Betswot is committed to responsible gambling which means helping people to stay in control and keeping it fun and enjoyable for everyone.
Below we have some guidance and advice on how to keep your gambling fun, responsible and under control. However, if you’re worried about your own gambling or that of a friend or family member, we suggest you contact for professional help and advice.
- Only gamble with money that you and your family can afford to lose. Never use loans or money that you may need for a happy and healthy lifestyle (like food, utilities etc). Why not set a money limit before you bet. Knowing the exact limit of the amount which you can comfortably afford to lose will help you to stay in control. And if this limit is reached, it's time to stop gambling.
- Never chase a loss. Trying to recoup money you have lost by betting more leads to ill-judged decisions.
- If the fun stops, stop. If gambling is no longer enjoyable or you feel under too much pressure, then take a break. For as long as you like. Use the tools provided by online bookmakers to help such as reality checks, cool off period and/or self exclusion.
- Never put gambling before family or friends. Set a time limit for how much time you want to spend gambling. Putting gambling before social activities or seeing loved ones is one of the main signs of problematic gambling.
- Gamble for fun and not a way of making money. Gambling is a hobby and should be treated as a profession. Remember, the aim of any gambling firm is to take more money than they give out.
- Only gamble when you are in the ‘right’ frame of mind. Betting when upset, angry or depressed will adversely affect your decision-making capacity. This also applies to gambling under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. If you find yourself in any of the above categories or believe that you have a problem with your gambling, then don’t be ashamed to ask for help. Please scroll down for further advice.
Signs That Gambling Is Getting Out Of Control
If you are affected by any of the following, don't be ashamed to ask for help:
- Gambling more money than you planned to or can afford to lose;
- Spending more time on gambling than originally planned;
- Being dishonest about the amount of money or time you are spending gambling;
- Replacing time usually spent on activities or hobbies with gambling;
- Thinking about gambling when doing other things;
- Increasing stakes to feel the same excitement or buzz;
- Borrowing money off friends, family or lenders to use for gambling;
- Resorting to theft or fraud to use for gambling; and/or
- Feeling anxious, concerned, guilty or depressed before, during or after gambling
All bookmakers have tools to help you to gamble more responsibly and stay in control. These include:
- Account History: A review of your Account history allows you to track exactly how much money you have wagered, how many bets you have placed and how much time you have spent gambling.
- Reality Checks: Easily keep track of the time you've spent gambling by setting up reality check alerts to pop up at regular intervals and alert you of how long you've been logged in for;
- Deposit Limits: This restricts the amount you can deposit over a specified time frame (such as 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days);
- Cool Off Period: This feature completely blocks access to a gambling website for a predetermined period of time (usually ranges from 1 to 30 days); and
- Self Exclusion: This features allow you to take a longer-term break from gambling by requesting that bookmakers block you from all products for an extended period (usually months or years);
BeGambleAware aims to promote responsibility in gambling by providing key information to help recognise problem gambling and the sources of help and support for those who need it.
GamCare is a registered charity that provides confidential telephone support and counselling to anyone who is affected by problem gambling.
Gamblers Anonymous provide confidential face-to-face counselling to people seeking to share their experience with others as a means of addressing their common problem.
Gambling Therapy is a free online service that provides practical advice and emotional support to people affected by problem gambling who reside outside Great Britain. Gambling Therapy is part of the Gordon Moody Association.