Responsible gambling is the buzzword of the day as far as online betting & wagering is concerned. You will hear this mentioned in every gambling advert that you see on TV and on the radio, and posted on bus shelters up and down the country.
As a responsible resource ourselves, and because we don’t want any of our readers to encounter problems that can easily be avoided by following a few simple rules, we have come up with…
When it comes to gambling responsibly, there is only so much that UK gambling legislation can really do for you. At the end of the day we are all responsible for our own actions. However, there are some simple tips, that if followed, should prevent you from getting into problems further down the line.
Gambling can be fun, and yes, occasionally it can be profitable, but it is NOT a career move. Put aside your dreams of going to Monte Carlo and breaking the bank, it isn’t going to happen. Be realistic, play for fun and play occasionally, if you are a sports bettor, bet on the games that have significance to you. You do not need to bet on every market.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a single person or happily married with two kids, we all have a budget. Stick to it!
One of the biggest mistakes that gamblers make is chasing their losses. If you lose a little bit of money gambling online, don’t suddenly feel that you need to get it back and start throwing more money at the bookmakers with a series of ill-advised bets. Close your desktop/laptop, or put your mobile back in your pocket and go do something else. Tomorrow is another day!
In order to comply with responsible gambling legislation, UK bookmakers and online casinos all now offer you the opportunity to set your own betting limits. This is a great initiative, use it! You are able to set your wagering and/or loss limits for the amount of money you wager per bet, per day per week and per month. If you gamble online then you want to make this the first thing you do upon registration.
There just isn’t any need to gamble online for hours and hours at a time. Before you begin to play, decide how much time you want to allow yourself for the session and stick to it.
Let’s be honest here, drinking and just about anything is not a great idea, but hey, I’m not here to lecture you. Relaxing at home with a Glenlivet and soda in one hand and your mobile phone and a low stakes Blackjack game in the other is all well and good. However, don’t forget to make your mark on the bottle before you start, and don’t go below it.
There are other things besides gambling you know. Fly Fishing comes to mind. Or photography or mountain biking or skateboarding or, well you get the picture right?
If for whatever reason you have chosen to ignore the previous seven steps then we come to what, for many people, maybe the last resort. At the end of the day if gambling is upsetting you or your loved ones, or simply stressing you out, or you just can’t afford it anymore, then take a break. Visit the BeGambleAware website or pick up the phone and call the National Gambling Helpline: 0808 8020 133.
[For those of you that gamble in one of the many high street casinos around the UK you may wish to approach the casino manager on duty who can advise you about how to enroll in SENSE which is run by the Betting & Gaming Council.]