PayPal takes steps to prevent online gambling issues

Posted: January 29, 2022, 2:02 a.m.

Last update: January 29, 2022, 8:06 a.m.

PayPal takes steps to ensure that its payment processing platform is not used to fuel the online casino habits of problematic gamblers.

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An image of a person using their computer who looks upset. PayPal allows its users to install software that blocks online gambling transactions. (Picture: Casino.org)

PayPal, the world’s largest facilitator of online financial transactions, has recently integrated software capable of preventing the movement of money related to gambling on the Internet. PayPal has partnered with Gamban, a third-party software product with an array of features that block access to thousands of casino and gambling websites.

Gamban is a downloadable app for iOS and Android that basically acts as a firewall that blocks the user from accessing gaming networks.

Gamban explains that its product can now be installed for free on any PayPal account. Gamban says users who want to should contact PayPal to launch the game blocking software.

Gamban prevents access to any site offering games of chance/skill, casino games, sports betting, betting on horses and greyhounds, lottery tickets, person-to-person and business betting related to gambling, such as handicap services.

For people looking to completely prevent their smartphone or other mobile devices from being used for gambling – not just their PayPal account – Gamban’s full functionality can be accessed by paying $3.49 per month, or $2.92 per month for annual subscriptions.

iGaming PayPal

In 2003, long before any US state had legalized iGaming, PayPal announced that it would stop serving as a payment intermediary for online casinos and their customers.

Delaware legalized iGaming in 2012, and New Jersey followed in 2013. PayPal reversed its ban on iGaming transactions as a result, but only for Internet gaming sites regulated by a state gaming authority.

Today, legal iGaming is widespread in the United States. Besides Delaware and New Jersey, online slots and table games are legal in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Michigan and Connecticut. Regulated mobile sports betting is operational in 20 states, plus DC. Nevada allows online poker, but no other games of chance.

Gamban advises PayPal customers looking to avoid a relapse in their problem gambling recovery to take advantage of several safeguards. With Gamban to stop PayPal from fueling their chaotic gambling, the company suggests individuals self-exclude from iGaming sites.

In the UK, problem gamblers and addicts can get banned from iGaming sites by registering with GAMSTOP. Those who register with the association are banned from all licensed online gaming platforms and apps in Britain.

US iGaming Resources

For problem gamblers in the United States, several major iGaming companies have also implemented Gamban software.

FanDuel and Unibet both received praise from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) last year for their commitment to tackling excessive betting. Both online sports betting and iGaming operators offer Gamban for free to their US customers.

The NCPG has problem gambling-affiliated councils in all but 15 states. But every state that has some form of legal commercial gambling offers resources and treatment programs for those seeking help.

You can find more information about problem gambling here.