Sweden’s gambling self-exclusion scheme surpasses 80,000 registrations

| By Robert Fletcher
Sweden’s national gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has announced that the country’s Spelpaus self-exclusion programme has surpassed 80,000 registrations.
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Launched three years ago, Spelpaus allows consumers to exclude themselves from gambling with operators that hold a licence in Sweden. Once registered, a player must serve their full period of suspension before being able to gamble again.

Licensees in the country are required to integrate with Spelpaus and block access to anyone who has signed up to the scheme. 

Just before the summer, Spelpaus was updated to offer a more user-friendly service, as well as easier access to guidance and information on gambling problems.

First announced in March, the new-look website went live on 31 May and now also includes an option for players to extend a period of self-exclusion.

In July, Åland regional-owned gaming operator Ålands Penningautomatförening (Paf) called for Spelpaus to be improved and expanded further to help tackle problem gambling in the country.

During a gaming policy discussion titled “The industry we love to hate”, Paf said Spelpaus should work preventively by centralising the player limits so that it applies equally to all operators.

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