Responsible Gaming

Responsible gambling is very important in the case of gambling. Looking back, we can safely say that this type of leisure appeared a very long time ago. But recently, with the growing popularity and availability of online casinos, there has been a lot of heated debate regarding the emergence of addiction (gambling addiction) and the protection of players from excessive addiction to the game.

Although studies have shown that only a small fraction of the adult population experiences addiction, the seriousness of the problem cannot be denied. Most gambling establishments strive to fulfill all information requirements to protect the players themselves and their families. We have collected everything you need in one place: advice for parents, measures to prevent addiction, methods of coping and information of aid providers in India.

Let's start with the reasons for excessive internet gambling:

  • On the Internet, a person may remain anonymous;
  • The online casino works 24/7, and you can play from the comfort of your home or anywhere thanks to modern mobile solutions;
  • In this format, it is very difficult for players to notice the first signs of gambling addiction.

What is gambling addiction and how to recognize it?

Most people who play online casinos enjoy the process without compromising their health or well-being. Problems arise when the game becomes uncontrollable: the person ceases to control the frequency and duration of the game and cannot resist the temptation. As a result, problems arise in social, labor, material and family relations.

Therefore, it is very important that the player himself and the player can detect and recognize the first signs of addiction. Remember that the earlier a problem is discovered, the easier it is to deal with it.

To help determine whether or not you or your loved ones are addicted, we offer a list of questions:

  • Do you often think about the game (think over the process, the size of the bets, replay past games, etc.)?
  • Do you often gamble / with large sums to get a feeling of excitement?
  • Recent attempts to control or shorten the game time have failed?
  • Do you get annoyed and / or anxious when you have to finish the game?
  • Do you often try to win back the lost money with new bets? Do you borrow money?
  • Are you honest with yourself and those around you about your time at online casinos? Do you deceive / keep silent about your hobby from your loved ones?
  • Have you ever cheated or violated the law in order to get money to pay off debts?
  • Has your relationship at work / family deteriorated lately?

If you answered yes to at least five questions, we strongly recommend that you a specialist for professional help.

How does addiction develop?

A person who develops gambling addiction goes through four stages associated with different emotions: win (euphoria), loss (disappointment, despondency), despair and hopelessness.

First stage (win) a person experiences delight and euphoria from victory. He begins to think that it is possible to win even more, therefore the rates and duration of the game are gradually increasing.

Second stage (loss) quickly replaces euphoria. The player begins to lose, and euphoria is replaced by frustration, disappointment, mixed with the hope of winning back the lost money. The amount of debt increases, and relationships at work and in the family deteriorate.

Stage three (despair) characterized by the fact that a person completely loses control over the game. With constant feelings of guilt and shame, he cannot stop. At this stage, the line between ethics and morality is erased, so a person can violate the law. Divorce, dismissal and the first problems with the law are possible.

Depression stage associated with an emotional bottom, that is, a lack of self-confidence or the effectiveness of receiving help. Many people may suffer from other addictions - alcohol, drugs - and think about suicide.

How to deal with gambling?

Almost all online casinos provide tools to restrict the game. These are betting limits or game durations, and player exclusion from a casino website or player roster. In addition, all gambling establishments that are licensed in India use identity and rights verification systems to identify minors when they try to enter the casino website.

Protection of minors

According to Indian law, persons under the age of 21 are not allowed to gamble. By gambling only online casinos are meant. As for bets on the results of sports matches and lotteries, other restrictions apply here: 18 years and 16 years, respectively.

In general, the system for registering and opening a gaming account on the sites of licensed casinos completely excludes the entry of underage players, since it requires the introduction of an identification code, as well as personal information. Banking information is also requested, and all documents are checked. We recommend that parents install special software on your computers that blocks access to the selected sites. Good examples of such programs: NetNanny and CyberPatrol.

Addiction test

If you suspect that you have an addiction, be sure to a specialist who, during a personal conversation, will be able to determine the severity of the problem and outline steps for further action.

Self-exclusion and temporary account closure

This is a great measure for those who feel it is time to stop and pause. Basically, you independently exclude yourself from the list of players on the casino website or at the Indian Tax and Customs Board. For a certain period (they may differ on casino sites), you will not be able to log into your gaming account. After the expiration date, you can return to the game or, if you wish, set a new limit. Please note that during this period your account cannot be unblocked.

Tax and Customs Board

Anyone can apply to the Indian Tax and Customs Board and exclude themselves from the list of players (except for the instant lottery). You can do this directly on the site for a period of 6 to 36 months. This limitation applies to land-based casinos and online casinos in India... It is important to note here that we are talking about access to gambling establishments that have a license in India. Unfortunately, this does not apply to any online casino site. For more information on this measure of self-restraint, see website Tax and Customs Board.

Restrictive measures

An easy way to control the amount of money you spend on gambling is to set limits. Amounts and validity periods differ from casino to casino. For example, you might decide that your budget is 100 euros per week. Thus, if you use all those 100 euros within 7 days, you will not be able to play the rest of the time. You can also limit the frequency of account replenishment and the maximum loss limit, when it comes not to the amount of bets, but to the lost money.

Be sure to consider the following:

  • The maximum limit of bets and the period of their action begin to work immediately.
  • The maximum period is 7 days. This is most likely due to the fact that players must make a conscious decision about the size of the limit and be able to change it if necessary.

Loss limit

In addition, you can limit the amount of possible losses. In this case, all bets placed are not taken into account.

Where can I get help?

If the proposed measures did not work, or the player refuses to limit himself in the game (which is necessary in all online casinos, as restrictions cannot be installed at the request of third parties), you can also seek professional help. It is provided by two organizations: society associated with gambling and the center for advising dependent on gambling.

Get professional help in India in:

Society for gambling addicts

Consultation Center for Gambling Dependent

  • Offices in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Kohtla-Järve and Narva
  • Tel: 15410
  • [email protected]
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