How To Limit The Time You Spend Gambling

How To Limit The Time You Spend Gambling

It’s a good idea for everyone and their sister to limit gambling time to a certain extent.

There are only so many hours in the day and we’ve all got responsibilities, interests and hobbies. There’s no way anyone can spend all their time gambling.

But having said that, it can be easy for time to pass us by fast when we’re engrossed in something like gambling. And before you know it, your quick session has turned into several hours. You’re tired, you’re frustrated and you’ve wasted your time (and quite possibly money).

Why should I limit my gambling time?

As we touched on before, gambling for a prolonged period of time can have negative impacts on a lot of things. It can simply mean you have less time for other things, including other hobbies, relationships, family time, study time and even work.

Losing track of time spent gambling can be really annoying. But another major element of it is that you are more likely to spend more money. Gambling isn’t free, after all. And even if you are sticking to your gambling budget, it can still be annoying.

Plus, when you gamble for a long time, you’ll start to get sloppy. You might get tired, you might get frustrated, perhaps you’ll start wanting to chase your losses… All of that leads to bad decisions and, quite often, bets that you regret.

Ways to limit your gambling sessions online

Most decent gambling websites make it relatively easy for you to limit your gambling time online. You can set up pop-up notifications to remind you when you’ve spent a certain amount of time gambling. On some online gambling sites, they’re called reality checks. You can change them to be more frequent at any time. If you’d like them to pop up less frequently, usually you’ll have to wait 24 hours for that to come into effect. However, they don’t always cover poker. So if you’re a poker player, look into other ways to limit your play there.

Another option is to set up time outs. These are short breaks from online gambling, which can last up to 30 days. You can set a time out to last the duration of a holiday period, for example. Or just if you feel like taking a break. Alternatively, you can set custom time outs and, if you like, make them recurring. For example, some people don’t like to gamble during the working week. Time outs are perfect for that.

For a more long-term break, there’s also the option to self-exclude. These breaks can last from a couple of months to forever.

Limit your gambling time in person

If you’re going to a betting shop, a casino or a card room, sometimes it can be more difficult to regulate the time you spend gambling. But there are a few ways you can do it.

For example, if you’re going with a gang, agree a time you’ll all leave together. It’s easier to leave when everyone has a set time.

You could also set an alarm on your phone to go off at a certain time, to remind yourself to leave.

And if you’re leaving via taxi, how about pre-ordering one? That way, when the taxi comes, it’s time to leave. No ifs or buts about it.

Getting help for a gambling problem

Of course, setting a limit on gambling time isn’t really going to help if you think you have a gambling problem or you suspect a loved one does. It’s important to get help from an external organisation who are specialised and trained to support you.

Visit Be Gamble Aware for support groups and detailed advice that you can use to overcome your problems.

And if you’re interested in our other responsible gambling articles, you can find more of them here:

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This weekend, the 15th renewal of the PDC Grand Slam of Darts will get underway with world number two Gerwyn Price aiming to lift the Eric Bristow Trophy for the fourth time in five years.

In its history, there have only ever been six different winners of this PDC event with just three, with Michael van Gerwen and Raymond van Barneveld joining Price in the mix again this year. 

In fact, out of this year’s 32-strong field, only five have ever reached this final.

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Four of the 13 former finalists, a list that includes Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor have either lost their PDC Tour cards or retired, but three on the absentee list – Gary Anderson, James Wade and Jose de Sousa – are all ranked in the world’s top 11, so there are some pretty big names missing.

Even with these players missing out, there should still be more than enough quality on show at the Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton over the next eight days.

Game On!

The tournament is split into eight groups in which each player will face one another once in a best-of-nine legs match. Each win is worth two points and will be applied to a table from which the top two players will progress to the knockout stages.

The initial short format of the group stage can, and has in the past, caused trouble for the big names but given the nature of a group stage there is still wriggle room to survive at least one slip-up. So you would expect that most of the big guns will make it through to the second round where all of a sudden it is a best of 19 legs in the last 16, then it’s best of 31 legs in the quarter-finals.

The reigning champion, Gerwyn Price, is the big hitter of a strong Group A that also includes Dave Chisnall and Raymond van Barneveld. Make no mistake, this is no gimme for The Iceman who will need to be on top of his game if he is to retain his crown, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Welshman wasn’t to do just that. 

Michael van Gerwen, who was world number one from 2014 to 2021, won the Grand Slam three times consecutively, in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Mighty Mike has looked back to his best this past year and booked his place in this tournament by winning the Premier League of Darts, the Darts Grand Prix, and the World Darts Matchplay, as well as the German Darts Championship, Austrian Open and European Open

Van Gerwen is the rightful favourite, just because of who he is and the year he has had.  Along with Price and Wright, he makes up the big three and the long format is made for the big boys. 

The Dutchman has been near-invincible in the group stages over the last ten years and has been installed by bet365 as the favourite. In a group that includes recent European Championship winner Ross Smith, Luke Woodhouse and Nathan Rafferty, The Green Machine looks like a shoo-in to make it through the next round.

Bully Boy To Finally Best His Final Demons

The world number one Peter Wright has been drawn against Nathan Aspinall, Alan Soutar and Fallon Sherrock. Aspinall aside, Snakebite really shouldn’t be struggling in this one.

Could this finally be the occasion when Bully Boy sees it over the line? He was officially the best player in the tournament this time last year but is still hitting that wall when it comes to the final. 

Michael Smith has lost nine of the last ten in the final, but after the World darts Championship final and the European Championship final at some point something has to give. He surely will carry the ball over the line and finally pick up that PDC-televised tournament win. 

A final four of Price, Wright, van Gerwen and Smith in the semi-finals seems perfectly possible, if not expected. From there, it’s hard to call. To be fair, I wouldn’t rule out Jonny Clayton or Dave Chisnall but this isn’t a tournament that typically values the underdog.

Looking back over the most recent years, Gerwyn Price has won it three out of the last four and then you had Jose De Sousa and before that you had Phil Taylor and Raymond van Barneveld, so take your pick.



  • Gerwyn Price
  • Dave Chisnall
  • Raymond van Barneveld
  • Ted Evetts


  • Danny Noppert 
  • Simon Whitlock
  • Mensur Suljovic
  • Christian Perez 


  • Michael Smith
  • Joe Cullen
  • Ritchie Edhouse
  • Lisa Ashton


  • Rob Cross
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode
  • Martin Schindler
  • Adam Gawlas


  • Peter Wright
  • Nathan Aspinall
  • Alan Soutar
  • Fallon Sherrock


  • Jonny Clayton
  • Damon Heta
  • Jermaine Wattimena
  • Leonard Gates


  • Michael van Gerwen
  • Ross Smith
  • Luke Woodhouse
  • Nathan Rafferty


  • Luke Humphries
  • Ryan Searle
  • Josh Rock 
  • Scott Williams


  • Michael van Gerwen – 10/3
  • Gerwyn Price – 6/1
  • Peter Wright – 13/2
  • Michael Smith – 12/1
  • Jonny Clayton – 14/1
  • Dimitri van den Bergh – 16/1
  • Luke Humphries – 16/1
  • Josh Rock – 18/1
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode – 25/1
  • Nathan Aspinall – 33/1
  • Danny Noppert – 33/1
  • Joe Cullen – 33/1


Saturday November 12

Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

  • Simon Whitlock v Mensur Suljovic (B)
  • Dirk van Duijvenbode v Martin Schindler (D)
  • Joe Cullen v Ritchie Edhouse (C)
  • Dave Chisnall v Raymond van Barneveld (A)
  • Rob Cross v Adam Gawlas (D)
  • Danny Noppert v Christian Perez (B)
  • Gerwyn Price v Ted Evetts (A)
  • Michael Smith v Lisa Ashton (C)
  • Ross Smith v Luke Woodhouse (G)
  • Ryan Searle v Josh Rock (H)
  • Damon Heta v Jermaine Wattimena (F)
  • Nathan Aspinall v Alan Soutar (E)
  • Luke Humphries v Scott Williams (H)
  • Peter Wright v Fallon Sherrock (E)
  • Michael van Gerwen v Nathan Rafferty (G)
  • Jonny Clayton v Leonard Gates (F)

Sunday November 13

Group Matches (Best of 9 legs)

  • Groups A-D Second Matches
  • Groups E-H Second Matches

Monday November 14

  • Groups A-D Third Matches

Tuesday November 15

  • Groups E-H Third Matches

Wednesday November 16

Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Four matches

Thursday November 17 

Second Round (Best of 19 legs)

  • Four matches

Friday November 18

Quarter finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • Two matches

Saturday November 19

Quarter finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • Two matches

Sunday November 20

Semi-finals (Best of 31 legs)

  • Two matches

Final (Best of 31 legs)

  • Winner SF 1 v Winner SF 2


Venue: Aldersley Leisure Village, Wolverhampton

Dates: 12th of November – 20th November

Format: Best of 9, 19 & 31 legs

Current Champion: Gerwyn Price

Where To Watch: Sky Sports

When To Watch: 12:00, 19:00 (UK)

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