Our objective is to promote and ensure responsible gaming. We encourage everyone to read this section.
For most people, gambling is a recreational and leisure activity, but for some, gambling can become uncontrollable. A compulsive gambler is someone who is unable to resist the impulse to gamble, leading to severe personal or social consequences.
The American Psychiatric Association defines pathological gambling as consisting of five or more of the following symptoms:
Preoccupation with gambling (thinking of ways to get money to gamble with)
Needing to gamble with increasing amounts of money in order to feel excitement
Repeated unsuccessful efforts to cut back or stop gambling
Becoming restless or irritable when trying to cut back or stop gambling
Gambling to escape problems or to relieve feelings of helplessness or anxiety
Trying to recoup immediately after losing money (chasing losses)
Lying about the extent of gambling
Committing illegal acts to finance gambling
Losing or jeopardizing a significant relationship, or an educational or career opportunity because of gambling
Relying on others to get him or her out of financial problems caused by the gambling
In order to reduce the risk of developing a gambling problem, we would like you to remember the following:
The decision to gamble is a personal choice
Only gamble what you can afford to lose
Times when people should not gamble:
When under the legal gambling age
When the gambling interferes with other responsibilities
When in the early stages of recovery from alcoholism or chemical dependency
When the primary aim is to recoup debt
We have implemented a number of measures to assist customers to gamble responsibly:
Daily, weekly and monthly maximum deposit limits
Tools to protect from underage access
Access to your Game History (dates, bets, wins amounts and detailed game results)
Access to your Transaction History (deposits, withdrawals and bonuses)
Any member can request to lower their deposit limits or arrange self-exclusion for a specific period of time. Please contact our Customer Service for further information.
Playing at The Poker Barrel is restricted to persons aged 18 or over. In order to prevent minors from accessing The Poker Barrel, we are labelled with ICRA.
ICRA (Internet Content Rating Association) is an international, non-profit organization whose mission is to protect children from potentially harmful material. ICRA does this by administering a content rating system that helps users choose the types of websites and content they wish to have access to.
For further information on problem gaming, visit the following web sites:
A fellowship support group for compulsive gamblers.
Self-help program for the family members, friends and loved ones of compulsive gamblers who have been affected by gambling problems.
National Council on Problem Gambling :
The national advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families.