Responsible Gambling

Resources and advice on preventing problem gambling

Although online gambling is still viewed with great scepticism, it has never been as safe or as tightly controlled as it is today. The concept of “responsible gambling” combines several laws and regulations to secure online gambling.

What is responsible gambling?

“Responsible gambling” requires all gambling operators to protect the most vulnerable players. Most gamblers gamble for their pleasure. Some gambling addicts ruin their lives.

Gambling regulators have stated that casinos must comply with service, marketing, and product rules. 

These rules cover many aspects of responsible gambling, such as protecting young players, online safety and privacy, online security, ethical marketing, and stopping crime.

These rules cover several parts of responsible gambling in the iGaming industry, such as protecting young players, online safety and privacy, online security, ethical marketing, and stopping crime.

Every online casino has a responsible gambling website. Here, players can find out about problem gambling, safe gambling, youth protection, how to use the gambling features of their account, a self-assessment test, and responsible gambling.

Do you have a potential gambling addiction?

We have compiled this list of questions to help players determine if they have a problem.

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should check out the groups listed at the bottom of this page that represent different areas of expertise.

  1. Do you feel guilty about losing so much money in casinos?
  2. Do you find it hard to put the crisps away when you are on the losing side?
  3. Have gambling debts put a strain on your family’s finances?
  4. Does gambling interfere with your personal, professional or academic activities?
  5. Does gambling cause health problems such as stress and anxiety?
  6. Do you become anxious when you do not gamble for a while?
  7. Do you think you might have a gambling problem?

Helping someone with a Gambling Addiction

Even close friends and family members can become addicted to gambling, which may be hard to believe. Therefore, you and your partner should know the warning signs of gambling addiction so that you can get help before the problem gets worse.

A person’s financial situation, new habits, emotions, and behaviours are all early signs of a gambling problem. We look at some of the most common signs of bad behaviour that will help you recognise them.

Financial signs:

  • Money missing from the bank or wallet
  • Household items and valuables missing
  • Shortage of money, despite having a stable salary
  • Having several loans at once
  • Unpaid Bills
  • Regularly borrowing money
  • Secretive about financial records
  • Lack of food at home

Mood and behavioural signs:

  • Performance at work is affected
  • Changes in personality
  • Becoming withdrawn from loved ones
  • Manipulative behaviour
  • Being agitated, upset and worried for no particular reason
  • Using threats and lies to manipulate others
  • Feelings of hopelessness, frustration and depression

Time indications:

  • Spending longer hours gambling
  • Taking a lot of time to complete simple tasks
  • Secrecy and unexplained absence
  • Always arriving late for appointments
  • Taking a lot of days off from work in order to gamble

Legal Age for Gambling and Protecting Minors

Responsible gambling is a priority for minors and vulnerable players. If you are under 18, you cannot bet or enter a casino. In the US, it is 21; in the UK, it is 18. Online casinos use many methods to verify a player’s age before allowing them to bet with real money.

When registering for the initial verification, players must provide their date of birth. Withdrawals require additional verification. Most online casinos require verification of age and ID for security reasons. Players living with children must protect them.

There are many ways you can protect your children from advertising and online gambling. Tips for child safety:

  • Gambling can have serious consequences. Therefore, it’s important to start talking to kids early on about these issues.
  • Keep your casino account information private from everyone.
  • Stop saving passwords on your PC.
  • Get some kind of parental monitoring program.
  • Put in a program that blocks access to harmful websites
  • The latter are helpful because they may be configured to prevent your children’s access to gambling sites and adverts.

Some of the most reliable applications for this task are

  • GamBan
  • GamBlock
  • BetFilter
  • Net Nanny
  • CYBERsitter

Responsible Gambling Tools

Several self-control features have been added to online casinos to help people keep their gambling under control.

All players have access to these features in their player accounts, which allow them to keep track of their gambling habits and make changes as needed to ensure that they gamble responsibly.

In the following, we will go into the individual features that online casinos offer and explain what they do.

Cash Injection Capacity

With the deposit limit tool, you can set a maximum deposit amount and a time limit. Once the maximum deposit amount is reached, the casino account cannot receive any more funds. Players have to wait before they can deposit again. If you spend too much on games, a budget can help.

Restriction on Expenses

This tool, as its name suggests, limits how much money you can lose in a given period. You can only place bets once you have reached the limit, regardless of how much money is in your account. This can motivate you not to waste money.

Confinement to a Single Session

Instead of money, you can also limit the playing time by session, day, week, or month. When the time limit you set expires, you are logged out immediately and cannot log in again until the time is reset. This makes the game more realistic and ensures that you never have to choose between gambling and other important things in life.

Specified Betting Capacity

If you are worried about spending too much money on bets, this tool can help. Regardless of your record, the system will not allow any more real money bets once the maximum stake is reached. Tracking your bets helps you become more responsible.

A Look Back at Past Deals

The transaction history is a record rather than a tool. It shows stakes, results, and money coming in and going out. This can help players assess their progress and see if they are losing control.

Isolation by Oneself

The self-exclusion tab can temporarily stop you from playing. This feature allows players to temporarily or permanently lock their accounts. They can stop gambling if they want to. If gambling is taking over your life, the Responsible Gambling Programme recommends taking a break, and this resource can help.


The player answers the questions with “yes” or “no” to complete the self-assessment. The results are intended to help participants evaluate their gambling behaviour and decide whether they have a problem. Every online casino asks these questions, and some give you a summary of the worst areas of your life and solutions at the end.

Indicator of Time

Time Alert, a notification programme that pops up at regular intervals to remind players to take a break, can help. Your account balance and game history are displayed.

Gambling Addiction Help Worldwide 

  • USA – The National Council on Problem Gambling
  • UK – GamCare – (0808 8020 133)
  • USA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
  • Argentina – Juego Responsable – 0800-333-0333, WhatsApp 011-1524416058
  • België – VAD – 02 423 03 33
  • Brasil – Jogadores Anônimos – (11) 3229-1023
  • Canada – ProblemGambling – 1-866-531-2600
  • Chile – Psicólogos Ludopatía Chile – 9 222 3860
  • Deutschland – Spielen mit Verantwortung: Glücksspielsucht – 0800-1 37 27 00
  • España – FEJAR – 900 200 225
  • France – IFAC – + 33 (0)2 40 84 76 20
  • Italia – TVNGA – 800 55 88 22
  • Nederland – AGOG – 0900-2177721 (€ 0.10 per minute)
  • Norge – Hjelpelinjen – 800 800 40
  • Österreich – Spielsuchthilfe – (1) 544 13 57
  • Portugal: Jogo Responsável: 213 950 911 (SICAD – Serviço de Intervenção nos Comportamentos Aditivos e nas Dependências)
  • Schweiz – Sucht Schweiz – 021 321 29 11
  • Sverige — Stödlinjen — 020-819 100 (09:00 to 21:00)

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