Gambling Block should be available to everyone πŸ”’

Hi Community! :wave:

Thought I’d make sure that our current Twitter post is highlighted here as well.

It includes the steps that can be followed to support this call to action.

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Ok, hands up, who else thought this thread was locked? β€œWhy would they lock it with only one post?”

… Possibly just me…

Great initiative!

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Is there a list of banks that do / don’t provide a gambling block?

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If not, I’m sure people could very easily help to create one.

According to this blog & this website:

Bank Gambling Block? Cooldown Period Limitations
Bank of Scotland Y 2-3 days
Barclays Y 3 days
Halifax Y 2-3 days
HSBC Y 3 days
Lloyds Y 2-3 days
MNBA Y 2 days
Monzo Y 2 days
NatWest Y 40 hrs
RBS Y 40 hrs
Santander Y 0 days Mastercard only
Starling Y 2 days
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The Santander gambling block is only for the new Mastercard. Anyone know why it can’t be implemented on their Visa cards? Would it just be too costly for a card they are moving away from?

I’ve saved a lot due to this feature.
I started gambling when I was just 19 due to depression over a relationship and it started small until I had a win then I thought it was a nice way to make money, but I was wrong…
By the age of 20 I had lost around a thousand pounds and I was doing stupid stuff because of this every bit of money I had left I would gamble thinking it’ll win it all back getting even more depressed than I started.

I then realised and had a nice chat where I applied the gambling block, at first I felt tempted to remove it which I did but after the cool down I didn’t feel like doing it as it was a in the moment thing so I put it back on and I’m now 21 and have full self control and I’ve been saving for a house deposit and it’s been mounting up!

I do tend to have feelings at seeing so many ads and I have broken my gamble free but thanks to the block it made me realise and have fully self control.

Gambling is a devils game. It can easily take over and destroy lifes.

I believe that all banks should have this feature and they should also ban adverts for it especially on channels that are aimed at a young audience - I also feel (not many might agree) that they should make it so you have to be a higher age such as 21-25 to gamble!

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Well done on getting through it!

If you don’t mind me asking, did you have other accounts or other ways to gamble?

Or was the gambling block enough of a hurdle that it stopped you completely?

Thank you
I did have another account at the time as I was new to monzo in 2019 however once I moved to full monzo it became difficult for me but i learnt a way to bypass it by depositing to PayPal then using it that way ( you’ll soon find a way to do anything when you have an addiction )
However a friendly chat with the PayPal team made it impossible for me to deposit to PayPal therefore I can just use PayPal as normal which will trigger the gambling block which is great!
So in a way I’ll say the gambling block played a major part.

You also have to be dedicated / wanting to stop however theirs a company similar to gamstop but for landbased gambling and it bans you from every local casino and bookies, I can’t remember the name but if you use that along with Monzo gambling block and even gamstop the cravings will soon fade away until you forget about wanting to get a quick win but a major loss in the long term

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