AGA Releases Accessible Guide to Responsible Gaming Regulations

The gaming industry continues to expand quickly across the United States, and with that swift expansion has come a great deal of confusion about the rules and regulations that govern responsible gaming. Luckily, the American Gaming Association (AGA) has released a refreshed edition of its Responsible Gaming Statutes and Regulations Guide that provides a definitive guide to responsible gaming rules and laws in Ohio and beyond. 

The new edition is the first time that the guide has been updated since 2019. There have been myriad changes in the industry since then, with two more states legalizing casinos, two states legalizing online casinos, and 16 states legalizing sports betting.

The updated guide was released by the AGA, which is the national trade group for the casino industry, as part of Responsible Gaming Education Month in September. “Our industry’s focus on responsibility has only grown with the expansion of legal gaming,” Cait DeBaun, Vice President of Strategic Communications and Responsibility at AGA, told Gaming News upon the release of the guide.

According to the guide, Ohio has distinguished itself as an industry leader among the 35 states that offer some form of commercial gaming by:

  • Mandating responsible gaming plans. 
  • Offering a statewide self-exclusion program.
  • Requiring responsible gaming signage and disclosure.
  • Restricting gambling-related advertising.
  • Requiring sportsbook operators to let players set limits.
  • Restricting house credit.
  • Setting aside money to fund responsible gambling treatment and research.

If you’re interested in reading the responsible gaming regulations for yourself, the guide also includes an easily readable listing of the rules for Ohio and other states. You can access the full guide at americangaming.org.

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