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As Online Gambling Grows, Betting Platforms Launch the Responsible Online Gaming Association

Published: May 27, 2024

The recent rise in popularity of sports betting in Ohio is most evident online. There are tons of new apps that enable bettors to play from their personal devices, and even if you don’t participate, you’ve surely noticed the increased advertisements from betting operators on social media, podcasts, YouTube, radio, and during all televised sporting events. 

As sports betting grows, so does the need for trained professionals and resources to support people who experience gambling disorders. That’s why operators have come together to create the Responsible Online Gaming Association (ROGA).

According to an article published by ESPN, seven of the largest online betting operators in the United States, including BetMGM, Draft Kings, and FanDuel, have joined together to create the ROGA. The association’s website states that its mission is to “promote responsible online gaming by supporting independent research, promoting best practices, and driving consumer and industry education and awareness efforts.” 

Programs like this are crucial because online gambling poses unique risks that anyone who participates must be aware of:

  • Placing a wager on an app or website can feel less consequential than using real money in a casino. 
  • The low feelings that come with losing can often lead players to chase their losses – a common behavior of problem gambling. 
  • With access to gambling platforms on a personal device, it can be tough for some people to set boundaries. Make sure to limit the time and money you’re willing to spend on gambling. 

It’s easy to see why online gambling often causes people to exhibit signs of a gambling disorder. If you’re looking to spread awareness about responsible gambling practices, check out Pause Before You Play’s Sports Betting Community Toolkit. Several free resources are available to help you learn more and educate your community members about how to bet responsibly online. 

Gambling disorders are serious and require diagnosis and treatment by a trained professional. People experiencing a gambling disorder are twice as likely to experience mood disorders like depression and three times as likely to experience alcohol or drug dependency. Despite these alarming rates, researchers estimate that more than 80 percent of people struggling with gambling never seek treatment. 

If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about their gambling, the free Ohio Problem Gambling Helpline is available 24/7. Call 1-800-589-9966 or text 4HOPE to 741741. Trained and understanding specialists are standing by to offer support with no strings attached. 

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