Responsible Gambling in Ohio

All forms of gambling, including sports betting in Ohio, are intended to be for entertainment purposes only. If you, or someone you know, has a gambling problem, please don’t hesitate to call the Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline 24/7 at 1-800-589-9966.

At BetOhio we believe in responsible gambling practices. The only operators on this site are not only legal and licensed, but also practice safe and responsible betting. Below you will find a number of resources for problem gamblers and loved ones, as well as tips to practice safe betting. 

Resources for Problem Gambling in Ohio

Ohio has a number of resources for problem gamblers and loved ones. These can be accessed anywhere, 24/7, and are free. 

The Ohio Lottery Commission

The Ohio Lottery Commission offers gamblers a space rich in resources for problematic gambling. You will find treatment programs, warning signs, facts and more. 

Ohio Casino Control Commission

The Ohio Casino Control Commission is responsible for licensing and regulating all online sportsbooks in Ohio.  The OCCC provides resources for responsible gambling through TimeOutOhio.com. 

Time Out Ohio Program

Ohio has a self-voluntary exclusion program that can be accessed online, at a casino or racino. This program enables individuals to ban themselves from casinos and racinos for 1 year, 5 years or life. 

Should you enroll in the program and then enter one of these establishments, you can be charged with trespassing and forced to surrender any winnings, vouchers, credits or betting tickets. 

Ohio Problem Gambling

The Ohio for Problem Gambling site has many resources available including the ability to search for help by zip code or city. You can find counseling, support groups, treatment programs and more. A 24/7 live chat helpline is available, as is a helpline and crisis text line. 

  • Site: Ohio for Responsible Gambling 
  • 24/7 Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-589-9966
  • 24/7 Crisis Text Line, Text: 4hope to 741741
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Before You Bet

Before You Bet is another Ohio problem gambling resource that offers a quiz that helps you gauge your problem gambling risk level. You will also find warning signs, educational videos, tool kits, and more. 

Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

The Problem Gambling Network of Ohio works along with the Ohio for Problem Gambling site. You will find many resources for problem gamblers and loved ones. 

National Council on Problem Gambling for Ohio

The NCPG has a dedicated page for people in Ohio. You will find a list of resources, screening tools, self help guides and more. 

National Resources for Problem Gambling

In addition to state resources, there are several National resources for problem gamblers in Ohio. 

National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling is a national organization in the U.S. that provides a wealth of resources, information and programs for problem gamblers, family members and friends. 

Problem Gambling Support Groups

Below you will find different support groups for problem gamblers. These are designated for individuals struggling with problem gambling, as well as, loved ones. 

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous is a self help group for anyone who may be struggling with problem gambling. The model is similar to other Anonymous Support groups and involves sharing, open dialogue, support and steps. 

You can find GA meetings across the United States. They are available in person and online. 

Gam-Anon

Gam-Anon is a self help group catered to family members and friends of problem gamblers. They provide support and resources to help loved ones cope with the situation at hand. In person and online meetings are available and can be found on their site. 

GamTalk

GamTalk is a free open forum for anyone who has been impacted by problem gambling. You can talk with others who are going through a similar experience, share your stories and find support. 

Responsible Gambling Practices Offered by Sportsbooks

All of the Ohio betting apps provide responsible gambling resources. These include tips, advice and guides on their site, as well as opt-out opportunities and betting limits. Depending on the operator you may need to contact customer support to opt out for a period of time (this means you won’t be able to login or bet for a designated period of time) or to set betting limits (you will only be able to bet up to a certain amount  in a given period of time). 

Tips for Responsible Gambling

  • Gambling is for fun. There are a few things to keep in mind whenever you are wagering online (or in person). 
  • Set a budget that you can realistically afford to lose. 
  • Never play beyond your means. 
  • Set a time limit and stick to it. 
  • Avoid placing a large bet with the hopes that you will win big. 
  • Never chase your losses. 
  • You should not look at wagering as a get-rich-quick method or a pathway to financial freedom. 
  • Drinking or being under the influence of another substance while wagering should be avoided. 
  • Stay away from gambling if you are in recovery. 

Gambling, whether it be betting, casino wagering, lottery play, horse racing and more, is meant to be a form of entertainment. It should always be done in a responsible way. If ever you feel like you are losing control of your gambling, please know there are ample resources in Ohio and on a national level that can be accessed 24/7, for free.

Author

Wes is an editor and writer for BetOhio.com. Based out of the Kansas City area, Wes has covered sports professionally since 2015 with a strong emphasis on sports betting and the NFL, though he's also covered pro wrestling, UFC, college sports and more.

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