We all love when the godly odds favor the underdog, hitting the big one with its last shot; and, while is true that fortune favors the bold; there is a very fine line that separates braveness from compulsion. At the moment we end compulsively chasing a delusion; we are at risk of losing our bankroll, income, and even our family.
Fortunately, there are several tools that we can use to set boundaries and prevent us from bending or breaking them. Some of the following options might be paid or cost-free, but their purpose remains the same: making sure that gambling doesn’t become a problem for us and beloved ones.
Gamban is an exclusion tool completely dedicated to blocking access to online gambling, pure and simple. Compatible with Mac OS, Windows, Android, and iOS, once GamBan is installed in your computer, mobile phone, or tablet, it blocks access to thousands of gambling sites and apps from the entire world.
Its listings are in continuous updating as gambling sites (especially illegals and unregulated ones) spawns literally every minute. GamBan offers its annual protection plan at $13.99 per device.
This is an initiative from the Gambling Commission to aid players to self-exclude them by forbidding access to all online gambling websites listed in this scheme, completely free of charge. Gamstop is, however, not available on casinos operating from outside the United Kingdom. Users are required to register their personal data and determine the time they will like to get self-excluded. Because this scheme is still on its first phase, there are some casinos not on Gamstop, although it will be mandatory to join by the Gambling Commission.
It might not be flawless, but for genuine users that want to overcome their addiction, GamStop is an initiative that can be used to complement with other tools in order to prevent any slip.
One of the best parental control software available. Instead of relying on black/whitelisting website filtering, Netnanny analyzes in real time every web page visited and the content of certain apps, allowing or restricting access to the page based on its context, following the category guidelines that you pre-determine.
This means that if the device user is looking for “online video poker”, it will get access to web pages related to gambling addiction treatment, but not exposed to video poker games even if they are part of the same website. NetNanny is available for Windows, Android, Kindle Fire, and iOS devices, and their annual plans start at $54.99 ensuring protection to 5 devices.
BetBlocker can be considered “the final solution” to online gambling addiction. Once installed in your device and activated the self-excluding period, (which can range from 24 hours to literally forever) no matter what you do, deleting the app, contacting support, or destroying the device, you won’t be able to access the +5000 gambling websites (list updates every week) until the period ends.
BetBlocker is compatible with iOS, Android, Windows, Mac, and even Linux. It comes completely free, with unlimited downloads, as is funded by an online gambling dispute resolution service. It also includes a parenting control option helps to keep safe not only yourself but also your siblings from inappropriate content.
Inside Casino Tools (Limits)
If you think that sheer willpower is not enough to prevent disaster, online casinos offer you the option of setting a limit to your gamble.
Once in your account, you can establish limits on the amount money you can spend, how much time you are allowed to play, and if you feel on a verge, also getting self-excluded for the necessary time. Once the setting is made, a password is required to lift the restrictions, but is effective only after a cooling period has passed, in order to prevent any impulsive behavior.