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Petition to improve self exclusion from bookmakers

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Early this week I was approached by a gambler on Twitter asking me to sign a petition regarding self exclusion amongst bookmakers. Craig came up with a brilliant idea to help gamblers. Today I want to share with you his message, including his short story to help you understand the problem and the goal he wants to achieve.

 

Getting self excluded from casinos and bookies

I’m sure that self exclusion helped me quit gambling years ago and I strongly believe that this is one of the best ways for you to stop gambling. For those playing online self exclusion process is more straightforward and it can take just a few minutes. It is much harder when you play “real” and have 6-7 shops on the high street to choose from – without registration, you can just walk in and loose everything.
I’m happy to introduce Craig and his brilliant idea that can help to improve self exclusion from bookies :

 

Craig – ” I require 10,000 signatures to take it to parliament”

petition to improve self exclusion from bookmakers “Basically i was bet free for 5 months at the start of the year i had a slip, and started betting again. I know i could have used other shops, but I went into ladbrokes, a shop I was barred from and the staff still took my bets, so I came up with an idea that would help gamblers.
I think the current self exclusion system is a paper exercise, ladbrokes have game on card, coral have connect card. Why not have a universal card that would have gamblers details and photo on, and also whether they were self excluded. So if they tried to place a bet it would flash up on the system. I created this petition and have passed it to my local GA meeting. I require 10,000 signatures to take it to parliament, once barred online you cannot go back onto account why should you be allowed back into shops.
I feel this will help people in the long run. As the bookmakers are simply not helping as much as they could. Thanks ”

Links

Read more about Petition link.
Sign a Petition link
Craig on Twitter link

Tips

When gambling online you can’t just take your winnings and walk away. Sometimes you have to wait several hours or days for your winnings to be processed and transferred to your bank account.
Here is what to do!
Contact your casino and inform them that you are addicted to gambling and request self exclusion. All the money will be transferred to your bank or any other money account straight away. So, not only you get self excluded, but also keep all your money.

 

4 Responses to "Petition to improve self exclusion from bookmakers"
  1. I had a similar thought regards FOBT’s. I enjoy betting in a bookies but have self excluded myself due to throwing money away in FOBT’S.

    My solution was to use loyalty cards that are currently issued by bookies and can be loaded into FOBT’s. You could self exclude yourself from these machines or set a daily/weekly/monthly deposit level. The only way to load money onto cards would be over the counter. Easy to use and easy to enforce if bookies are serious about tackling this problem.

    • Thanks for leaving a comment John.
      It would be a good solution as well, but I’m afraid either Government or bookies won’t solve this problem as long as it generates good income for them.

      • A Coral spokesman said: ‘Self-exclusion does still mean there is an onus on the customer not to enter our shops and this is made very clear to them. When a customer chooses to self-exclude we provide them with a form where they highlight a primary shop and they also have a choice of three further secondary shops to be excluded from, as self-exclusion is always most effective at a customer’s regular shop or those in the locality of where they live and are known to staff.
        ‘We do everything we can to ensure the shop teams are aware of the customer, sadly in practice it is impossible to guarantee that the customer will not access a shop at some point if they are inclined to do so,’ the spokesman added.
        I WAS SELF EXCUSION FROM CORAL SHOPS(4shops)BUT NO EFFECT ME TO STILL PLACE BET OVER THE COUNTER?SO I WAS STILL PLAYING UNTIL NOW WHEN I REALISE I LOST NO JUST THE MONEY……LOST THE FAMILY???
        THAT’S WAY IM DECIDED TO TAKE THEM TO COURT

        • Hi Razz
          Could you please tell us more about taking Coral to court? I’m convinced that everyone who read your story would like to know more about it, including myself in the first place.
          I’m also sorry for approving your comment so late, but unfortunately I’m the only admin on this page and sometimes it takes weeks to read all the emails and comments I receive. I’m looking forward to hear from you soon!

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