Online sports betting is for most of us what it should be – casual entertainment. However, as with most forms of excitement, whether it concerns sports betting or playing at online casinos, for a small minority, gambling can be a problem that may in some cases have significant consequences.
The broader base of all our online bettors will never have a problem and truly enjoy it. However we want everyone to be informed and aware, that betting responsibly is not only limited to those with a gambling problem or to the people most susceptible to this. The safest way is for everyone to always have responsible betting on the top of their mind when playing for real money.
Trust and safety is in our core focus at SportsBettingMarkets and we are dedicated to partner up with sportsbooks that support the requirements of Responsible Gaming and offer tools for bettors to limit and self-exclude themselves, as well as being able to give advice and direct the bettors in need to local or global help services for responsible gaming.
Sports betting is often offered at online casinos as part of their gaming repertoire, meaning that many of the gambling problems people experience have similar roots as well as similar solutions. Regulatory authorities set many license requirements on sportsbooks should operate in relation to responsible gaming, some of which include, but are not limited to;
- Deposit limits – You can set and select your own deposit limits for periods of time between from daily, weekly to monthly. Limits can be decreased, increased and removed. However, with some restrictions, you need customer support to manually change them and sometimes you will be on a ‘cool-off’ period until a limit can be changed, ‘cool offs’ are only effective when you wish to increase, giving you a second chance to reconsider.
- Transaction History – Enables you to view a record of all your betting activity; the history of your transactions, deposits and withdrawals.
- Self-exclusion – With the option to completely self-exclude and fully restrict your access to the site. Self-exclusion can be applied for anything from a few months to lifetime. Minimum self-exclusion period varies between license regimes, so ensure to check the selected options at your bookmaker.
Below you will find a solid question list, used widely to help assess the level of impact gambling, whether in the form of sports betting or online casino gaming, has on your life:
- Do you gamble alone on your computer/mobile device for long time periods, affecting your work responsibilities and/or other commitments?
- Have you needed to increase the amount of your game round stakes more to get the same excitement you used to when you first started?
- Do you have mood swings, feel irritated and agitated when you can’t play?
- Do you feel that you gamble to escape other issues or problems in your life?
- Have you ever claimed to be winning from gambling when on the contrary, you are losing?
- Have you tried, in the past, to reduce either the time or money that you spend on gambling and been unsuccessful in your efforts?
- Have you ever been tempted to commit an act of dishonesty to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever gone back online to gamble, on another day, to win back your losses?
- Have you ever hidden your gambling from people who are important to you in your life?
- Have you borrowed money, from any source, that you have been unable to pay back because of your gambling or are you otherwise in debt as a result of gambling?
- Have you ever sold any possessions to obtain money to gamble or pay gambling debts?
- Do you find yourself breaking promises, to family and friends, so that you can gamble instead?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then it may be time for you to gain control over your gambling. Using the information and tools provided by sportsbooks and online casinos, we have listed a few of the known responsible gaming services. As we are not qualified to advise players on such sensitive matters, we instead recommend you to seek help from professionals. Below are some links which you may find useful in this regard.
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Last Updated on February 25, 2021