Frequently Asked Questions

How do you become a responsible gambler?

Follow these basic tips to be able to enjoy gambling without harmful consequences:

  • Gamble for fun, not money.
  • Set money and time limits and stick to those limits while you play.
  • Don’t take credit cards and extra cash to the casino with you.
  • Don’t borrow gambling money.
  • Take the money you are willing to spend and have a backup plan for the day after in case you lose it all.
  • Know the cost of play before you start gambling.
  • Know the risks of gambling and start thinking about your own reasons for gambling.
  • Don’t prioritize gambling over other activities.

What does responsible gambling mean?

For the individual, it means taking measures to avoid financial problems and other bad consequences. For society, it’s the basis for a set of socially responsible initiatives that are conceived and developed by government regulators and a cadre of medical and psychological experts. The guidelines are implemented by the gambling industry, including gaming control boards and the operators of casinos, sportsbooks, bingo salons, and poker rooms.

The aim is to ensure fairness and integrity of gambling organizers’ operations and to raise public awareness of the harmful consequences of gambling, such as compulsive gambling and other gambling disorders. One of the initiatives is the development of a system of support for gambling addiction in the UK.

How does the UK Gambling Commission protect people from compulsive and addictive gambling?

The UK Gambling Commission’s License Conditions and Codes of Practice document sets out a set of requirements that gambling organizers must meet in order not to lose their licences. The UKGC requires operators in the casino industry to implement best practices regarding gambling. The LCCP takes a proactive approach to promoting safer practices in addition to the laws and regulations on games of chance already in force – all intended to curb problem gambling in the UK. Under the LCCP, gambling companies are required to:

  • Make information available to players to promote responsible betting and information on where to find help, including a helpline number and other treatment options
  • Provide an opportunity for individuals to request that no promotional material be sent to them or to have their privileges revoked in respect of certain services provided by the casino
  • Organize special training on responsible gaming for managers and other appointed casino employees
  • Train their new employees and implement communication programs for all employees to improve their understanding of responsible and safe gambling
  • Refrain from targeting problematic gamblers or encouraging addictive behaviour
  • Act in accordance with relevant national regulations
  • Include a message about gambling responsibly and a helpline number where appropriate
  • Make it clear that gambling is not a reasonable strategy for gaining financial benefits
  • Refrain from misleading statements about the likelihood, rewards, or chances of winning
  • Refrain from targeting persons younger than the legal limit or vulnerable groups
  • Publicly indicate the legal age limit for gambling
  • Make reasonable efforts to prevent minors from entering the casino premises
  • Train employees on procedures to implement in case of juvenile gambling
  • Responsibly serve alcohol
  • Implement self-exclusion programs for individuals who demand to be excluded
  • Provide information on assistance and counselling services

How do you gamble safely?

Gambling can be a fun activity for adults, but it can also cause damage due to its addictive nature. Some people gamble occasionally without any problem, while others become addicted, endangering their money and property while harming co-workers, friends, and family.

Gambling is not a career, and you shouldn’t do it when you’re upset, you seek to escape from problems, or you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Risk only what you can afford to lose, never chase losses, set your money and time limits, and most of all – enjoy it!

Problem gambling is difficult to eradicate once it develops, and prevention is better than cure. So make sure you gamble responsibly and reduce the risk of becoming addicted.