Block online gambling websites



BetBlocker is a free tool to help you control your gambling. Install it on as many devices as you like and you can block yourself from accessing over 4300 gambling websites. You can select how long you want to be blocked for.

Please remember that once the tool is activated you cannot remove the restrictions until your selected restriction length has expired.

BetBlocker also has a Parental Controls setting that allows you to switch the tool on and off via a password so that parents can stop their children accessing gambling services (and other sites!!)



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BetBlocker is a brand new tool and as such is being released as a ‘Beta Version’.
If you encounter any bugs please use our feedback form to let us know

General Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much does BetBlocker cost?
Absolutely nothing. Ever. Gambling addiction is a serious condition and one that is usually associated with financial duress. Unlike our competitors we do not believe it is right to charge individuals who already have financial issues more to get the help they need to control their condition. We do not want to profit from those with addiction issues.
If BetBlocker is free, do I have to see lots of adverts to use it?
No. BetBlocker does not advertise any products or services what-so-ever. It is entirely advert free.
If BetBlocker is free and there is no advertising, who pays for it?
BetBlocker is funded by an online gambling dispute resolution service. Having managed a large volume of complaints from players related to Responsible Gambling and Self-Exclusions they have first-hand experience of the severity of gambling addiction and the damage it can cause to the lives of those afflicted and the lives of their loved ones. Knowing that the tools on the market to help vulnerable players restrict themselves from accessing online gambling are exclusively subscription based, this service has opted to take on the financial burden of the development and maintenance of BetBlocker in an effort to ensure that individuals with gambling addiction issues can take action to prevent themselves from gambling online without having to pay to do so.
How many times can I install BetBlocker?
You can install BetBlocker as many times, on as many devices and on as many different platforms as you like. There are no limits what-so-ever.
What information do you collect about users?
No personal information is collected about our users. This service is used entirely anonymously. We do not collect email addresses, phone numbers, names or any other information that could be used to identify our users.
We understand that gambling addiction can be an embarrassing thing to confront. While we are happy to help you we do not need to know who you are.
I share my computer – will other people using the computer know that BetBlocker is installed?
BetBlocker runs discretely. After the initial install a user can only find it by going into the program files. It does not display on the desktop or start menus.
BetBlocker will however prevent ALL users of the device from accessing the restricted sites while a Self-Exclusion is in place.
How do I reset my password if I forget it?
Unfortunately there is no way to reset your password after a Forever Self-Exclusion has been activated. BetBlocker is paid for by a group that market online gambling services. It would be entirely unethical for such a group to gather contact information for users of a tool of this nature. Given that BetBlocker users are specifically looking for help to control or stop their gambling, at no point should they ever be exposed to anything that would give incentive to gamble because of their use of BetBlocker.
To allow users to reset their password we would need to gather email addresses from users. For the reasons defined above we cannot do that without being accused of using this service to create a marketing list of gamblers with addiction issues. As such there is no facility to reset your password and it is imperative you keep it safe if you are ever likely to need it.
Do remember that the only user that would need a password is a user that selects to Self-Exclude Forever and subsequently wants to lift their Self-Exclusion after 5 years or Parental Control users and those restrictions will be automatically lifted at the end of the selected exclusion period.


Gambling Self-Restrictions FAQs

What does a Gambling Self-Restriction in BetBlocker do?
When you set a Gambling Self-Restriction in BetBlocker the tool will automatically restrict you device from accessing any of the gambling operator URLs in our database. We update this database on a weekly basis to ensure that you are offered the maximum possible protection.
Can I remove a Gambling Self-Restriction after it has started?
Gambling addiction is a condition that is commonly associated with an inability to control ones impulses to wager. That being the case this tool would be ineffective at preventing gambling relapses if you could disable it during a Gambling Self-Restriction. As such, once a Gambling Self-Restriction has been activated it cannot be lifted. Even uninstalling the tool or deleting the files associated with the tool will not lift the restriction.
Can you remove a Gambling Self-Restriction after I’ve activated it?
No. Once you have activated a Gambling Self-Restriction the only way to end it is to wait until your chosen Gambling Self-Restriction period has concluded. For ethical reasons and the protection of problem gamblers our support team will not under any circumstances assist a user to disable an active Gambling Self-Restriction.
How long can I Self-Restriction for?
There are a wide range of Gambling Self-Restriction options available when activating a Self-Restriction. Currently we offer 24h, 2 days, 3 days, 5 days, 1 week, 2 weeks, 1 month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years, 5 years or forever.
Can I extend my Gambling Self-Restriction?
Yes. At any point while you have an active Gambling Self-Restriction you can go into BetBlocker and extend the length of the Gambling Self-Restriction. This will be implemented immediately.
Can I exclude from sites other than gambling operators?
Yes. While setting up a Gambling Self-Restriction our full list of gambling operators will always be included (see our Parental Controls setting for options without restricting online gambling websites). However you can choose to include other sites in your restrictions.
We include an optional list of gambling information and advertisement sites that can be included in your Gambling Self-Restriction (this includes being able to exclude yourself from the service that funds BetBlocker) and allow you to include custom URLs so that you can include any site not on our list in your Gambling Self-Restriction.
Please be aware that any URL you include in your Gambling Self-Restriction will remain blocked for the entire length of the Gambling Self-Restriction. You cannot remove URLs from a Gambling Self-Restriction once it has been activated.
Will my Gambling Self-Restriction automatically be lifted at the end of my selected exclusion period?
This depends on the length of exclusion you select:
- If you select 24h, 2 days, 3 days, 5 days, 1 week, 2 weeks or 1 month the exclusion will be automatically lifted at the end of the period you selected.
- If you select 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, 3 years or 5 years the exclusion will continue indefinitely unless you specifically deactivate it. If you request to deactivate the tool it will automatically continue of 1 week. This is called a “Cooling Off Period” and is intended to ensure that you are not acting on a potentially harmful impulse. At any point during the Cooling Off Period you can extend your Gambling Self-Restriction and the restriction will not end. If you do not extend your Gambling Self-Restriction during the Cooling Off Period the restrictions will automatically be lifted at the end of the 1 week Cooling Off Period.
- If you select Forever your Gambling Self-Restriction will last for a minimum of 5 years. When setting up a Gambling Self-Restriction and selecting to be excluded Forever you will be required to set-up a password. At the end of the 5 year period you will only be able to lift your Gambling Self-Restriction if you can enter the password you created when setting the exclusion up. This way, if you genuinely don’t want the restriction to ever be lifted you can simply enter a non-sense password that you won’t remember. If you do look to lift this Gambling Self-Restriction after the 5 years and can enter in the correct password your exclusion will automatically continue for 1 week. This is called a “Cooling Off Period” and is intended to ensure that you are not acting on a potentially harmful impulse. At any point during the Cooling Off Period you can extend your Gambling Self-Restriction and the restriction will not end. If you do not extend your Gambling Self-Restriction during the Cooling Off Period the restrictions will automatically be lifted at the end of the 1 week Cooling Off Period.
How do the restrictions BetBlocker offers compare with those required by the various online gambling regulatory bodies?
The restrictions offered by BetBlocker represent the strongest restrictions required by a combination of the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gambling Authority:
- As required by both regulatory authorities a Gambling Self-Restriction will automatically exclude you from all properties on a license (and thousands of other operators)
- As required by the UKGC, once a Gambling Self-Restriction has been activated it cannot be lifted until the full term of the selected exclusion has been complete.
- As required by the UKGC, Gambling Self-Restriction of longer than 6 months (we actually apply this from 2 months upward) are automatically left in place at the end of the exclusion period, can only be lifted by your explicit request and a Cooling Off Period is required where a request to lift the Gambling Self-Restriction is made.
- As required by the MGA the Cooling Off Period enforced after any request to remove a Gambling Self-Restriction is a full seven days before the restrictions will be lifted.


Parental Controls FAQs

What is a BetBlocker Parental Control used for?
Many parents today worry about the content their children can access while browsing the internet. While BetBlocker’s primary purpose is to help problem gamblers control their gambling activity we also provide a tool to help parents to control the sites that their children can access online. This tool allows parents to enter specific URLs that they do not want their children to access.
How does a Parental Control work?
The Parental Control system is easy to use and quick to set up. Simply install BetBlocker, select Parental Controls and follow through the set-up process to decide which URLs you would like to restrict. When you activate the tool the restrictions will be put in place.
I want to restrict my device from accessing gambling operators. Can the Parental Controls do that?
Yes. One of the options when setting up a Parental Control is whether or not to include our list of gambling operator sites. While we cannot guarantee this is absolutely exhaustive, it represents a very high proportion of the gambling operators in business today and is updated on a weekly basis.
I want to stop my child from accessing sites that provide information about or advertise gambling. Can BetBlocker do this?
To a limited degree yes. There are literally hundreds of thousands of websites providing information about gambling online today. It is impractical to generate or maintain a comprehensive list of all of these sites.
The alternative to generating such a list would be to use a keyword blocker – this would block any page that contains specific keywords that are commonly used on gambling related websites. This strategy would result in a large number of ‘false positive’ results, sites that are blocked without being about gambling but having used certain words that fool the keyword blocker into categorising it as a gambling site. This strategy is very intrusive and can result in a lot of high quality educational resources being inaccessible.
As such we have looked to find a middle ground. We are not using a keyword blocker but have put together a list of several hundred of the gambling information and promotion sites that occur most frequently on the first page of Google (English language) for some of the highest volume search terms.
Obviously this list is not exhaustive but we feel it will give parents a good start in preventing their children from accessing age inappropriate material.
I want to stop my child from accessing sites that contain sexual content. Can BetBlocker do this?
To a limited degree yes. There are literally hundreds of thousands of pornography websites online today. It is impractical to generate or maintain a comprehensive list of all of these sites.
The alternative to generating such a list would be to use a keyword blocker – this would block any page that contains specific keywords that are commonly used on pornographic websites. This strategy would result in a large number of ‘false positive’ results, sites that are blocked without being about gambling but having used certain words that fool the keyword blocker into categorising it as a gambling site. This strategy is very intrusive and can result in a lot of high quality educational resources being inaccessible.
As such we have looked to find a middle ground. We are not using a keyword blocker but have put together a list of a few hundred of the pornography sites that occur most frequently on the first page of Google (English language) for some of the highest volume search terms. Within this particular industry a small number of sites dominate the search engine results for a large volume of search terms meaning that this list, while not infallible, will restrict many of the sites most commonly found when searching online.
Obviously this list is not exhaustive but we feel it will give parents a good start in preventing their children from accessing age inappropriate material.
There are sites not included in your lists that I don’t want my children to access. Can I add URLs myself?
Absolutely. There is an option when setting up a Parental Control to allow you to include any website you choose in your restriction.
Our computer is a communal device. Can I restrict my children from accessing various URLs but still access them myself?
Yes. When setting up a Parental Control you will be asked to create a password. Once your restriction is activated all you need to do is open the tool and enter the password to turn the restriction off. In this manner you can have your restriction in place while your children are online and turn it off when you want to browse yourself.
Why do I have to select a time period for a Parental Control?
The BetBlocker tool is primarily intended to help problem gamblers control their addictions. Unfortunately unscrupulous marketers within the gambling industry have repeatedly targeted this group of vulnerable individuals, viewing them as ‘high value’. This type of cynical, immoral and in some instances illegal activity means that we do not gather any personal information (contact details) from the users of BetBlocker. In this manner we ensure that we cannot be accused of using BetBlocker to gather marketing lists for inappropriate activities and even if our systems were to be hacked, the attacking party cannot gain contact information for individual trying to prevent themselves from gambling.
A consequence of this however is that we cannot reset your password. Without an email address to confirm the identity of the person requesting the password reset, we could not confirm that the person who set-up the tool is the person looking to remove the restriction.
For this reason the Parental Controls require you to select a restriction length. At the end of your chosen restriction period the restrictions will be automatically lifted. This means that even if you forget your password the restrictions can still be removed by simply waiting until the restriction period has concluded.
Can I extend the duration of the restriction?
Yes. At any point while you have an active Parental Control restriction in place you can go into BetBlocker and extend the length of the restriction. This will be implemented immediately.

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