Please read this page carefully. The information on this page may someday potentially help you, your friends and/or your loved ones.
We Encourage Responsible Gambling
Responsible gambling is the set of social responsibility initiatives by the gambling industry including gaming control boards, operators (such as Sportsbooks and Casinos) and Affiliates - to ensure the integrity and fairness of our operations and to promote awareness of harms associated with gambling, such as gambling addiction.
It is important for us at Bet Basics to explain to all visitors and members, that recreational gambling should be a fun and exciting experience, however, there are cases where some find it hard to stop, some over-stretch their wallets or make decisions out of stress. At Bet Basics, we place a big emphasis on ensuring that users get the help or support they need to keep enjoying both sport betting and casino betting.
Visitors and members will find resources and info explaining about any health effects and financial implications involved with gambling.
We will also make sure to only advertise legal and licensed casinos and sportsbooks, to prevent exposing our visitors and members to potential scam or fraudulent activities which relate to illegal gambling.
Please play smart, and when the fun stops, please do stop or seek help.
PROBLEM GAMBLING EXPLAINED
Problem gambling or gambling addiction or gambling disorder is explained as an urge to participate in the act of gambling continuously despite negative consequences or a desire to stop. The effects can negatively impact finances, family, professional relationships and can lead to legal issues.
Problem gambling is often defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler's behavior. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Pathological gambling is a common disorder that is associated with both social and family costs. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) describes problem gambling as involving “repeated problematic gambling behavior that causes significant problems or distress. It is also called gambling addiction or compulsive gambling.”
The APA includes a list of symptoms for those who believe they, or a loved one, suffer from problem gambling. Anyone who has experienced 4 or more of the following situations in the past 12 months is encouraged to seek out professional help.
- Often gambling when feeling distressed
- Lying to conceal gambling activity
- Need to gamble with increasing amount of money to achieve the desired excitement
- Relying on others to help with money problems caused by gambling
- Restless or irritable when trying to cut down or stop gambling
- Repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back on or stop gambling
- Frequent thoughts about gambling (such as reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next gambling venture, thinking of ways to get money to gamble)
- After losing money gambling, often returning to get even (referred to as “chasing” one’s losses)
- Jeopardizing or losing a significant relationship, job or educational/career opportunity because of gambling
It is also important to note that there is no one definition of what constitutes gambling addiction, as many people experience different symptoms and severity.
IN NEED OF HELP?
If you or someone close to you are seeking gambling addiction help, there are several associations who will gladly assist you. These national and state based associations can offer treatment options.
As listed on BetBasics site and also on all of our partner sites (all legal Sportsbooks and Casinos), anyone seeking help can call:
- 1-800-522-4700 – NCPG (Council on Problem Gambling) – NCPG also have state-specific centers. Click for the list of participating states.
- 1-800-GAMBLER (NJ, WV, PA),
- 1-800-9-WITH-IT (IN)
- 800-889-9789 (TN)
- 1-800-270-7117 (MI)
- 1-800-522-4700 (CO)
ALLEVIATE RISK – PLAY ON REGULATED SITES
Online Gambling isn’t without risk. But, majority of these risks can and should be alleviated by betting with legal and fully regulated USA sportsbooks and casinos.
Like many online goods and services, online gambling is not without risk. However, the vast majority of these risks can be alleviated by betting with only legal and regulated operators within (and under the purview of) the United States. Online sportsbooks and/or casinos based in the United States and regulated by the relevant authorities do ensure customer safety and a reliable mechanism for oversight. However, operations based offshore and unregulated by government agencies present an inherent risk to players. BetBasics is and will always be associated to legal and fully licensed and regulated sportsbooks and casinos, to ensure our visitors and members enjoy their time without the fear of being ripped off when their pay is due.
HOW CAN I TELL IF A SITE IS SAFE?
Aside from following our recommended operators, we encourage you to look for several tells if a site is legit or not before making a deposit on that site.
First of all, look for the site license from the relevant authority responsible for regulation in your state. If you can’t find it, you should probably stay away from playing on this site.
If the site has a “https” designation on its URL, it means that the site is secure and your personal information is less at risk. Look for the site name online, see if there are complaints about payouts, player complaints etc. In case you’re looking at a legal regulated site, you will find a lot of information, including site ownership, stock related information, address and more. Lastly, when visiting the site, see if the site feels well-run. Off shore sites often don’t meet legal industry standards.
SET ACCOUNT LIMITS
Legal and regulated gambling sites maintain mechanisms to protect players from losing control while playing. From account deposit limits, to account closure options (self exclude from receiving communications, or from the site) and more. We encourage our visitors and members to add deposit limits or if available – time limits (session time limits are limits you can set to control the amount of hours you can spend playing on a sportsbook or a casino. We highly recommend adding these as well), to add control to your play. This will prevent some of the risk we mentioned throughout this document.
ADD DEPOSIT LIMITS
Legal operators have the option to set deposit limits or budget restrictions on the amount of funds players are able to deposit in their operator account over a given period of time. Depending on the site, time limits for deposits can be for periods as brief as 24 hours, to longer-term periods such as weekly or even monthly. You should know that when setting limits, re-setting them again will only be possible after the first limit has expired. If you set a monthly $200 limit, you will be able to re-set this amount when the 30 day period has expired.
ADD LOSS LIMITS (OR – SPEND LIMITS)
To further increase your controls, you can set loss limits, to help you further spend, beyond your initial intent.
You will be basically limiting yourself on your spend over a set period of time. Similar to deposit limits, players who choose to limit their spend can choose time periods from 24 hours, to weekly or monthly. Once a player reaches their limits, the operator is required to notify the player and block transactions that surpass the max allowed limit the player set.
We hope you enjoy Bet Basics, our offers, reviews, games and unique content, but above all – please stay safe, bet safe and play safe
Yours, Bet Basics Team.