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Self-Exclusion In Ukraine Is Sharply Increasing

The Ukrainian Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL) reports a sharp increase in the number of people who have chosen to self-exclude from gambling in Ukraine in the first four months of 2023.

Self-Exclusion In Ukraine Is Sharply Increasing
Self-Exclusion In Ukraine Is Sharply Increasing

The upkeep of a self-exclusion register has been a "priority task" for KRAIL ever since the new Ukrainian responsible gambling laws went into effect in 2021.

The list's size is modest in comparison to other markets' digital self-exclusion programmes, like Gamstop in the UK and Cruks in the Netherlands. As of April 2023, there were 687 people listed on Ukraine's list in total.

“Out of 687 entries currently in the register, 686 were entered on the basis of statements about self-limitation,” stated Ivan Rudy, chairman of KRAIL. “A person aware of the risks of gaming addiction turned to KRAIL on his own.

“Therefore, there is certainly a demand for a conscious attitude to the gambling sphere, first of all from those who have already faced difficulties.”

The total is rising quickly even if the number of these self-excluded people is still relatively modest. KRAIL added 195 and 315 new registrants in 2021 and 2022, respectively. When compared to the first four months of 2023, there were 245 people who were added to the list.

Self-exclusion trends in Ukraine

The majority of the people on the list are young, with age brackets of 21 to 30 and 31 to 40 accounting for a majority of the total of 272 and 278 respectively. In contrast, KRAIL found just 104 entries for those between the ages of 41 and 50 and 33 entries for people over the age of 51.

KRAIL noticed that there are 643 men on the list overall, compared to 44 women, which indicates that men predominate the list.

Family members of players filled out several applications. There were a total of 45 applications, including 8 from fathers, 13 from wives, and 45 from mothers. 

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