Most people gamble for fun and enjoyment. However, some people think of gambling as a way to make money, spend more than they can afford, or use gambling to distract themselves from everyday problems.
Following these tips can help you to gamble more safely.
www.BeGambleAware.Org offers a calculator that can help work this out for you.
This tool is completely anonymous and confidential - they do not ask for any personal details and do not store any data. Remember, everyone has different income and expenditure levels, and different financial limits. It is up to you to decide how much is ‘too much’.
If you are concerned about your gambling, click the links below to view our PLAYSMART leaflets for advice around staying in control and keeping your gambling affordable.Keeping it Affordable Staying in Control
If you think you are spending too much time or money gambling, then ask staff for more information about self-exclusion schemes.
Self-exclusion means asking a gambling provider to exclude you from gambling with them for a length of time, with a minimum period of 6 months. All gambling providers in Britain provide this option, allowing any customer who has followed the procedure to request self-exclusion.
If you choose to self-exclude please then consider also calling the National Gambling Helpline, Speak to an Adviser on Freephone 0808 8020 133, 24/7, who can offer you free, confidential advice and counselling, self-exclusion can be helpful but will be more effective if you also give them a call.
The National Gambling Helpline can provide information, advice and support in over 200 languages. Call them and ask them for help in the language of your choice. Advisers will be able to let you know where counselling can be offered across Great Britain in other languages.
How the self-exclusion schemes work:
SENSE allows people to voluntarily enrol in a scheme to exclude themselves nationally from all land-based casinos in the UK.
By joining self-exclusion schemes, you are agreeing that:
It is up to you to keep to your self-exclusion agreement, but the company and the staff will do all they reasonably can to help you. If you visit a venue from which you have self-excluded and are recognised or identify yourself as being excluded, you will be asked to leave and the other venues in the scheme will be informed.
If you want to self-exclude from online gambling, then you can visit GAMSTOP www.gamstop.co.uk which is currently available as a multi-operator self-exclusion scheme to UK and NI residents. It does not yet cover all gambling websites.
You can download a ‘site blocker’, which can block access from computers, tablets and phones to many online gambling sites, including some sites which are not part of the GamStop scheme e.g. illegal and overseas websites. Site blockers may also prevent some gambling advertising.
We know that you will be more likely to manage your gambling if you combine the use of blocking software and other technical tools like GamStop with the free treatment options on offer.
Bank gambling blocks are free tools offered by most UK banks to help get your gambling under control. They work by blocking transactions that are categorised as gambling – whether you’re gambling online or at a physical venue.
You can learn more about banking blocks by going to GamCare’s website: Everything You Need to Know About Bank Gambling Blocks - GamCare
Aspers are proud to have achieved a GamCare Standard – Advanced Level 2 Award. GamCare are a charity and the UK's leading provider of free information, advice and support for anyone affected by problem gambling. Part of their goal is to work with the gambling industry to support customers and prevent people from experiencing gambling-related harm.
The Safer Gambling Standard is an independent quality standard that assesses the measures gambling businesses have put in place to protect people from experiencing gambling-related harm. Aspers was assessed by GamCare through a review of the policies, procedures, systems and controls of a gambling business, as well as interviews with staff, website reviews and premises visits.