Responsible Gambling – The best and worst

With such easy access to online gambling and millions of problem gamblers around the world it’s hugely important that sites implement a decent ‘responsible gambling’ facility. Whether this means an easy way of setting your own deposit limits or a button which instantly and permanently disables your betting account, it’s imperative that all sites implement a responsible gambling policy.

With many years gaming experience I have come across many sites that have great responsible gambling policies, and others which are not so good.

The Best

Mr Green give all players a great, easy to use interface (called ‘Green Gambling’) where you can set deposit limits, self exclusion limits, wagering limits, loss limits and a total self ban. You can also set a custom selfban period for any date in the future, a facility which few sites provide.

Sky Bet offer you the option to set deposit limits and to self exclude from specific parts of the site, for example if your a poker player but find you spew of winnings playing blackjack you can easily exclude yourself from the casino, minimum deposit limits start from just £5

Betfair allows you to set deposit limits by day/week/month of any amount you wish. You can also set loss limits by product and an instant self-exclusion for 6 months. When you raise your limits it will take a week to come in to effect, many bookies only delay it by 24 hours, 7 days seems a much more responsible time period for adjusting your deposit limits.

The worst

William Hill, as much as I like the William Hill site there self exclusion options leave a lot to be desired, if you want to go for a total self ban you need to go through customer supports live chat option, which can be humiliating if your a problem gambler, They do allow you to set your own deposit limits but the minimum you can set it is at £25 per day!  that’s around £750 per month!

 

Red Bet belongs on both the best and the worst category, they offer plenty of self-exclusion options but your deposit limits are based on net deposits so if you get a big win and withdraw it all you can deposit it all the next day and possibly loose it!
i.e. you have a £10 per day deposit limit per week, you deposit £10 on Monday and win £150 and withdraw it, the next day you can deposit that £150 and loose it all. In my opinion deposit limits should be exactly that and based on total deposits per week without taking in to account withdrawls.

 

If you think you have a gambling problem visit http://www.gamcare.org.uk/

Some software may aid you in blocking gambling websites, see http://www.betfilter.com or http://www.gamblock.com/(it’s best to seek help for gambling rather than rely on software to prevent it)

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