Gambling is a nice hobby: it offers you a good time and even some profits. Although, losing is a big part of gambling and you need to be prepared for it. This means you need to play responsibly and never bet an amount you can’t afford to lose.

Like every other hobby, gambling can become addictive too. In other words, you need to be prepared for these two things: playing responsibly and not becoming an addict. We believe in positive gaming experiences (even if you lose) and to ensure that, we offer help to control your gambling habits. Please take a Self-Assessment Test (Ferris&Wynne) to find out if you are playing too much and need help or not.

Set your own Boundaries

Global Gambling Guidance Group (G4) certifies online gaming sites which respect responsible gaming and offer options to visitors to set their own limits. As a certified website, we also do this: you can limit your gaming time, budget, and even type of games you will see on your screen while on our site. The tools and options we offer will help you play responsibly and prevent unhealthy gaming behavior.

Gambling addiction has many faces and can be different for each individual: there isn’t a standard symptom list for addiction. The most common types of gambling addiction are:

  • Compulsory Gambling: This is the most common kind of gambling addiction. If you can’t control your urges to gamble and want to continue to play whether you win or lose, you may be a compulsive gambler. This type of players always look for a reason to play; i.e. bet on anything, keep playing even when they don’t have the budget, and place wagers regardless of the consequences. Compulsory gambling is also known as “pathological gambling”.
  • Revel Gambling: This type of players go into gambling “crises” from time to time. All the gambling addiction symptoms can be seen, but only at certain times. Both the diagnosis and the treatment are very difficult. This is because the players in this category have no gambling problem for quite a long time. However, when they find an opportunity to gamble, they suddenly change.
  • Problematic Gambling: A gambling addict may already know about his/her problem, but still can’t control the urges. Because of that, his/her personal life gets disturbed and becomes problematic. This type of players lie to their loved ones, chase losses and even steal from other people just to be able to continue gambling. They are aware of the problem, but they cannot stop themselves from gambling.

Before Continuing to Play, Ask Yourself:

Do you need a break?

Do you share your computer with minors?

Are you and adult?

If you are under the age of 18, please leave immediately. It is illegal to open an account and/or to gamble if you are a minor. We also hold the right to request proof of age from any customer and may suspend an account because of this reason.

Do you think a friend of yours may be a gambling addict?

In that case, please contact our support staff and we can help both you and the person you are worried.

Are you looking for an organization to help you?

There are lots of independent organizations which can help addictive gamblers and their friends/family. You can find their contact information here.

Knowing That You Are an Addict

As we mentioned above, symptoms of gambling addiction are different for each individual. Although, the American Psychiatric Association uses a list of ten diagnostic criteria to diagnose gambling addiction. According to this criteria:

  • If you think about gambling constantly;
  • Feel the urge to increase bet levels;
  • Exhibit agitation when not playing;
  • Gamble to escape from real-life and its problems;
  • Chase your losses;
  • Lie about your gambling activity;
  • Participate in illegal acts to fund your bets;
  • Jeopardize relationships just to continue gambling;
  • Relies on financial support of others because of gambling debts;
  • Cannot stop and/or control gambling.

You may be an addict. As a general rule, if you are showing at least five of these symptoms, you are considered as a compulsive gambler. However, please note that a diagnosis can only be done by a trained physician and will also require a physical exam and an interview.

Fighting the Addiction

There isn’t a standard formula to overwhelm the addiction, every individual is different. However, it is known that the following treatments are useful:

  • Psychotherapy with the help of a trained professional;
  • Gamblers' Anonymous (GA) groups.
  • In some cases, medications. Antidepressants, anti-seizure medications, and certain SSRIs can help to fight with addiction, but only if they are issued by a trained professional.

GA Gamblers Anonymous

Phone: (+44) 0207 384 3040

Web:gamblersanonymous.org/ga/

For UK Residents:

GameCare.org.uk

Phone: 800-522-4700

For Canadians:

problemgambling.ca

Phone: 1.888.230.3505

For New Zealand Residents:

Pgf.nz

Phone: 0800 6642 62

Email: [email protected]