Bingohideout are promoting responsible gambling this month, and hope this article will further help our members and their friends to keep their bingo experiences positive.
Here we remind you of what signs to look out for as far as a problem is concerned and also take a look at what your favourite site can do to help you.
The clearest signs that gambling is becoming problem are:
The player is exceeding any limits previously set on his or her gaming funds. When a player joins an online bingo site they are actively encouraged to play within their means, though when the urge to gamble gets out of control the player will start to spend more than they can actually afford.
If you find yourself hiding or lying about your playing to friends or family it could be the beginning of a concerning trend, so be aware that any form of play that causes you to behave in this way is probably not good for you or your relationships.
If you have a problem, help is available
All of the online bingo sites take the issue of problem gambling very seriously and are responsible for helping prevent gambling problems and for helping you with any issues you may have. Every organisation whether online or not who hosts a public form of gambling is responsible under the Gambling Act of 2005 to protect the public that they serve.
This usually takes the form of a freephone support helpline which can be found on the home page of every online bingo site or the ability to chat to one of the CMs online who will refer you to someone who can give you support immediately. Contact the Gambling Commission if you feel that the public interest is not being served by any online site or bingo hall, or to get further advice on who to talk to about a gambling problem.