What is ‘Self Exclude?
‘Self-exclude’ is a term used in the casino world to describe a person choosing to block their online casino account, unsubscribe from a betting service or spend time away from the casino. This is an advised method of coping with problem gambling, which is when the gambler is playing too much and betting more than they can afford.
‘Self Exclude’ Explained
Gambling is a fun and enjoyable activity which is legal for adults in many nations and which is open to the public. However, there are times when gambling stops being fun and instead becomes a problem. A player who is chasing losses with bigger and bigger bets, or who is getting into financial difficulties because of their gambling, could be described as having a ‘gambling addiction’ or being a victim of ‘problem gambling‘. This refers to a gambling habit which is out of control.
In order to avoid a gambling problem, players are advised to ‘self-exclude’ when play becomes too much. If they find they are losing too much, or too often, or engaging in damaging and dangerous activities to support gambling, then it may be time to consider self-exclusion. This is a block on gambling activity, initiated by the gambler. In the real world, a player can self-exclude by choosing not to attend gambling premises, or by contacting the casino and requesting that they suspend membership for a short time.
At online gambling websites, players can opt to suspend their account for a set period of time (sometimes called a ‘cooling off period’). The player can usually choose between blocking themselves for a day, a week, a month or a custom date range, and the option activates immediately. Once the self-exclude mode has been started, the player will be unable to remove it until the time is up – even if they contact the operator and ask for the block to be lifted.