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Sports Betting

Think You Might Try Sports Betting? Know The Rules Before You Start

Gamble Only If It's Fun

If you find yourself getting upset, if it's taking away from the sport you love, get your head back in the game and lay off betting for a while.

Think of the Amount You Spend as the Cost of Your Recreation for that Day/Week/Month

Gambling of any kind is a form of recreation, one that costs money. Budget for sports betting just as you would for any other type of recreation.

Play with Your Own Money

Don't borrow money, or use credit or money needed for bills, to gamble.

Set Your Limits Ahead of Time

Set an amount of time and money you are willing to lose to sports betting and stick to it.

Expect to Lose

Gambling should not be seen a good way to make money. The odds are not in your favor. If you expect t lose, then win, great! But it's safe to assume you won't.

Don't Chase Losses

If you lose, don't keep betting, or return another day to try and win it back. This typically leads to bigger losses, more chasing, you get the point!

Don't Use Sports Betting as an Escape

Remember, gambling is a form of recreation. Like using alcohol or other drugs, it isn't a healthy way to cope with life's challenges.

Be Careful about Mixing Betting with Drinking

We all know that alcohol can sometimes lead to poor decisions. How you spend your hard-earned money is an important decision.

Know the Signs of a Gambling Problem and GET HELP if You Start to Notice Them

Check out "The Bench" to learn more!

Time to Take a Break from Sports Betting? Check Out the Signs Below to See If It's Time to Take "The Bench"

1 or more of the signs below suggests a need for more focus, and 4 or more indicates disordered gambling. Call (847)546-6450 or email gamblingservices@nicasa.org for a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL consultation with one of our counselors.

  • ✓ You find yourself increasing your bets in order to enjoy the same level of excitement.
  • ✓ Your mood changes (not in a good way) when you try to cut back or quit.
  • ✓ You have a hard time cutting back or quitting.
  • ✓ You get really preoccupied with sports betting, spend a lot of time thinking about it, plan when and how to bet, and relive past wins or daydream about future wins.
  • ✓ You use sports betting to cope with life's challenges.
  • ✓ You get caught up chasing your losses
  • ✓ You find yourself hiding the amount you are gambling, or the fact that you are gambling, from important people in your life.
  • ✓ Your work, school, or relationships are starting to suffer.
  • ✓ You have to ask for help paying bills or gambling debt.
  • ✓ So You Need Help, Now What?

Whether you're just curious, want to cut back, take a break, or stop gambling altogether, check out our training program and see if one is the right fit for you.

Schedule an educational workshop for your group. Topics include:

  • Responsible gambling
  • Problem gambling
  • Athletes and gambling
  • Seniors and gambling
  • Teens/Young adults and gambling
  • Any combination of these topics

Join one of our counseling groups designed to offer support and skills needed to cut back or quit sports betting.

Meet individually with one of our counselors for more in-depth support of your goals related to sports betting.

Are you a loved one of a sports better? You can meet individually with one of our counselors too!

Not sure which option is for you? Contact us for a FREE consultation. This can be provided via phone or video chat. Call or email now to connect with one of our "trainers" - (847)546-6450 or gamblingservices@nicasa.org

Coach's Corner - Information Stop for Coaches, Trainers, Officials, and Employees of Sporting Facilities

 

  • The only way to maximize the benefits of sports betting is to minimize problem gambling.

  • Consider how you can play a role.

  • Know the signs and symptoms!

  • Ensure all employees are trained about responsible gambling principles and are aware of resources for problem gambling

  • Don't encourage athletes to win for odds of those betting on them. High quality athletes have extreme potential to become high-risk gamblers.