With just a few weeks to go until the launch of legal sports betting in Ohio, Ohio for Responsible Gambling has published new resources to educate residents on how to gamble responsibly.

The ad comprises a short movie (only 30 seconds) that promotes the value of careful thought before betting. The initiative grew out of Ohio’s “Get Set Before You Bet” campaign, which promoted safe gambling. Its goal is to encourage responsible gaming and aid those who are experiencing difficulties as a result of compulsive or excessive gambling.

Companion instructional materials focus on additional guidelines for responsible gambling and provide links to services available to residents of Ohio. Several more methods to increase the security of sports betting are detailed on the website of Ohio for Responsible Gambling. Among them are:

  • Creating a betting plan and budget.
  • Limiting one’s sports betting time might help one avoid spending too much money or time on the activity.
  • Keeping tabs on one’s mental and emotional health while playing.
  • Participating in gambling activities together with other people.

Equally as important is guidance on how to determine whether or not your gaming behaviors in Ohio pose a serious risk of developing a problem gambling disorder. If you or someone you know has a problem with compulsive gaming, you can find out where to get help and more information there.

Lots of Excitement

When 2023 rolls around, Ohio will be one of the latest states to legalize sports betting. Numerous sports betting apps, including Caesars and FanDuel, are already taking account registrations in anticipation of the launch.

With its large population and abundance of professional and collegiate teams, as well as its operator-friendly laws, Ohio has the potential to become a major market. The state ranks as the seventh most populous in the United States and as the fourth most populous among states that will provide legalized sports betting.

The debut of sports betting in Ohio is timed well for one of the busiest times of year for sporting events. There will be a wide variety of events available for wagering, including the most prestigious college football bowl games, the NFL playoffs, the Australian Open, and the College Football Playoff National Championship.

On New Year’s Day, in addition to the online sports betting possibilities, four casinos, including the biggest gaming establishment in Ohio’s capital, the Hollywood Casino Columbus, will open their doors for in-person sports betting. The other three sportsbooks are the Hard Rock Casino in Cincinnati, the Hollywood Casino in Toledo, and the JACK Casino in Cleveland.