Reminder about responsible gambling options as restrictions eased

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Reminder about responsible gambling options as restrictions eased

The Office of Responsible Gambling reminds the community not to get carried away with sports recommencing and gaming venues reopening.

With restrictions easing, it’s never been more important to have a game plan and not get carried away with sports betting or other gambling.

The Office of Responsible Gambling Director, Natalie Wright, says it might be tempting to spend more than usual on the first few rounds of the NRL, but when it comes to betting you don’t need to make up for lost time.

“The Gambling Help NSW website has tips for punters who may be looking for ways to avoid temptation, such as opting out of marketing and notifications.

Take the time to get to know the betting apps and websites you use – bet limit and deposit limit features can be used to manage your gambling,” said Ms Wright.

After having a break from sports betting, gamblers may be more aware of gambling advertising in the lead up to NRL games and it may be time to block ads so you can keep your eye on the ball not the bet.

The reopening of venues will be welcomed by many, however, if you are struggling with your gambling the Office encourages anyone to utilise the free counselling services offered by Gambling Help NSW.

“The Gambling Help NSW counsellors are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day to provide free and confidential support. Whether you want help with strategies to manage your gambling, or help through the self-exclusion process, our counsellors are available, even during this time,” said Ms Wright.

If you or someone you care about needs support or advice, please call Gamble Aware on 1800 858 858 for free and confidential help and support. More information on strategies to manage gambling, including how to minimise exposure to gambling advertising, are available on our website.

GambleAware acknowledges Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the land and we pay respects to Elders past, present and emerging. GambleAware is an inclusive support service.
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