The PPF recently announced a new partnership with GAMSTOP, but what does GAMSTOP do, and how does it work? Please find below a summary of how GAMSTOP can help you, if you feel that gambling is becoming a problem for you, or a loved one.
What is GAMSTOP?
GAMSTOP is the free, independent scheme that enables you to self-exclude from all UK- licensed online gambling operators.
Since launching in April 2018, more than 180,000 people have registered with GAMSTOP.
What is self-exclusion, and how effective is it?
Self-exclusion is a tool for those who may feel they have a problem with their gambling and want to exercise greater control and put safety nets in place.
GAMSTOP works best when applied with other practical tools, including Gamban which is device blocking software and bank merchant code blocking software. Software can now be downloaded that blocks users from receiving gambling adverts, and many banks offer blocks which prevent users from making transactions with gambling sites.
Is self-exclusion a solution to my gambling problems?
No, self-exclusion is not a ‘silver bullet’ that can solve your problems. Self-exclusion and blocking software can give you crucial breathing space, but you should always seek treatment if you feel that you or a loved one have a problem with gambling.
How do I begin the process of self-excluding through GAMSTOP?
1) Visit the GAMSTOP website and click the Get Started button: https://www.gamstop.co.uk/
2) Verify your email address.
3) Fill out a registration form, containing your post code, date of birth and other key information. You must also select an exclusion period of six months, one year, or five years. You cannot remove your exclusion period until the minimum time registered has been met.
4) Answer identification questions.
5) You will receive an email confirming that your registration has been successful and enabling you to set up an account.
Will I still receive marketing emails once I have self-excluded?
Once you have registered with GAMSTOP you will be removed from gambling operators direct marketing lists so direct emails should stop. You will, of course, still see social media advertising, adverts, and other non-direct type of advertising so we would recommend that you put adblockers in place too.
What happens when my self-exclusion period expires?
If you do not request for your self-exclusion period to be lifted, it will automatically continue.