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Responsible Gaming Week 2019

07 November 2019

BDO Responsible Gaming Week 2019

 

Thursday 7th November marks the start of the 2019 Responsible Gaming Week. Responsible gaming is a set of defined rules regulated and supported by gaming authorities with the aim of protecting players from becoming problem gamblers.

 

Self-exclusion

Entering into a self-exclusion period is a crucial step, which entails a commitment not to attempt to gamble for a period which will allow the player to work on solving their problem gambling behavior. Players who experience difficulties in controlling their gambling can reach out to the operator and to the Malta Gaming Authority to detach themselves from gaming premises.

Earlier this year, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) issued a preliminary market consultation document with the aim of providing a unified self-exclusion system to be applied to the Maltese gaming industry.

 

Important facts for players to keep in mind:

  • It is an offence for a provider of a gaming service or an agent to provide credit to players for participation in games;
  • It is your right to be informed about and seek clarification on the rules of the games being offered on the market and the games being played as well as the Terms and Conditions and Codes of Conduct related to the gaming operation;
  • It is your duty to follow the rules of games and codes of conduct;
  • It is your obligation to provide true statements of fact in relation to questions posed prior to playing any game;
  • It is your responsibility to exclude yourself when one exceeds the limits or is medically declared to being a pathological gambler;
  • Learn to leave and ask for help when needed!

 

Responsible Gaming Foundation 

The Responsible Gaming Foundation is a project initiated by the MGA in 2014 to introduce regulations governing land-based gaming parlours. Their mission is ‘to create a wider awareness of the extent, possible causes and consequences of problem gaming in Malta with a view to preventing it and to provide the necessary support and advice to problem gamblers and their dependents in their recovery efforts’.

Players seeking help can reach out to the Maltese Responsible Gaming Foundation by calling the Helpline on 1777, chatting to them on their website 24/7 or by scheduling an appointment.

 

Contact us at [email protected] to find out how BDO can help you.