Responsible Gambling: Advice, Help, Safety

At, our primary goal is to offer the best possible gaming experience while prioritizing responsible gambling.

We take pride in being a transparent and trustworthy brand, and we’ve put several initiatives into practice to turn this vision into reality.

Here are the key steps we’ve taken to promote responsible gambling on our platform and within the gaming industry:

How We Support Responsible Gambling

Transparent Ratings from Real Experts

We employ consistent criteria to evaluate online gaming platforms, subjecting each to the same rigorous testing. We assign numeric scores based on concrete, measurable benchmarks. Our rating criteria are public, ensuring transparency and trustworthiness.

Real, Unedited Player Reviews

We encourage our readers to actively participate. More voices contribute to higher quality. We invite you to share your thoughts on what you like or dislike about each gaming site. Your input benefits other players and enriches our review process.

The Playscore – A Marketwide View

We don’t shy away from transparency. Our Playscore combs the web for reviews and consolidates them into a single average score. We provide our assessment of each gaming site, alongside the collective sentiment of other players.

Why We Support Responsible Gambling

Gambling is one of humanity’s oldest forms of entertainment, and stories of fortunate players abound. However, the consequences of problem gambling can be devastating, affecting both individuals and families.

While gambling has its allure, we recognize its potential dangers. With support available and protective measures in place, these risks can be minimized. We are committed to playing our part. Here are some reasons behind our pro-player and pro-people stance within the online gaming industry:

Widespread Issue

Around 5.5 million Americans are categorized as problem or pathological gamblers.

Economic Problems

Problem gamblers can accumulate debt rapidly, making them more susceptible to severe financial difficulties compared to non-gamblers.

Work Issues

Severe problem gambling is linked to various negative work-related consequences.

Crime Association

Studies show that a significant percentage of compulsive gamblers have committed crimes, including robbery.

Family Trouble

Approximately 50% of individuals receiving treatment for pathological gambling report strained or lost relationships due to gambling.

The Children

A significant number of US and Canadian youth exhibit signs of problem gambling. Children of problem gamblers face an increased risk of mental health issues, including depression and suicide.

We highlight these risks on many of our pages for several reasons:

  • We want you to have a safe and enjoyable gaming experience.
  • We address the downsides and risks associated with gambling openly.
  • These insights underscore the importance of responsible gambling in the industry.

The rest of this page discusses strategies to avoid falling into the traps of problem gambling and how to seek help when needed.

How Can We Gamble Responsibly?

Responsible gambling is a broad initiative by lawmakers and operators to promote fairness and minimize the potential harms of gambling. In the USA, common responsible gambling initiatives include dedicated pages on gambling sites, guiding players to responsible gambling tools and external help organizations. These measures are often state-specific and legally mandated for gambling site licensing.

Fair games are crucial for responsible gambling, and casinos must have their games audited to ensure fairness. Each state has its gaming control board overseeing such matters.

While legal protections exist, individuals can also take proactive steps:

  • Money Management: Set budgets before gambling, ensuring it’s an affordable amount, and stick to it.
  • Expectation Management: Recognize that winning is not guaranteed and that casino games operate on Random Number Generator (RNG) software.
  • Know When To Stop: Avoid chasing losses by setting limits and knowing when to stop.
  • Stay Informed: Seek help when needed, either from friends, family, or professional organizations specializing in assisting problem gamblers.

Gambling Addiction — Tips on Spotting the Signs

Spotting signs of problem gambling isn’t always easy, even for those familiar with responsible gambling principles. It’s essential to be vigilant and seek help when needed. Here are some tips to help identify warning signs:

  • Stop Cold Turkey: Take a break from gambling and assess how you feel. Is it harder than expected? Do you find yourself irritable? These are signs worth addressing.
  • Analyze Your Money Trail: Examine your budget and how you fund your gambling. Borrowing money, cutting back on living expenses, or theft to gamble are red flags.
  • Think About Losses: Consider whether you’ve tried to recover losses by gambling more or if losses have caused significant stress or led to dishonesty.

These signs are closely linked to gambling addiction. It’s essential to consult a professional if any concerns arise; self-diagnosis is not recommended.

Do You Need Help?

If you seek help, numerous support organizations specialize in assisting individuals in controlling their gambling behavior. Reach out to organizations such as:

  • National Council on Problem Gambling
  • American Addiction Centers
  • 800-Gambler
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Gamblers Anonymous
  • State government resources

Other Responsible Gambling Tools

Beyond contacting support organizations, there are additional self-help options:

  • Access to Gambling History: Many gambling sites maintain logs of bets, wins, and losses, providing insight into your gambling habits.
  • Reality Checks: Some operators offer pop-up reminders at intervals, highlighting gambling risks based on time or money spent.
  • Self-tests: Free self-tests online can indicate problematic gambling behavior and prompt players to seek help.

Operator-Provided Responsible Gambling Tools

US gambling sites, including online casinos, are legally required to offer account tools to help players control their gaming. These tools typically include:

  • Deposit Limits: Limiting the amount you can fund your gambling account.
  • Loss Limits: Setting limits on losses.
  • Session Limits: Restricting the time spent on a gambling site.
  • Self-suspension: Temporarily self-imposing a ban.
  • Self-exclusion: A semi-permanent self-imposed ban in a specific state.

Protecting Minors

Protecting minors from gambling is crucial, as underage gambling is a serious offense. It’s estimated that between 4% and 8% of US minors between 12-17 exhibit signs of a gambling problem.

Parental control apps like Kidlogger and Qustodio help monitor internet use and filter content. Some software can block all online gambling, although care should be taken not to restrict responsible adult gambling.

Legal Age by State

The legal gambling age in the USA varies by state, with 18 and 21 being significant milestones. Lottery ticket purchases, for example, are legal at 18 in most states.

Note: A detailed table of legal ages by state is provided, specifying both casino and sports betting ages.

Other Vulnerable Groups

Minors are not the only demographic at risk from gambling-related issues. We believe in raising awareness of those most vulnerable and supporting their needs to create a safer gambling environment for all.

Additional information on data and statistics regarding gambling vulnerabilities is discussed.

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