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Personal_Finance / Gambling May 17, 2020 - 12:59 PM GMT

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While gambling can be enjoyable and rewarding, it also has a dark side - addiction. This is an unhealthy obsession where victims use money meant for important things such as family and personal needs for gambling. The impact of such actions put unimaginable stress on relationships, families and even careers.

To combat this problem, gamers embrace various methods such as self-exclusion, seeking professional counselling, embracing alternative ways to have fun as well as joining support groups. This article examines how you can use self-exclusion to control your gambling addiction. For instance, using Gamstop to help you stop gambling at various casinos. It is recommended by Gamstop themselves to self-exclude during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Understanding UK Casino Self-exclusion Self-exclusion

Casino self-exclusion is a conscious decision a person with a gambling problem makes to stay away from gaming until they are confident they can control their actions. It involves collaborating with casinos to have the player blocked from accessing gambling services. This can happen both at land-based casinos and online gaming platforms. All providers of gambling games including arcades, bingo halls and casinos are required to be part of a self-exclusion scheme, which allows addicts to submit their request once and it's implemented by all members. For online gamers, this results in de-registration from all gambling sites as well as blocking their access to the sites using tools like Gamban.

Self-exclusion from non-UK and non Gamstop casinos

The most famous self-exclusion program is Gamstop, which prevents you from playing on UK licensed casinos. However, there are a lot of un-licensed casinos operating on the UK market and casinos not covered by Gamstop.

For these casinos, you must get a list of non Gamstop casinos and manually self-exclude. That’s the easiest and safest way to prevent yourself from playing.

How Do You Tell it's Time to Consider UK Casino Self-exclusion Self-exclusion

Gambling addiction is not the preserve of a few gamblers. Everyone who indulges in gaming can fall victim, if they allow themselves to gamble without control. Some of the signs that you are quickly sliding into gambling addiction include an uncontrollable desire to wager with large sums of money, being easily irritable when you are not gambling, trying to quit gambling several times without success and lying to your significant others about gambling. Other signs may include conscious failure to verify casinos by using resources such as Gamcheck. If you are facing any of these problems, then it might be a good idea to consider self-exclusion.

Practical Steps for UK Casino Self-exclusion Self-exclusion

If you realise that you cannot control your gambling actions, it is advisable to seek help from gambling service providers to bar you from accessing their premises and platforms. For instance, you can sign up for this service at Gamstop by providing your name, postcode, date of birth and email address.

You can expect the self-exclusion request to be active on all of the casinos registered with Gamstop. It is also advisable to delete all gaming applications from your computer and hand-held devices.

Moreover, using applications such as Netnanny can help you block sites and content related to gaming.

Ways to Improve UK Casino Self-exclusion Self-exclusion

Unfortunately, while the gambling community has done its best to make self-exclusion work, some gamblers somehow still find their way to gambling dens and sites undetected. For example, casinos not on Gamstop may not get the gambler's request to exclude them from their systems.

In such cases, you are expected to contact such casinos individually and inform them of your decision. The same applies to land-based casinos. Another way to strengthen the self-exclusion efforts is to advise associations such as Gamstop of the tricks gambling addicts use to successfully evade measures put in place by casinos to lock them out of their systems.

Final Thoughts on UK Casino Self-exclusion Self-exclusion

No gambler is immune to gambling addiction. So, when you find yourself sliding into unhealthy gaming habits, do not shy away from asking for help. One way for the gambling community to come to your rescue is by enrolling for self-exclusion services on platforms such as Gamstop.

You can also manually advise casinos not on Gamban to strike you off their register. It is advisable to uninstall all gaming apps from your smartphone and computer to protect yourself from relapsing into gambling. Finally, strengthen efforts by the gambling community to enforce self-exclusion by exposing the secrets of how addicts evade measures adopted by casinos to keep them off their systems.

By John Gardiner

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