We love online casinos. They’re fun, innovative and, most of all, give you the opportunity to win large amounts of money!
However, it’s no secret that gambling addiction is a very prevalent and serious thing. Whilst online gambling in moderation can be exciting to indulge in, it can also be very dangerous if abused or not taken seriously.
Casino self-exclusion is the process that someone, if they feel their online gambling is getting ‘out of control’ and they recognize they may be developing a problem, can take to ‘exclude’ (ban) themselves from activity on a particular casino, or online casinos altogether. This is generally done by the individual voluntarily asking the casino to ‘ban’ them and not allow them to gain access.
Casino self-exclusion can involve different tiers of exclusion i.e. exclusion from specific games that the individual plays the most, and can range up to complete exclusion from the entire casino including everything it offers.
Why do people go through casino self-exclusion?
Realizing and coming to terms with the fact that you may have a gambling problem can be hard, which is why we are here to help you every step of the way.
Gambling problems and addictions can be problematic for many reasons, including hurting your loved ones, becoming obsessive and neglecting the important things in life and, above all, spending money that you might not necessarily have to spend.
So often people experience excessive amounts of debt as a result of a gambling problem, which is both destructive and dangerous in the long-run.
The first step to going through casino self-exclusion is realizing you may have a problem in the first place. This is often very difficult to realise and accept for gamblers, and is often family members or friends that end up noticing first.
If you are worried about your gambling habits, or perhaps concerned about a loved one’s gambling, here are a few signs to look out for to confirm whether casino self-exclusion may be the next step:
- You cancel plans to stay at home online gambling – are you making fun plans with friends and cancelling last minute because you get a sudden overwhelming urge to gamble at your favourite online casino instead? Whilst online gambling is fine in moderation, if you find yourself cancelling plans to do so, you may have more of a problem than you initially realized.
- Whenever you get a pay-check, you instantly want to use it to bet with – if you are prioritizing spending your hard-earned money on gambling rather than basic lifestyle essentials i.e. rent, bills, food etc, then you may need to take a long look at your gambling habits. Spending a little left-over money (once all necessities have been paid) on gambling is absolutely fine, but putting gambling ahead of your life’s responsibilities could be a cause for concern.
- You find it incredibly hard to stop once you start – we all understand that online gambling is a fun activity to participate in, and it can be quite easy to ‘get carried away’. But, if this becomes a regular occurrence and you find yourself physically unable to tear yourself away from your computer screen and get back to everyday life, this is certainly a sign that you may be addicted.
These are just a few tell-tale signs that you should be looking out for with regard to your gambling habits. There are, of course, other signs too, so if at any point you feel that your (or a loved one’s) gambling is becoming abnormal and, in extreme cases, out of control, then aim to seek help as quickly as possible.
Casino self-exclusion is a simple and easy way to take back control of your gambling, and prevent yourself from indulging if you know it could be dangerous. All of our online casinos have a specific section on their website dedicated to this, and will give you all the important information you need.
Self-exclusion policies and processes will differ dependent on the individual casino, but the basic concept will remain the same – they will prevent you from accessing their games (and entire website if you wish) for a specified amount of time, until you (and they) feel it is safe to allow you access once again.
So, if you feel that this may be beneficial to you (and, if you have a feeling it is, then it most likely will be), then check out the self-exclusion methods from your favoured casino (or casinos if you use more than one). You will receive all the support you need, and will be on your way to recovery much faster.