Self-exclusion is a process by which the player himself requests the provider of betting services or other games of chance services to exclude him from accessing these services for a specific or indefinite period of time. During this period, the player will not be able to place a bet for any amount on the websites from which he was self-excluded. In this way, the player can ensure that he will not have access to the websites that he normally uses and which are familiar to him for the provision of these services.
In addition to self-exclusion from betting websites, the player also has the ability to set a specific maximum amount of money that he can place on a bet or lose over a specific period of time. In other words, in addition to setting a limit on the amount, the player is also able to set the period of time during which he can place bets (e.g. the player may set as a maximum amount he can bet on a particular website to be €40 per month).
According to the Cyprus betting legislation, the option of self-exclusion and the option of setting money and time limits, must be provided by all licenced online bookmakers. The provider of online betting services has an obligation to comply with this requirement in order to assist the player. Nevertheless, the player is ultimately responsible to comply.
A blocking software is a computer software program that restricts access to websites which are available online.
There are two kinds of blocking and protection software:
Α. Generic blocking software designed to block access to websites selected by individuals and to set parental controls.
Β. Specialised software for blocking betting sites
The website provides some examples of software that block websites which are provided either for free or for a fee, but encourages interested persons to do their own research and to decide themselves based on their own criteria. This website cannot, in any event, be held responsible for the software that the player will choose to install.
- Netnanny. General blocking software for Windows, iOS and Android.
- K9webprotection. General blocking software for Windows, iOS and Mac.
- Gamblock. Software for blocking betting sites. Available for Windows and Android.
- Betfilter. Software for blocking betting sites. Available on Windows, Mac and iOs.
The installation of blocking and protection software is a first step towards safe gambling, but if you are worried either about yourself or for a close person, the website provides support, guidance and advice. Find and follow tips for safe gambling or talk to a specialised advisor and share your concerns with them for free, in a safe and confidential environment.
- Assign someone from your close family environment, whom you trust, to manage your finances
- Only carry a limited amount of money with you, and avoid carrying your credit cards when you are engaged in gambling
- Inform your family and friends of your efforts so that they do not lend you any money
- Arrange with your bank to reduce your daily cash withdrawals from your bank accounts
Α. Set Goals
When you set short-term and long-term goals, you help yourself be consistent and focused on your goals so that you do not give up on your efforts.
B. Avoid certain habits
Certain habits, such as using a credit card, having large amounts of money with you, visiting gambling operators when not feeling psychologically stable, can weaken your efforts to quit your excessive gambling behaviour.
C. Change entertainment habits and pastimes
Replace your engagement in betting and gambling activities with new ways of entertainment that will keep you busy. Start embracing new activities such as:
- Start exercising or take up a sport, preferably a group sport, which motivates you to actively engage therewith
- Organize more activities with your family and friends (dinners, walks, going for a coffee, etc.)
- Enrol in voluntary organizations or other social groups
- Start courses in a subject that interests you or start a new hobby
D. Reward yourself for every action that helps quit your addiction
When you set goals in order to reduce your betting and gambling activities (e.g. betting only up to the limit of the amount that you have set in advance, not bet for a week, etc.), reward yourself with activities that you enjoy doing (going out with your friends, going for dinner with your family, etc.).