Frequently asked questions

What is gambling?

Actually there is no single, clear cut definition of what gambling is but it is widely agreed that: - Two or more people agree to take part in the activity (usually an operator and the person who wishes to gamble); - Normally money (the ‘stake’) is paid by the loser to the winner; - The outcome is uncertain and the activity involves risk; - The result is determined at least partly by chance; - Participation is an active experience but can be avoided by not taking part.

What is problem gambling?

Problem gambling is an urge to continuously gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is often explained by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler’s behaviour. Severe problem gambling may be diagnosed as clinical pathological gambling if the gambler meets certain criteria. Pathological gambling is a common disorder that is associated with both social and family costs.

Does the Foundation accept financial help through donations?

Yes, everyone can help the foundation! From businesses to individuals by downloading, filling out the donation form and send it by post at 90/91, Second Floor, Psaila Street, Birkirkara, BKR 9073. More information can be found in the Donations Section of this website further down.

What is the player's charter?

Players Charter is a document which was written in order to set out guidelines for both the authority's personnel, as well as to consumers related to gambling and standards of service.

How many gaming companies are licensed in Malta?

Over 328 licensed gaming companies call this island paradise home, as it is estimated that the sector employs 8,300 persons full-time and provides 4,000 others with indirect employment. The remote gaming sector is responsible for over 12% of the country’s GDP, as during the pandemic's first year the same sector generated €924 million in the country's economy.

What is Responsible Gaming?

Today, you can bet anywhere, anytime on just about anything. With opportunities to gamble increasing and advertising enticing us to gamble more frequently, spreading the word about how to gamble safely is becoming more important than ever. For us, responsible gambling is about both the individual gambler and the wider community. Responsible gambling for individuals means:

  • They may gamble for pleasure and entertainment but are aware of their likelihood of losing and understand the associated risks,
  • They exercise control over their gambling activity, and
  • Responsible gambling occurs in balance with other activities in their lives and is not causing problems or harm for themselves or others.
Responsible gambling for the broader community, including gambling providers, governments, and sporting associations, requires:
  • Shared responsibility for generating awareness of the risks associated with gambling,
  • Creating and promoting environments that prevent or minimise problem gambling, and being responsive to community concerns around gambling.