DraftKings teams up with BetBlocker to advance responsible gambling in US

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DraftKings has announced a partnership with UK-based responsible gaming charity BetBlocker, which will see the sports betting giant implement and promote the charity’s gambling blocking software and safer play technology.

BetBlocker has developed a free self-exclusion tool that allows players to set restrictions on their gaming activities across all of their devices.

The restrictions will apply across thousands of gaming sites and markets, and even prevents the user from accessing unregulated offerings.

Players can manage how long or in what capacity they choose to play, including setting personal restriction lengths ranging from days to years,  blocking specific days of the week or activating parental controls.

Chrissy Thurmond, senior director of responsible gaming at DraftKings, said: “BetBlocker’s contributions to safer play are commendable and DraftKings is pleased to team up with this enterprising and disruptive not-for-profit that is advancing responsible gaming in a comprehensive and consumer friendly way.

“We share BetBlocker’s vision that technology and innovation are critical to promoting safer play, and we extend a warm welcome to BetBlocker as they build their footprint in North America, following widespread success across the pond,” Thurmond commented further.

Chrissy Thurmond, senior RG director at DraftKings: “BetBlocker’s contributions to safer play are commendable and DraftKings is pleased to team up with this enterprising and disruptive not-for-profit that is advancing responsible gaming in a comprehensive and consumer friendly way.”

BetBlocker is a charity registered in Scotland and governed by the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 with oversight provided by the Scottish Charity Register (OSCR). The charity’s software is already available all over the world, although the expectation is that the agreement with DraftKings will increase awareness of the technology.

“BetBlocker is thrilled to have the support of sports betting and gaming industry giant DraftKings to extend our software outside of the UK and Europe, to players in the US and Canada,” said Pedro Romero, chief of safer gambling partnerships at BetBlocker.

“We’ve been impressed with DraftKings’ leadership in responsible gaming and we are grateful for their collaboration and financial support as we look to expand awareness of safer play technology.

“We encourage other operators to follow DraftKings’ example of going above and beyond what is required region by region, to ensure all players have the knowledge and tools to bet responsibly.”

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