The majority of online casino players only gamble for fun and entertainment. They are in full control of their gambling and spending habits. A few however are not and if you suspect that you may have a gambling problem, there are ways to get help.
Never consider gambling as a way of earning money, and only play with money that you can afford to lose. If you are worried about your gambling behaviour, please contact GamCare or Gamblers Anonymous, (links below) for help.
Signs you may have a gambling problem.
- Spending time gambling when you ought to be working.
- Spending time gambling when you ought to be carrying out family responsibilities.
- Increasing stake size in order to try and win back losses.
- Gambling with money that was supposed to be used for household expenses.
- Gambling with borrowed money.
- Lying to loved ones about the amount of time or money spent on gambling.
- Feelings of depression over gambling losses.
Gambling can be addictive. Play and gamble responsibly.
Never gamble with money you can’t afford to lose. Before you start gambling decide on your gambling limits and stick to them. Many online casino sites will allow you to set limits on your play or on losses.
Online casino sites can help if your gambling becomes a problem.
1) Temporary time out – essentially, you can ask the site to freeze your account and ban you for a few days.
2) Account closure – sites are required, as a condition of their licence, to make this quick and easy.
3) Self exclusion – this is where the player’s account is closed and they are prevented from reactivating it for a minimum of 6 months.