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The Responsible Gaming Foundation’s aim is to create a wider awareness of the extent, possible causes and consequences of problem gambling in Malta with a view to preventing it and to provide the necessary support and advice to problem gamblers and their dependents in their recovery efforts.

NEWS

Celebrating a decade of responsibility / Niċċelebraw għaxar snin ta' responsabbiltà

RGF's article on Times of Malta

We take a look at the usury problem / Nitfgħu ħarsitna fuq il-pjaga soċjali tal-użura

RGF's article on IT-TORĊA

Our Tenth Year Anniversary / L-Għaxar Sena Tagħna

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About Us
Foundtion Backgrond

FOUNDATION BACKGROUND

The Responsible Gaming Foundation was founded on the 18th February 2014 by the then Parliamentary Secretary for Competitiveness and Economic Growth Edward Zammit Lewis and by the then Social Solidarity Minister Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca. The requirement for an independent Foundation emerged following the debate in Parliament on the amendments of the Lotteries and Other Games Act (Cap.438 of the Laws of Malta) to introduce regulations governing land-based gaming parlours. 

ABOUT US

Mr Kayne

Said

Promotions Executive

OUR TEAM

The Responsible Gaming Foundation gives a lot of importance to all of the foundation’s employees. Teamwork ideology needs to be as effective as possible in order to provide the best service to those that request our help.

Mr Shawn Zammit

General Manager

Mr Kayne

Said

Promotions Executive

Mrs Dorianne Attard

Call Centre Manager & 

Social Worker 

Ms Shirley Abela

Education Campaign Coordinator

GETTING HELP

ONLINE SUPPORT

Chat live with one of our Call Center agents by clicking on the chat icon on the bottom right-hand side of the website.

You can call RGF’s Helpline 1777 for free. Confidentiality is guaranteed, the caller can even choose to stay anonymous. The Call Centre agents are available 24/7 to give advice and to offer their help. You can also call our helpline to book an appointment at our offices to get help in self-exclusion.

SELF-EXCLUSION

Gamblers can self-exclude themselves from casinos, gambling parlours and bingo halls all licensed with the Malta Gaming Authority. Self-exclusion periods vary from 6 months, 1 year and an indefinite period. According to the New Gaming Act, if a gambler wants to self-exclude for an indefinite period, the medical certificate is no longer requested. Just bring a valid ID Card. Call 1777 to book an appointment today.

LAWS & REGULATIONS

In this link you can find the laws and regulations relating to lotteries and gaming regulation in Malta. Laws and regulations are available in the two official languages of Malta – Maltese and English.

New Gaming Act - Maltese

New Gaming Act - English

Gettng Help

OUR TEAM

The Responsible Gaming Foundation gives a lot of importance to all of the foundation’s employees. Teamwork ideology needs to be as effective as possible in order to provide the best service to those that request our help.

Mr Shawn Zammit

General Manager

Mr Kayne

Said

Promotions Executive

Mrs Dorianne Attard

Call Centre Manager & 

Social Worker 

Ms Shirley Abela

Education Campaign Coordinator

FAQs

FAQS

  • What is gambling addiction?
    Gambling addiction, also known as pathological gambling or compulsive gambling, is a behavioral disorder characterized by the inability to control or stop gambling despite negative consequences. It often leads to significant personal, financial, and social problems.
  • How can I recognise if I have a gambling problem?
    Some common signs of a gambling problem include being preoccupied with gambling, having difficulty controlling gambling behaviour, gambling with increasing amounts of money to experience the same excitement, experiencing restlessness or irritability when trying to cut down or quit, and resorting to dishonesty or illegal activities to fund gambling.
  • Is gambling always a bad thing?
    Gambling itself is not inherently good or bad, but it can become problematic when it leads to negative consequences or develops into an addiction. Responsible gambling involves setting limits, treating gambling as entertainment rather than a source of income, and being aware of the risks involved.
  • How can I gamble responsibly?
    Responsible gambling involves setting and sticking to a budget for gambling, treating it as a form of entertainment rather than a way to make money, setting time limits, and avoiding chasing losses. It's essential to be aware of the risks, not gamble when under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and seek help if gambling becomes a problem.
  • Where can I find help for gambling addiction?
    There are several resources available for individuals struggling with gambling addiction. You can seek support from helplines specifically dedicated to gambling addiction, such as the RGF's National Support Line 1777. Additionally, professional counselling, therapy, and support groups like Gamblers Anonymous can provide assistance and guidance. Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is a meeting of compulsive gamblers who are willing to treat their condition and stay away from the world of gambling. Gambling very often leads to difficulties within the family, at the place of work, with friends, with the law and in financial matters. Family members of compulsive gamblers find themselves immersed in these difficulties. Yet their support is essential to keep a gambler away from this corrosive practice. Family members of gamblers meet separately in the GamAnon group to share experiences and explore ways of being supportive to gamblers who have made the decision to stop gambling. Separate GA and GamAnon meetings are held On: Mondays From: 6.30 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. At: Caritas Community Centre, Triq Mountbatten, Ħamrun
  • How can I help a loved one with a gambling problem?
    If you suspect a loved one has a gambling problem, it's important to approach the situation with care and understanding. Express your concerns without judgment, offer your support, and encourage them to seek professional help. You can also suggest attending support groups together or assisting them in finding appropriate treatment options. Remember, ultimately, the individual must take responsibility for their own recovery.

CALL CENTRE HELPLINE 1777

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The Responsible Gaming Foundation started to operate the National Gambling Helpline 1777 back in September 2015. Below you can find two (2) leaflets in Maltese and English promoting this service.

“Life is the game I choose to play.. Do not be afraid and ask for help.”

Maltese Version

English Version

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Donations

DONATIONS

At the local and EU level, between 0.5% and 2% of those who make use of gaming services end up with some sort of addiction. More awareness about responsible gaming needs to be fostered! 

Your donation today will go a long way in helping us prevent pathological gaming, provide support to whoever suffers from it and continue to lead the search for more preventative measures. Make a donation to support responsible gaming. 

Download the form HERE and remember to follow the guidelines.

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