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How To Set Gambling Limits To Play Responsibly

Gambling limits are certain restrictions you can set on yourself to help control your gambling activities. They are designed to ensure that you gamble within your budget and do not spend more money or time than you intended.

By setting gambling limits, you gain more control over your gambling behaviour. It helps you stay within your financial and time boundaries, reducing the risk of developing gambling problems. It's important to stick to your limits and not exceed them, even if you feel tempted to do so.

Types of Gambling Limits You Can Set

There are various types of gambling limits designed to cater to individual needs and preferences. From setting caps on the amount you deposit to determining how long you play, these measures are in place to ensure an enjoyable and responsible gambling experience.

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Deposit Limits

Caps on the amount of money you can deposit into your casino account over a specified period (daily, weekly, monthly).

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Loss Limits

Restricts the total amount of money you can lose within a set timeframe.

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Wager Limits

Limits on the amount you can bet either per game or over a specified duration.

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Session Limits

Restricts the amount of continuous time you can spend gambling.

Time limit

Time-out Limits

Allows you to take a break from gambling for a short period, ranging from hours to a few days.

Self exclusion


A longer-term break from gambling, self-exclusion is where you exclude yourself from accessing your account for weeks, months, or even permanently.

How To Set Limits On Your Gambling

  1. Here's a general step-by-step guide to setting limits on your gambling account:
  2. Log In To Your Account

    Access the online casino website or app where you have your account. Log in using your username and password.

  3. Navigate to Account Settings or Profile

    Once logged in, navigate to the 'Account' or 'Profile' section, typically found in the top corner or sidebar.

  4. Find Responsible Gambling or Limits Section

    Within your account settings or profile, look for a section or tab titled 'Responsible Gambling', 'Account Limits', or something similar.

  5. Choose The Type of Limit

    Deposit Limits

    Decide how much you want to limit your deposits to (daily, weekly, or monthly).

    Loss Limits

    Set a maximum amount you're willing to lose over a specific time frame.

    Wager Limits

    Determine a cap on how much you'll bet in a single instance or over a period.

    Session Limits

    Specify the maximum time you want to spend in a single gaming session.
  6. Confirm Your Choices

    After setting your desired limits, there will often be a 'Save' or 'Confirm' button. Click on it. Some platforms may ask for your password again or send a verification code to your registered phone number or email for added security.

  7. Log Out and Restart

    It's a good idea to log out and log back in to ensure your changes have taken effect.

  8. Monitor Your Play

    Always be aware of your gambling habits. If you feel the limits you set are not adequate, you can adjust them as needed, but some casinos may impose a waiting period before changes take effect

Remember that while setting limits is a tool to help you manage your gambling, it's vital to assess your behavior and seek professional help if you feel you're developing a gambling problem.

South African Responsible Gambling Foundation

Ready to Take Control?

If you need help setting limits or want to know more about responsible gambling, reach out to the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation (SARGF). They offer free and confidential treatment and counselling for those affected by problem gambling.

💻 Website: responsiblegambling.org.za

📱 WhatsApp/SMS: 076 675 0710

📞 FREE counselling line: 0800 006 008

📧 e-Mail: helpline@responsiblegambling.org.za

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