Responsible Gaming

 

Responsible Gambling

 

CasinoTestReports.com provides tips, strategies and general information about playing the Table Games, Video Poker and Slot Machines online to help you maximises your enjoyment and game play experience when gambling online. We do realise however that gambling and online gaming can be a problem for some people. It is, therefore important to play at online casinos that promote responsible gambling and to continually monitor yourself to assess whether or not you may be at risk of developing a gambling addiction. Here we look at aspects of responsible gaming that will help you to do just that:

Selecting an online casino that promotes Responsible Gambling

This may seem a little counterintuitive as most people believe that all casinos just want them to gamble, after all, it is what keeps their doors open. To a certain extent that is true, but licensed online casinos do have to have a degree of accountability and for that reason should:

  • Prevent Minors from Playing: Gambling under the age of 18 is prohibited by international law and reputable online casinos do not allow minors to gamble. For this reason, they do have age verification processes in place that may require players to submit some form of identification or a customer support member may contact you to verify your age. This may seem inconvenient but it is to protect minors and prevent them from gambling.
  • Provide Financial Activity Monitoring: Casino software from reputable providers like Microgaming and Playtech have both in-game and financial transaction history features. These ensure that you can monitor every single wager that you've ever made at the casino. Not only will this help you to practice good casino bankroll management, but you can also monitor this to ensure that your gambling is not becoming compulsive.

Monitoring Gambling Behaviours

Gambling responsibly means monitoring your own gambling behaviour and knowing when to stop. If you find that you are experiencing any of the following warning signs, you may be at risk of developing a gambling addiction:

  • Gambling is taking up more and more of your time and you are sacrificing things that you used to enjoy to do it.
  • You're spending more than you budgeted for or can afford on a regular basis and gambling is cutting into your general living expenses.
  • You have to borrow or steal money to support your habit.
  • You find yourself thinking about gambling compulsively even when you're not doing it.
  • You have to lie about or hide your gambling habits from those close to you.
  • Your wagers go beyond entertainment often helping you to forget your problems, anxiety or other issues.
  • You consistently try to recover your losses by gambling even more.

Tips for Gambling Responsibly

Even if you are not prone to gambling addiction, you still need to gamble responsibly as problem gambling behaviours can arise at any time. Here are few tips to help you do just that:

  • Allocate a budget for gambling and stick to it. If you have a hard time controlling this, ask the online casino you are playing at to impose a daily/weekly/monthly deposit limit. They will do this upon request and it will help you when you can't help yourself.
  • Allocate a loss limit ahead of time and even if you have money left in your player account, stop playing when you reach it.
  • Set a time limit for gambling so that you don't lose track of time and end up spending more time playing than you should.
  • Take frequent breaks and balance gambling with other activities that you enjoy.
  • Avoid the casinos when you experience depression, high-stress levels, or any other type of emotional trauma.
  • Never borrow money to play. If you don't have disposable income available, do not rack up debt to gamble.

Getting Help

If you feel that you or anyone you know are showing signs of problem behaviour and cannot stick to the guidelines above, you may have a gambling problem. If so, it's time to get help! Start off by requesting that your Player Account/s be locked as this will prevent you from playing in moments of weakness. Online casinos can and will assist you in this. Then click on the links below for more on how to overcome gaming addiction:

 

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