The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has recently launched its latest public campaign that promotes safe gambling. The latest campaign is promoting measures that players can take and the available agencies that players can turn to in order to keep their gaming experience safe. The regulator has outlined ways to keep players safe when gambling.
The campaign primarily focuses on raising the public’s awareness of the safer gambling-related tools at their disposal. The campaign wants players to be aware that there are gambling-related control tools, facilities, and support groups such as GambleAware and GamCare, that they can turn to in case of problem gambling habits. In addition to this, the regulator wants to provide players with all-round guidance on how to monitor their gaming activities and by doing so, allowing players to control and maintain their spending at a manageable level.
The regulator also seeks to remind players that all UK licensed gambling operators must provide players access to their playing activities particularly, their play history. This will ultimately help players to make informed decisions regarding their gambling habits, spending, and game consumption. The regulator also seeks to remind players that in-play safety tools are available for their use and encourages them to do so. By using tools such as game alerts and notifications on screen, players will be able to track not only their playing time but also their gaming choices and habits at these online betting shops. Additionally, the regulator encourages players who are concerned about their wager spending, to set spending limits before playing with any gambling games.
As players are easily able to access casino sites today, the UKGC’s public awareness campaign seeks to remind players to undertake reality checks in gambling sessions. Players must ask themselves and reflect on their gambling motivations. Players should ask themselves if gambling is for fun, to escape debt, or make a quick profit. The regulator emphasises that gambling should not be seen as an answer to improving personal finances but rather as a recreational activity.
Finally, the regulator’s campaign reminds players about their rights regarding gambling time-out. Players are reminded to take breaks when gambling in order to keep themselves and their finances safe. When playing too much, players are encouraged to self exclude from playing for a set period of time, maximum of up to six weeks. Also, players are reminded that all UK licensed operators whether online or land-based, must offer ways of self-exclusion. This is where players can ask the gaming company to stop them from playing with the operators for a period of time. This exclusion will last for a minimum of six months. Self-exclusion will allow players to better self reflect if whether they have a gambling problem and want help. Also, GAMSTOP, an online multi-operator self-exclusion scheme, is available for many reputable gambling sites to help players better control themselves online.
The regulator has been busy reminding and keeping players informed. Last month, it launched a general guidance campaign regarding the requirements and safeguards licensed operators must provide their customers when they sign-up and register. All of these are particularly important as online gambling has seen a massive rise in recent months due to the pandemic and the subsequent closure of land-based casinos.