At PokerStars we strive to assist and protect players who are at risk of the potential negative effects of gambling.
Through a number of means, including exclusion tools, guidance on responsible gaming, risk identification and player verification we are helping customers keep in control of their gaming so they can enjoy playing.
We believe in educating our players to empower them through knowledge, which is why we have a number of helpful tools to ensure that playing time is always enjoyable.
What we can do to help you
What you can do to help yourself
Any underage player who has provided dishonest or inaccurate information regarding their true age may have all winnings forfeited and could face criminal prosecution.
If you have children or teenagers in your household, take extra care to secure your computer and mobile devices.
OASIS – exclusion from all licensed gambling providers in Germany
OASIS is a National Exclusion Register, which will allow all residents to exclude themselves from playing for a specific period with any licensed gambling providers in Germany.
Self-exclude your Stars Account
You will be able to choose between the following break periods:
To request this, go to the main lobby of the desktop software, select ‘Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’ > ‘Exclude Me From Playing’ i. On mobile, go to ‘Account’ > ‘Responsible Gaming Settings’ > ‘Take A Break From Playing’. On the website, login then go to ‘Account’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’ > ‘Take A Break From Us’.
For more details on exclusion options visit our Help Center.
If you want to block yourself from a particular game, go to the main lobby of the desktop software, select ‘Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’ > ‘Restrict Table Limit’ i and set your limit to ‘Don’t play’.
We also offer the option to set up a temporary self-exclusion that takes effect immediately and is also reported to the OASIS Player Exclusion System. The 24-hour temporary self-exclusion is activated by clicking on the ‘24 hour lockout’ button available on our website, in our desktop client and our mobile app. The temporary self-exclusion comes into effect immediately and is automatically lifted after the 24-hour period has expired. It is not reversible. If the temporary self-exclusion is activated, all active gaming sessions will be closed immediately and you will not be able to make any deposits, participate in any real money games, or receive any promotional material for 24 hours. However, during the temporary self-exclusion, you can withdraw real money balance already available in your account.
Gambling activity restrictions
We assess your gambling behaviour and make recommendations for safer gambling based on scientific research and algorithms, and in accordance with our licensing and regulatory obligations.
At the end of each 60 minutes of gambling activity, we will inform you of the elapsed time and make further participation in the relevant game conditional upon express confirmation of the notice. As regards virtual slot games you may only continue to play after a 5-minute break after acknowledging the notice (“Reality Check”).
After participating in a game of chance in one area (online poker or virtual slots), participation in another area is allowed at the earliest after 1 minute has elapsed. During this time, participation in play money games is also not possible. Before participating in another area, you will be informed about the risks of and prevention of gambling addiction as well as information about counselling services, which you must confirm before participating in the other area. Winnings from one area can only be used for gambling in other area after a waiting period of one hour.
If you wish to self-exclude from all online gambling activity, consider downloading gamban®, software that helps you by blocking access to all online gambling.
You may also wish to investigate GamBlock, a software application that limits a computer’s access to online gaming sites.
If you choose to play online, there are some general guidelines that can help make your playing experience safer, and reduce the risk of problems occurring:
If you believe that playing games might be a hindrance to your life rather than a form of entertainment, we want to help you. First, please review the following questions:
If you answered “Yes” to several of these questions, we encourage you to visit Gamblers Anonymous.
You can take the test in its entirety at the following website:
There are risk factors that can contribute to the development of gambling issues and make it more difficult to stop gambling. Players can be more at risk if they:
The more factors that apply, the more likely a person is to develop a gambling problem.
If you are finding it hard to stop gambling, or if you’re already suffering from consequences related to your gambling behavior, it may be time to get help.
We offer you the option to set different Responsible Gaming limits to help you play responsibly. You can set these limits by following these instructions, depending on how you are accessing our services:
Log in and go to ‘Account’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’
Log in and select ‘More’ > ‘Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’ i
After logging in go to ‘Account’ > ‘Responsible Gaming Settings’
Set limits on your real money deposits and stakes
We believe that you should be allowed to manage your own budget for playing online. We allow you to restrict your own daily, weekly and monthly real money deposit and stake limits. Of course, those limits may be no higher than the ones we already have for your account.
Restricting cash game table limits, tournament limits and Vegas games
Setting table limits and poker tournament limits provides individual players with an opportunity to control their spending by limiting themselves from playing certain table limit stakes, as well as tournament buy in limits.
You can also block yourself from individual Vegas games using the same menu located in ‘Tools’.
And you can also login to your account through our website. From the ‘Account’ menu, you can access our responsible gaming tools.
If you want any restriction in place permanently or for a designated time, please visit our Help Center to find out ways to contact us with your request.
Set limits on your losses
You can limit the net loss of funds you can incur per calendar day, week or month. Once the limit has been set up (daily, weekly or monthly) it will take all wagers made into consideration. When you've reached the limit, if you're playing in an active tournament, it won't be affected but you won't be able to register for new tournaments, to use add-ons/rebuys nor play any cash or Vegas games until the limit resets.
You can set/update your limits at any time in our desktop client by selecting Tools > Responsible Gaming > Restrict Accumulative Loss Limit i.
If you increase the limit, the changes will take effect after 7 days. If you decrease the limit, the new limit takes effect immediately.
Restricting withdrawal cancelation
You have the option to restrict yourself from cancelling your withdrawals once they have been requested. You can apply this by going to the main lobby in our desktop client and selecting ‘More’ > ‘Tools’ > ‘Responsible Gaming’ > ‘Restrict Withdrawal Cancellation’ i.
If you activate this feature, you will disable your ability to cancel pending withdrawals on your account and we will not cancel your withdrawals at your request. This restriction is permanent and it will not be possible to restore your ability to cancel your withdrawals once you have activated it.
We believe players should play for fun and entertainment. But some players who engage in recreational gambling do not believe they could become addicted, and sometimes hold onto false beliefs or myths about problem gambling that can lead to denial and other problems. Some of the more common myths are listed below. Click ‘More’ to read on.
Myth: A compulsive gambler gambles every day.
Fact: A problem gambler may gamble frequently or infrequently. If a person’s gambling is causing psychological, financial, emotional, marital, legal or other consequences for themselves and the people around them, then they could be displaying signs of a gambling problem.
Myth: A compulsive gambler will bet on anything and gamble at any opportunity on any form of gambling.
Fact: Most problem gamblers have a favorite form of gambling that causes them problems and are not likely to be tempted by betting on other things. For example, a gambler who makes weekly trips to the race track may not be tempted by lottery tickets or slot machines. Some compulsive gamblers also engage in secondary forms of gambling, but these are not usually as problematic.
Myth: Gambling only becomes a problem when you lose every last penny. Compulsive gambling is just a financial problem.
Fact: How much money you win or lose does not determine if you have a gambling addiction. Compulsive gamblers may win big and then lose all their earnings the next day, or they may only bet a certain amount each time. Typically, those with gambling problems will incur enough debt that the financial consequences of their behavior begins impacting their lives, but that is not always the case.
Myth: It’s not possible to become addicted to something like gambling.
Fact: Certain activities, such as gambling, can be just as addictive as drinking or doing drugs. Gambling may produce a euphoria that encourages a compulsive gambler to keep repeating the behavior to achieve that effect. As with drugs and alcohol, a gambling addict may develop a tolerance for gambling and take bigger and bigger risks to achieve that euphoria. A compulsive gambler will give in to a craving for gambling by doing it more often, regardless of the negative consequences. As with any other addictions and compulsive behavior, pathological gamblers may also be in denial about their behavior, and may not believe they have a problem at all.
Myth: Only irresponsible people become addicted to gambling.
Fact: Many problem gamblers hold, or have held, responsible community positions. In addition, even people with a long history of responsible behavior are vulnerable to developing a gambling problem. It is common for people to believe that those suffering from addictions are weak-willed and irresponsible. But anybody can become addicted to gambling, no matter how responsible they are.
Myth: Compulsive gambling isn’t really a problem if the gambler can afford it.
Fact: Problems caused by excessive gambling are not just financial. If a person’s gambling is interfering with their ability to act in accordance with their values, then there is a problem. For example, too much time spent on gambling means less time to spend with family, friends and others. It can lead to relationship breakdown and loss of important friendships.
Myth: It’s easy to recognize a compulsive gambler.
Fact: Problem gambling has been called the hidden addiction. It is very easy to hide as it has few recognizable symptoms, unlike alcohol and drug use. Many problem gamblers themselves do not recognize they have a gambling problem. Problem gamblers often engage in self-denial.
Myth: If I keep gambling, my luck will change and I'll win back the money I've lost.
Fact: Each time you place a bet, the outcome is completely independent of the previous bet. This means that the odds are no more in your favour on the tenth bet than they were on the first bet. Risking more, or playing longer, will not improve your chances of winning.
Myth: I have a feeling that today is my lucky day. I just know I’m going to win.
Fact: Hoping, wishing, or even needing to win money has absolutely no influence on the outcome of a game of chance.
If any of these myths are realities for you or a loved one, it may be necessary to consider seeking treatment for a gambling addiction. If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and wants help, please contact one of the organizations that we recommend.
If you feel you might have a gambling problem, and seek further advice or counselling, you can visit these web sites:
You can access other game related information (if applicable) such as costs incurred in connection with participation, the amount of winnings, when and where prizes are published, the percentage of winnings paid out from the stake (pay-out ratio), information on the probabilities of winning and losing, closing dates for participation, the method of determining winnings (including information on the random mechanism), the distribution of winnings and cut-off time for claiming winnings either in the relevant rules for the game, in your account, and/or on the gaming platform, app or website.
The player protection officer can be contacted at the following email: PPO.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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