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 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.

Alec Cunningham is a lead writer and analyst for She has covered countless online sports betting and casino legislation topics and now specializes in responsible gambling and gambling addiction recovery. In 2022, she served as a panelist at the All-American Sports Betting Summit, discussing the ever-evolving role of women in the gambling industry. As a college athlete, Alec Cunningham played Division II golf at Tusculum University. She graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Professional Writing. After working in the music industry as a concert promoter, tour manager and artist developer, she returned to her love of written word in 2020. Since then, Cunningham's love of sports has led her to become a responsible gambling advocate.

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