What Is Responsible Gambling and How It Helps to Fight Ludomania

What Is Responsible Gambling and How It Helps to Fight Ludomania

For some people, gambling turns into an addiction rather than simple entertainment, leading to a decline in material status, fall of living standards, and even health problems.

Responsible gambling is one of the efficient ways to fight ludomania. This approach to gambling helps to prevent the involvement of people prone to gambling addiction due to psychological peculiarities or a young age.

What are responsible gambling and its main principles? Read in our article.

Ludomania and responsible gambling: notions

Ludomania and responsible gambling

Ludomania or gambling addiction is a pathological craving for games of chance. It involves systematic participation in gambling activities. The addiction can lead to problems in family, social, educational, professional, and other areas of life.

Gambling addiction was officially acknowledged as a psychological disorder. Last century, it was included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV). In 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) added gambling addiction to the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).

Today governments of different countries, nonprofit organizations, and gambling operators take action to reduce the incidence of problem gambling. To achieve this goal, they adhere to the principles of responsible gambling intended to fight gambling addiction.

Principles of responsible gambling involve a program of action implemented by gambling operators and intended to help problem gamblers, as well as to protect players against possible negative consequences that gambling may bring. For example, casinos take the following measures:

  • inform players about potential risks they may face when gambling;

  • help problem gamblers. For example, restrict customers from access to such entertainment;

  • restrict under-age users from playing.

Currently, organizations in different parts of the world are mainstreaming responsible gambling, for example, Senet Group, National Council on Problem Gambling, and others. Such organizations host awareness-building campaigns, distribute information materials and take other measures intended to form an appropriate approach to gambling.

Besides, organizations that support problem gamblers and their families operate in different countries. They also provide recommendations on issues related to fighting gambling addiction. Some of them are GamCare, Gambling Therapy, Gambling Help Online, Center for Ludomani, and others.

How to avoid ludomania: rules of responsible gambling

For responsible gambling, players have to adhere to the following rules:

  • only people of the full legal age can participate in gambling. In some countries, the minimal player age is 18 years old, in other 20 or 21 years old;

  • it is important to take gambling as an entertainment rather than a way of making a profit;

  • the player needs to be ready for the probability of losing money. Such outcome should be taken as a part of the game;

  • gambling should not be taken as a way to fight mental or physical pain;

  • gambling should not occupy a significant part of life. To avoid such situation, it is important to alternate between casino visits and other entertainment activities;

  • players have to define the biggest sum that they can spend without having negative consequences for themselves and/or their family;

  • players have to define how much time they can spend at casinos. Consequently, they should comply with preset time limits;

  • people in a state of alcoholic, narcotic or other intoxication, as well as suffering from depression are not recommended to gamble;

  • players should not try to recoup. Attempts to retrieve losses can lead to even bigger expenses.

Operators publish recommendations on responsible gambling in standalone sections on their websites or place at land-based facilities in places accessible to visitors.

How operators provide conditions for responsible gambling?

  • To prevent the expansion of problem gambling among customers of casinos, organizers of games adhere to the following principles:

  • restrict under-age players from gambling. Before starting to play, customers of land-based and online gambling platforms undergo the identification procedure. They provide casinos with official papers specifying their full name, date of birth, place of residence, etc. Thanks to customer identification, gambling operators detect under-age players that are not allowed to visit casinos;

  • provide players with the possibility to officially refuse to participate in gambling (self-exclusion program). A problem gambler can contact the gambling operator with a request to restrict access to the gambling facility. Afterward, casino representatives will take corresponding measures, for example, block the account or add the player to the list of restricted players. Partial restrictions are also possible – upon the customer request, the operator can set deposit limits;

  • provide player statistics. Casinos give customers a possibility to track how much time and money they spend on gambling;

  • set deposit limits. For players, responsible gambling implies the necessity to control expenditures. For this reason, operators allow customers to set the maximum amount they can spend during one game session or certain time;

  • publish information about organizations that help to fight gambling addiction. Such organizations operate in many countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Australia, Canada, etc.

Experts say that problem gamblers have characteristic behavior. For this reason, to fight the expansion of addiction, operators teach the personnel to detect players with corresponding features. Further, these gamblers are offered to join the self-exclusion program.

Regulation of responsible gambling at the state level

You will find out more about responsible gambling and ways to fight ludomania at the legislative level at Kyiv iGaming Affiliate Conference, which will take place in Kyiv on December 18.

Regulation of responsible gambling at the state level

In many countries, where the gambling business is legal, local authorities take different measures to fight gambling addiction and ensure responsible gambling at land-based and online casinos.

Regulators set the minimum age required to attend gambling facilities. For example, in Georgia, only people aged 21 and older can become customers of casinos and slot machine parlors. Registration with online gambling platforms is possible for users aged 18 and older.

In Belarus, gambling facilities have been open to players aged 21 and older since 2019. Most states of the USA also require players to be at least 21 years old to participate in gambling. In the UK, Estonia, Spain, Hungary, and some other countries, the age limit for casino visitors is 18 years old. Operators that violate established norms can be rendered accountable.

The player identification procedure is defined at the legislative level. For example, online casinos verify customer identity using video calls in Belarus.

Laws and regulations also contain rules for the self-exclusion procedure. Among other things, the law defines the terms of limits. Corresponding programs are currently realized in the UK, Belarus, Italy, Sweden, Australia, and other countries.

Responsibilities of operators within responsible gambling are specified legislatively. For example, the Portuguese legislation states that organizers of gambling activities have to provide customers with information regarding problem gambling, as well as inform about organizations that support people suffering from gambling addiction.


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