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Self-exclude from gambling

If you're concerned that you're spending too much time and/or money gambling, self-exclusion can be an effective tool to help you regain control.

All licensed arcades, betting shops, bingo venues, casinos and online gambling operators offer a self-exclusion scheme.


The UK (including Northern Ireland) offers multi-operator schemes where you can self-exclude from more than one place at a time.

In the Republic of Ireland, you will need to approach each operator individually.

How Gambling Self-Exclusion Schemes Work

Each gambling self-exclusion scheme works slightly differently but all share some common features:

• You will be excluded for a minimum of six months (or twelve months for betting shops)

• You will have to supply proof of identity including a photo or undergo an automated identity-check

• You will be removed from all marketing databases and you will not be contacted during the period of your self-exclusion (except with regard to the online multi-operator scheme)

• You cannot leave the scheme before the exclusion period has expired

• If you leave the scheme once the self-exclusion period has expired, you will not automatically be added to any marketing databases

By joining self-exclusion schemes, you are agreeing that:

• The information you provide to join a scheme will only be shared with operators within the specific scheme

• You will stay away from the venues from which you have self-excluded

While it is your responsibility to keep to your self-exclusion agreement, operators and their staff will do all they reasonably can to help you. If you visit a venue from which you have self-excluded, you will be asked to leave and the other venues in the scheme will be informed.

Multi-Operator Self-Exclusion Schemes

Self-Exclude from Online Gambling

GAMSTOP helps you control your online gambling.

Once registered you will be prevented from using gambling websites and apps run by companies licensed in the UK for a period of your choosing.

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Self-Exclude from Arcade and Adult Gaming Centres

Self-exclude by visiting or telephoning a centre. Visiting a centre will be quicker and staff are trained to talk to you sensitively about your gambling and offer a range of tools to help you.

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Self-Exclude from Betting Shops or Bookmakers

This scheme allows you to self-exclude from betting shops – normally those close to your home, place of work or where you socialise.

Betting shops are open to all adults so the scheme is based on you submitting photos that can be shared with operators to help staff recognise that you have self-excluded - and intervene if you breach the self-exclusion.

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Self-Exclude from Bingo

The Bingo Industry self-exclusion scheme offers a voluntary scheme that allows you to request exclusion from land-based licensed bingo premises across Great Britain.

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Self-Exclude from Casinos

The SENSE self-exclusion programme allows you to exclude yourself nationally from all land-based casinos in Great Britain licensed by the Gambling Commission.

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Safer Gambling Tools

Gambling Helplines
GB 0808 8020 133
IRL 1800 936 725
NI 08000 886 725