A gambling addiction can be lurking, but those who play with common sense will have no problems with this. Play responsibly is therefore the motto. In addition, it’s not just about gambling addiction, but also about the reliability of the casino you’re playing at.
After all, you don’t want any unpleasant surprises. But how do you prevent a gambling addiction or other problems?
Play with awareness
Gambling is legal in the Netherlands, but subject to strict conditions.
On the website of the Gaming Authority you can find all regulations that providers must comply with in order to offer their games in the Netherlands.
Play responsibly, avoid a gambling addiction
A gambling addiction can seriously disrupt your life. Therefore, make sure you play with your full mind at all times. With these golden tips, you can prevent a gambling addiction.
- Play because you like it, not because you want to make a lot of money quickly. Winning is and remains a matter of luck.
- Decide in advance how much money you want to spend in the casino and don’t bet more than you can afford. You can’t get in trouble with your fixed expenses, so make sure you can always pay them.
- Don’t play every day, but also allow yourself moments to enjoy other things.
- Don’t become obsessed with a jackpot, for example, because you can’t force it to fall.
- On this website you will find in the article “gambling addiction” even more useful tips to prevent you from losing control of your gambling behavior.
After all, bonuses, jackpots and fun games are of no use if a casino ultimately proves to be unreliable.
If you think you need help for yourself or your acquaintances, you are never alone in the Netherlands. Several agencies can help you with this:
Jellinek is perhaps the best known and also one of the largest institutions for addiction care in the Netherlands. With years of experience, this institution has a lot of information available about gambling addiction. They are ready to give you a helping hand.
Short for Human Assistance Network for Daily Support. You can contact them twenty-four hours a day for (telephone) help.
Hervitas offers help with gambling addiction. Even if you are addicted to gaming you can come here. If you do not have a problem yourself, but a neighbor suffers from it, then Hervitas offers help.
Gamblers Anonymous offers free help to problem gamblers. The agency organizes free meetings throughout the country. These can be attended anonymously. There is always room.
Here it is also about responsible online gambling
Check the reliability
First of all, check whether an online casino is licensed to offer online gambling at all. Such a license is a kind of quality mark that is only given to companies that offer a safe and reliable gaming environment. Information about such licenses can usually be found on the casino’s website itself, at the bottom of its homepage for example. If the company is licensed by the Dutch Gaming Authority, then you know you’re in the right place.
The casino is under strict supervision of the Dutch government and this guarantees safety and fairness to players. So look for this information first, because a reliable gambling website will have a valid license and will state this for that reason. If you are browsing a gambling site and there is no mention of a possible license, then it is probably better to look further.
Some online casino games only function once you have installed special software. However, be sure to check what exactly you’re installing, because the gambling software you download may include certain features that allow the online casino to cheat you, for example, by cheating during the game or not allowing the payment to go through properly. So check which company made the software and if they use Random Number Generators (RNGs) then in most cases you’re fine.
If you Googled the software producer of a questionable website and it turned out to be bad, don’t play. Software from Net Entertainment for example does not need to be downloaded. These games can be played directly from the casino website. Fast, convenient and secure!
Good customer service is a plus
Playing responsibly also means checking out a casino’s customer service. We recommend you to sign up at an online casino that offers a good customer service. After all, it’s not fun if the customer service is never available when you need it and an absent or poor customer service also indicates that the company is not 100% reliable. It is important to have a 24/7 customer service department that is at least available by phone, chat or email.
A simple way to check the quality of the customer service is to call or email them with a question or comment. The response you get can often tell you what kind of company you’re dealing with.
Play responsibly at a Dutch casino
In this case, we must point out that you do need to choose an online casino that holds a Dutch license. In 2021 that time will come. You’ll be able to play legally at a licensed online casino. Also at a Dutch casino: Play responsibly!