Responsible Gambling TipsIf you've been keeping an eye on the news recently, you'll have spotted the large UKGC fine which 888 received after their recent self-exclusion breach came to light.

The £7.8 million fine received by the casino was due to a failure in the responsible gambling systems that all sites should have in place. While the fine may seem hefty, it's a small price to pay to ensure that players are protected from potential harm and gambling problems.
 

Why the fine?

In this particular case, 888 had failed to stop players from having full access to their accounts even after choosing to exclude themselves.

While this may not seem like a serious oversight, it did result in over 7000 customers placing bets and depositing a total of £3.5 million when they should've been locked out of their accounts.

The fine will see that these customers have their deposits returned to them as well as compensating one customer's employer who had money stolen in connection to this case.

Sarah Harrison, Chief Executive at the UKGC, commented: “The lack of interaction with the customer, given the frequency, duration and sums of money involved in the gambling, raised serious concerns about 888’s safeguarding of customers at-risk of gambling harm.
 

It's plain to see by this incident that responsible online gambling practices are essential for both online casinos and their customers.

1. Responsible choices -  Playing responsibly at any online casino and staying safe is about making the right choices. Monitoring your bankroll, knowing exactly how much you intend to spend, and sticking to a budget is key.  Make use of responsible gambling tools such as limiting the amount you can deposit each month and the number of times you can deposit into your account.

2. Vulnerable circumstances - If you find yourself in the position where you simply can't resist chasing that big win or you know that online gambling is a problem for you, reach out to someone. By having your account open and active, it can put you in a vulnerable situation. Lock down your account for as long as you need and protect your cash before it's too late.

3. Get back to the real world - Whether you're avoiding real-world problems or you simply enjoy taking a break from reality, it's important to step away from your online life. Ensure that you're not sucked into the bright lights of online casinos by setting a play-time limit on your account. This allows you to enjoy your favourite casino games for a limited time before being logged out for the day.

Online casinos are a fun way to spend your time, but always remember to play responsibly before it's too late.