Problem gambling can affect men and women of any age, race or religion, regardless of financial or social status. It is not possible to predict who will develop a gambling problem, but once identified, the problem can be successfully treated. If you are finding it difficult, you do not have to handle your gambling problems on your own. Seek professional help available at St. John of God Hospitaller Services FOR FREE!

An individual that is excluded from gambling activities cannot take part in any gambling activity for a minimum period of one year. All gaming establishments are instructed to enforce the ban and the instruction is kept strictly confidential.
Self – exclusion is free and open to all gamblers.Gamblers may apply for the exclusion from the Board. A passport size photograph and letter of consent is required when applying for exclusion.

For the overwhelming majority of people, gambling is a recreational fun that can be enjoyed without harmful effects. Gambling be it horse racing, playing the lottery, or at a casino is a form of leisure and entertainment. But for some people, gambling is not just a game – it’s a serious problem that continues, even after the entertainment is gone. Just as some people can became addicted to alcohol or drugs, it is possible for a person to become obsessed with uncontrollable urge to gamble. This is problem gambling.


According to the American Psychiatric Association, Problem gambling is defined as an addictive disorder in which the individual experiences ‘persistent and recurrent problematic gambling behavior that disrupts personal, family or vocational pursuits’. It is an emotional illness that often remains hidden until consequences of repeated gambling begin to affect the financial and emotional security of the gambler and the family.