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?

Some signs and symptoms of problem/pathological gambling are:

  • 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?

Call 1-800-522-4700
Chat ncpgambling.org/chat
Text 1-800-522-4700

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.