Responsible Gaming

Last update
March 21st, 2024
Wagering Advisers Editorial Team

At Wagering Advisers UK, we are committed not only to providing detailed casino guides and comparisons but also to promoting a culture of responsible gaming.

Our dedication to responsible gambling is an important part of our editorial process, reflecting our belief in safe and ethical online betting practices. 

This guide aims to help our readers understand responsible gaming principles, recognise signs of problem gambling, and provide information about certified agencies and responsible gaming entities where players can seek help and take action to maintain control.

Recognising that losses are part of the player’s experience and that the odds are generally in favour of the house can help set realistic expectations.

Identify When Gambling Becomes a Problem and Stay in Control

To enjoy gambling responsibly, it’s important to:

  • Set clear limits on how much time and money you’re willing to spend
  • Never chase losses or gamble under the influence of alcohol or stress
  • Use tools provided by online casinos and responsible gaming entities to monitor and limit your activity

Problem gambling can sneak up unexpectedly. Signs to watch for may include:

  • Spending more money or time gambling than intended
  • Neglecting responsibilities or interests for gambling
  • Feeling anxious or distressed when not gambling

If you find yourself chasing losses, spending more time or money on gambling than intended, or gambling affecting your personal relationships, it might be time to reassess your habits.

Take a look at these questions and see whether they apply to you:

  • Did you ever lose time from work due to gambling?
  • Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
  • Did gambling affect your reputation?
  • Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
  • Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
  • After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
  • Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
  • Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
  • Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?

Take Action Against Problem Gambling

If you recognise these signs in yourself or someone you care about, it’s time to seek help.

Steps to consider include:

  • Self-exclusion features on gambling sites
  • Contacting gambling support services for advice and support
  • Exploring counselling or support groups designed for gambling issues

As a first step you might want to consider completing a self-assessment questionnaire provided by GamCare – Self-assessment tool – GamCare.

If someone you know is struggling with gambling, encourage open conversations about their habits and gently suggest resources and professional help. Support from friends and family can be crucial in overcoming gambling problems.

The legal landscape surrounding gambling in the UK is designed to ensure a safe and fair environment for all participants. The cornerstone of this framework is the Gambling Act of 2005, which established the UK Gambling Commission as the primary regulator of gambling activities within the country.

Responsible Gambling Tools and Resources Available at Casinos

UK casino operators are required to offer various tools and resources to promote responsible gaming. These include:

  • Self-Exclusion Programs: Allowing players to exclude themselves from gambling for a set period.
  • Deposit Limits: Enabling players to set limits on how much they can deposit over a certain timeframe.
  • Reality Checks: Providing reminders to players about how long they have been playing and offering an opportunity to log off or set a break.

Gambling Support Services

Several organisations and websites offer support and resources for users affected by gambling:

Gambling content filters and active prevention tools:

Here is how we integrate responsible gambling into our content

Promoting Safe Gaming Practices

Our reviews and recommendations always consider the responsible gambling tools and support provided by online casinos. We highlight brands that offer self-exclusion, deposit limits, reality checks, and access to support services.

Awareness and Education

We try to educate our users about the risks associated with gambling and the importance of setting limits.

Our content includes tips on how to gamble responsibly, recognising signs of gambling addiction, and links to professional help, encouraging users to seek assistance when needed.

Ethical Recommendations

In our commitment to responsible gaming, we recommend only those casino brands that demonstrate a clear commitment to their players’ welfare.

We check for their responsible gambling policies and practices to ensure they align with industry standards of safety and ethics.

User Feedback

We encourage open dialogue about responsible gambling within our community. Feedback from our users helps us to improve our guides and ensures that we focus on responsible gaming principles.

By incorporating these principles into our editorial process, Wagering Advisers team aims to foster a safe and positive gambling environment. We believe in empowering our users not just with information to make informed decisions but also with the knowledge to gamble responsibly.

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