This week Sweden's gaming regulator Spelinspekitonen revealed that 20,000 people in the country have self-excluded from the new online betting services offered using the Spelpaus.se registry.
The registry came out on the first of January and allows punters the opportunity to register to be blocked from registered online betting sites within Sweden. The registry covers bingo games, in-store retail locations, and land casinos in addition to online betting. All license holders in the country are obligated to comply with the exclusion list, although there have been some hiccups with online sites in their first month of operation.
Sweden is a big gambling market, and many gamblers in the country end winning big jackpots from online casinos. Thus, it's good to see that the industry has registered a large number of punters who want to be responsible with their relationship to gambling.
If you're interested, Casino Listings has a responsible gaming page where you can learn about the topic, including links to outside counseling groups that can assist you if you need it.