Online Gambling is an activity that involves placing bets or wagers on games using the Internet. This can be done from a computer, tablet or mobile phone. In some countries, online gambling is legal and regulated. Other countries restrict or ban it altogether. Despite this, the industry is booming and expected to reach US$43 billion by 2015.
The first step in overcoming online gambling addiction is to hand over credit cards and financial responsibilities to someone else, block access to gaming websites, uninstall apps and stop socializing with people who gamble. It is also helpful to identify triggers of addictive behaviour such as boredom, and to plan other activities that will keep you busy. Psychotherapy is an important part of treatment, as online gambling often stems from deeper emotional and mental health problems. It is important to find a therapist who is experienced in treating gambling addiction and who will listen without judgment.
In order to play online casino games, a user must first create an account. This usually involves providing name, address and telephone number, along with creating a username and password. Money can then be deposited into the account via a credit card or other method. When winnings are withdrawn, the money can be sent to this account or back to the user’s bank account.
Most major online casinos are audited regularly to ensure that their payouts are fair and consistent, and that they do not target vulnerable people. However, it is still possible to fall victim to online gambling fraud. If you suspect that you have become a victim of online gambling fraud, please contact the charity Victim Support for support and advice.