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Responsible Gambling

Playing slots and casino games online can be entertaining and exciting. But for some people, it can turn into something potentially dangerous and destructive. Here at VegasSlotsOnline, we are committed to looking after our players. We urge you to remember that it is important to play for fun and enjoyment, and to do so responsibly.

If you’re worried that the gaming being done by you or a loved one is getting out of control, we want you to know there are resources available to better understand the issue and get help. In this guide, we outline the main warning signs of problem gambling and list UK counselling organisations that can support you. This is all part of our mission of promoting a safe gambling experience for all players.

Recognising a Problem

Gambling addiction can affect anyone, even someone who gambles on occasion. It’s important to remain vigilant, since knowing how to identify problematic behaviour in relation to your play is the first step towards getting immediate help. If gambling is taking over your free time, work, and relationships, it’s time to walk away.

Various organisations have offered up criteria on recognising gambling disorders. The following warning signs, outlined by the UK Gambling Commission, should alert you to a potential problem:

Not being able to control or stop your gambling.

Thinking about gambling all the time.

Gambling with increasing amounts of money to feel excited while playing.

Chasing losses and betting more to try and recover lost funds.

Trying to obtain more money to play with even though you’ve already borrowed a lot or avoiding paying other bills to gamble.

Disinterested in things that usually make you happy, such as being with family or spending time on your favourite hobby.

Lying to loved ones to conceal the amount of gambling being done.

Jeopardising relationships and other responsibilities due to gambling.

Increase in negative feelings such as restlessness, irritability, guilt, and depression.

Keep in mind that these are only a couple of signs and you should consult a professional for a proper diagnosis. However, if you even suspect that you might have a problem with gambling, talking to someone is the best way forward. We list organisations that UK players can reach out to in the next section.

If you’re overwhelmed and unsure of where to begin, there are resources available to help you. Many organisations offer self-assessment tests which you can take to determine if you’re showing signs of being addicted. Click on the following to get started:

Getting Help

While it is painful to find out that either you or someone you know has a gambling addiction, it is important to understand that you can get treatment for it. In the UK, there are systems in place that provide resources to help those in need, and there are numerous trained professionals who know how to help individuals that are exhibiting gambling problems.

If you want to talk to someone immediately about your situation or a loved one’s, you can contact the National Gambling Helpline 24/7 by phone on 0808 8020133. This is a freephone operated by GamCare, which is the leading authority on problem gambling in the UK. Alternatively, you can speak to an Adviser through live chat.

Other organisations that you can contact besides GamCare include:

Gamblers Anonymous: GA offers meetings to compulsive gamblers who share their common experience with addiction. There’s also a chat room and forum available that you can use to speak to other compulsive gamblers. Their services are free.

BeGambleAware: BeGambleAware offers free resources on how to spot a gambling problem and information on tools that help you control your play. It also gives advice on gambling responsibly and tips on how to stay safe.

Gambling Therapy: Gambling Therapy offers residential programmes and multilingual online support groups for those who are struggling with gambling addiction. There are also forums, live and email services, and self-help tools available.

GAMSTOP: GAMSTOP is a free online service which allows you to self-exclude from all online casinos and apps in the UK. You can find the full list of operators who work with GAMSTOP on the site itself. To sign up, provide your email address and verify it, and then fill in the registration form. You’ll need to choose the length of time you want to self-exclude for: 6 months, 1 year, or 5 years. Your self-exclusion will then come into effect, up to 24 hours after signing up. Besides gambling support, there’s also information about emotional and debt support available.

For more help, you may want to seek out a clinician who specialises in dealing with problem gambling and other compulsive disorders. In many cases, there are outpatient treatments available.

Managing Your Gambling Habits

Everyone can take steps to minimise their risks while gambling. There are ways to control your habits in relation to how you spend your time and money. These include:

  • Tracking your bankroll. You should be aware of how much money you’re spending while gambling. If you’re betting online, you should be able to view your transaction history from your account. However, if you’ve signed up to multiple sites, this might prove to be harder. Keeping a written record of your activities could be more useful.

  • Enjoying other activities. Don’t let gambling take over all your free time or replace hobbies you like. It’s also important you don’t isolate yourself from others – gambling shouldn’t interfere with time spent with the ones you love.

  • Setting session and deposit limits. Trusted online casinos in the UK have responsible gambling tools in place. For example, you can choose how much time you want to spend online per session, and if you go over it, you will be automatically logged out from the site. You’ll also be able to set daily, weekly, and monthly deposit limits from your account.

    If you decide to spend less time and money and decrease your set amounts, the changes will apply immediately. However, increases come into effect around 24 hours later to give you time to reflect over your decision.

  • Requesting a time out. If you feel like you need a break from gambling, you can lock your online casino account for a set amount of time. This normally ranges from 24 hours to 3 months, depending on how long you want to cool off for.

  • Self-excluding. If you want to block yourself from gambling for a longer period, you should consider self-exclusion. You can choose to self-exclude from a casino site for 6 months up to 5 years, and even forever.

    If you want to bar yourself from all UK-licenced gambling sites and not just the one, register with GAMSTOP (refer to the previous section). This way, you’ll prevent future gambling activities with multiple operators.

Finally, if you believe that you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, we urge you to seek help now. We hope that these resources and others will support you on the road to recovery. Please play responsibly at both online and land-based casinos.