Deadline looms for online casinos to join self-exclusion scheme via GAMSTOP
February 26, 2020
Online casinos have been around for many years but now, more than ever before, responsible gambling is a focus.
The UK Gambling Commission is one of the largest regulators in the industry and their focus falls heavily on keeping casino punters safe.
While some may see the UKGC’s law changes and regulations as handholding, there are certain rules that just make sense.
The Self-Exclusion Deadline
The ability to self-exclude from online casinos and no longer receive communication from casino sites is one of the most vital steps for those with a gambling problem.
GAMSTOP provides this service for free and helps problem gamblers step away from the industry without the fear of being drawn back in via email or text.
In order to make this process as easy as possible for those who need it, the UKGC has announced that all UK online casinos must join the GAMSTOP scheme.
The deadline for this new rule is the 31st of March 2020. However, it’s not clear what the consequences will be if online casino operators fail to comply.
Safe Gambling for All
The main aim of laws such as this one is to protect players. While many online casinos are already part of the GAMSTOP self-exclusion scheme, there are those who must still come on board.
When players choose to self-exclude, GAMSTOP has made it possible to self-exclude from every online casino listed with them. Instead of having to self-exclude from each individual online casino, one simple step can do the work.
Neil McArthur from the UK Gambling Commission, commented on the deadline and this new rule:
“It is important that self-exclusion schemes are as effective as possible, and they will be most effective when used in combination with other blocking tools such as gambling blocking software and payment card blocking.
Operators must do everything they can to minimise the risk of gambling related harm. That is why we expect the industry to create safe products, know their customers, understand what they can afford to gamble with and identify when they are experiencing harm and step in.”
Get Help for Problem Gambling
Falling prey to the harm of gambling addiction is nothing to be ashamed of. Every day, people around the world deal with addiction in many different ways. But help exists!
If you feel that you need help, contact any of the following organisations.
- BeGambleAware – https://www.begambleaware.org/
- National Gambling Helpline (UK) – 0808 8020 133
- Gamblers Anonymous – http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/
- Hotlines in the US – http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/hotlines
- GamCare – https://www.gamcare.org.uk/
- International Suicide Helpline – https://www.befrienders.org/
Always gamble responsibly.