How To Completely Block Gambling Websites On All Your Devices?

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Sol Fayerman-Hansen
Sol Fayerman-Hansen
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Paruyr Shahbazyan
Last Updated: May 27, 2024, 4:56 PM

Your Introduction to Blocking Gambling Sites

The ease of access to online sports betting can lead to challenging situations for those struggling with gambling habits. This guide is designed to help individuals take control by providing effective methods to block gambling websites across various devices. From personal computers and smartphones to network-level solutions, we cover a range of strategies to create a safer digital environment. Additionally, we highlight the importance of using self-exclusion and time-out features offered by sportsbooks. This guide aims to be a practical resource for anyone looking to foster healthier online habits and prevent the risks associated with excessive gambling. Remember, addressing the technical aspect is just one step; seeking support and professional advice is equally important for a holistic approach to managing online gambling.

Steps to Blocking Gambling Sites

There are many things that interested users can do to block gambling websites. This guide will show you the steps you need to take in order to make it happen. Some are more technical than others but they work and they are worth the patience.

For Computers (Windows/Mac)

  1. Editing Host Files:
    1. Windows: Access the hosts file located at C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc. Open it using Notepad run as administrator. Append lines for each gambling site you wish to block, in the format This redirects the site requests to your local machine, effectively blocking them.
    2. Mac: Use Terminal and type sudo nano /etc/hosts. Authenticate with your password. Add the same lines as mentioned for Windows. This method is effective but requires manual updating for new gambling sites.
  2. Using Parental Control Software:
    1. Install and configure software such as Qustodio, Net Nanny, or K9 Web Protection. These programs offer the ability to block specific websites and monitor internet usage, providing a more automated and user-friendly approach compared to editing host files.

Browser Extensions:

Use browser extensions like StayFocusd for Chrome or LeechBlock for Firefox. These tools can be configured to block or limit the time spent on gambling sites.

How to Block Gambling Sites on Your Phones/Tablets (iOS/Android)

Built-in Parental Controls:

  1. iOS: Utilize Screen Time in the device settings. This feature allows you to set limits or block access to specific websites and categories of apps.
  2. Android: Employ Google Family Link or Digital Wellbeing tools to establish restrictions on device usage, including website blocking.

Third-Party Apps:

Consider apps like Freedom, BlockSite, or Cold Turkey. These applications can block access to gambling sites across all browsers on your device, offering a more comprehensive solution.

For Routers

Modify your router settings to add gambling websites to a blacklist. This method blocks these sites on any device connected to your home network.

For All Devices

  • Use DNS Services: Implement DNS services like OpenDNS or CleanBrowsing. These services offer options to filter out gambling and adult content. Adjust your device's or router's DNS settings to connect to these services.

Comprehensive Software Solutions

Look into specialized software like Gamban, BetBlocker, or Betfilter. These programs are designed to block gambling content on all your devices, offering a broad and easy-to-manage solution.

Self-Exclusion from Sportsbooks

If you are a member of any online sportsbooks, it's crucial to engage their self-exclusion options. This feature allows you to voluntarily request to be banned from logging in or creating new accounts within their network for a specified period.

Time-Out (Suspension of Gambling Activity)

Most reputable sportsbooks also offer a time-out feature. This allows you to take a break from gambling for a set period, during which you cannot place bets or deposit money.

Additional Strategies

  • Update Regularly: Keep a vigilant eye on new gambling sites and update your blocking measures accordingly.
  • Support System: Involve friends or family in your effort to block gambling sites. They can provide support and help maintain the integrity of the blocks, especially during moments of temptation.
  • Professional Help: Blocking sites is a proactive step, but it may not address deeper issues related to gambling addiction. Consider seeking professional counseling or joining support groups like Gamblers Anonymous.

Remember, blocking access to gambling sites is an important step in managing gambling habits, but it's also crucial to address any underlying issues related to gambling addiction. Professional help and support systems can play a vital role in recovery.

Meet Our Authors

Paruyr Shahbazyan began his business career in 2000 as a private entrepreneur. Over thirteen years, he developed a deep understanding for business and leadership, laying a solid foundation for his professional journey.

In 2013, Paruyr stepped into the sports and betting industry as the founder and president of Bookmaker Rating. This online mass media platform, which he led until 2020, focused on providing in-depth analysis and insights in sports betting, earning a reputation for its quality content. 

Continuing his innovative approach in 2022, Paruyr co-founded Azuro, a decentralized betting protocol. This venture showcases his dedication to integrating advanced technology in the evolving landscape of sports betting. Through these diverse experiences, Paruyr has continuously influenced and shaped the betting industry, driving new trends and setting high standards.

Engaged in private entrepreneurship2000-2013
Founder and President at Bookmaker Rating, an online platform focused on sports and betting2013-2020
Co-founder at Azuro, a decentralized betting protocol2022

"Innovation in sportsbetting comes from a deep understanding of both technology and the human element of sports." 

- Paruyr Shahbazyan, Founder, RG


Principles and Ethics

Paruyr Shahbazyan's core beliefs lie in the power of informed decision-making and integrity in the betting industry. He understands that the foundation of successful betting is not just about odds and predictions, but also about the trust and reliability of the information provided. Paruyr advocates for a betting environment where transparency and knowledge are paramount, ensuring that bettors are well-equipped with accurate data and insights.

Strategic Vision

Paruyr's vision is to revolutionize the sports betting industry through the integration of technology. He sees the future of betting as a blend of traditional sports knowledge with innovative tech solutions, like decentralized protocols, to enhance user experience and fairness. His aim is to create platforms that are not only user-friendly but also uphold the highest standards of ethical betting, contributing to a more responsible and enjoyable betting culture.

Future Perspectives

Looking towards the future, Paruyr envisions a betting landscape that is more inclusive, technologically advanced, and globally connected. He anticipates a significant shift towards more decentralized and transparent betting systems, driven by blockchain technology. Paruyr is committed to being at the forefront of this change, continuously exploring new possibilities and innovations that can redefine what it means to engage in sports betting in a digital world. His focus is on building systems that prioritize user empowerment, fairness, and the global growth of the sports betting community.


Sol Fayerman-Hansen
Sol Fayerman-Hansen

Sol's interest in sports was sparked at a young age, inspired by athletes such as Barry Sanders, Michael Jordan, and Wayne Gretzky. This early fascination evolved into a deep-seated passion, guiding him toward a career in sports journalism in 2007. Over the years, Sol has contributed thousands of articles and reviews to dozens of online platforms, sharing his research, knowledge, and perspectives.

“In the world of sports betting, truth is more valuable than any bonus offer.”

Content Manager, OnlineCasinoReports2012-2021
Sports Journalist, Dottraffic2009-2011
Content Writer, HouseTech2007-2009
Cristina Varela Galan
Cristina Varela Galan
Problem Gambling Expert

Cristina used to work as a Psychology Assistant in the Bizkaia Pathological and Risky Gamblers Association. She was also part of a research team in Deusto University, specializing in pathological gambling area. While working there, she managed to develop her own project 

 “Exploring the association between emotional regulation, alexithymia, stressful life events and gambling in adolescent and young adult women”.

Nick Ashbourne
Nick Ashbourne
Senior Writer

Nick has been fascinated with sports since he was first taken to a Toronto Maple Leafs game back in 1998, and he's written about them professionally since 2014.

Nick has covered baseball and hockey for outlets like The Athletic, Sportsnet, and Yahoo Sports, and his sports betting expertise has grown since its legalization in Ontario in 2022. 

Between 2022 and 2023 he worked for a betting startup called NorthStar Bets, and in 2024 he contributed to Oddspedia before joining the Responsible Gambling team.

Anna Kravtcova
Anna Kravtcova
Problem Gambling Expert

Ph.D. in organizational psychology, an internationally certified psychologist (EuroPsy 2022, Cognitive behavioural therapy of mindfulness 2020, International Society for Emotional Intelligence 2017, Russian Psychological society 2014, American Psychological Association(Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychologist) 2011), speaker of many international conferences (USA, Brazil, Portugal, Czech Republic, Russia, etc.). TEDx speaker.

Mike made the decision to dive headfirst into the booming world of sports betting fresh out of college. Back in the day, when 1-800 pick lines and sports pagers were all the rage, he couldn't resist the allure, having grown up idolizing sports legends like Sweetness, MJ, and Slammin Sammy. Mike dedicated his early years to the industry, tirelessly analyzing games, writing articles with free picks, and selling his expertise on reputable handicapping sites. Unlike many others, Mike was known for his integrity and only released one Game of the Year per sport, per season. His hard work and unwavering commitment paid off, earning him a devoted following and propelling his career to new heights. Then came the explosion of Daily Fantasy Sports. Believe it or not, companies like DraftKings and FanDuel used to pay Mike's company to increase their brand exposure. Now, those same industry giants don't even bother responding to his emails. While Mike appreciates the convenience of being able to place legal bets in his own backyard, he can't help but feel disheartened by what has become of the industry. People are being led astray, falsely believing that a mere $5 wager on a 20-team same-game-parlay will be their ticket to financial security. If there’s one thing Mike learned from making book back in the day, it’s that parlays are a bookie’s best friend. A bankroll is the only leg you have to stand on in the battle with the books, and Mike’s here to offer up advice on how to protect it.

Mark Medina
Mark Medina
NBA Reporter

Mark Medina is a longtime NBA reporter that includes stints as a Lakers blogger with The Los Angeles Times (2010-12), Lakers beat writer with the Los Angeles Daily News (2012-17), Warriors beat writer with Bay Area News Group (2017-19) as well as an NBA reporter/columnist for USA Today (2019-21) and (2021-23). Medina is also an NBA insider with Fox Sports Radio and frequent contributor to CBSLA's SportsCentralLA with Jim Hill and with Spectrum Sportsnet.

Daria Tuboltseva
Daria Tuboltseva
Hockey Journalist

Daria went to St. Petersburg State University and earned a bachelor of international journalism. Working as a sports journalist from 2014, from 2016 as a hockey journalist. Covered 5 World Championships, 2022 Winter Olympics, 2020 World Juniors, 6 Gagarin Cup Finals. 

Owner of a telegram channel Coolest Game on Earth.

Integrative nutritionist specializing on sports nutritionology.