While there are many organisations in place to protect players, each customer should still exercise caution when playing online.
Look after your time, money and health with our following tips.
As part of a balanced recreational lifestyle, gambling can be an enjoyable pastime. Most players are able to play within their means and know when it’s time to step away. But for some, the need to gamble is a very real problem, and it can be almost impossible to stop.
Not only can problem gambling lead to players suffering from anxiety, stress and depression, it can also be a huge drain of time and resources. As a result, if one feels like they, or someone they know, could have a gambling problem, it’s wise to seek advice from professionals.
There are a huge number of specialised addiction services that are on-hand to provide assistance to problem gamblers. Such companies include:
- National Problem Gambling Clinic
- Gamblers Anonymous
- Gambling Therapy
When playing at online casinos, it’s easy for gamblers to go with their ‘gut instinct’. There’s nothing terribly wrong with this, but it’s important to know when to stop.
For instance, the gambler’s fallacy is where players believe they can predict future outcomes based on previous ones. It’s a very common belief, but ultimately it will never work. After all, every casino game is statistically independent from the one before it.
One option for players who believe they have a gambling problem is to exclude themselves from online casinos. By contacting the casino’s customer service department, the player can be locked out of their accounts. This can be a temporary solution (for a period of days, weeks or months), or it can be permanent. During this period, customers will no longer receive any casino promotional material, such as emails, either.
We should all expect to lose a portion of our money at casinos from time to time; after all, casinos are just like any other business, with the intention of making a profit. But when a person starts to spend more than they can afford on casinos, it’s time to take action.
Many casinos have a number of inbuilt functions designed to help players manage their finances. There’s also a number of other things players can do, including setting hard limits on bets and the amount of time spent on websites.