What do you do when online gambling becomes an addiction? You try to stop yourself from indulging in it! The question is - how? How do you stop yourself from gambling away your hard-earned money? How do you tame the urge to chase losses even if you know you’ll end up spending more money than you could probably win?
Enter Gamestop – the way to suspend yourself from all gambling activities in a single click.
It is exactly what it sounds. Gamestop restricts your entry into online casinos and betting sites via a self-exclusion policy, which, of course, is optional. Such voluntary exclusion is a government’s or casino operator’s way to curb problem gambling.
Players can willingly request the regulatory authorities or operators to add them to their self-exclusion lists so they can be barred from partaking in any sort of online gambling or betting activity within the jurisdiction, whatsoever.
By doing so, players also permit the government or regulatory authority to arrest or charge them with trespassing if they are found attempting to re-enter gambling portals licensed within the concerned jurisdiction.
Additionally, all winnings, chips and tokens can be confiscated and rendered null and void if a self-excluded player tries to gamble online in such licensed sites. Online casinos that must oblige to the national self-exclusion programs are prohibited from targeting excluded players via advertisements.
In the Nordics, most self-exclusion programs are country-specific and applicable nationwide. The best examples are Denmark’s ROFUS and The United Kingdoms GAMSTOP. If you reside in any of these countries and sign up for the respective programs, you will be suspended from all online gambling portals that hold a license from the concerned regulatory authorities.
For instance, registering with ROFUS in Denmark will ban you from participating in all online casinos that hold a license from the Danish Gambling Authority, Spillemyndigheden.
By that token, the UK’s GAMSTOP will keep you away from all the casinos licensed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). Other major gambling regulators such as the Malta Gambling Authority (MGA) and Curacao e-Gaming are yet to place similar national schemes. For this reason, self-exclusion at an MGA or Curacao casino is operator-specific and not nation wide.
It means, the program has been put in place by an individual casino operator and is applicable only on that website. Operator-specific programs are usually not subject to national self-exclusion policies but work more or less the same. When you feel you are gambling too much at a specific casino, you can register yourself with its self-exclusion program and stay away from playing further.
Please note that a self-exclusion program, once activated, cannot be reverted or prematurely terminated even if you did it accidentally. Each program usually continues for pre-defined periods of time (1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year or indefinitely). You will be able to play again only when the period you chose is over.
If you are wondering whether you can bypass the shutdown via a duplicate identity, it is next to impossible because such programs warrant unique citizen identification such as NemID in Denmark for registration.
ROFUS is the Danish national self-exclusion program. It has been placed by Spillemyndigheden to keep a check on problem gambling. Players can voluntarily exclude themselves from online as well as physical casinos in Denmark.
ROFUS also allows players to shutdown gambling activities for pre-determined time periods of 1 month, 3 months, 6 months or indefinitely. However, this Danish national self-exclusion program also makes provision for a 24-hours shutdown. To register, players must use their NemID.
The scheme is 100% confidential, which means the Danish Gambling Authority will not give out the information about a player’s registration provided the latter doesn’t make an attempt to gamble during the exclusion period. Needless to say, there is no regretting ROFUS.
Like the Nordics have ROFUS, the UK has GAMSTOP. This national gambling self-exclusion scheme has been put in place by the UKGC to restrict willing players from playing at online casinos run by operators licensed in Great Britain.
To register with GAMSTOP, you have to confirm your identity using your postcode, date of birth and email address. Of course, you cannot sign up on behalf of another person. Once you register and create an account you must update your email address, postal address, phone number and contact consent.
The self-exclusion becomes active within 24 hours from request. Depending on the period you choose, you will be suspended for 6 months, 1 year or 5 years. There is no way to terminate the period before it the defined time. Also, at duration has elapsed, you must request GAMSTOP to be removed. Otherwise, the suspension will continue.
National self-exclusion programs, as the name suggests, are applicable nationwide. On the other hand, casino-specific programs are limited only to the operators that put them in place. When you exclude yourself via a national self-exclusion scheme, you will not be able to access any casino licensed under the jurisdiction of that particular country.
However, casinos that are licensed elsewhere will be open for registration. For instance, even if you’ve shut yourself down using ROFUS, you will be able to access real money games at casinos licensed by the MGA, the UKGC or Curacao e-Gaming. Furthermore, even if you exclude yourself from playing at a certain casino licensed either by the MGA or Curacao e-Gaming, you can still access other casinos with the same license(s).
Top 5 Casinos without a National Self-Exclusion Program
· Tsars: Curacao-licensed Tsars offers its own self-exclusion program using which players can set their own online gambling limits for each day, each week, each month or in different other combinations.
· Rant: This MGA-licensed casino is free from national self-exclusion programs such as ROFUS and GAMSTOP. However, it has its own self-exclusion program using which you can freeze all your activities for a period of 24 hours (1 day), 7 days (1 week) or 1 month.
· Casoo: Yet another Curacao licensed online casino, Casoo has a self-exclusion program for compulsive gamblers who are willing to stop the activity. However, its lockout period is for a month only, which can be extended via an email request.
· Spin Million: Spin Million casino has a Curacao license, too. However, the terms and conditions of its self-exclusion program are not clearly stated on its website. You have to send the casino an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
· Betmaster: Curacao-licensed Betmaster takes responsible gambling seriously and hence, has a total self-exclusion program in place.
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