As part of the responsible gaming initiative, which is adhered to by the best of the best online casinos, a collective effort to combat problem gambling before and after it starts, players are able to exclude themselves from an online casino. Here are the most common and useful FAQ about virtual betting exclusion.
Excluding yourself from an online casino simply means that you will not be able to access the site. What this looks like precisely will be dependent on the specific online casino, but when you try and enter, your IP address will be blocked, and if you try and register from a different IP address with your personal information, you’ll won’t be allowed to play.
People exclude themselves because they are worried they are developing a gambling problem or because they have a gambling problem. It’s tough to resist placing bets, especially with online casinos when you know you can experience the thrill of risking money in the hopes of winning money in just a few clicks. As part of the responsible gaming initiative, you are able to just block yourself, taking self-control to the level of “definitely” instead of “maybe.”
You can choose to be excluded for a week, a month, six months, a year, and so on, and you can even choose to be excluded permanently. Excluded is the less harsh version of banned, because you’re requesting to be banned, no being banned for cheating. It’s important to differentiate being banned and being excluded, even though it’s basically the same, one is just your choice and the other is the casino’s.
That’s kind of the whole point. You can’t change your mind. You could always go to a different online casino, but if you exclude yourself from an online casino for a month, and then you contact them and say, “Never mind, after two weeks, I’ve decided I want to play again,” they won’t let you. You can only get back to betting once your requested exclusion period is over.
If you have been habitually going over your budget, have set a timer but ignore it when it goes off, or exhibit any of the signs of problem gambling, it might be a good idea to exclude yourself. Answer the Gambler’s Anonymous 20 questions to find out if you’re at risk or in need of help: http://www.gamblersanonymous.org/ga/content/20-questions. Mind the helpline service is only for US citizens. You can contact your local doctor for more information.