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Gambling: Entertainment must be safe

A war significantly changes the life and work priorities of most citizens and, unfortunately, does not change or eliminate the desire of all sorts of scammers to take advantage of this predicament and deceive people. State regulatory institutions and law enforcement agencies should prevent it. And all institutions do their job.

For instance, the current legislation stipulates that, in the field of gambling, the Commission for Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (CRGL) is responsible for informing the public about the gambling specifics and the operating principles of licensed market organizers. CRGL also regularly raises awareness and explains why it is dangerous for gamblers to use the services of illegal operators.

First of all, gambling is a part of the global entertainment industry. That is right. Gambling is entertainment and not a way to make money or get rich. Entertainment is a pleasant and safe leisure activity. Despite the fact that people decide for themselves what to do in their free time and how to have fun, a conscious approach to organizing leisure time is important for everybody. It is so especially considering that in their leisure time, people usually spend money that they earn by hard work. And no one wants to lose money because of scammers.

Not to become victims, those who decide to spend their free time gambling should follow certain rules, as CRGL constantly reminds us. First, one should remember that if you want to gamble, check the relevant brand for a Ukrainian license!

Why? It is because only licensed gambling operators can guarantee fair payouts of winnings and compliance with responsible gambling rules and regulations, for instance:

· ensuring the identification of gamblers or visitors to prevent children and adolescents from gambling;

· restricting players from gambling to prevent gambling addicts from playing games of chance;

· preventing encouragement of gamblers’ losses;

· assisting the prevention of gambling addiction (ludopathy);

· promoting gamblers’ self-control and self-restraint through the voluntary setting of personal limits on play time and funds that the player wishes to spend on gambling;

· informing the gambler on the operator’s license, the risks of irresponsible gambling, the rules of the game and behaviour in gambling establishments, and a possible loss and loss of funds, etc.;

· professional personnel training;

· social interaction, that is, dissemination of socially important information on preventing and minimizing the adverse effects of gambling, manifestations of gambling addiction (ludopathy), and applying the experience of foreign gambling operators in preventing and minimizing the negative effects of gambling.

However, it is important to remember that compliance with the social interaction norms results from joint efforts of the State, the business, and the citizens. Everyone bears their part of the responsibility: CRGL as a regulator and market organizer, commercial companies as service providers, and citizens as consumers. Only the combination of all components may guarantee the establishment of conditions needed for safe and pleasant leisure, even during tense times of war.


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