Gamstop is now up and running for UK players to join if they feel they have a problem with their online gambling, and need to prevent further financial losses.
The current issue for anybody that chooses to self exclude from an online casino, is that once you have completed the exclusion process you can simply register your details at another casino and continue to gamble. With 100s of online casinos for the customer to sign up to, the current self exclusion system that is operated by individual online casinos is quite frankly a waste of time.
SO WHAT IS GAMSTOP?
GAMSTOP HOME SCREEN
Gamstop will effectively be a national multi operator self exclusion system, that will make the process of any gambler that has identified that they have a problem, a lot easier to self exclude themselves from gambling at online casinos.
Now instead of having to go through each individual online casino to self exclude yourself, you will be able to register your details at Gamstop, a verification process will then take place, and once your exclusion has been set you will be unable to play at any online casino that you are already registered at, and be unable to sign up to any new casinos that are licensed by the gambling commission or that are members of the remote gambling association.
This scheme will run along side each individual casino operators own self exclusion programme, so if players wish to still exclude themselves from a casino for a different reason other than problem gambling, then they can still go through the current procedure of just excluding themselves from that individual site, as well as sister sites that are owned by that casino operator.
HOW DOES GAMSTOP WORK?
GAMSTOP SIGN UP FORM
Once an individuals exclusion process has been completed and they have successfully registered with the scheme, their details will be held on a national database, by the end of 2018 all UK licensed casino operators will link to Gamstop to gain the latest information of all individuals that are excluded, or whose exclusion may have now expired, these latest records are then held on the operators servers, if at anytime a registered member at Gamstop then tries to sign up to a casino they will be unable to do so, until their self exclusion period has expired.
When registering at an online casino you willingly give your email address, home address and phone number, of course these are then used to send you any offers that the casino may be running at any given time. The current problem here is that if you choose to self exclude then the marketing emails, text messages or circulars continue to come, this with some gamblers could encourage them to go and place a bet online, even if it's not at the casino the marketing has arrived from.
Using the same method as players trying to register a new account, operators will check the database for self excluded members before any marketing is sent out, any individuals that are registered with the scheme will be removed from these mailing lists, so therefore the risk to problem gamblers is drastically reduced.
WHAT DO WE THINK OF THE IDEA?
Now Gamstop has launched I think this is an excellent addition to the tools already available to help problem gamblers, the only issue I still see is that it's possible to join other online casinos that are not licensed by the UKGC, and the majority of these are likely to be rouge casinos that will fail to pay out any winnings to players in the event that they make a withdrawal.
So it's vitally important for players to remember that join this scheme, the most reputable online casinos and those that are regulated by arguably the toughest regulator in the industry are no longer available for them to play at. They should make sure that they take advantage of all the help that is available to them, and under no circumstances should they deposit money at a casino that is not licensed by the UKGC.
SIGN UP TO GAMSTOP
If you would like to sign up to Gamstop or just go to the website to see what it's all about, then the link is available below for you to do so.