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GamStop is the self-exclusion program from all United Kingdom-based online gambling sites available to the British population. On subscribing to this scheme customers are enabled with the power to block themselves (that is their accessible devices) from all online wagering sites registered and licensed under the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. In order to restrict online wagering websites, it is made free from subscription charges. GamStop is run by National Online Self Exclusion Scheme Limited, which was initially introduced by the United Kingdom Gambling Commission in the year 2018.


The period of self-exclusion enabled by GamStop lasts a limited period of time and might take up to 24 hours to activate. It is completely up to the user to choose between six months to one year or up to even five years as the time of exclusion. GamStop will enable the customer to exclude himself from all sites except sportsbooks not on GamStop exclusion that are not registered under the United Kingdom Gambling Commission.


Why was GamStop Necessary?

After the Gambling Act of 2005 gambling occupied a huge market in the United Kingdom and it was realized if not kept in check, gambling would soon be considered a growing epidemic in the country. The United Kingdom needed a self-exclusion service made solely for helping the population getting over the temptation of gambling since the gambling sites are just a click away.

Needless to say, the rapid growth of the industry requires constant updates of GamStop policies, and also the continual growth of the platform will result in companies trying to collaborate with it. Although GamStop is yet to reach its predetermined goal, it is to be acknowledged that GamStop is quite effective and probably the primary step towards getting over gambling addiction. In order to get updated to the modern-day standards, GamStop adapted few conditions for licensed operators and other well known online casinos to abide by the schemes.


Key Reasons to Join GamStop

The United Kingdom is considered as one of the biggest markets for the gambling industry fetching it billions of pounds as revenue each year. Not just that, it is growing every year with the growing number of online casino services. Undoubtedly with that rise the problems related to gambling. Recent studies have found more than two million people are risking their resources in online wagering.

This created a situation considered quite alarming by the government and hence in order to protect players at risk, the government created few new policies. GamStop is an independent nonprofit organization providing help to people trying to prevent themselves from gambling, although famous websites that are not license holders of the United Kingdom Gambling Commission are not banned from accessing. Reasons to join GamStop includes,

  • The addiction issues regarding gambling require some serious preventative measures. GamStop is the primary step towards the process of self-exclusion once someone faces issues with trying to keep himself from playing. Times when one realizes the need to stop but cannot contain himself from the urge, it is the correct moment to seek help from an independent nonprofit organization such as this.
  • It is free of any charges hence the most cost-effective step to start.
  • The registration process is pretty simple and hassle-free. This should be the first step towards overcoming gambling addiction. Although more the obstruction the better. Few of the details are required including the full name of the customer, pin code, date of birth, email address, etc.
  • It takes only 24 hours at maximum to start blocking access into these sites.
  • Once the minimum self-exclusion span is over, one can request to remove himself from the exclusion program and wait for 24hours to get it addressed by the authorities and get the exclusion span terminated.
  • The main purpose of GamStop is to help gamblers with problems and there is no way to cancel it before the minimal period expires. Some British people may get registered in this program by accident and it may bother them because now all UKGC sites are closed for them. The only possible way for those cases to play and to have the same gambling experience is to play at reputable betting sites that don’t use Gamstop, since they use the same software providers, have an excellent interface, and offer the best possible quality for their customers.



The primary motive of GamStop was to end gambling addiction as the people were in threat of losing their resources and can be seen as the first step one must take whenever the urge to gamble seemingly gets out of hand.


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  1. Andrew Gamble says:

    so much informative article! Just, bookmarked it so that I can read it whenever I need! Thanks.

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