online gambling on this page.

First, we are committed to helping our viewers to keep playing on the right websites where they are safe. We are advertising only gambling operators that are safe and secure. We will also provide information on the bottom of this page with available contacts, in any situations you assistance.

The websites we recommend provide certain functionalities to help with accessive gambling, which are :

  • Reality Checks - you can set time-outs to alert you that a period you selected has ended. This way, you control how much time you spend gambling online and don't get carried away.
  • Saved History - You can view the history of your deposits/withdrawals at all times. This way, you can always know how much you have deposited, lost, or won at each given moment.
  • Self-Exclude - Legit online casinos allow you the possibility to self-exclude for a period of 6 months to 5 years. While excluded, you will not be able to gamble online altogether.
  • Breaks - You can set a period where you are not allowed to gamble at all ranging from 24 hours to 6 weeks.
  • Autoplay - If you prefer playing using the auto-play feature, the system will need you to set the loss limit as well as the stake. Also, you have the option to automatically stop the game after you have won a certain amount. This way you will keep your winnings.

Think you might need help?

If you have a feeling that you might have gone too far, you may have a gambling-related problem. The first thing to make sure of is that you are enjoying the game. Many times, accessive gambling is no longer fun. "When the fun stops, stop" Keep this sentence in mind while gambling.

Here are a few things you can check for problematic behaviour

  • Does gambling activity cause you to skip other events in your daily life? Skipping work once is ok. However, doing it several times a month to gamble may be problematic. Gambling should happen in times where no family or work activities you otherwise would have attended, are taking place.
  • Do you only get excited when you increase the stakes? We can't tell you how much to spend. But spending in an hour more than you make in a day or two should signal that perhaps its time to stop.
  • Do you feel bored, or restless, or any other mood swings, when you are not gambling? If you can't wait until you get to play again, and that's all that's on your mind, we would recommend taking a break.
  • Are you telling your surroundings that you are winning when you are losing?
  • Have you tried taking a break, or playing for less money without success in the past?
  • Did you ever get a loan to pay for gambling, and was not sure how you are going to pay it back?
  • Is the purpose of your gambling to gain back lost money?
  • Have you ever lied about gambling? Or tried hiding it from people who are important to you?
  • Did you have to sell your belongings to pay for gambling activities?

These are general guidelines to make sure that your gambling activity is under control and fun. If you can answer "yes" to any of these questions, then you need to think about changing something in your gambling routine. Maybe you need some assistance.

There are several tools available like the quiz on the BeGambleaware website, that can give you an indication on whether you have a problem or not.

What can you do next if you have a problem?

The first and most important thing is to acknowledge that there is a problem that needs addressing. The second thing is to have to will to approach this problem head-on and understand the process may not be so comfortable. The control over our behaviour is in our own hands. And many times the acknowledgement itself is sufficient to change the way we are behaving. However, for some of us, it's more complicated than that, and we may require additional aid with changing our behaviour.

Here are a few things you can do to stay in control over your gambling activities :

  • You can set a budget ahead, for a certain period and include the budget you plan on spending on gambling in it. Consider the money you dedicate for this purpose as lost. This way, you will not be disappointed if you do lose. You can split the amount into a weekly budget. And if the money is spent, you have to wait until next week before playing again.
  • Limit the time you spend online. Whether its 3 hours once every few days. Or one hour every day. It doesn't matter how much time you spend as long you are in control and can stop at any moment. Just be in control over it and don't spend an amount of time that will likely cause you to lose all your money.
  • If you can't be in control over your spending, stop gambling altogether.
  • You can use online tools to keep you out of online casinos entirely. Try to do so.

If you need additional assistance, advice, questions. Or anything else. You can use these contacts to help you -

GamCare - 0808 8020 133

GambleAware - 0808 8020 133

Gamblers Anonymous - National Problem Gambling Clinic - 0800 0234 650