Playing Slot Machines
Playing slot machines is an exciting, interesting and very entertaining form of gaming. The risks are low - providing play is kept under control.
Most people play machines in a responsible way and so enjoy it immensely. However, a few players can lose control of their pastime and that's when problems arise.
Gaming for these people is no longer fun and their habit can have serious consequences for them and those around them.
As a caring Company and as part of our customer interaction policy, we are responsive to those who may wish to restrict either their time or budget. We can assist them in this process by implementing the following options:
- Cooling off period
- Voluntary/enforced restriction for a limited period of time, from 1-6 weeks
- Self Exclude from 6-12 months
- Permanent exclusion from our venues
Do you recognise these signs?
Problem players will carry on gaming whether they win or lose. They will probably use all their own money, or worse still borrow from other people just to keep playing. This is how gaming can take over a persons life and disrupt their work, career or studies or affect personal relationships, family and friends.
The signs of a problem gamer are:
- They feel that they must play even when they can't afford to
- They borrow, or even steal, money to keep playing
- They often continue to gamble in an attempt to win back their losses
- They begin to neglect everything else in their lives from family and friends to work and other interests
Getting to grips and facing the problem
The biggest hurdle facing problem gamers is recognising they have a problem in the first place. Getting to grips means acknowledging you are out of control.
If you answer yes to any of the following questions – YOU DO NEED HELP.
- Do you feel you must play even if you can't afford to?
- Do you steal or borrow money to play?
- Are you reluctant to use 'gaming money' for other purchases?
- Have you ever thought about, or committed anything illegal, to finance your gaming?
- Do you gamble in an attempt to pay off debts or solve financial problems?
- Have you ever taken time off work or study to gamble?
- Do you feel the need to return to play a machine in an attempt to win back the money you have spent?
- Have you ever considered self-destructive behaviour as a result of gaming problems?
If you answer 'Yes' to any of these it's time to get a grip – it's time to call for help.
Gaming Responsibly - The Checklist
- Gaming within your means – not beyond them – can be fun, exciting and entertaining!
- Remember you are buying fun not investing money.
- Limit the amount you can afford to spend per visit and DO NOT exceed this.
- Gaming should be just another interest, it should not dominate your life – keep time for friends, family and workmates.
- Play to win, but be prepared to lose and never try to escape from the reality of everyday life.
- If gaming becomes your most important activity or if you feel that you can't get by without it, you may have a problem – seek help.
- We offer restricted access to support you regaining control
Help is at hand
If you believe that you have a gaming problem or know somebody else who is experiencing difficulty, help is at hand. Call GamCare now on: 0808 8020 133.
Trained advisors are available 24/7 to take your call, to carefully and sensitively talk through your problems and to offer you sound advice to help sort them out.
They can help with family and work related issues, debt management and also offer counselling on gaming addiction and its consequences.
The first step is the hardest, but the sooner you recognise your problem, the sooner things will improve for you. Remember:
- Recognise the difficulty
- Accept the problem
- Make the phone call and get help