10 ways to play responsibly like a Swedish online gambler

Published by CasinoTopsOnline on January 14, 2019 in Industry News, Casino Tips

Responsible Gambling in SwedenOnline gambling in its many forms has quickly become one of the most popular ways to spend your free time and spare cash.  

Players from all around the world enjoy this fun pastime and many do so responsibly and without any issue. Unfortunately, this is the not the case for everyone. 

As with any form of entertainment, addiction can be an issue that some have to overcome. Responsible gambling practices are a great way to help achieve this goal and Sweden is one of the most recent countries to truly embrace this way of playing. 

Self-Exclusion in Sweden 

As of the 1st of January 2019, the Spelinspektionen regulatory body (previously known as the Lotteriinspektionen), launched the Spelpaus program.

This new program, first announced in October of 2018, is a database for online gambling operators who are licensed in Sweden. This program must be checked before any marketing is sent out or before wagers can be accepted.  

It’s also important that all online casinos give players the opportunity to sign up for this service by linking to Spelpaus on their sites. 

Basically, Spelpaus allows players to completely self-exclude themselves from any form online gambling and it seems to be very popular. As many as 10,000 Swedish casino players have already made use of the service and no longer have access to online gambling sites. 

Responsible Gambling Tips 

There are many ways to play responsibly and self-exclusion is just one of these ways. According to GambleAware, these are the top 10 tips for gambling safely and responsibly. 

  1. Gambling should be fun – Never think of gambling in any of its forms as a way to make a quick buck – no matter how lucky you may be feeling! 
  2. Play with spare cash only – Always be sure that the money you’re playing with is money that you can lose. 
  3. Set a budget – Limit yourself to a certain amount of cash and always stick to that budget. It may be tempting to spend just a limit more when you run out, but that’s not how responsible gamblers do it! 
  4. Keep track of the time – Don’t get lost in the wonder of your favourite casino game. Set an alarm on your phone or ask a family member to keep you accountable. 
  5. Let your losses go – It’s very important that you never “chase your losses” as this is the number one way to spend way more than you ever budgeted for. Rather let your losses go and try again another day. 
  6. Stay positive while gambling – If you’re feeling down or depressed, steer clear of your favourite online casino. It’s difficult to regulate yourself and will definitely not make you any happier. 
  7. Find a balance – While online gambling is a lot of fun, it’s important to have a healthy balance between playing and spending time with your loved ones, exercising, and heading outdoors. 
  8. Ignore your bank card – Keep your cash where it’s safe: in your bank account.  
  9. Take a break – Always take regular breaks to clear your head, grab something to eat and make sure that you’re playing at your very best. 
  10. Stay sober while gambling – Steer clear of drugs and alcohol to ensure that you’re always playing responsibly! 

If you need help with a gambling issue, always reach out to a professional or talk to a loved one.