GAMSTOP is the United Kingdom’s self-exclusion scheme, offered for anyone resident in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. GAMSTOP puts you in control by preventing access to online gambling companies for a desired period of time. The service is completely free to use.
In this article we cover the most asked questions about GAMSTOP:
- Why would you want to register to GAMSTOP?
- How does GAMSTOP work?
- How do you register and unregister in GAMSTOP?
- What happens after you register with GAMSTOP?
- Where can I seek more support?
Why would you want to register to GAMSTOP?
There are many reasons why someone would want to register with GAMSTOP. You don’t necessarily have to feel like you have a gambling problem in order to sign-up. You may feel like you are spending less time with family and friends, or you may just want to keep in control of your finances. Gambling should always remain entertaining. If you feel like it is making you more frustrated, you do have the ability to self-exclude yourself from all British licenced casinos and bookmakers.
You cannot register someone else under GAMSTOP.
How does GAMSTOP work?
GAMSTOP is simple to understand. Once you register, you are prevented from accessing all British licenced gambling websites and apps. You will be prevented from logging in, depositing and playing with them for a certain period of time of your own choosing.
How do you register and unregister in GAMSTOP?
Registering with GAMSTOP is quick and easy. All you need to do is provide your name, date of birth, postcode and e-mail address. You choose how long you prefer to be self-excluded for. You can choose to be self-excluded for a period of 6 months, 1 year or 5 years. You can start your registration here.
The self-exclusion will not lift automatically after the timeframe passes. You must inform GAMSTOP yourself that you wish to lift the exclusion. It is your responsibility to keep your details updated throughout the self-exclusion period.
It takes up to 24 hours for your self-exclusion to become effective.
What happens after you register with GAMSTOP?
You will automatically be prevented from using all gambling websites run by companies licenced in Great Britain. You are not able to lift your self-exclusion before the timeframe passes.
After you register with GAMSTOP, you will be unable to login and register with gambling websites. This means that if you already have an account with Mr Green, you will be prevented from logging in and accessing our website.
If you are a new player and trying to register with Mr Green, your account will be blocked straight away if you are self-excluded.
GAMSTOP does not unsubscribe you from marketing material. We recommend to manually unsubscribe yourself from such communications to help keep you in control.
At Mr Green, once we know that you are registered in Gamstop we will remove you from marketing communication. We can only know that you are in Gamstop if you try to login or if you inform us via customer service. We will go ahead and remove you from marketing communication going forward.
Where can I seek more support?
GAMSTOP is a great place to start if you’re aiming to reduce your gambling. GAMSTOP also directs you to other support services on their website. This ranges from debt support to emotional support. GamCare is an incredibly effective website for those seeking support: it is available in a range of different languages and offers free 24/7 phone service and live chat for those who wish to speak to someone. There are numerous articles to help control your gambling, as well as group support so that you will feel less alone. If you are a loved one seeking help for someone, GamCare can help to guide you on the best approach to take.