Betting Smart: Preventing Problem Play

Addiction is a complex phenomenon that permeates the gaming and sports betting world. Though many people can engage in fun, safe play–others struggle with the woes of reckless wagering.

Knowing what you can afford to wager is an empowering step toward mitigating the risks of harmful play. 

Man betting

Markers of Harm

There are a range of behaviors that signal potentially harmful play. Knowing how to spot markers of concern can help you avoid risk. These red flags may be a sign that your wagering is getting out of control.


Depositing more money than usual


Increasing amounts of time spent on betting or thinking about betting


number of days

Increasing the number of days you man deposits to play; depositing more frequently than the norm

failed deposit

failed deposits

multiple payments

Juggling multiple payment methods

using credit cards

Using credit
cards to wager


playing late night

Playing late
at night

canceled withdrawals

Canceling withdrawals

wager score phone security

Protect yourself:
Find Help

Remember, taking action to protect yourself is always a smart play.

Regularly check in with yourself to make
sure your wagering doesn’t compromise your financial wellness or your relationship with loved ones.


Sometimes we find ourselves in situations that negatively impact our lives. If you’re concerned that your wagering activity is problematic, our responsible gaming partners provide confidential resources.

Call, text, or chat the
National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700
to get problem gambling help anywhere in the U.S. anytime. 100% confidential.

Take a quick survey in the Gamble Responsible America app to self-asses if your gambling needs modifying.

Download Gamble Responsibly America, a free mobile app offering information and advice around potential gambling risks and tools to help modulate your play, protect yourself from gambling harm, and if required, links to seek further support.