Signs of Problem Gambling

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If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, help is available. Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

Most people who play on enjoy gambling products responsibly. However, we are aware that there is a small portion of the popuplation who do not.

This list can help you recognize the signs of problem gambling. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may have a gambling problem.

Warning Signs of Problem Gambling

  • A preoccupation with gambling, including reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next gambling venture, or dwelling on ways to get more money for gambling

  • Becoming secretive and/or defensive about gambling habits

  • Increasing bet amounts while gambling to achieve the desired level of excitement or the feeling of being high

  • Unsuccessful attempts to control, cut back, or stop gambling

  • Irritability and restlessness when not gambling

  • Using gambling to escape problems

  • Chasing losses with more gambling

  • Dishonesty with friends and family members about the extent of gambling activities

  • Committing crimes in order to obtain money for gambling

  • Lost and jeopardized relationships, jobs, education, or career opportunities because of gambling activities

  • Reliance on others to relieve financial distress, or waiting to be bailed out of desperate money problems caused by gambling


All forms of gambling involve risk, including games that may involve components of skill. Players should understand the risks associated with gambling before placing a wager.

Financial Risks

When placing a bet or wager in any gambling games, the player risks losing some or all of their bet. That's why it's important to consider gambling as an entertainment expense, and only play with money you can afford to lose.

Some players may get carried away and spend more than they intended. Consider setting limits on your wagers, deposits, or session time to help you gamble responsibly.

Problem gambling can lead to excessive debt and serious financial consequences.

Relationship Risks

Problem gambling may put relationships with friends and family at risk, jeopardize jobs and education, or damage a person's reputation.

A person with a gambling problem may be dishonest with loved ones or employers, causing an erosion of trust in important relationships. Some problem gamblers may commit crimes in order to obtain money for gambling.

If you notice that gambling negatively affects your relationships, that may be a sign or problem gambling.

Health Risks

Gambling regularly can increase stress levels, leading to lower self esteem, increased anxiety, or a greater risk of depression. Problem gambling has also been associated with an increased risks of other addictions, such as alcohol and tobacco. Monitor your mood and your mental and physical health, and if you notice negative trends, consider seeking help.