Online gambling, like any form of gambling, should be fun and a source of entertainment, not a financial burden. If you are losing more money than you can afford then you might have a problem. It's important for everyone to be responsible with their online gambling activities. A lot of these games can be fun even when playing for the minimum amount, slot machines can usually be played for a penny per spin.
A lot of gambling sites have built-in 'self exclusion' options in their software so that players can take time off, but if you don't see that and would still like to be refused access you can contact the site and they will lock your account for as long as you'd like them to.
If you think you might have a problem, ask yourself a few of these questions, the more you answer yes the more likely you have a problem and should not be gambling.
- Have you ever lost time from work or personal responsibilities due to gambling?
- Has gambling ever made your life in general more unhappy or unsatisfying?
- Has gambling ever affected your reputation?
- Have you ever gambled in order to pay off debts or other bills?
- After a good win have you felt like this meant you need to play even more?
- Have you ever borrowed money from someone in order to gamble?
- Do personal or business disappointments make you want to gamble?
- Are you depressed because of your gambling?
- Has a friend or co-worker ever criticised your gambling?
- Have you ever lied or stolen money in order to gamble?
- Have you ever sold personal possessions in order to finance a run of gambling?
If you think you might fit the definition of a 'problem gambler' please talk to the organizations below, they can help.