Is Responsible Gambling Possible?

Most people gamble for the fun and excitement of that big win, or to test their mettle against worthy opponents in games of skill, but gambling is about money and there is always the risk of taking the game too far.Ensuring a conscientious and entertaining gambling environment is both the casinos’/poker rooms’ and the players’ responsibility.Players need to play at casinos or poker rooms with the highest degree of trustworthiness, transparency and legitimacy. It is also important for players to bear the following in mind at all times during their play:o Gambling should be entertaining and not seen as a means to making money.o Keep track of the amount of money you spend and only gamble what you can afford to lose. Do not chase your losses.o Keep track of the amount of time you spend gambling.Does your casino or poker room have a responsible gaming policy?While most people gamble for enjoyment, gambling can create various social and economic problems and very possibly cause harm to some individuals. These problems can range from over-spending to pathological gambling addiction.Make sure that the casino you choose is committed to creating a responsible gaming environment, and has therefore gone to great lengths to implement and maintain the responsible gaming requirements of the international online gaming industry watchdog – eCOGRA (e-Commerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance). This certification is for the benefit of both players and the casinos or poker rooms themselves.What does the eCOGRA Seal of Approval mean for you?To receive the eCOGRA seal casinos or poker rooms must undergo stringent inspections of everything from customer service centers to accounting systems and from responsive complaint procedures to financial guarantees.The award of the seal confirms that the casino or poker room has met eCOGRA’s strict admission criteria, and signifies that that they have shown absolute commitment to fair and honest gaming, superior player support, and prompt payouts. As a player, this seal of approval can provide you with total peace of mind when enjoying your favorite online games.With eCOGRA you also have free access to a dedicated third-party dispute resolution service. You can request eCOGRA’s assistance in resolving disputes with any casino displaying their seal. Simply fill in a brief form on their web site at problem?
Should you require any assistance or advice on gambling problems, please contact one of the organizations listed below:USANational Council on Problem Gambling 1-800-522-4700Hot Line Number for Northern California 1-800-287-8670Hot Line Number for Greater L.A. Central 310-478-2121Hot Line Number for Palm Springs 760-325-2808Hot Line Number for Greater San Diego 1-866-239-2911Gam-Anon, International Service Office 718-352-1671Compulsive Gambling Institute 1-800-GAMBLERCouncil of Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey 1-800-GAMBLER
or 1-800-426-2537Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling 1-800-426-4555Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling 1-800-34-NOBETNICOS Chinese Health Coalition Problem Gambling 1-888-968-7888
(Mandarin and Cantonese)UKGamblers Anonymous 08700-50-88-80CanadaBritish Columbia Partnership for Responsible Gambling 1-888-795-6111