How to gamble responsibly
For some people, gambling becomes not just entertainment, but an addiction that leads to a deterioration in material conditions, a decrease in living standards, and even health problems.
Responsible gambling is one of the most effective ways to combat gambling addiction. Such an approach to gambling helps to prevent people who are prone to gambling due to psychological characteristics or young age from being involved in gambling.
What is responsible for gaming and what are its main principles? All this is discussed later in the article.
Gambling addiction and responsible gambling: definition of concepts
Gambling addiction is a pathological addiction to gambling. It manifests itself in the form of systematic participation in gambling entertainment. Such mania can cause disturbances in family, social, educational, professional, and other areas of life.
Today, governments of different countries, public organizations, and gambling operators themselves are working to find the best way to stop gambling and reduce the prevalence of gambling addiction. To achieve this goal, they support a responsible approach to gambling, which is designed to help fight gambling addiction.
The principle of responsible gambling implies the implementation of a program of actions by gambling operators aimed at helping gambling addicts, as well as protecting players from possible negative consequences that may be caused by participating in such games. For example, casinos take the following measures:
- inform players about the potential risks that they may face when participating in gambling;
- provide help to people suffering from gambling addiction. For example, they restrict their customers access to such entertainment;
- protect minors from gambling.
Organizations around the world are now promoting responsible gaming. For example, Senet Group, National Council on Problem Gambling, and others. Such associations conduct educational events, distribute information materials, and take other measures aimed at developing the right approach to gambling.
How to stop gambling for good: the rules of responsible gambling
Responsible gambling involves players following these rules:
- only adults can participate in gambling. In some countries the minimum age for players is 18, in others, it is 20 or 21;
- gambling should be treated as entertainment, not a way to generate income;
- the player must be prepared for the fact that he can lose money. This outcome should be taken as part of the game;
- gambling should not be perceived as a way to deal with moral or physical pain;
- gambling should not occupy a significant part of a person’s life. To prevent this from happening, it is important to alternate visiting the casino with other entertainments;
- the player must independently set the size of the maximum amount that he can spend without negative consequences for himself and/or his family;
- the gambler must personally determine how much time he can spend in the casino. Subsequently, he must comply with the established time frame;
- it is not recommended to take part in gambling for persons who are under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or toxic substances, or those who are depressed;
- the player should not try to recoup. Attempts to recover losses incurred in the course of the game can lead to even larger cash costs.
Operators publish recommendations (gambling help tips) on how to comply with the rules of responsible gaming in a separate section on their website.
How do operators ensure a responsible gaming environment?
Everyday casinos try to find the best ways to stop gambling. To prevent the spread of gambling addiction among casino customers, the organizers of gambling adhere to the following principles:
- protect minors from gambling entertainment. Before starting to participate in the games, clients of land-based and virtual gambling platforms go through an identification procedure (identity recognition). They provide the casino with their official documents, which indicate the name and surname, date of birth, place of residence, etc. Due to customer identification, gambling operators identify underage citizens who are prohibited from visiting such establishments
- provide players with the opportunity to formally opt-out of gambling (self-exclusion program). A gambling fan can apply to a gambling organizer with a request to restrict his access to a gambling establishment. After that, representatives of the institution will take appropriate measures, for example, block an account on an online platform or add a gambler to the list of persons who are prohibited from visiting a land-based gambling club. A partial limitation is also possible when the operator sets a limit on rates at the request of the client;
- do not hide the game statistics of players. Casinos provide their customers with the ability to track how much time they spend gambling and how much they spend.