What is responsible gaming?
Welcome to Responsible Gambling Week, a special series of articles devoted to a very important aspect of gambling – safety. Today, we will focus primarily on introducing the broad term responsible gambling. In this article, we will try to give you some practical tips to make your participation in this constantly growing area of entertainment, which is gambling, as safe as possible for you.
What is a responsible game and what is not?
Responsible Gambling is an increasingly crucial concept in today’s gambling world. The era of the gambling wild west is over. Entities that engage in irresponsible practices to attract and maximize client engagement no longer find a place in any regulated market.
Implementing more and more advanced responsible gaming mechanisms that aim to protect the player is one of the basic requirements to be able to play any role in the gambling industry. For those who put their clients at risk and do not counteract addictions, there is no place in the market anymore.
Responsible gambling is therefore a basic approach for operators, suppliers or other entities operating in the industry. Its assumptions prevent companies from conducting unfair and harmful practices, and also require the promotion of safe gaming among customers by offering them the necessary means to do so.
Operators provide players with tools to keep them safe. In all this, however, the players themselves play an extremely important role, who must be aware of the mechanisms that govern their behavior during the game.
In crisis situations, bookmakers and casinos are at least able to intervene, but in most cases, whether gambling will not be a threat to the gambler depends to a great extent on the gambler himself.
How to skillfully use the functionalities offered by operators? How to avoid the risk of gambling addiction? What should be the most important thing for the player in this regard? We elaborate all these issues below.
Perhaps the most important term for safe gambling is “Self-control.” Responsible players know when to quit the game. They understand that gambling carries risks. They have developed appropriate mechanisms by which they maintain control over their behavior.
Self-control is the ability of players to consciously manage their behavior and finances in the context of gambling. This is a fundamental approach that helps you avoid problems associated with harmful behaviors.
It is crucial to minimize the risk of gambling addiction by using the services of gambling operators, maintain healthy relationships with family and friends, and avoid financial problems associated with excessive gaming.
Players with a responsible approach to the game do not spend more than they can afford. They realize that gambling is not a way to solve financial problems, they do not have a tendency to “win back” immediately after a failure.
Responsible players understand that there is ALWAYS a risk of losing in gambling, and they accept it. They don’t expect a guaranteed win and don’t stake high on one card.
They know that gambling is not a way to relieve negative emotions arising from interpersonal relationships. On the other hand, in critical moments, they can turn to their relatives for help.
On the basis of the above descriptions, it should be emphasized once again that the basis of the game is primarily self-control and self-awareness.
Self-awareness allows us to realize our behavior and look at it from the perspective of a third person. Self-control allows you to take appropriate actions based on self-observation.
How to Build Self-Control
The good news is that self-control can be learned, and that self-control can be supported by appropriate actions. These include:
- Setting financial limits: Players should determine how much they are able to spend on gambling without harming their household budget. You must stick to these boundaries. Legal operators have in their offer functionalities that allow you to determine the maximum amount possible to spend on the game during the selected time period.
- Setting the game time: It’s important to limit the time spent on the game. This can be achieved by scheduling gambling sessions in your free time and respecting the set time frame. The maximum amount of time that you can devote to the game can also be imposed by tools provided by legal operators.
- Monitoring emotions: Players should be aware of their emotional state during the game. Emotions, such as frustration or euphoria, can lead to excessive play. Recognizing these signals allows you to stop the game at the right time.
- Talking to relatives: Talking to family and friends about the game is very important. Relatives can help monitor gambling behavior and support in case of problems.
To summarize, then, it is the player’s responsibility to monitor his or her behavior and the emotions that accompany the game, as well as to be ready to talk to relatives and potentially accept their support.
Operators, on the other hand, should provide their clients with the right tools that a self-aware and self-control-ready player can use.
Responsible gambling, also socially
Gambling is an activity that affects not only individuals but also entire communities. Therefore, there are many ethical and moral aspects involved in this form of entertainment. Here are some key points:
Public health: Gambling can lead to health problems, both mental and physical. The responsibility of gambling operators is to ensure that their services do not adversely affect the health of the community.
Addiction phenomenon: Gambling can lead to addiction, which has a devastating effect on personal and family life. Gambling operators and authorities must take action to identify and support addicts.
Social Justice: Not all social groups have equal access to gambling. Operators must strive to ensure equal access and equal opportunities for all.
Support for the community: Gambling operators and local authorities should be committed to developing and supporting the community in which they operate. This helps minimize the negative effects of gambling and promotes social responsibility.
In conclusion, Responsible Gambling is not only an individual matter of players, but also a matter of society as a whole. Striving to understand and promote ethical values and actions in the area of gambling is an integral part of creating sustainable gambling entertainment. During Responsible Gambling Week, we will explore these topics in more detail, looking at different aspects of gambling and its impact on our lives. Stay with us!