Gamstop or Gamban?

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  • #80404
    ZoeR91 WANTED $10
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    Hi guys,

    I have posted before about my gambling addiction, and stupidly thought that I could cure myself without any help. I havent been able to stop gambling and I’m in a position where I have no savings and feel physically sick. I read a lot of your posts on here and see Gamstop recommended and also Gamban.

    I don’t know much about either of these and wondered if you could give me a bit more info and recommend which one I’d be best signing up to?

    Thanks in advance.

    #80405
    Winningbird WANTED $398
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    I would personally sign up to gamstop. This way, you cannot gamble online anywhere which can stop your temptation. I think you can exclude anywhere up to 5 years. Gamban from what I remember is an app that you download on your phone or computer, which works for some people, but others struggle with. I heard it’s pretty easy to bypass, and some gambling sites are still accessible whilst it is activated.

    #80406
    casinoang WANTED $7
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    Hi Zoe I’ve been with Gamstop 1 year I recommended to friend also, I’m guessing like me you had few big wins n think gonna keep happening, there’s only 1 winner ……but you know that . Good luck Hun and I used to draw all my wages out in cash so couldn’t do it ( bookies are not nice places for ladies) and I used envelopes each week for housekeeping  bills etc when you see the cash it makes you think.

    #80407
    ZoeR91 WANTED $10
    Outlaw

    casinoang wrote:

    Hi Zoe I’ve been with Gamstop 1 year I recommended to friend also, I’m guessing like me you had few big wins n think gonna keep happening, there’s only 1 winner ……but you know that . Good luck Hun and I used to draw all my wages out in cash so couldn’t do it ( bookies are not nice places for ladies) and I used envelopes each week for housekeeping  bills etc when you see the cash it makes you think.

    Hello!

    Yes you are exactly right. Ive had a couple of decent enough wins. A £1000 win a few months ago and a few £300/£400 wins also. But I have probably put 10 times that into casinos in the last year, and I always end up putting all the winnings back in. I’m so scared of signing up to Gamban because gambling has literally been such a huge part of my life for the past couple of years. I gamble every day, and if I try and stop I literally feel like I’m gonna die of boredom. I know I need to make a drastic change but I’m worried about life with no gambling! How was it for you when you signed up? Does it get easier?

    #80408
    argyl53 WANTED $337
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    People always get the two mixed up and on this forum you’ll frequently see people write Gamban when they mean Gamstop.

    Gamstop is an online identity register you can sign up to and which most (soon to be all) UK licensed online casinos must check against both new sign ups and existing player accounts. When you sign up, you can choose the length of your registration in a range from 6 months to 5 years. Once you’re on the register, your online casino accounts will be blocked on the casino end and you will not be able to sign in, deposit or play. You cannot be removed from the register until your chosen time has expired.

    Gamban is software you install on your device which monitors your internet connection and will block access to gambling sites. It is able to block access to a wider range of sites than Gamstop, including non-UK casinos and I believe it will even block access to stuff like the National Lottery. Although the software is designed to prevent simple uninstallation or removal by someone who doesn’t really know much about using a computer, the major disadvantage of this option is it takes very little by way of determination to get around it.

    #80417
    Winningbird WANTED $398
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    It’s hard zoe, but you will realise it’s the best decision. I was the same before I signed up the first time. I didn’t  want to self exclude because I wanted just one casino to play at with a limit, but you soon see that theres too many just to exclude from. You just need to be brave and take the leap. Find something else to distract your mind when you’re bored, because it seems its boredom that makes you play. Everyone who is on gamstop and has been on gamstop will agree with me that it’s a hard thing to do, but easily the best thing they’ve done in a while. You will save so much money too. Theres only you that can do it though, so good luck with whatever you choose to do.

    #80427
    Liberty WANTED $87
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    I thought my gambling was under control and it had been for a long time until suddenly it wasn’t and I lost a grand over night. Only myself to blame I signed up to Gamstop for 5 years and am delighted about it.

    While I’m up over the last couple of years with little deposits and decent cash outs the fact that I could suddenly lose £1000 still was quite a wake up and I don’t miss it at all. At this point if I could lifetime ban myself I would. I don’t think about gambling anymore,no more silly itches and after I was signed up I felt an enormous relief from doing so.

     

    Good luck!

    #80428
    argyl53 WANTED $337
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    I thought my gambling was under control and it had been for a long time until suddenly it wasn’t and I lost a grand over night.

    I also signed up to Gamstop after losing a lot more than a grand in one session, major tilt on live roulette. But even when my gambling was “under control” I would estimate over a period of about 10-12 years it cost me easily £100k+. Pretty shocking when I’m only 33. Looking back now, it makes me very sad to think about how if I hadn’t done it, I’d have an excellent credit rating instead of one so bad payday loan sharks wouldn’t touch me and I’d be owning a house on a mortgage instead of renting.

    I do envy the people who can stick £50 on the slots or whatever, play on tiny stakes, be happy when if they cash out £75 or just leave it for another month when it’s gone. I was never really one of those people. If I deposited £250, I’d have days where I cashed out £3000 but all that would happen most of the time is the next day I’d see that win as a licence to deposit a grand and play on higher stakes. All of it would always go in the end and sometimes that took a couple of days, sometimes I’d be well up for most of a month and feel like I had all the spare money in the world kicking around. Those times were good, I’d buy myself stuff I wanted – new tablet, new phone, clothes, trainers, takeaways. But yeah it never lasts.

    I do miss playing, for all it cost me I really did enjoy slots but I can’t deny I’m financially better off staying away from it all.

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    #80429
    Biohazard WANTED $538
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    argyl53 wrote:

    I thought my gambling was under control and it had been for a long time until suddenly it wasn’t and I lost a grand over night.

    I also signed up to Gamstop after losing a lot more than a grand in one session, major tilt on live roulette. But even when my gambling was “under control” I would estimate over a period of about 10-12 years it cost me easily £100k+. Pretty shocking when I’m only 33. Looking back now, it makes me very sad to think about how if I hadn’t done it, I’d have an excellent credit rating instead of one so bad payday loan sharks wouldn’t touch me and I’d be owning a house on a mortgage instead of renting.

    I do envy the people who can stick £50 on the slots or whatever, play on tiny stakes, be happy when if they cash out £75 or just leave it for another month when it’s gone. I was never really one of those people. If I deposited £250, I’d have days where I cashed out £3000 but all that would happen most of the time is the next day I’d see that win as a licence to deposit a grand and play on higher stakes. All of it would always go in the end and sometimes that took a couple of days, sometimes I’d be well up for most of a month and feel like I had all the spare money in the world kicking around. Those times were good, I’d buy myself stuff I wanted – new tablet, new phone, clothes, trainers, takeaways. But yeah it never lasts.

    I do miss playing, for all it cost me I really did enjoy slots but I can’t deny I’m financially better off staying away from it all.

    I think all too many of us can relate to this.

    #80459
    ZoeR91 WANTED $10
    Outlaw

    Thank you everyone for the great advice!

    Today I signed up to Gamstop for 6 months. It’s going to be a hard few weeks adjusting as I have gambled every day for 3 years, but I already feel a sense of relief. I can’t wait to start saving up all that money I was wasting on gambling! 🙂

    #80543
    Kingpab WANTED $136
    Outlaw

    Both. No harm in doing both

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