About Responsible Gaming
The popularity of sports betting is growing steadily and it has become an integral part of people's daily lives, and an expression of their happiness and wellbeing. Some behaviour that is absolutely harmless when practiced in moderation may entail a risk of addiction for small groups of the population. For example, shopping may become addictive, as can playing sports, eating or consuming alcohol.
In the case of gaming addiction, a person's life may be dominated by games of chance. He or she may use gaming as a means of escaping possibly unresolved problems or inner conflicts. A person addicted to gaming may have many unconscious motives, and though winning money is a strong incentive, it is only one of many.
At Royalhighgate we believe in providing a 'protected entertainment environment'. Betting in a protected environment should be an exciting and pleasurable experience, for adults. We want you to enjoy the Royahighgate experience, so please play wisely and within your budget. Read our Responsible Gaming Policy carefully.
Rules of Responsible Gaming
Whilst the majority of people do gamble within their means, for some gambling can become a problem.
Remembering the following simple rules may help you to keep control:
- Gambling should be entertaining and not seen as a way of making money
- Before you start playing, decide winning amount at which you will end the game
- Decide beforehand how high your losses can be
- Only gamble what you can afford to lose
- Avoid chasing losses
- Keep track of the time and amount you spend gambling
- Take regular breaks from your games
- Never play under the influence of alcohol or medication
- Never play if you are in a depressive mood
Play only when you are fully rested and concentrated
Am I at risk?
Occasionally individuals may be concerned about their gambling habits. For those who are concerned, the following questionnaire provided by Gamblers Anonymous may help the individual decide if he or she has a gambling problem.
- Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?
- Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy?
- Did gambling affect your reputation?
- Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
- Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties?
- Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?
- After losing did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses?
- After a win did you have a strong urge to return and win more?
- Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone?
- Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
- Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling?
- Were you reluctant to use [gambling money] for normal expenditures?
- Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself or your family?
- 1Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned?
- Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble?
- Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling?
- Did gambling cause you to have difficulty in sleeping?
- Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble?
- Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling?
- Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling?
Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to at least seven of these questions.
At risk – what now?
There are many organisations that can provide support and assistance to individuals who develop a problem with gambling. If you feel this has happened to you we recommend contacting a self-help organisation for guidance.
Indicatively, the following websites offer advice and guidance. Each link contains help line numbers and an e-mail address that you may contact if you would like confidential advice and support.
Gamblers Anonymous: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk