The National Gambling Helpline is available 24/7 as usual. If you need advice or support about your
gambling or someone else’s you can call 0808 8020 133 or talk to an adviser on live chat.

Freephone 24/7
National Gambling Helpline 0808 8020 133

Help with budgeting and spending control

Bank Card Gambling Blocks 

Since April 2020, the Gambling Commission has banned gambling with credit cards. Customers of some UK financial services firms (banks) also have the option to activate a gambling block, which, when activated, prevents them from being able to pay for gambling using their debit card. This means that if a gambling block is switched on and a gambling transaction is attempted, it should be declined. Customers can find and enable gambling blocks by looking on their banking app or online banking account for spending controls, or can ask bank staff whether these are offered on their bank account.

To find out more and to see which banks are currently offering spending blocks, click here.


If you think you are spending too much time or money gambling in an arcade, betting shop, bingo venue or casino then ask staff for more information about self-exclusion schemes. Find out more about what self-exclusion is here and how to self-exclude here.