Sorry, still no sympathy for players who are
- not doing their due diligence
- SE'ing willy-nilly
- not reading the terms
- not using the RG controls to limit their spending within their means
- are thinking GAMSTOP is the "cure all" tool
- not doing anything else than executing an SE or GAMSTOP to curb their addiction
- ...list by far not complete.
In the past decade, so much power has shifted towards the player, especially with regards to Responsible Gambling, that there is simply no excuse not to use tools that are available.
People search, research, compare and god knows what else when they are about to buy a tech gadget, kitchen appliance and anything else in their lives where they spend their hard earned money. Yet when it comes to casinos (where they also are spending their hard earned cash) they expect everything to be served on a golden platter.
IMO, 90 - 95% or maybe more of online casinos (properly licensed brands) operate as the regulations/laws dictate it. Are 90 - 95% or more of the gamblers playing by the rules/regulations/laws? I am sure not!
The last part of your post is key. These are registered businesses, it should be 100% abiding by the laws and regs. There are now rules which should render SE issues obsolete yet they still come up and players are still able to waltz past things with certain operators. There can be no excuses for that. Addiction is a whole different world, anything that can be done to take away what the players crave makes such a difference. It doesn't stop the addiction but it sure as hell helps.