FAQs About Gambling
What is gambling?
Gambling is betting money or something of value on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event where the results involve chance and the outcomes are uncertain. Gambling doesn’t just happen at casinos. It can include betting $50 at a poker table, playing nickel bingo, buying a raffle ticket, and even betting a soda on a ballgame. In order for an activity to be considered gambling, the following three elements must be present: (1) paying to play or betting something of value, (2) an element of chance, and (3) a prize, payout, or winning of some sort.
What forms of gambling are legal to play in my state?
Regulated forms of gaming vary in cities, counties, and the state. To find out more about your state, visit: https://www.ncpgambling.org/help-treatment/help-by-state/
What are the signs of problem/pathological gambling?
Increasing time spent gambling
Increasing size of bets
Intense interest in gambling activities
Turning to gambling during stress
Increased irritability and erratic mood or personality changes
Feeling depressed or anxious
Decreased productivity at work, school, or home
Lying about gambling-related activities and the amount of money spent
Being evasive about losses
Spending money earmarked for bills, etc., on gambling
Borrowing from others to continue gambling
Where can I find help for problem gambling?
Can people self-ban from the casinos? What is the process?
Yes. There are several ways to self- exclude. Each of the gaming establishments has a program, as well as the Casino Control Commission and the Ohio Lottery Commission for the racinos. Laura Clemens is the contact at the Casino Control Commission at 614-387-5848. Exclusions are possible for 1 year, 5 years or life. Visit http://www.casinocontrol.ohio.gov/ResponsibleGambling.aspx to learn more about the Casino Control Commission Voluntary Exclusion Program.