As much as we love online gambling, you need to protect yourself when playing online.
While there are independent bodies in place to shelter players from unscrupulous casinos, every gambler has a personal obligation to gamble sensibly by avoiding risky behaviour. After all, gambling is always more fun when enjoyed responsibly!
Managing your finances
As a rule, you shouldn’t gamble primarily to make money: you should do it for entertainment, accepting that you will lose from time to time. Therefore, it’s important to set reasonable limits for yourself, making use of functions built into many casino websites in addition to setting your own psychological limits.
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Many gamblers are prone to superstitious assumptions about their chances of success. While this is not a problem in and of itself, it can lead to problematic behaviour if left unchecked. It is very important that gamblers understand the pitfalls of superstition to avoid becoming sucked in to irresponsible play.
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Problem gambling and addiction
The vast majority of gamblers are able to play within their means, enjoy their wins, accept their losses and walk away when they’ve had enough. However, for a small minority of players, knowing when to quit is extremely difficult, even impossible.
Addictive behaviour can be severely harmful; therefore, if you suspect you might have a gambling addiction, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
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One option for players who feel they are losing too much at a casino is to opt-out of their accounts. This means the casino management will lock their account for a set period, during which time they will be unable to access their casino accounts and will not receive any promotional material. Self-exclusion can be permanent, should the player wish.
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Support for problem gamblers
Think you or someone you know might have a gambling problem? The following charities provide free advice and support to thousands of gamblers struggling with addiction. For further information or to arrange a consultation with an addiction specialist, click one of the links below.
“GamCare provides support, information and advice to anyone suffering through a gambling problem.”
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