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A few words about responsible gambling

Henrieta Hyrlikova

Let’s face it. We love gambling. It’s been a part of our culture for quite a while and it became an inseparable part of not only traditional sports, but also politics and by now esports as well.

It’s exciting, it’s risky, it can be profitable, it deepens our esports experience, makes us analyze and brings a whole bunch of emotions. But most importantly, it’s fun. It’s supposed to be fun, because it’s a form of entertainment and you pay for it. You're paying for a chance to win and the excitement that comes with it. Also the risk. Surely, the risk of losing a bet is the essence of it, but it’s a known fact that when it comes to gambling, there are more risks than that.

Safer Gambling Week 2020

To raise the discussion about safer gambling, the whole UK and Irish gambling industry has come together to promote Safer Gambling Week. @SGWeek20 is a campaign run on behalf of the Betting and Gaming Council, The Bingo Association and the British Amusement Catering and Trade Association. Its goal is to spread awareness of safer ways of gambling, as well as the tools available to help people gamble safely and sources of advice and support.

A great number of gambling organisations, including Midnite, decided to support the initiative by promoting Safer Gambling Week, sharing key information, encouraging conversations about safer gambling, hosting events and much more. The campaign runs from November 19th - 25th, but as Michael Dugher, Chief Executive of Betting and Gaming Council said: “It should not be seen by anyone as simply something we support for one week of the year – it is a commitment for every week of the year.”

Safety tips

Responsible gambling means being able to gamble without putting yourself or others at risk of harm. Part of gambling more responsibly is understanding the odds of the game, what the rules are, and accepting that losing is just as much a part of gambling as winning.

Additionally, there is a few simple key rules to follow in order to maintain safe gambling:

1. Only spend what you can afford.

This one is clear and simple. Don’t spend your rent money. Ideally, stake only money you don’t need.

2. Set your limits for time and money.

Nobody likes rules but even though we are adults, we can collectively agree that oftentimes, they are needed. Decide how much money and time you’re going to spend ahead of time and be accountable to yourself.

If needed, you can set a spending limit in your account on Midnite.com.

3. Don't gamble when you're angry or upset.

We all heard a saying “It’s better to sleep on it.” Negative emotions and stress impact our decision-making and it’s generally better to cool down before making any important decisions. Also, don’t gamble under the influence of drink or drugs.

If you feel like you might use some time to calm down, use the Cool-off feature in your account on Midnite.com.

4. Don't let gambling interfere with your personal relationships.

Priorities. Don’t let gambling come between you and your loved ones. It should be a hobby, so keep it balanced with other things you enjoy.

If you want to take a longer break, you can self exclude with us or through GamStop for up to five years.

5. Gambling is not the answer to any problem.

It’s probably going to make it only worse. It’s not an escape. Don’t fall into a rabbit hole. There’s always help.

If you could use support with controlling your gambling, you can speak to a specialist adviser of National Gambling Helpline Freephone from 8am to midnight, 7 days a week: 0808 8020 133

You can also use online web chat at www.gamcare.org.uk

Be sure to visit the National Gambling Treatment Service at www.BeGambleAware.org

Our staff at Midnite receives awareness training on problem gambling issues and is available to talk to you about any concerns. If you require further assistance, please contact our Community team here.

A bonus tip: Play for fun, not to make money. Gambling is not a sustainable way of making money. Don’t chase your losses, only enjoy your wins.

Know the signs

That being said, we are humans and we are not perfect. Sometimes we break rules and sometimes even the strictest rules don't work and we get into trouble. One way or the other, the important thing is to spot the red flags and act without delay.

Some of the signs which can mean that gambling is impacting you negatively, include:

  • Spending more money and time on gambling than you can afford
  • Finding it hard to manage or stop your gambling
  • Having arguments with family or friends about money and gambling
  • Losing interest in usual activities or hobbies
  • Always thinking or talking about gambling
  • Lying about your gambling or hiding it from other people
  • Chasing your losses or gambling to get out of financial trouble
  • Gambling until all your money is gone
  • Borrowing money, selling possessions or not paying bills in order to pay for gambling
  • Needing to gamble with larger amounts of money to get the same feeling of excitement
  • Neglecting work, school, family, personal needs or other responsibilities because of gambling
  • Feeling anxious, worried, guilty, depressed or irritable

If any of these sound familiar, please consider reducing gambling and possibly getting help.

One last tip: If the fun stops, stop.