Kentucky Responsible Gambling Resources: State Prepares For September 28 Online Sports Betting Launch
Online sports betting is set to launch in Kentucky on September 28. With retail sports betting already live in the state as of Sept. 7, regulators across the Bluegrass state are finding ways to beef-up both their responsible gambling and addiction treatment resources.
The acting gaming commission in the state of Kentucky is the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling (KYCPG).
Kentucky Responsible Gambling Resources
To help players determine whether they may have a gambling problem, the KYCPG offers a quick three-question screening. Visit www.kygamblinghelp.org to take the self-test and find a helpline chat link.
Learning to spot warning signs is an important step in preventing gambling addiction. Ensuring one’s gambling doesn’t get out of hand in the first place is just as important.
Players can help keep their betting habits under control by implementing responsible gambling safeguards. Sportsbooks offer various ways for bettors to monitor their activity, such as by setting:
- deposit limits
- time limits
- wagering limits
Keep in mind, though — these sports betting limits may help curb gambling-related issues, but they’re no substitute for problem gambling treatment or gambling addiction recovery.
Problem Gambling Warning Signs for Kentucky Sports Bettors
Gambling is more accessible than ever now that Kentucky sportsbooks are legal. Thus, bettors are at an immediate increased risk of addiction.
Some of the first warning signs of a gambling problem include:
- lying about time & money spent gambling
- preoccupation with betting
- anxiety over finances
- borrowing or stealing money to bet
If you or someone you know is exhibiting any of these behaviors, it’s important to address them sooner rather than later. The longer these problems are avoided, the more difficult the recovery process can become.
To access a confidential problem gambling hotline, call or text 1-800-GAMBLER. Trained counselors are available 24/7 to provide information on state-specific gambling addiction resources, support groups, recovery options, and more.