The expansion of legal sports betting in the United States offers sports fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite teams and leagues in a new and fun way. The American Gaming Association and our members are committed to making sure you’re playing safely and responsibly. Let’s keep sports betting fun…have a game plan to bet responsibly.
Set a budget and stick to it.
Responsible gaming means enjoying sports betting as a fun and leisurely activity, by playing for limited amounts of time – both in frequency and duration – and with a predetermined budget. You can establish your own limits by developing a set of personal guidelines to determine when and how much to gamble.
Keep it social: play with friends, family, and colleagues.
Sports betting is a form of entertainment. Responsible gaming means keeping sports betting social and ensuring it remains entertaining.
Be informed: learn the details of the games you’re playing.
Utilize resources provided by sports betting operators on the games you’re playing and your odds of winning.
Play with trusted licensed, regulated operators.
State licensed and regulated sportsbook operators are committed to responsible gaming practices and ensuring that their staff are properly trained on responsible gaming policies. Illegal and unregulated sportsbook operators do not have any responsible gaming measures in place, placing consumers at heightened risk.
Where I can bet legally?
Use the interactive sports betting map to see if sports betting is legal in your state, the types of wagering allowed, a list of legal retail sportsbooks and online/mobile, and more.
Sports betting is no longer fun. Where can I get help?
It may be time to step away if sports betting is no longer a fun, affordable activity for you or a loved one. The signs below may indicate that it’s time to take a break or step away from playing.
- Sports betting for longer and longer periods of time
- Lying about the extent of sports betting involved
- Often missing work or school to wager
- Neglecting personal or family responsibilities to wager
- Using sports betting as an escape
- Wagering with money needed for paying bills
- Believing the “big win” will bring sports betting under control
If you’re concerned about a potential gambling problem, take the ten-question self-assessment provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling or call the 24-hour confidential hotline: 1-800-522-4700.