Online casino gaming is a form of entertainment like any other, and most people find that they can enjoy the activity without it causing any harm at all. Sometimes, however, an individual can become so enthusiastic about gaming that their interest has the potential to become one that adversely impacts other areas of their lives. We here at livecasinolounge.co.uk are keen to help our players to avoid succumbing to that risk, and to find appropriate help should their gambling become problematic.
The way we do these things is by promoting the principle of responsible gambling. We encourage all players to adopt healthy habits, to familiarise themselves with the most common signs of problem gambling, to seek appropriate advice and support should they ever become concerned about their gambling activities, and to help us protect minors from the dangers of underage gambling.
Adopting Healthy Gambling Habits
Whilst problem gambling is usually treatable, it is much easier to try and prevent it from occurring in the first place. One way in which you can do this is by adopting healthy gambling habits that will help you to enjoy gambling in a safe and balanced way, so here are four key habits for you to consider:
- Only bet with disposable income. Gambling is a discretionary hobby, just like eating out, attending a rock concert or paying to watch a movie in your local multiplex. Just as you wouldn’t expect to make a profit after a visit to the restaurant, concert venue or cinema, so you shouldn’t expect to make a profit from your online casino activities. Yes, it can happen, and that is the appeal of online gaming, but winning is never guaranteed, and so you should only ever bet with money that you can afford to exchange for a session of betting.
- Schedule your gaming sessions. Spending all of your time in restaurants or cinemas isn’t healthy unless you happen to work there, and neither is spending all of your time gambling. Moderate your activity by scheduling your gaming sessions. Decide how much time you would like to set aside for gaming, and then stick to that schedule so that you don’t make the mistake of neglecting more important areas of your life.
- Don’t try to chase your losses. As we said a few moments ago, winning is something that happens when you get lucky, so losing is part of the online gaming experience. One of the best ways to avoid getting into trouble is to take such losses in your stride. Under no circumstances should you try to chase your losses by raising your stakes in the hope of winning them back, as that approach more often results in losing even more.
- Only bet when it’s fun. You wouldn’t continue going to a restaurant if it made you feel unwell, or to rock concerts if they give you a headache, so don’t continue betting if you start feeling stressed or anxious about the experience. Gambling is meant to be enjoyable, not anxiety-inducing, so if you catch yourself feeling stressed, take a break.
Common Signs of Problematic Gambling
Some people only realise that they have developed a gambling problem when it has already reached an advanced stage. That is unfortunate, because if you are aware of the common signs of problem gambling, you will be able to take appropriate action as soon as you notice them. Here then, are the common signs that you should look out for:
- Betting more money than you had intended, or betting with non-disposable income.
- Spending more time betting than you have scheduled.
- Being secretive about your gambling activities or lying about them to other people.
- Spending your non-gambling time thinking about your previous or next gambling session.
- Cheating on your work or other commitments so that you can gamble.
- Betting in every period of free time that you have available.
- Increasing your stakes, or betting more recklessly after a loss.
- Borrowing money—including using credit cards—to fund your gambling.
- Experiencing negative emotions (such as stress, depression or anxiety).
- Thinking of gambling as a legitimate way to generate additional income.
The presence of one or more of these common signs in your life—or in the life of someone you care about—should be viewed as a warning that gambling could be causing a problem. You should therefore heed that warning by taking a break from gambling until you have received advice, information and support from a reliable source.
Organisations That Can Help
It is important to turn to reliable sources when seeking advice and support about any potential gambling problem. Any one of the three organisations detailed below will be happy to help you, free of charge, and you can of course approach more than one of them if you would like to do so:
BeGambleAware – is part of the GambleAware charitable organisation that was established for the sole purpose of promoting the principle of responsible gambling and providing help and support to anyone who suspects that they may need it. Personal advice can be obtained by phone or online, and the website offers plenty of useful information that you can benefit from on-demand.
GamCare – provides visitors with a number of ways to determine if they have a gambling problem, and to address that issue. You can download a free GamCare Workbook, join a chat forum to converse with others, or receive support in other ways, such as by live chat or email.
Gambling Therapy – is another site that offers both factual information and can help you to receive personal support from trained counsellors and therapists.
How We Can Help
Here at livecasinolounge.co.uk we offer a number of features and tips that can help you to address any problem gambling issue that you might be facing, so read through the options below and please feel free to make use of any which sound relevant to your needs.
- Deposit Limits. At your request, we will set a limit on the amount of money that you are allowed to deposit into your account with us. You can set your own deposit limit and also state how long you would like that limit to be in place for.
- Temporary Exclusion. If you would like to be prevented from accessing our gambling content for a short period of time, you may request to be temporarily excluded from our site. You can request to be excluded for as little as one day or as many as thirty, and you would also be excluded from receiving any promotional emails that might be sent during that time.
- Self-Exclusion. For those who would prefer to take a longer break from gambling, you can submit a self-exclusion request which would lock you out of our services for a year or even permanently, as you prefer. Again, you would not receive any promotional communications from us for the duration of the self-exclusion period.
- Block Yourself. Installing specialist software such as that offered by Gamblock, Betfilter and Playscan onto your computer is a good way to prevent yourself from accessing websites that offer gambling products and services.
- Total Exclusion. UK players can visit and use the GAMSTOP service which will prevent you from accessing gambling services at all online and offline venues.
Help Us Protect Minors and Under 18s
Gambling is an adult activity and we have the strictest of rules and identity checks in place to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from accessing our services. That said, we would also ask you to help us to protect minors by taking the following actions:
- Keep your password, account details and payment information private. If you share a computer, do not allow it to store your password for future use.
- Do not allow any minor to use your computer when you are already logged into a website that offers gambling products or services.
- Do not glamourise the activity of gambling when conversing with minors.
- Do not make your gambling account available to minors or agree to place bets on their behalf.
- If there are minors living in your home, consider installing child-protection software that will prevent them from visiting gambling and other adult websites. NetNanny and CYBERsitter are a couple of go-to programs, for instance.