Controlling play and getting help
Spending too much time or money gambling can cause problems and negatively affect health and wellbeing.
One way to stay in control of your gambling is to take advantage of the tools we offer that are designed to help you stick to your budget (time and/or money).
But sometimes it’s better to take a break from gambling – or even to stop gambling completely. If you’ve decided to take a break, you may find self-exclusion helpful.
If you or someone you know is experiencing negative effects from gambling – you are not alone.
Help is available – There is a range of specialist services available to provide help and support gamblers experiencing problems, and for family members and others affected by another’s gambling.
Operated by GamCare, counsellors can offer immediate confidential advice and identify the best support for you. Click HERE for www.gamcare.org.
If English is not your preferred language – Visit Gambling Therapy. Trained counsellors will offer confidential advice in a variety of languages. Click HERE.
For general advice on dealing with problematic gambling or helping others who may be experiencing problems, click HERE to visit GambleAware.
Staying in Control
There are things we can all do in order to keep gambling fun. These include:
- take regular breaks when gambling.
- set and stick to a budget for how much time and money you wish to spend.
- ask a member of the Hippodrome team about player controls to support budgeting.
- keep track of what you are spending on gambling.
- if you drink alcohol, do so in moderation.
- make sure you are gambling for the right reasons – for fun and entertainment – not to win money or because you are feeling bored or distressed.
Taking a break
If you feel it’s time to take a break from gambling perhaps self-exclusion is a good option. The SENSE (Self Enrolment National Self Exclusion) scheme allows those who wish to stop gambling for a period of six months or more to ask to be prevented from doing so – and it applies across all land-based casinos in Great Britain.
This is how SENSE works:
- You commit to not visit casinos for a minimum of six months.
- Your details will be removed from all land-based casino marketing databases and you will not be contacted during the period of your self-exclusion.
- Following the termination of the self-exclusion period you choose whether to apply for reinstatement.
Self-exclusion allows you to decide whether to take a break from gambling. While it is your responsibility to stick to the agreement, casinos will provide support. If you visit a venue from which you have been excluded and are recognised as being excluded, you will be asked to leave.
To enrol in SENSE:
- Talk to a Hippodrome team member about self-exclusion
- Pick up a SENSE leaflet from the casino
- Download a self-exclusion form HERE
You can find about more about SENSE by clicking HERE.
The SENSE programme covers all casinos in Great Britain. Self-exclusion programmes are also available for other forms of gambling. Click HERE to find out more.