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The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has released a National Detailed Report and State Detailed Reports as a follow up to The National Survey of Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experiences (NGAGE) 1.0, which provided an overview of trends at the national and state levels. The reports can be found at

Statistics show 900,000 adults in Ohio are at-risk for problem gambling, including thousands in Lucas County. Addiction treatment has spiked since casinos reopened.

“The members of the general assembly are working that process,” said DeWine. “I will have the opportunity to see what they came up with and weigh in at the appropriate time. But sports gaming is certainly coming to Ohio.”

MGM Resorts International & BetMGM have a unified commitment to responsible gaming and to providing the tools needed to help players make responsible, informed decisions while playing.

Yesterday, the Ohio Senate Select Committee on Gaming met to discuss legalizing sports betting. This meeting was the third time the group had come together to consider options for sportsbook operations in the state. This time around, the committee heard from the Ohio Grocers Association and how they want in on the betting action.

Legislators in Ohio are once again approaching the matter of sports betting legalization in the state. Still, no specific proposals for this were made so far in 2021.

Senate President Huffman announced the Senate Committee on Gaming shortly into the new legislative term with a collective goal of learning more about how these legalized markets work and the economic impact they would theoretically have on Ohio.

Scott Anderson at Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services discusses the risks of sports gambling and how to know when a loved one has a problem with Good Day Columbus' Maria Durant and Jesse Pagan.

A select Senate committee will be formed to deal with gambling issues in the State of Ohio. The group will focus on different gambling aspects in the State of Ohio, such as sports gambling, online lottery systems, and e-bingo machines.

While some would move away to a tropical island or share their new wealth with the community, the chances of actually winning are extremely low. So low, you are more likely to date a supermodel or be struck by lightning.

With the Cleveland Browns in the playoffs and the Buckeyes in the National Championship, sports betting in Ohio is on the rise this weekend.

Over the holidays, you might have given your kids some video games, but those games might not be as harmless you think when it comes to gambling.

If we want the games industry to be open to the idea of sharing data and working collaboratively with independent researchers, we need to avoid a moral panic around loot boxes. Only by precisely looking at what games people are actually playing (and for how long), and how much they are spending, can we start to really get an idea of whether there’s a problem with loot boxes, and what sort of gamers they pose a problem for.

Amended Senate Bill 111 was presented during Tuesday’s Ohio Senate General Government Agency Review Committee. Following this, the committee decided to approve a motion to review the new bill next week.

Gambling revenue statewide was $133.4 million, down 17.2% from $161.1 million during November a year ago, reports released Monday by Ohio’s lottery and casino control commissions showed.

The Ohio Lottery is raking in revenue at record rates ahead of Thanksgiving and Christmas, Finance Director Greg Bowers told the Ohio Lottery Commission (OLC) during its most recent meeting.

House Bill 194 has the best chances of becoming law. With 58 days left in the year, lawmakers will need to move fast to get a legal sports wagering industry in Ohio before the end of the session.

There are plenty of opportunities to obtain gambling disorder focused CEUs this month! We will be highlighting the successes of the Ohio Model, bringing you an advanced training focusing on the success that Ohioans have had in promoting responsible gambling, as well as a clinical case presentation that will dive into the history of gambling legalization in Ohio.

Work to address problem gambling in Ohio continued despite the changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic, the Ohio Casino Control Commission was told Wednesday.

Justin Carter, general manager of Hollywood Casino Toledo, said that the era of cramming as many slot machines as possible onto a casino floor may be over, one of the lessons learned from forced social distancing in light of the pandemic.

iHeartMedia Youngstown announced the debut a new radio station featuring sports talk and gambling on Monday. We can only hope that these stations will also include plenty of messaging around how people struggling with gambling problems can get help.

The National Council on Problem Gambling has announced the renewal of its advisory board for the 2020/21 term, with a number of experts to help guide advocacy, awareness and assistance. The advisory board offers a way for leaders in the fields of problem gambling and responsible gambling from across the globe, who are actively engaged with NCPG, to provide advice and perspectives on matters of significance to the NCPG board of directors and leadership.

Ohio’s 11 casinos and racinos set an August record with $172.1 million in gambling revenue, following a record July in the wake of three months of state-ordered closings because of coronavirus, reports released Tuesday showed.

We have a lot of great trainings this month for a wide range of audiences. New to treating gambling disorder and want to learn more? Check out our Gambling Disorder Case Presentation Webinar or Stage I training. Interested in becoming GAMB endorsed but confused about the process? Sit in on our GAMB Credential Logistics Call as we walk you step-by-step through the process and how PGNO can help you complete the requirements. Already working on your GAMB and need more supervision hours? Attend the Ohio Supervision & Consultation Virtual Meeting to get feedback on your clinical treatment.

Lawmakers have been bandying about sports betting for some time and the key issue is: Who will regulate? The House in May passed a bill that would make the Ohio Lottery the regulator, while the Senate wants the Ohio Casino Control Commission. Both chambers want online/mobile sports betting, and they are close on the tax rate.

We are excited to announce that the application for the Ohio Gambling Treatment Fellowship Class of 2021 is now open! The fellowship is a year-long program designed to increase the experience and expertise of professionals in the problem gambling field. Read on to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Playtech, the world’s leading gambling technology company, has announced a new collaboration with the Responsible Gambling Council (RGC), the international leader in problem gambling prevention, awareness and research. The relationship aims to strengthen industry insights to inform and advance safer gambling, mental health and digital wellbeing. This collaboration is one of the first examinations of safer gambling alongside digital wellbeing.

In honor of Responsible Gaming Education Week, NBC4 interviewed PGNO Executive Director Derek Longmeier on the dangers of gambling and the resources available to help in the state of Ohio.

PGNO joins our partners in supporting Responsible Gaming Education Week which runs September 13-19.

Hard Rock International has launched what it lauds as a revolutionary “groundbreaking” initiative aimed at “changing casino culture.”

Through the new introduction, the company is debuting a gambling literacy and education programme designed by a gaming company based in the United States for users to use across North American and international markets.

The latest branded initiative is “the first in the US” to introduce a comprehensive education plan to meet the needs of all gamblers, ranging from young and casual players to experienced veterans, and anybody at risk or having problems.

The rapid spread of sports betting across the country will take center stage at the Winter Meeting of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States, January 10-12 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, with sessions covering:

- Sports betting from the perspective of the leagues and the athletes,
- Regulatory best practices in sports betting, and
- The unique aspects of sports betting in responsible-gambling efforts.

The NCLGS Winter Meeting is open to the public. Due to the high conference turnout, NCLGS is providing a list of eight first-class hotels that are within easy walking distance of the host Marriott. To view the hotel information and agenda, and register for the Winter Meeting, visit

Loot Boxes Continue to Proliferate in Video Games

Loot boxes are on the rise, a new study conducted by the University of York led by David Zendle has revealed. Even though not technically a form of gambling, the study author believes that loot boxes expose children to gambling.

The number of children participating in gambling activities has risen across the United Kingdom with 1 in 10 children aged 13-18 involved. Meanwhile, the presence of loot boxes in video games has increased from just 4% when they were first introduced to 71% in the course of nearly ten years.

The introduction of legal sports betting in New Jersey last year has led to a dramatic increase in revenues, but has also led to a surge in gambling addictions.

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy placed the first legal sports bet at Monmouth Park 17 months ago. Since then, there have been $4.7 billion dollars in sports wagers in New Jersey.

While the revenue is great for the state, with it has come a number of problems with gambling.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG)− announced the staff line-up to form its new advisory board. The Board seeks to provide a forum for participants in problem gambling and responsible gambling who are actively engaged with NCPG to provide their Board of Directors and leadership with guidance and insight on issues of importance.

There are two groups of advisory board members: emeritus advisors and broad advisors. The Board is made up of about 10 people of unique or extraordinary experience.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) has welcomed DraftKings as a Platinum Member in a partnership that is expected to further the development and implementation of responsible gambling practices in legalized sports gambling as it expands across the US.

The firm’s NCPG Membership supports the wide-ranging problem gambling prevention, treatment, education, and research programs, as well as innovative responsible gambling policies, provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the US organization for people affected by problem gambling and addiction, has announced a new advisory board, featuring a number of executives and senior personnel from across the industry.

The new board will provide advice and guidance to the NCPG in its efforts to support individuals and their families suffering from gambling-related problems.

The board comprises 10 individuals across two groups: emeritus advisors and at-large advisors. All members have been voted onto the board by the NCPG’s board of directors.

Ohio is one of several states with a chance to sign sports betting into law before the end of 2019. However, with distinct differences among key lawmakers in the House and Senate, it likely won’t be until 2020 before sports bettors in Ohio can put money down on their favorite teams.

Those differences are being worked out now. Ohio State House Rep. David Greenspan and Ohio State Sen. John Eklund are the primary sponsors for a sports betting bill in each of their legislative chambers.

Eklund’s bill, OH SB 111, would legalize sports betting at the state’s casinos and would put the Ohio Casino Control Commission (OCCC) in charge of regulating the industry.

Scientific Games Corp. has received a contract to implement its instant game management solution for the Ohio Lottery Commission. The Las Vegas-based gaming company announced it received a four-year contract in a press release on Wednesday, but it did not reveal financial terms of the deal.

DraftKings has joined the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) as a Platinum member, to further the development and implementation of responsible gambling practices.

“I am thrilled that DraftKings, a leader in online gaming and sports betting, has joined NCPG. This marks a new era in our work to raise awareness about problem gambling and provide resources for responsible gambling. We are excited to work with DraftKings to utilize technology and data to increase our mutual understanding of player behavior and reduce the risks for gambling problems,” Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG said.

DraftKings’ NCPG Membership supports the wide-ranging problem gambling prevention, treatment, education, and research programmes, as well as innovative responsible gambling policies.

Ohio state senator John Eklund, like his state house counterpart, is cautiously optimistic there will be a sports betting law to pass in the Buckeye State in 2020.

Eklund and Ohio state representative Dave Greenspan are the primary sponsors in their respective legislative bodies who will do the bulk of the work reconciling their two bills into the one expected to move forward at some point next year. While Eklund said he and Greenspan “are not that far along on the bill,” they have had conversations and expects to meet soon with his counterpart. A meeting scheduled before Thanksgiving had to be pushed back because Greenspan was called into a House committee hearing.

The first of its kind program will be offered across all Hard Rock and Seminole Gaming casino properties in the United States and is designed to help players better understand their own behavior and the risks associated with gambling.

The PlayersEdge program also offers access to voluntary self-exclusion and referral to professional help and counseling services for players who feel their gambling has gone too far.

“We built PlayersEdge by listening to gamblers,” said Hard Rock International vice president of global social responsibility Paul Pellizzari. “We want to communicate the right information by appealing to how they actually think and behave in casinos.

Despite the NFL’s encouragement to the world to forget its suspension of Josh Shaw for betting on NFL games, it’s difficult to do so when so many questions remain. Coming from a league that can’t provide a concrete and consistent definition of the terms, “defensive pass interference” and “catch,” taking the NFL at its word that Shaw’s actions didn’t affect any games and he was a lone wolf who went rogue is a struggle to blindly accept.

For the sports betting industry, this is no trivial matter. Bettors and books alike depend on the premise that the contests are decided on the field, not by whether or not a player in them has some skin in the game from a gambling perspective. That’s why the NFL’s handling of the situation is not only insufficient given the gravity of the situation but becomes more problematic on a grander scale.

With the introduction of PlayersEdge, Hard Rock International is evolving gaming floor culture by changing how casino-goers learn about and manage their gambling.

The new branded program is the first in the US to apply a comprehensive education strategy to meet the needs of all gamblers — from new and casual players, to seasoned regulars and anyone at-risk for or experiencing problems.

It appears the differences between competing sports betting bills in Ohio wouldn’t be settled until the tail end of the legislative process. Ohio Rep. Dave Greenspan, a Republican from Northeast Ohio, offered cautious optimism Thursday that sports betting could be legal in Ohio at some point during 2020.

Greenspan is one of two primary sponsors of HB 194, which is the House version of Ohio’s sports betting plan. The corresponding Senate bill, SB 111, sponsored by Sen. John Eklund, also a Republican from Northeast Ohio, is in the committee stage as well. Greenspan believes the two bills can eventually be reconciled after they are brought forward by the two legislative chambers.

The hardest part about breaking my smartphone addiction, I think, is the sheer breadth of things I could be doing on my phone at any given moment. There are texts, and personal e-mails, and work e-mails, and various iterations of DMs to tend to. There are breaking news alerts to open, new podcast episodes to download, flash sales to peruse, and unlikely animal friendship videos to like on Twitter. On Sundays, I zealously monitor my fantasy football team's performance; on any other day of the week, I might open the app and just look at my roster, mulling over inane start-sit decisions I'm certain to get wrong anyway. There are one million potential distractions, and my phone enables all of them to succeed, one after the other. My thumbs usually ache by the end of the day.

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw was suspended indefinitely -- through at least the 2020 season -- for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season, the NFL announced Friday.

Shaw has not played a down this season for the Cardinals. He was put on injured reserve on Aug. 25 with a shoulder injury.

“Loot boxes” are becoming increasingly prevalent on computer video games despite rising alarm over the early exposure of children to gambling, new research suggests.

Research by academics at the University of York indicates that the prevalence of loot boxes – virtual bundles of random items exchanged for real-world money – is continuing to grow on desktop games: in the group of top games studied, the presence of loot boxes has increased from about 4% to 71% over the past nine years.

Every gambling machine across the UK’s betting shops will soon feature software designed to pick up on signs of problem gambling and prevent it from happening.

If erratic or excessive play is detected, the system will lock players out of machines for 30 seconds. While the machine is locked, it will display warning messages about responsible gambling on its screens. The artificial intelligence (AI) Anonymous Player Awareness System was launched earlier this month and developed by the Betting and Gaming Council (BGC).

A video monitor shows a video poker screen during the 2016 GPI World Cup at Mediarex Sports & Entertainment in Las Vegas in 2016. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Depending on who you talk to, the reinterpretation of the Wire Act by the U.S. Justice Department will either be no problem for Nevada — or a big problem.

Gaming industry legal experts have begun analyzing the effects of the new interpretation of a 23-page opinion issued Monday by Assistant Attorney General Steven Engel of the department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Major High Street banks will launch a crackdown on problem gambling this year by allowing customers to switch off spending on betting sites.

Lloyds, Santander and Royal Bank of Scotland plan to block spending at the bookies‘ on their debit cards, by changing their banking apps to give customers control over where their money can be spent.

It comes after Barclays became the first major lender to allow customers to block categories of spending.

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