This review of LeoVegas Casino adheres to the Principles of Responsible Gaming. We are committed to providing you with a gaming environment that complies with these principles. We encourage all our players to use our services responsibly.
Playing with more money than you can afford to lose, or spending more time than you intend to, can lead to problems. Playing responsibly and safely can help prevent these problems. Below we explain in detail what responsible gambling is, what it entails and how you can get help.
What is gambling addiction?
Our goal is to tell you about a fun, enjoyable, and safe gambling experience. However, even the most enjoyable experience can turn into an addiction if it is not stopped. Gambling disorder (problem gambling) defines a behavior that causes functional impairment. Gambling addiction is an addiction that affects both the individual and society. Besides causing severe financial losses, it also destroys families.
Gambling addiction as a clinical diagnosis was first described in 1980. Not all gamblers develop an addiction. Some gamble purely for fun, as a social activity, and may be self-sufficient. Problem gambling is defined as gambling with increasing frequency and higher stakes despite harmful consequences. In gambling addiction, players attribute wins to their special skills and blame losses on bad luck. Moreover, whether they win or lose, they continue to gamble.
The term ‘gambling’ does not only refer to games played in casinos. This group also includes horse racing, gambling or card games played on bets. The earlier one starts practising this type of activity, the higher the risk of developing an addiction. Since gambling addiction does not manifest itself with any physical symptoms, it takes time to diagnose it correctly.
It all starts when a person wins a lot. After this win, the gambler constantly dreams of big winnings and his self-confidence grows. When the imaginary win is not achieved, the person does not tolerate the loss and continues to play for more money. He may sell all his assets to find money in this losing phase and/or lose control completely. Problems at work and in the family will increase and he may even commit illegal activities. In the final phase one realises that losses can never be recovered. At this stage, further problems and damage associated with gambling arise, such as divorce and alcohol consumption.
How can the damage associated with gambling be avoided?
Here are some tips on how to make gambling safer:
- Remember that gambling is not a way to make money.
- Do not gamble with money you cannot afford to lose.
- If you are in a bad mood, do not gamble. Also, do not gamble while intoxicated.
- Do not let gambling become your only hobby.
- Do not try to win more by using strategies in casino games. Almost all these strategies will make you lose more in the long run.
There are several responsible gambling tools that you can use to control your online gambling and betting habits. These responsible gambling tools can help you set limits, take a break and/or move away from the site if necessary.
The first step to safe gambling is to know how much you can spend and how much you can afford to lose. Setting limits in both areas will help you stay in control. So first set your deposit, bet and loss limits. You can usually set daily (updated every 24 hours), weekly or monthly limits for each of these parameters.
It can also be useful to plan your playing time and keep track of the time spent on the site. To help you, most operators offer real-world gambling reminder tools that appear regularly to keep track of time spent on the site.
If you think you need a break, you can request one from your operator. Your account will be temporarily blocked for the duration of your request. At the end of the grace period, your account will be automatically deactivated.
Protecting children from gambling
We adhere to a policy that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from gambling.
We are committed to ensuring that all players on our site are of legal age. In addition to these efforts, we stress that it is also the responsibility of parents to ensure that minors do not gamble and we encourage all parents to take the necessary steps to protect minors from gambling.
- You can use gambling blocking software and various gambling tools such as NetNanny, GamBlock and GamBan to prevent children in your care from accessing unwanted websites.
- Do not leave children unsupervised in front of a computer or other device they might use to access casino sites.
- Protect your account username and password on online casino sites. Do not use the ‘save password’ option when accessing casino sites and always log out when you have finished playing.
- Keep your credit and/or debit cards out of the reach of minors and do not give them your banking information.
How can I get rid of my gambling addiction?
In studies conducted on the treatment of gambling addiction, it has been observed that drug therapy is partially effective. In the presence of additional psychiatric disorders, the effectiveness of drug therapy increases. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and self-help groups (e.g. Gamblers Anonymous) have proven to be particularly effective among psychotherapy methods. Moreover, limited access to financial resources (cancellation of credit cards, lack of cash, etc.) may discourage people from continuing to gamble. In addition, getting help from groups such as Gamblers Anonymous and participating in group therapy can help to gamble more safely.
Gambling blocking software
There are many gambling tools that can be used both to prevent underage gambling and to provide a safer gambling experience. The most effective of these tools is gambling-blocking software. This software can be used to reduce the harm associated with gambling and/or completely block access to certain websites.
This is probably the most important of all safer gambling tips. If you are concerned about your children visiting casino sites, use tools that can block them. There is gambling blocking software that can be used for free. The most popular are GamBan, GamBlock, BetFILter, BetBlocker, and NetNanny.