Gambling has over the years become quite a big deal for the UK’s Institution. There are certainly positive aspects of the new regulation but, despite the good intentions, we are witnessing the exponential growth of gambling-related problems that healthy players face every day.
On this basis, it is certainly difficult to interpret why the UK Gambling Commission started to include stricter and stricter laws and requirements for UK players that are not facing gambling problems.
One of those includes GAMSTOP self-exclusion scheme which became mandatory for all UK online casinos.
Given the enormous uncertainty on the subject, in this guide, we will try to make clarity also identifying the only solutions to the problem.
Well, so much said, now is the time to investigate the operation of theGAMSTOP and the pitfalls that can lead.
Just like we explained earlier, for the United Kingdom Gambling Commission, you’re the only one that can make a success of your self-exclusion.
The process is completely autonomous and in no case can be imposed on the user. Players can decide on their own terms how long they want the Gamstop exclusion to last. There is no one rule that applies to all.
To get started, you will need to visit the official Gamstop website.
The procedure is quite simple but can affect your life for some many years.
You need to register an account. To do so, you fill out the forms on the website and verify your email address.
Once you do that, you can choose how long you want your exclusion period to be (6 month, 1 year or 5 years).
As soon as the service will be activated, usually within 24 hours, you will be excluded from all the gambling sites on the GAMSTOP list.
This translates in total closure of your casino accounts and the impossibility of opening new ones on UK licence platforms.
Once you are registered, it’s important to keep your details up to date by telling if you move house, change your last name or get a new email address. It is the responsibility of the user to ensure that the details gambling companies hold about him are correct and up to date.
It could happen that, modifying some of the above-mentioned data without proceeding to the upgrade on the platform, some online casinos not on gamstop allow to place some plays again.
Also in this case a potential profit is not assured. The casino could reserve the right to apply special terms of service where any winnings will be frozen, and any losses will be charged to you.
It is always necessary to consider that GAMSTOP is a fledgeling service, so there are going to be some teething troubles. Every time the service needs to check its systems, to ensure it sent the necessary info to the casino. The online casino, in their turn, needs to make sure its systems are correctly processing that info and ready to block the GAMSTOP customer.
And thirdly, the gambler should not be trying to register anyway. There is a ‘contract’ here and the customer has to do his or her’s part. Where there is a flaw in the system, casinos may still legally retain your winnings.
The Way Out of GAMSTOP and Process when GAMSTOP period ends
Unfortunately, there is only one way out and that waits till your time is up.
The only way that seems to be granted to reverse the process before the natural expiration is to directly contact GAMSTOP and explain to them why you want to reverse the exclusion. By the way, it is tough to reverse the self-exclusion, almost impossible one may argue.
At the time we are writing this article we do not have any certain data about subscribers who have reversed the service. And, in effect, it seems that is full-fledged impossible. For this reason, it is convenient to think as if the service were irreversible.
So it’s important to evaluate and understand what happens when the subscribed period of service ends.
Usually, people think that once the exclusion period is over, everyone gets access to their accounts on casino websites restored.
The situation is actually extremely different.
Once the minimum duration period has elapsed the self-exclusion will remain in force until you have returned to GAMSTOP to ask for it to be removed and gone through the relevant process.
Basically, you need to speak to someone working for GAMSTOP to discuss whether you are ready for it to end or would like it to continue.
At this point, you will have to explain why you wanted to self-exclude in the first place and whether anything has changed since then. However, it is not clear or guaranteed if your request will be accepted in the event that it is manifestly contradictory. It would seem that, at this point, the assessors could refuse to delete your data from their archives, keeping the block alive.
Unfortunately, it should also be noted that in various forums dedicated to the topic, many users complain that, even after the expiration of the term and having completed the procedure on the GAMSTOP platform, they cannot still have access to the online casinos. There is momentarily no solution to these types of problems.