Join the initiative to create the first global online casino self-exclusion scheme
Let’s make online gambling safer, together.
Why the gambling world needs a global self-exclusion scheme At Casino Guru, we think that the currently available responsible gambling tools offered by online casinos do not create an effective barrier between struggling players and opportunities to gamble online. Here are some reasons why:
Present self-exclusion options can be avoided

Casino-level and nation-wide self-exclusion do not create an effective barrier that stops problem gamblers from playing. Players can avoid them by gambling at other sites, or even opting for unlicensed casinos and ending up playing at objectively worse gambling.

Regulators and operators do not work together on a global level

National schemes do not work together on a global level or let foreign casinos take part. Even if they wanted to, the rigid rules individual entities have to follow do not allow them to team up to better protect players.

Our vision

Here is what we envision the future of the gambling world containing a global self-exclusion system could look like.

Easy self-exclusion from all online casinos at once

Players have the option to self-exclude from all online casinos in a simple and quick way, allowing them to stop gambling altogether if they choose to do so.

New player protection standard "enforced" by reputation

Participating in a readily available, global self-exclusion solution is a new industry standard of the protection of vulnerable players. Casinos that do not participate suffer a bad reputation.

Strong connection to problem gambling help organizations

Self-exclusion by itself is rarely sufficient to overcome problem gambling habits of players who self-excluded to battle their addiction. That’s why we cooperate with professionals who offer continuous to problem gamblers.

Safeguarded by an independent organization

The global self-exclusion system is governed and looked after an independent organization, to make sure it remains impartial and unaffected by the agenda of any individual party.

Be part of the solution

We will definitely not be able to achieve all of this alone. We hope to capture the attention of operators, regulators, and other involved parties, and get things moving towards a common goal of reducing the negative effects of gambling on people’s lives.

If you want to get involved and take part in the discussion, or just to learn more about what we want to achieve, please do reach out to us. Let’s make online gambling safer for everyone, together.

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Knowledge base

Learn about self-exclusion and responsible gambling in general, with the focus on current implementations, best practices, and regulations.
19 Mar 2021 What Is Self-Exclusion and Why Is It Important? Learn about self-exclusion as a responsible gambling tool available to casino players, as well as its importance in reducing gambling-related harm.
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24 Jun 2021 Overview of Self-Exclusion Regulations around The World A look at 10 of the world’s most important gambling regulators and their approach to regulating self-exclusion.
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Coming soon Possible Benefits and Risks of Global Self-Exclusion System Overview of benefits a global self-exclusion system could bring to players, operators, regulators, and governments, as well as the involved risks.
Coming soon Self-Exclusion Best Practices for Online Gambling Operators Our view on how self-exclusion should be handled by online gambling operators to maximize its effectiveness and minimize involved risks.

What experts think

Gustaf Hoffstedt Gustaf
Hoffstedt
Self-exclusion systems are among the strongest RG tools we have. We advocated for a national self-exclusion systems years before the government and the parliament in Sweden paid interest. One challenge that we anticipated, and that turned out to be true, is that it is impossible to protect problem gamblers that gamble outside the national licensing system, since only operators that have a license in the particular jurisdiction is connected to the self-exclusion system. I don’t believe a global self-exclusion system will replace the national one, but I do believe it may add an extra layer of protection.
Maarten-Haijer Maarten
Haijer
Self exclusion is an important tool that should be available to consumers when they play. Unfortunately, for example in Europe there are many countries that do not have a national exclusion register yet, partly also because the law doesn't foresee it (yet). A global exclusion register would have a wide coverage, but I can also see many legal and practical challenges in setting it up, But i'm keen to hear of the progress you are making in addressing those.
Svetlana Nikolova Svetlana
Nikolova
Many problem gamblers without the accessibility to national self-exclusion scheme would use any option of such kind if existed. This makes your initiative important and potentially very useful.
Clive Hawkswood Clive
Hawkswood
Most national self-exclusion schemes, sometimes in collaboration with blocking software, do a great job and are a huge help to those who feel the need to stop gambling. However, for those who struggle to control their gambling, the urge may again become too great and they will seek out operators in other jurisdictions in order to circumvent those national controls. It follows that, ideally, there should be a global solution which prevents them doing that. The legal and technical challenges are not to be underestimated, but it is the logical endgame
Marlene Warner Marlene
Warner
We need to make self-exclusion easier for the people that are trying to protect and regulate themselves. Casino.guru is taking on a global scale project that when successful, will dramatically change the lives of people that want to minimize harm caused from gambling and gaming. This is a bold and needed move.
APAJO APAJO
Initiatives that raise the standards, whether locally, European- or global-wide, are always well perceived, whether we talk about sports integrity or responsible advertising, prevention of addiction or the combat of illegal gambling
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We welcome these efforts to protect vulnerable players and find initiative's concern important. Especially in online gambling, it is important to create structures that protect vulnerable people. When the final product is ready and we see a benefit in it, we'll gladly link it to our website. We're also interested in the evaluation of anonymous data the Global Self-exclusion Initiative.
BetBlocker Duncan
Garvie
There are clear and self-evident gaps in the protections offered by National Self-Exclusion schemes. Though some of the regulators responsible for these schemes would at times prefer not to acknowledge the black market, as long as a black market exists outside of the regulatory system the protections offered by National Self-Exclusion schemes will always be significantly undermined. To address this issue requires either a viable strategy to close the black market or a global approach to self-exclusion. It is encouraging to see groups within the industry starting to move in this direction.
William J. Pascrell III William J. Pascrell, III Esq. (BP3)
The global gaming industry has experienced significant progress, growth, innovation and expansion into new markets. It has also seen an uptick in problem gambling. The introduction of global self-exclusion is critical to creating a comprehensive approach to minimizing the harms caused by problem gambling. It will help consumers and create an effective tool for Regualtors and Operators to help create a more sustainable gaming market.

Media coverage

Casino Guru: Simon Vincze’s Big Idea That Might Change The World
Casino Guru: Simon Vincze’s Big Idea That Might Change The World As a part of my series about "Big Ideas That Might Change The World In The Next Few Years" I had the pleasure of interviewing Simon Vincze 18 May 2021 medium.com
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Achieving Full Potential
Achieving Full Potential Simon Vincze, responsible gambling projects manager at Casino Guru, discusses the affiliate’s new Global Self-Exclusion Initiative 30 Apr 2021 www.gamblinginsider.com
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Casino Guru: creating effective barriers for online gambling
Casino Guru: creating effective barriers for online gambling The ambition of creating a "reliable global self-exclusion system" was documented last month by Casino Guru, 05 Apr 2021 www.casinobeats.com
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Casino Guru launches global self-exclusion initiative
Casino Guru launches global self-exclusion initiative Casino Guru has announced it will build a global self-exclusion system, aiming to offer better protection to players. 22 Mar 2021 www.gamblinginsider.com
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Timeline

March 2021
Launch of the initiative
Casino Guru has launched the initiative aimed at creating a global self-exclusion system to increase player protection worldwide. Current self-exclusion methods are not sufficient, and it is the goal of this endeavor to make online gambling safer.
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Rest of 2021
Increasing awareness and collecting feedback from industry professionals
Working towards such an ambitious goal requires cooperation across multiple layers of the industry. We will start by increasing the awareness of the issue and collecting feedback from members of the online gambling market.
First half of 2022
Looking for partners and opening detailed discussions
After collecting the initial feedback, we plan to continue by teaming up with subjects that are in favor of the initiative and willing to participate in creating a solution in the form of a working global self-exclusion system.
Second half of 2022
Closer cooperation with partners, working towards a specific solution
We hope that, with the help of partners we get on board in the previous steps, the initiative will grow to a level that will enable the creation of an applicable and functional solution to the issue of lackluster self-exclusion tools available to players.

Blog

Progress Report #4: Survey Among Experts and More Feedback
Progress Report #4: Survey Among Experts and More Feedback Read about the Initiative's progress over the summer of 2021 and the results of an anonymous survey among gambling industry professionals. 21 Sep 2021
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Progress Report #3: Feedback from Problem Gambling Help Organizations
Progress Report #3: Feedback from Problem Gambling Help Organizations Read about the Initiative's progress in June 2021 and feedback from problem gambling help organizations all around the world. 21 Sep 2021
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Progress Report #2: Feedback from Trade Associations
Progress Report #2: Feedback from Trade Associations Read about the Initiative's progress in the past month, including additional feedback from regulators and reaching out to trade associations. 21 Sep 2021
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Matej Novota: Complaints Reveal Issues with Self-Exclusion
Matej Novota: Complaints Reveal Issues with Self-Exclusion Casino Guru's Matej Novota shares issues with current self-exclusion solutions he encounters in player complaints and how to solve them. 21 Sep 2021
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