Online gambling, especially on virtual casino platforms, is an entertaining way to win real money, but can also be very addictive. Some players find it difficult to limit the amount of time they spend online or to control their bankroll, and the amount of money they invest in roulette or virtual machines.
One strategy to avoid temptation, and the unfortunate consequences it can have on one’s social and professional life, but also on one’s finances, is simply to ban oneself from these platforms. But how does this work, and is it really a good idea?
How do you self-exclude from online casinos?
In the face of growing problems with gambling addiction, there are now various tools that can allow affected players to exclude themselves from platforms. Whether it is gambling blocking software, self-exclusion from online gambling, or blocking bank is available.
Gambling blocking software
Gambling blocking software, such as Gamban, can be downloaded to any device to block access to thousands of gambling websites and applications around the world. Some applications have a free trial version, which allows users to test their effectiveness and withdraw if they wish.
Self-exclusion usually involves asking a gambling operator, a casino, or a betting establishment, for example, to exclude us for a defined period of time. This means that service will be denied both online and offline.
Manually self-excluding from each site or website can be a daunting task. However, there are “multi-operator” tools available, allowing anyone to easily self-exclude “globally”.
What options are available?
Many online betting providers offer less drastic solutions to help players reduce their gambling habits.
These preventive measures include, for example:
- Deposit limits, to limit the amount the player can transfer to their account.
- Taking a break – deactivating your account for short periods of time.
- Permanent closure – closing your account and asking the provider to stop contacting you.
- Set a maximum bet – agree to limit the amount that can be deposited for an individual bet.
- Set account settings – the player can also set their account to stop receiving promotional announcements or messages when a new game or special bonus is released. This is usually done by accessing the account or betting application settings and configuring the alerts or messages. This will allow the player to choose the “no messages or notifications” option.
Can the player’s bank help?
Banks can also help players limit their online gambling expenses. They can ask to: stop using credit or debit cards to gamble
The best way to do this is to speak directly to your financial advisor, to find out what solutions are available and how to go about implementing them.
What about foreign gambling sites?
For players based abroad, or accessing these sites through a VPN, it will not always be possible to find an auto-exclusion option, as is the case for ANJ-licensed operators. In this case, it will be necessary to manually block these sites or applications, notably by:
- trying to cancel the account
- stopping payments to the account from their bank or credit/debit card
- installing software that blocks access to international gambling sites