How to Ban Yourself from Gambling Online
How do I Self-Exclude?
We Go Through Some of the Ways to Bar Yourself from Online and Offline Gambling
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As we've said in the past, having more than one tool in place to ban yourself from gambling, online and offline, means giving yourself the best chance to overcome the habit. Whether that be gambling blocking software, self exclusion from online gambling or bank transaction blocking. There are many tools out there to help.
Gambling Blocking Software
Gambling Blocking software, such as Gamban, can be downloaded onto all of your devices, for the purpose of blocking access to 1000s of gambling websites and apps, worldwide. We offer a trial for Gamban that grants you free access to our state of the art programmes and applications for your devices.
Learn more about Gamban here.
Self-exclusion typically involves asking a gambling operator, casino or betting shop, for example, to exclude you from gambling with them over a set period of time. This means that you will be refused service at the locations, online and offline, from which you are self-excluded. By law gambling operators in the UK have to provide self-exclusion.
Manually self-excluding yourself from every venue or website can be a daunting task. However, there are "multi-operator" schemes available, allowing anyone to easily "mass" self-exclude. Listed below are some of these schemes.
Online Gambling Self-Exclusion - GAMSTOP
One of the most well-known multi-operator schemes is GAMSTOP, which is currently available as a multi-operator self-exclusion scheme to UK and NI residents. However, It does not cover all gambling sites, only those based in the UK. Find the list of participating online gambling companies here.
Arcades and Adult Gaming Centres
Unfortunately, as of this date, it is not possible to mass self-exclude online from Arcades and Adult Gaming Centres. However, through the Bacta Self-Exclusion Scheme, you will be able to self-exclude from Adult Gaming Centres (AGCs) by simply visiting one AGC or by phoning one of them and enquiring.
Anyone wishing to join the Bacta Self-Exclusion Scheme should contact Bacta on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0207 730 6444.
For further details, click here.
Betting shops / Bookmakers
Through the self-exclusion.co.uk Multi Operator Self Exclusion Scheme you can designate betting shops from which you want to self-exclude. This scheme is tailored to the needs and habits of the registrants. By identifying the betting shops someone uses or might try to use, the scheme passes on the information to all the relevant betting shop operators.
Call the Multi Operator Self Exclusion Scheme helpline on 0800 294 2060 to exclude yourself from more than one bookmaker in your area. For more details please click here.
To self-exclude from licensed bingo premises across Great Britain, use The Bingo Associations' Self-Exclusion Scheme. Simply register at your local bingo club or alternatively, you can do so online if you click here.
SENSE enables you to register in a scheme to exclude themselves from all UK land-based casinos. Once you have requested exclusion through the SENSE scheme, your information will be shared with all casinos across the country. Furthermore, your details will be removed from all land-based casino marketing databases. For more information, click here.
While for some, Gambling Blocking Software will be enough to ban themselves from gambling, others (problem gamblers or otherwise) may want to use self-exclusion schemes in conjunction with Gamban.
Learn more about Gamban’s Gambling Blocking Software here.
Find more information on how gambling self-exclusion can be effective here.
Find more information on how to block gambling transactions from your bank account here.
Find more information about gambling problems and support here.