GAMSTOP guide & rogue casinos not on GAMSTOP
Gamstop is the UK’s first phase of complete self exclusion from all casinos that currently hold a UK Gambling Commission licence.
At present the majority of casinos have signed up to the Gamstop Service and shortly it will be compulsory for all UKGC licenced casinos to participate.
Registering with Gamstop is a simple way to self exclude from all casinos – once you’re registered within 24 hours all of your casino and betting accounts will be locked for the period that you specify.
It takes just a few minutes to register with Gamstop. It’s important that once registered you keep your details up to date with them and you do not try to circumvent the system by registering new casino accounts with slightly different details as this will jeapordise your account with the casino and you may have winnings confiscated.
Get started with Gamstop today, it’s quick, free and simple.
Gambling at casinos not on GAMSTOP
Gambling at non Gamstop sites is not recommended at all. There are still a small number of UK casinos not on Gamstop but as we move forward all UKGC licensed online casinos and online bookmakers will be required by default to register to Gamstop.
A small number of unlicensed and rogue casinos may still accept UK players so self excluding individually or using software like Gamban is advised.
Gamban is a software product that blocks access to your casino and online gambling accounts. It is secure, reliable and affordable and the software can be installed on computers, tablets and mobile phones.
The difference between Gamban and Gamstop is that Gamban blocks the device from accessing gambling websites where Gamstop is a self-exclusion scheme.
Using both Gamban and Gamstop together is a highly effective way to restrict your access and exposure to online gambling sites.
Spelpaus is Swedens self exclusion program
Swedish problem gamblers now have their own self exclusion program called Spelpaus.
Rogue casinos and unethical affiliates targeting problem gamblers in the UK
One disgusting practice that has come about recently is that some online gambling affiliates and a small number of rogue casino operators are actually targeting problem gamblers in the the United Kingdom. By specifically building dedicated non Gamstop websites these affiliates are pointing problem players toward unlicensed and in most cases completely rogue casinos which cannot sign up to Gamstop and do not fall under the UKGC jurisdiction. And there are the rogue casinos themselves making their own casino portals or directly targeting Google ads for problem gamblers searching for help with addiction.
This is a disgraceful practice and should be condoned by nobody. Hopefully the UKGC will clamp down as hard and heavy as they can. In the meantime thankfully there are some good guys like Duncan Pogg as well as the more ethical UKGC casinos who refuse to work with anyone engaging in these practices.
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