Sports Betting

The Stakes are Higher Than Ever

Sports betting is now legal for Ohio adults through apps, sportsbooks, and lottery terminals. As with any other kind of betting, sports betting can put Ohioans at risk for problem gambling. Before You Bet encourages Ohioans to take a moment before betting on sports to pause, consider the risks, and set limits.

Pause Before You Play


Sports are getting faster and faster, and so is betting. You can now place bets in the middle of the game, easier and quicker than ever before. But betting too fast can lead to making bets without thinking about the risk, which can become a problem with gambling. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to bet responsibly, set limits, and remember to pause before you play.

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Betting is Gambling

Some people think sports betting isn’t gambling. But even if you are an expert on a team or player, your chances of winning are determined by random chance. That means sports betting is in fact gambling.

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Slow Down

Many Ohioans bet on sports using phone apps or online platforms that let you quickly place a bet from anywhere. But betting too fast can lead to placing more bets and chasing your losses, which is a common sign of problem gambling.

Take a Pause

When you’re about to place your next sports bet, pause for a moment and remember these three responsible betting tips.

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Set Limits

Setting limits on the amount you can bet and lose, or the amount of time you play, is an easy way to keep your betting responsible. There are apps available that can help set and enforce your limits.

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Recognize the Risks

Every bet is a risk, and the more you bet the bigger the risk. Gauge that risk before every bet, and find out whether you might be at risk for a problem with gambling by taking the quiz or calling the Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-589-9966.

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Know When to Stop

When the rush of the bet begins to mean more than the actual sport, it might be time to stop. By setting limits and keeping yourself accountable, you can keep sports betting a fun activity to be enjoyed with friends and family.

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Fantasy Sports vs. Sports Betting: What’s the Difference?

Fantasy sports and sports betting are both legal in Ohio. But it’s important to know the difference between them. In fantasy sports, you pick your own rosters of players instead of placing a bet on a real-life team. Ohio regulates fantasy sports separately from sports betting, but both involve an element of random chance and could lead to developing a problem with gambling. So whether you participate in fantasy sports or sports betting it’s important to set limits, recognize the risks, and know when to stop.

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Education Materials

Free Resources

  • Ohio Casino Control Commission
    The Ohio Casino Control Commission regulates many types of gambling in Ohio, including casinos and sports betting. Visit their website to find the latest regulation and listings of legal sportsbooks in Ohio.
  • Tips & Education
    Do you know the signs of problem gambling? Get to know them and access more information about problem gambling on our Tips & Education page.
  • Problem Gambling Helpline
    The Problem Gambling Helpline is an invaluable resource if you think you or someone you love might have a problem with gambling. Call 1-800-589-9966 or text 4HOPE to 741741 today.
  • Take the Quiz
    Gauge your risk for problem gambling with by taking this easy quiz. It only takes two minutes to complete, and can help you determine whether you are at risk for problem gambling.

Sports Betting Toolkit

Ohio’s Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-800-589-9966

If you are concerned with your sports betting or that of someone you love, call the Problem Gambling Helpline today. Confidential, non-judgmental support is available 24/7 by calling the free helpline at 1-800-589-9966 or texting 4 HOPE to 741741. Make the call today.