Responsible Gambling is truly design to Protect all Players

Responsible Gambling is truly design to Protect all Players

Protecting players from the dangers of gambling addiction is a major source of contention these days as the online gambling market continues to grow. It seems that every jurisdiction has its own set of guidelines in place to prevent harm to players. There is quite a bit of research being conducted regarding problem gambling which has resulted in new procedures around the world but responsible gaming not only encompasses problem gambling but also minors, identity verification and money laundering.

RG Check-Internet

One region stepping up player protection policies is Canada as Canada’s Responsible Gaming Council has recently rolled out RG Check-Internet.

This follows the launch of the RG Check - Venue system, which has been successful since its introduction in 2011.


So what is RG Check-Internet? Is basically gives operators the opportunity to assess their current procedures to ensure they are in line with the current responsible gaming standards. It’s a tool used by online gambling operators to reduce risk by providing market specific information. If gambling services are to be offered to Canadian online punters RG Check-Internet is a must.

European Commission Says Operate Responsibly

The European Commission has been discussing the issue of problem gambling for four years and it seems that there may finally be some progress.

The Commission has adopted the player protection recommendations from several EU countries that have already established procedures to protect players in terms of internet gambling services. It’s actually more of an “operate responsibly” stance.

Members of the EU will have a responsibility to inform people of the risks involved in online gambling and operators must present a responsible gaming message.

Online punters must also be provided with information regarding those operators that offer safe gambling services with regard to age, identity verification and registration safeguards.


Risk assessment must be conducted within each member state and anti-money laundering procedures must be in place.

Bwin.Party Commissions Harvard Medical School to Conduct Online Gambling Study

Online gambling operator Bwin.Party is funding an ongoing study concerning the effects of online gambling in terms of problem gamblers. Thus far, research shows that there is no greater cause for concern regarding addiction to online gambling versus any other type of gambling. In fact, the study shows that online gamblers bet smaller and only gamble every two weeks.

Hopefully this among other research will put an end to one excuse for the United States not to open up the online gambling market wider than just six legalized states.

Everyone Must be Responsible

Responsible gambling practices are truly designed to protect players. Let’s face it, when gambling online you may not know who you’re dealing with and the casino operator doesn’t know anything about you. Not only must players gamble responsibly but operators have an obligation to be responsible. It’s no different than selling cigarettes or serving a drink to a minor. The idea is to verify the eligibility of the customer for the product.


The casino operator has to know its customer to a certain degree by ensuring that you’re not a minor, you’re not using the site as a means to launder money and that you are who you say you are. This is done through identification procedures and even extends a bit further in the US with the use of geolocation technology. For example, if a player is attempting access online gambling services within the New Jersey market, there is technology in place to ensure that the player is within states lines.

Protection cannot be effective without a few guidelines in place. We see this as more and more sites are being placed on blacklists around the world. If an operator is accessing a market without the authority to do so then players can’t be protected so it seems that online gambling is moving in a promising direction.

  • "Protecting" players from on-line gambling!? Oh christ... I absolutely, interference by the state is one of the most frustrating parts of modern life and I completely support the politicians over here in the UK right now who are trying to minimise the level of meddling governments seem intent to force unto us at every turn.... we are adults, let us make our own choices, and if necessary - mistakes.
  • This is a serious subject and certainly one that deserves our attention. Even adults need to be reminded to be sure to take care of all the important things in life first and that entertainment is just that, entertainment.
  • I have lived in Las Vegas all my life. I have learned that gambling definetely has its downsides!! My father told me to only gamble what you can afford to lose. Well, I did not have a problem until my 19 year-old son died eight years ago. Then I became a compulsive gambler, but not out in the town. Online. I lost over $60,000. And went into debt with the payday loan places to play even more. I understand this is a common problem with people who go through traumatic events. I have PTDS and my whole personality changed when David died. He was my only child, and I was let go from my job of five years due to my inability to concentrate. Thus, I had a lot of time on my hands and a no sense of the future or consequences of my actions. Luckily my husband loved me enough to help me work through it, and protect us both from this horrible personality change. So, I want to warn others that it can destroy marriages and even give cause to suicides. BE CAREFUL!
  • This is really a serious issue / problem for a lot of people, in Finland 1% of the population are game addicts and 2% of the population has a problem with gambling. There is not enough treatment methods available for this problem I'd say, and unfortunately I have witnessed how a good friend of mine made his "final decision" with his life because of his addiction... So KEEP YOUR PLAYING ON YOUR HANDS!
  • I hate this kind of mentality, oh everybody is so stupid we must protect them from themselves BEFORE THEY KILL THEMSELVES. It's beyond ridiculous and everywhere these days - warning labels plastered on everything, the pictures on cigarette packets, artificial restrictions on how many packs of tablets you can buy at the chemist, its all well out of hand and truly beyond the joke. As somebody who has dealt with addiction first hand, I can tell you that none of this stuff will stop an addict feeding their habit if they so wish - it only causes problems for the recreational, everyday gamblers/drinkers/smokers/etc. Rehab and services to help addicts should be put in place, but beyond that, governments should keep out of it.
  • Obv being addicted to gambling it is terrible thing. I am really sure that such players should get help and casinos should take care about such things.
  • Very interesting article.I think every gambler should be aware of this.Gambling is very addictive and can cause you a lot of troubles.Take care

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