For most casino players, online gaming is a form of entertainment that can be enjoyed at anytime. Unfortunately a small minority fall below the legal age to play or may develop an addiction.
Protecting Underage Users:
Nobody under the age of 18 is allowed to gamble online. If you are worried that under 18s may use your computer to play our games, try any of the following steps:
- Create separate profiles for everyone who uses your computer, so that nobody else can access your information.
- Do not leave children unattended near your computer when using the online casinos.
- Use child protection software, to block gaming sites from any under 18s.
- Do not allow persons under 18 to participate in any adult online casino activity.
8 Rules of Responsible Gambling:
The majority of online casino players gamble within their means, but for some it can spiral out of control. When playing gambling online through our third party providers, keep in mind the following:
- If you choose to gamble, do so for entertainment purposes only.
- Treat any money you lose as the ‘cost’ of your entertainment and treat any winnings as a bonus.
- Educate yourself about the warning signs of problem gambling, with the more you know the healthier choices you can make.
- Expect to lose as the odds are against you - accept that loss is part of the game.
- Make yourself a rule not to gamble on credit, that means not borrowing any money to gamble.
- Set a time limit and stick to it. Stop playing at a set time, regardless of it you are winning or losing.
- Set yourself a budget - decide not only what you can afford to lose but also how much you want to spend, stick to this even if you are losing.
- Create balance in your life. Gambling should not interfere day to day life such as friends, family, work or other worthwhile activities.
How to control your gambling:
Ask yourself the following questions:
- Is gambling interfering with other responsibilities?
- Are you trying to make up for previous gambling losses?
- Do you gamble under the influence of alcohol or other influences?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry, trouble or boredom?
People with a compulsive gambling problem are likely to answer 'yes' to some of these questions. If you need more help, get in touch with one of the following organisations: