GAMSTOP is a self-exclusion scheme that allows individuals to exclude themselves from online gambling companies licensed in Great Britain.
Founded in 2017, it has been designed to help individuals who have or are susceptible to gambling addiction. By encouraging citizens of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to self-exclude themselves from online gambling and prevent them from being able to access gambling websites and apps, it intends to prevent or at least moderate gambling addiction. Users of GAMSTOP are given the option of a minimum 6 month, one year or five year ban that renews automatically at the end of the specified period.
Limitations of Gamstop
Although, GAMSTOP is great for restricting gambling activity it does not actually prohibit users' urge to gamble. People who participate in the GAMSTOP program are banned or restricted from licensed UK online casinos. However, those limitations do little to curb the ongoing desire to gamble especially amongst addicts.
Television advertisements, for example, can trigger the want or need to gamble.
To help assist in these areas, GAMSTOP offers a library of resources on gambling, addiction, and changing life behaviors.
It is also worth noting that GAMSTOP can be bypassed using non-UK gambling sites or through the use of a VPN – ‘Virtual Private Network' – which opens up access to any online casino games across the world.
Gamstop and Live Games
A live game refers to a game that is played in real-time with a dealer or croupier, rather than against a computer program. This can include casino games such as blackjack, roulette, and baccarat, as well as live sports betting. Players can interact with the dealer and other players in real time and can see the outcome of the game as it happens. Live games are becoming increasingly popular in the online gambling industry as they offer a more immersive and authentic gambling experience.
Obviously, GAMSTOP cannot offer restrictions or prohibitions for live, in person games hosted in a physical casino. GAMSTOP can only restrict activity if the live game is provided by an online gambling company that is licensed in Great Britain, and if the individual has chosen to self-exclude themselves from all online gambling.
Live casino games hosted online are restricted by GAMSTOP, and you will be blocked from participating.
However, it's not mandatory for all UK-based gambling operators to be a part of GAMSTOP, there are plenty of live UK casinos without GAMSTOP restrictions in place.
As mentioned, GAMSTOP does apply limits on live games, but its prohibitions are often limited and sometimes easily bypassable. It is, however, an effective program for any who wishes to put a limit on their gambling activity. It is also worth noting that there are plenty other self-exclusion schemes available that may be more tailored to an individual's specific needs.
GamBan for example has the ability to block casino sites worldwide. Competitor GamCare goes beyond just restricting gambling activity by offering a forum for those who might need advice on how to control gambling impulses.
Although online gambling games are often very fun it is important to know when to stop. Restrictive programs like GAMSTOP are very helpful in putting an end to gambling addiction, but like all things, the platform does have its limitaitons that should be taken into account.
If you feel that you may suffer from a compulsive gambling addiction, you should seek professional help.
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