- Jan 17, 2015
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- Ipswich Town
In recent years gambling in the UK has undergone some quite expansive regulatory changes which has shone a bright light on bookmakers and casinos, specifically on how they operate and look after their customers. Not only are bookmakers regularly audited to ensure transparency and fairness to their customers; but they are also now expected to actively review their customer bases activity to ensure players are not gambling beyond their means, or erratically.
One of the methods the gambling authority has backed in an attempt to manage and eliminate the issues surrounding problem gambling is with the introduction of GamStop, which is a state of the art self-exclusion tool that any member of the public can purchase & install on their devices which permanently blocks them from accessing gambling related content or companies online – for the life cycle of their device(s).
One noticeable flaw with the Gamstop solution for people who may benefit from it's use, is the fact that some gambling content and gambling providers are not included on GamStops database meaning these sites continue to be accessible even if a visitor has the self-exclusion software installed. There are resources available online for people who are looking to bypass the software, including websites like Justuk.club which publish comprehensive lists of non Gamstop betting sites.
Such betting companies refusing to opt-in to the GamStop software certainly raise a moral dilemma. Naturally, people searching for such betting sites are aware they are themselves trying to bypass the self-exclusion software which they once installed... but where does the blame lie? One key point is that just because a betting site is not part of the GamStop database; doesn't mean they can reasonably be accused of knowing when a Gamstop opt-in customer registers on their platform.
Ultimately, without further worldwide government legislation; it's always going to remain a temptation for punters who have the software installed; knowing there are ways to bypass it.