RESPONSIBLE GAMING

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1       Introduction

1.1      Context

In the category “Responsible Play” OCG International Limited's  social concept will be introduced to you. It should help you if in doubt as to how to deal with gambling addiction responsibly.

 

1.2      Goal

THE SOCIAL CONCEPT – SO THAT YOU HAVE CONTROL OVER YOUR GAMEPLAY

Gambling has always held a special attraction for human beings. As a pastime it can bring variation, entertainment, excitement, as well as disappointment. This gaming experience is the goal of OCG International Limited. Nevertheless, gambling can be addictive.  The consequences are considerable and range from serious psycho-dependency all the way to personal ruin. Gambling addiction poses serious social and financial risks and without help is practically insurmountable. The most important thing is that problems with gambling are recognised early and so that extensive problems can be avoided by preventative measures. In this way OCG International Limited will do its bit and support you as a player in our online casino for example by blocking your account for 1 day (short-term), 1 month (temporary) or 1 year (definitively).

 

2       The social concept of OCG International Limited

2.1      What is gambling addiction?

Gambling addiction means that play can no longer be controlled and is governed by an “inner drive”. The player neglects his private and professional life more and more and loses all concern for time and money. Things, such as self-respect, self-confidence or tolerance for frustration, deteriorate more and more, and those affected do not notice the slippery process and only realise that they have an addiction when it is too late.

Gambling addiction develops in three phases, as specified below.

 

THE ADVENTURE OR WINNING PHASE

Beginner’s luck plays a part here, and the player often wins large sums of money. The production of adrenalin in these moments as well as the hope that they will win again, spur the players  on to try their luck again. They are disillusioned and believe that they can influence their own luck.

 

THE LOSING PHASE

In this phase the player borrows money, which he/she conceals. This when the process of distancing from family and friends begins, to the point of isolation. The player is convinced that he/she is keeping control of his/her debt situation and that he/she can win back the lost money.

 

THE DOUBTING PHASE

Finally, playing becomes the last thing left in the life of the player, and it can no longer be controlled. Playing has become an obsession and now not even the logical consequences, for example loss of partner or job, can stop the player from playing.

 

2.2      Responsible play

PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PLAYER

OCG International Limited ultimately supports the principle that the decision and the responsibility regarding aspects of play, such as sums of money and the extent of play, should lie with the player. Practicing self-control is the most effective protection. OCG International Limited identifies its own responsibility to support the player in making responsible decisions with the aid of clear offers, comprehensive information and opportunities for action.

 
 

2.3     Protection of minors

OCG International Limited excludes minors (persons under 18 years of age) from participation in games. To this end, player identification is carried out and players have to provide personal information at signup. This confirms during initial registration that a player is of age (at least 18 years old).

Furthermore, we recommend our players install a filter software as an active protection of minors that can limit the internet access for children and minors. More information is available at www.safeinternet.org. Filter software, such as www.netnanny.com, can offer extensive security.

 

2.4      Protection measures for players

OCG International Limited offers you a variety of measures aimed at self-protection, so you can play responsibly, and gives detailed information about these options. We hereby encourage you to use the following.

 

 

PERSONAL LIMIT:

In addition, OCG International Limited allows the players to further reduce the maximum spending limit imposed by law (wagering and loss limits: daily, weekly, monthly, session duration limit). OCG International Limited requires at least 7 days to process the requests for personal maximum spending limit; reduced limitations, however, are effective immediately.

 

AUTOMATIC TRANSFER OF WINNINGS:

The players can themselves determine the amount of a win to be transferred.

 

DIRECT BLOCKING OF THE PLAYER:

The players can lock themselves out of the online casino for specific time periods. In such a case OCG International Limited offers the following options:

  • short-term block (24 hours)
  • temporary block (1 month)
  • definitive block

The player account is deactivated for the duration of the block. If a player account is blocked or closed, the money in the account will be transferred back to the player within 5 working days.

 

2.5     How do we help our players? - internal support

Personal support for our players is provided in relation to prevention of addiction by professionals.

A qualified social worker is responsible for addiction prevention at OCG International Limited.

Should you require help, you can contact us at this e-mail address: [email protected]

Please understand that contact by e-mail must be recorded, without exception. Our colleague will contact you by telephone in urgent cases.

 

2.6    External  Support agencies

Hotline for the Federal Centre for Health Information (BZgA)

Telephone: 0800-1372700

 

The following organisations offer help in case of problematic gambling habits:

Germany: www.anonyme-spieler.org/
Austria: www.onlinesucht.at
Switzerland: www.careplay.ch , www.spielprobleme.ch
Argentina: fundacionprego.org.ar/
Brazil: www.jogadoresanonimos.org.br/principal.html
Denmark: www.ludomani.dk
France: www.sosjoueurs.org
UK: www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk
Italy: www.giocatorianonimi.org
Poland: www.anonimowihazardzisci.org
Portugal: http://www.jogoresponsavel.pt/
Russia: gamblersanonymous.ru
Sweden: www.spelberoende.se
Czech Republic: gambling.podaneruce.cz/
Turkey: www.kumarbagimliligi.com
Hungary: www.gamblersanonymous.hu

Malta:  http://rgf.org.mt/

 

2.7      Test – Self assesment

You can also asses your situation using the following checklist.

Check if you are exhibiting any of these behaviours:

  1. You are spending more money on gambling than you had originally planned.
  2. You react angrily if you are disturbed during a game.
  3. You are trying to regain your loss through winnings.
  4. You are losing your awareness of time and your surroundings and are spending more time playing than you had planned.
  5. You are not honest to your family and friends regarding what playing involves.
  6. Rather than quitting when you have won, you go on until you have lost all of your money.
  7. You firmly believe that you are going to win the jackpot and a lot of money.
  8. You think you are losing because you’re not playing enough.
  9. You only think about playing and spend more time playing than doing anything else.
  10. You have to increase the bet every time in order to feel the same attraction and excitement.
  11. You spend more time playing than you admit to your friends.
  12. Playing is more important to you than family, friends and work.

 

If several of these statements apply to you, then you may have a serious problem, and you should consult either our representative for addiction prevention or one of the listed agencies. As a first measure, we recommend that you block yourself from our online casino immediately.