Responsible Gambling at cricketBetting.org
Whenever anyone is gambling, it should be done in a responsible way. That’s why we have responsible gambling at the centre of everything we do here at CricketBetting.org. While betting is a popular pastime around the world, it’s important that you’re going about it in the right way.
Gambling is a form of entertainment, it should never involve anyone betting money they can’t afford to lose. If you feel this has become an issue and your gambling is no longer responsible, there are resources that can help. You should stop betting immediately and seek further guidance.
Remember, “sure things” don’t exist in gambling. Any time you place a bet there is a risk of losing and this should never be underestimated. If you don’t feel control of the situation or your activity is causing issues elsewhere in your life, it’s vital you act.
Safer Gambling Week
From November 19th until November 25th 2020 the gaming industry comes together for Safer Gambling Week. It’s important that bettors around the world know how important this issue is. Gambling should be undertaken in a fun, responsible way that allows people to stay in full control.
There is a dedicated website with help, advice, and tools to help people understand more about this. We are fully committed to promoting the topic of responsible gambling year-round and are happy to be involved in this event.
What should I do if I think I have a Gambling Problem? – Responsible Gambling Resources and Advice
If you feel you need help or advice with regards to problem gambling, there are resources available online. Anyone who even suspects they may be in a position where this becomes an issue should visit or one more of the organisations listed below.
Responsible Gambling Tools Available on Betting Sites
Many betting sites that operate online are licenced in Europe with authorities such as the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Part of this process involves providing tools that encourage responsible gambling. Furthermore, players who feel in need of assistance should be able to find it.
This could include links to organisations that can offer help or advice and a range of tools designed to assist players who want to restrict or stop gambling completely. These options include
Time Outs – If you feel you need a break, you can restrict access to your betting accounts. These can range in length and should provide the time away should you require it.
Deposit Limits – Players can cap the amount of money it’s possible to add to their accounts if required. It’s a good idea to set these when you first register with a betting site. This way, you’ll never be tempted to gamble more than you can afford.
Self-Exclusion – Should gambling become a problem, it’s possible to self-exclude yourself from accessing your online account. This prevents players from logging in and placing bets for a set period of time or permanently.
Responsible Gambling Promotion – Being reminded of the need for responsible gambling is useful. You’ll often see material on this around your betting site of choice.
Reality Checks – Stay on top of how much you’ve gambled over a certain period of time, or how long you’ve been logged in for. This way, you can make an informed decision about when to stop betting.
Know Your Customer (KYC) Checks – Some operators will send out regular messages to remind their customers of the need to stay in control of their gambling. There are also checks regarding sources of funds and validating someone’s identity.
How do I know if I might have a gambling problem?
If you’re concerned about gambling or the impact it’s having on your life, consider these statements. They come from GamCare.org.
- Sometimes I gamble for longer than I intend to
- Sometimes I lose track of time when I’m gambling
- Other people say I spend too much time gambling
- Sometimes I gamble more than I intend to
- Sometimes I try and win back money I have lost gambling
- I devote my time to gambling when I should be doing something else
- Sometimes I borrow money to gamble
- I don’t want to tell other people how much time or money I spend gambling
- People close to me think I gamble too much
- Sometimes I feel bad when I think about how much I have lost gambling
- Sometimes my gambling has left me short of money
- I feel restless if I don’t have the opportunity to gamble
- Sometimes I feel bad about my gambling
- My gambling sometimes makes me irritated
Thinking about the last three months, do you consider you have any problems with your gambling?
If you feel any element of your gambling is out of control or is at risk of becoming an issue, seek help from an accredited source such as those listed above. Alternatively, you can call the National Gambling Helpline on 0800 8020 133 for help and advice. Their expert services are confidential and non-judgemental.