Celebrate Safer Gambling Week 2023 with Smart Betting Tools
It’s no secret that there are many stigmas that surround gambling, whether it be online or at a brick-and-mortar casino. While some simply enjoy the sights and sounds of a casino, others are aware that problem gambling is a real problem.
Just as with any form of entertainment, there are factors to consider and falling into the clutches of problem gambling is a real concern. It’s for this reason that organisations like GambleAware and
What is Safer Gambling Week?
Safer Gambling Week is an annual campaign that highlights the importance of playing safely. It targets the UK and Ireland, but the principles and tools shared are important for punters all around the world.
The campaign is all about bringing awareness to how simple safer gambling can be. It’s about being smart with your choices and approaching gambling with limits in place while using the best tools.
SGW is about more than just online casinos, as it aims to encompass all forms of playing. From gambling charities to bookmakers, bingo clubs, and online casinos – all organisations are involved.
You’ll find reminders and tips like the images below to keep players thinking…
Responsible Gambling Tools
While there are many different smart playing tools available, SGW focuses on two of the most important responsible gambling tools in any player’s arsenal. They include:
All licensed and trusted online casinos should offer betting limits as tools in your profile. These tools can help you keep track of your spending and take control of your gambling time.
- Deposit Limits – This allows you to set a limit on how much you can deposit into your account each month. The limit should be set, and the casino will stop you from making any additional deposits once this amount has been set.
- Loss Limits – If you’ve lost a certain amount during a single play session or a period of time (such as a week or month), this tool will stop you from being able to make any further deposits or bets. It’s a good way to cool off after being on a losing streak.
- Game Time Limits – Also known as Reality Checks and Time Outs, these game time limitations are a good reminder of how long you’ve been playing and what you’ve won or lost in that time.
These tools may be simple, but they can go a long way in ensuring that your time gambling is both safe and smart.
If you’re ever concerned that you’re overspending, you can self-exclude to ensure that you no longer have access to online casinos or other gambling sites.
Licensed and regulated operators should give you the option of self-excluding. You can access this service via GAMSTOP or similar organisations in your country of residence. Keep in mind that you may need to contact the casino you’ve joined via the support team to self-exclude.
Self-exclusion is available for a minimum of 6 months or you can cut off all access to online casinos and betting companies forever.
Gambling Helplines Around the World
While Safer Gambling Week is aimed at players from across the United Kingdom and Ireland, we know that gambling problems can occur anywhere in the world.
In our guide to responsible gambling, we’ve provided more information about how to tackle gambling issues before they become a problem and who you can reach out to in a time of need.
Take a look at our guide to find contact information and helplines for organisations across the globe, including those in the United States, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and more.
Always play responsibly and only play for fun!
Safer Gambling Week FAQs
📆 When is Safer Gambling Week 2023?
Safer Gambling Week takes place from the 13th to the 19th of October 2023. Every year, the SGW runs in October.
💡 Where can I learn more about Safer Gambling Week?
The Safer Gambling website is the best source of information about what SGW is all about. You can also find extensive resources and tools.
☎ Can I contact Safer Gambling directly?
Yes, you can contact the team at the Safer Gambling website at email@example.com or use the National Gambling Helpline (call free) at 0808 8020 133.