Any form of gambling needs to be taken extremely seriously, and we should always make sure that we are in control of our actions. Things can quickly begin to spiral out of control when gambling if you lose your discipline, and both financial and health problems can soon follow.

Our page on responsible gambling will offer tips on how to keep your gambling in check, as well as offer some useful links if yourself, or somebody that you know requires help.

set your deposit limits

The UK Gambling Commission requires online casinos to offer players the ability to set their deposit limits as part of the signing up process. This is an extremely important part of how to gamble responsibly, and you should set a sensible limit that you are comfortable with. Once this limit is set then any further changes you make to increase it will not take effect immediately, they can differ from 24 hours, up to 1 week. Reductions in deposit limits will take immediate effect.

loss limits, timeouts & intervals

Online casinos offer a number of tools for players that if used correctly can further bolster their responsible gambling arsenal. All of these can be found in your my account section of the casino that you are playing at, or the responsible gambling tab.

Loss limits can be set to do exactly as they say, to limit the amount that you lose in a time period set by yourself. This handy tool can save you getting carried away in a session, so choose your preferences and implement it as you require.

Timeouts are another extremely useful tool that can give you a break from playing online for a time limit set by yourself, this is particularly advantageous as it doesn't fully exclude you from playing online, and if you feel that you are ready to play again then you can continue to do so.

Some players use a timeout after hitting a big win and then cashing out, this eliminates the risk of either redepositing or reversing your withdrawal, and playing at much higher stakes than you may do normally. Typically a player using this method would select a timeout of a week, as by the time it had ended their winnings would have arrived in their bank account, and any potential urge to bet higher from the buzz of winning would have now passed.

Players should note that if they choose to use timeout then they will be unable to play at any casino that is associated with the one that they completed the timeout at.

Intervals are an excellent way to remind yourself of just how long you have been gambling for, these can again be set up in your account section, or you may find that once your chosen slot or game has loaded, that a pop up will appear and offer you the choice to select your reminders.

gamstop & self exclusion

If you feel that you have started to lose control of your gambling online then you should self exclude yourself from the casinos that you have an account registered at, or if you are from the UK then register yourself at Gamstop. Links to Gamstop can be found at the bottom of this article.

potential signs of problem gambling

  • Spending more money and time on gambling than you can afford.
  • Finding it hard to manage or stop your gambling.
  • Having arguments with family or friends about money and gambling.
  • Losing interest in usual activities or hobbies like going out with friends or spending time with family.
  • Always thinking or talking about gambling.
  • Lying about your gambling or hiding it from other people.
  • Chasing losses or gambling to get out of financial trouble.
  • Gambling until all of your money is gone.
  • Borrowing money, selling possessions or not paying bills in order to pay for gambling.
  • Needing to gamble with larger amounts of money or for a longer time to get the same feeling of excitement or buzz.
  • Neglecting work, school, family, personal needs or household responsibilities because of gambling.
  • Feeling anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable.

places to seek help and advice for problem gambling

These organisations will be able to offer you help and advice with problem gambling.

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