We at myracing.com are committed to responsible gambling which means helping people to stay in control and keeping it fun and enjoyable for everyone.
Below we have tips and advice on how to keep your gambling fun, responsible and under control. If you’re worried about your own gambling or that of a friend or family member we have compiled a list of the main signs of problem gambling, where you can find professional help and advice on how myracing.com can help you to gamble responsibly.
- Only gamble with money that you can afford to lose – Never use money that you need for essentials such as housing costs or food bills.
- Never chase a loss – Trying to win back money which you have lost by betting more leads to bad decisions and going over your limit.
- Take a break – If gambling is no longer fun or becoming a problem then take a break. Online bookmakers have various options to help you stay in control such as reality checks, cool off period and self exclusion.
- 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. If this limit is reached then it is time to stop gambling.
- Set a time limit before you bet – Knowing the exact limit for how much time you want to spend gambling will also help you to stay in control.
- Never put gambling before family or friends – 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 such. Remember, the aim of any gambling establishments 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 lead to making bad decisions and defying the limits which you set for yourself. 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
- Gambling more money than you can afford to or than planned to win money back (chasing losses)
- Spending more time on gambling than originally planned
- Being dishonest about the amount of money or time you spend gambling
- Replacing time usually spent on activities or hobbies with gambling
- Thinking about gambling when doing other things
- Using all of your money for gambling
- 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
- Feeling anxious, concerned, guilty or depressed before, during or after gambling
Responsible Gambling With Your Bookmaker
All bookmakers have methods to help you to gamble responsibly and stay in control:
- Reality Checks – Easily keep track of the amount of time that a user is gambling by setting up reality check alerts which pop up at regular intervals and alert them of how long they have been logged in
- Cool Off Period – The Cool Off period feature completely blocks access to a gambling website for a predetermined period of time whether. This is usually a short term method ranging from one day to 30 days.
- Self Exclusion – To take a long term break from gambling, users can request that bookmakers block them from all products for an extended period such as months or years.
- Deposit Limits – The amount which you deposit can be restricted over a time frame whether that be 24 hours, 7 days or 30 days. Decreases will come into effect immediately and increases take up to 24 hours to be applied
- Account History – Account history allows users to track unsettled or settled bets, deposits and withdrawals making it easier to know exactly how much money has been wagered, how many bets are placed and how much time has been spent gambling.
myracing.com Can Help
If you would like us to help we can prevent you from looking at our website, app or social media:
- Website Blocking Software – Our team can advise you on website filtering and blocking software such as Cyber Patrol, Gam Block, Net Nanny, Optenet PC or Betfilter.
- Blocking Social Media Access – Email us at [email protected] or tweet us @myracingtips
Equally, if any of our team feel that you are showing signs of irresponsible gambling we will prevent you from reviewing our betting content and tips and will always aim to assist you with it.
BeGambleAware aims to promote responsibility in gambling. Get key information to help recognise problem gambling, and where to find help & support if you need it.
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.
Gamblers Anonymous provide confidential face-to-face counselling to men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem.
GamCare is a registered charity that provides confidential telephone support and counselling to anyone who is affected by problem gambling.