Be The 95% is a state-wide initiative created by Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) to reduce problem gambling and to build awareness of resources available for prevention and treatment of gambling disorder.
Can Banks Help Gamblers Gain Control?
There’s an app for that.
It’s no secret that the internet has opened up almost limitless opportunities to gamble. That instant access can lead to major problems for vulnerable people. While many might see it as an inevitable cost of the convenience of smart phones, some banks are taking promising steps toward protecting problem gamblers.
Banking giant Barclays and two mobile-only United Kingdom banks, Monzo and Starling currently give customers the option of blocking themselves from online gambling. The concept is simple. Payments from the users account are blocked from gaming sites – including online casinos, bingo, sports betting and lotteries. The ban works on a category level. So, customers don’t need to block individual retailers or operators.
In an interview, one of Monzo’s customer specialists said that prevention is the key to helping financial addiction problems, rather than supporting recovery. The mobile-only bank has already reported a 70% decrease in gambling spending since the program took effect.
As Ohio and the rest of the country continue dealing with the expansion of digital gambling opportunities, solutions like the one being implemented in the United Kingdom could go a long way toward preventing problem gambling
It’s not just a harmless hobby
Gambling’s impact on youth
A lot of research and work has gone into addressing gambling-related problems among adults. But more and more communities around the world are looking at the real dangers facing young people exposed to gambling behaviors at an early age.
Young people are being exposed to gambling more than ever before. The driving force is almost universal access to the internet. Many online games have allowed gambling-type behaviors to creep into the lives of children in a way that has gone unnoticed until recent years. Features like loot boxes and instant upgrades mimic the same kind of highs that adult gamblers experience. But for young people – the effects can be even more life altering.
Adolescence is a key stage of growth. Young people’s brains are still developing. They may lack impulse control and an ability to fully understand the consequences of their actions. As a result, young people exposed to gambling are at a greater risk of developing problems that can affect them for the rest of their lives.
Earlier this year, Get Set Before You Bet launched a new initiative aimed at raising awareness of the issue of youth gambling. This summer, as children and young adults are enjoying their break from school, it’s important that we all remind ourselves of the role we can play in protecting them from the dangers of youth gambling.
At Change the Game Ohio, you’ll find tools and information on:
From lotteries to casinos to racinos, gambling is a sizable part of Ohio’s entertainment landscape. For most people, it provides an opportunity for harmless fun. But, for some, gambling can result in serious consequences. That’s why it’s so important to spread public awareness of responsible gambling practices.
Get Set Before You Bet is an initiative to educate those who do gamble on how to do so safely – as well as where to find help for those who need it. On our website, you can find tips, information and community toolkits designed to help everyone in Ohio avoid the dangers of problem gambling.
Some of the topics covered include:
Risk Factors for Problem Gambling
Warning Signs to Look for
Where to Get Help
A Community Toolkit to Help Spread the Word
To see all the resources available around the issue of problem gambling, visit BeforeYouBet.org.
Living near casinos/racinos ups the rate of gambling problems.
It’s been a number of years since voters approved measures to allow casinos in Ohio. Advocates projected that the move would generate big revenue for the state. Since then, 4 casinos and 7 legislature-approved racinos have opened, but one new study shows that those casinos/racinos also come with big risks for people living near them.
Missouri Senator proposing national legislation to ban “Loot Boxes.”
In recent years, the video game industry has become increasingly dependent on monetization models that promote compulsive purchases by consumers. One of the most common examples of this are Loot Boxes – which have been incorporated in both free and paid video games and offer players randomized rewards in exchange for money.
Loot Boxes combine the addictive properties of pay-to-win with the compulsive behaviors inherent to other forms of gambling – and the games that they’re featured in are often primarily targeted at children. That fact has not gone unnoticed – and one Missouri Senator is taking action, with landmark legislation aimed at banning the exploitation of children.
Senator Josh Hawley has introduced “The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act.” The legislation would apply new consumer protections to video games played by minors including the prohibition of:
Loot Boxes – microtransactions offering randomized rewards to players
Pay-to-Win – inducing players to advance in games through additional costs
These rules would be enforced by the Federal Trade Commission. State Attorneys General would also be empowered to file suit to defend the residents of their states against abusive practices.
According to a study that compared problem gambling rates between men and women, reported instances of gambling weren’t all that different. There was, however, a wide rift when it came to who met the criteria for being considered gambling addicts.
Only 2.9% of women were found to be problem gamblers – compared to 4.9% of men. That’s a significant difference between genders – and the numbers are even more extreme among college-age students, the demographic that gambles the most. In that population, problem gambling rates were 3% for women and 14% for men.
While the study makes it clear that men are more prone to gambling addiction than women, the reasons why aren’t so black and white. There are, however, a few factors that might account for findings, including:
Men are more likely to be die-hard sports fans, making them more likely to bet on games.
Men are more likely to socialize in casinos.
Men are more likely to take impulsive risks in stressful situations.
If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, help is always available.
You’re invited to join us in Denver for the premier educational and networking event for problem gambling and responsible gambling professionals in the country. Over the course of four days, you’ll find a variety of speakers discussing numerous topics, including:
Responsible Gambling & Regulation
Military & Gambling
Prevention, Treatment & Recovery
The conference is expected to draw over 600 professionals in prevention, education, treatment, research and regulation. So, take advantage of the opportunity to be a part of it all.
For more details and registration information, visit:
As we honor all members of the military past and present – it’s important that we not forget about veterans who may be struggling with problem gambling.
Veterans returning from deployment face many stressors when they return to civilian life. These stressors can put them at a greater risk of developing gambling problems. They may have difficulty adjusting to civilian life – struggling to find their place within their family or community upon returning. They may find themselves unemployed or facing challenges in personal relationships. These stress points, combined with possible Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, could lead them to see gambling as an outlet for entertainment or escape.
The signs of a veteran struggling with problem gambling are no different than anyone else. Things to look for include:
Gambling more often or with more money
Withdrawing from relationships
Lying to friends and family about gambling behavior
Borrowing money to relieve financial distress
Gambling more to make up for previous gambling losses
If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling, help is always available.
Problem Gambling Helpline
Crisis Text Line
Text 4hope to 741741
Free. 24/7. Confidential.
For more information on problem gambling in Ohio, visit BeforeYouBet.org.
This past November, the National Council on Problem Gambling commissioned a national consumer study to examine experiences and attitudes about gambling. Learn more about the initial findings in the article below.
The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the advocacy organization for people and their families who are affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction, has announced the publication of the results from their groundbreaking National Survey of Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experiences (NGAGE).
This past November, thanks to the support of GVC Holdings, NCPG commissioned Ipsos, a global market research and consulting firm, to conduct a U.S. national consumer study to examine the experiences with various forms of gambling as well as attitudes about gambling among participants in the study. The survey included over 28,000 participants from across the U.S. and the results provide an overview of both national and state-by-state gambling participation and problem gambling trends.
“NGAGE is a big initiative for NCPG and will provide important baseline data as gambling, especially sports betting, continues in the U.S. In analyzing the data, we hope to better understand problem gambling and people’s attitudes toward it. The data will be a critical tool for advocates, industry and legislators as they consider state-by-state sports betting initiatives, providing evidence to illuminate patterns of past behaviors as they consider possible future impacts,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG. “We also expect that the data will bolster our efforts to gain support for better access to treatment and services for those affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction.”
The study includes questions on gambling participation, emphasis on sports betting and fantasy sports betting, problematic behavior and positive play, as well as beliefs and opinions about problem gambling.
Initial findings show that the vast majority of Americans support responsible gambling measures. When asked about responsible gambling requirements if their state was to legalize sports betting, 63% felt it was important for operators to implement such measures. By a 2 to 1 margin, clear majorities also believe it is important to set aside some revenues for treatment and for public awareness campaigns.
“We’ve learned that almost three quarters of the American public likes to gamble every now and then and that most do so responsibly. However, there are a small but significant number who are indulging in risky practices or who don’t understand how gambling works,” said Don Feeney, Gambling Policy Consultant for National Council on Problem Gambling and President of Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance. “As we continue to analyze the data we anticipate learning more about these people and how we can help reduce their risks.”
As we get deeper into this year’s NHL playoff rounds, it’s a good time to revisit the subject of sports betting.
It’s been almost a year since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting outside of Nevada. And while several states have already begun to legalize sports betting within their own borders – Ohio has taken a more measured approach to ensure that the issue is handled in the right way.
Senate Bill 111, sponsored by Senators John Ecklund and Sean O’Brien would legalize wagers in casinos, racinos and other places with video lottery terminals. Under the bill, people must be 21 to place bets – and other aspects include:
Employees of legal sports wagering businesses could not bet.
Sports wagering operators could have mobile apps – along with their website for their sports pool.
The server hosting the site would have to be within a legal gaming facility in the U.S. that is owned and operated by the sports wagering operator or its management services provider.
Online players would have to establish accounts under their actual names and not through a beneficiary.
Casino operators and racinos or video lottery terminal sales agents would apply to the commission for certificates to conduct sports wagering.
The commission would adopt rules with qualifications for someone to become a sports wagering operator.
A nonrefundable $10,000 fee would be required with the application for the first certificate issued.
Five years after sports betting begins at a business, casino operators or video lottery terminal sales agents would have to pay $100,000 to the commission and $100,000 every subsequent five years.
According to Senator Ecklund, sports wagering operators would have to pay a tax to the state of 6.25% of gross income – minus some expenses that the law would allow. He also added in a recent interview that he’s not in a rush and wants to make sure to get the law right.
For more information on the issue of problem gambling in Ohio, visit BeforeYouBet.org.