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When sports betting is legalized in Ohio on Jan. 1, local recovery services believe it may cause an increase in problem gambling among local residents and statewide.

Penn Sports Interactive faces a $250K fine after it was determined Barstool Sportsbook targeted underage bettors on a college campus. It’s believed to be one of the largest financial penalties – if not the largest – recommended by the Ohio Casino Control Commission,

In 2017, one in four Ohioans who participated in sports gambling was in the at-risk category, according to a report by Ohio for Responsible Gambling. The nonprofit is in the process of finalizing results from that same survey conducted in 2022, so the state has a baseline once sports gambling becomes legal.

In a survey released this week, 10 of 23 academic economists said they believed the economic benefits of legalized gambling on sports would outweigh the costs. Four said they expected costs to outweigh the benefits and the other nine were uncertain.

As sports betting heads toward legalization in Ohio, the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio is raising concerns that legalized sports betting will increase instances of gambling addiction in the state.

“Looking at our neighboring states who have legalized sports betting, the call volume to their state helplines for gambling have increased exponentially,” Derek Longmeier, Executive Director of the Problem Gambling Network of Ohio said. “We would expect a similar thing to happen here.”

With the increasing availability of online gambling, there are concerns that this will also lead to a big rise in the number of people who are dealing with gambling problems. As each state makes its own rules, it is something that each respective region is going to have to deal with in their own rights.

A Plain Township man, accused of operating four gambling businesses in Stark County until the summer of 2018, has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges.

The four casinos and seven racinos in Ohio combined to make a bit more than $211 million in revenue for July, just short of state records but continuing a strong 2021.

With the budget bill signed into law last month, legislators are looking ahead for the next big issues to be tackled after summer break. Among the conversations that'll take place between now and when lawmakers return will be the future of sports betting in Ohio.

Ohio lawmakers did not finalize a proposal on legal sports gambling before departing the Statehouse for a summer break. But it’s a sure bet they will take a close look at the issue upon returning to work in September.

With the budget bill signed into law, legislators are looking ahead for the next big issues to be tackled after summer break. Among the conversations that'll take place between now and when lawmakers return will be the future of sports betting in Ohio.

The sports gambling bill that passed overwhelmingly in the Ohio Senate last week is already running into problems. The language in it could potentially lock out some of the entities that hoped to control sports gambling in the first place.

With mental health issues coming to the forefront during the COVID-19 pandemic, problem gambling, too, has been on the rise. Derek Longmeier, Executive Director for Problem Gambling Network of Ohio, said casinos have also reported “record years,” despite being closed for some time and then reopening at 25% to 50% capacity.

The National Council on Problem Gambling has announced the results of board of directors election, with five individuals subsequently being elected to serve terms from July 2021 to July 2024. Those newly elected to the board include Derek Longmeier, Executive Director of PGNO, and Karen Russo, Director of Responsible Gambling for the Ohio Lottery Commission.

Each online license holder can contract with an unlimited number of additional sportsbook partners. This could create one of the first uncapped online markets in the country and the first with retail betting options.

SB 176 does not contain the necessary protections to mitigate the harm that will result from introducing e-bingo. The bill contains no requirements to ensure the e-bingo staff is consistently trained to respond to those experiencing a gambling problem. PGNO & Get Gaming Right weigh in on the issue.

Senator Nathan Manning floated the idea at Wednesday’s Ohio Senate Select Committee Gaming hearing. Senator Manning, the vice-chair of the committee and co-sponsor of the bill, spoke in front of the committee to explain the changes, most of which dealt with the two types of licenses the Ohio Casino Control Commission will be doling out.

The Ohio Senate has released its latest attempt to legalize sports betting in the state with a proposal that creates two types of licenses, both regulated by the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

PGNO is working towards providing daytime callers with direct access to gambling certified counselors as part of Ohio's Warm Transfer Project. In order for this project to be successful, PGNO and our collaborative partners need a comprehensive list of those skilled in providing gambling treatment services in Ohio.

If you are certified to treat disordered gamblers and do not find yourself listed at, please fill out the Referral Agreement and email it to Michael Buzzelli at

“We know that the more access there is to gambling, the more people will be negatively impacted,” Problem Gambling Network of Ohio Executive Director Derek Longmeier said.

Sen. Kirk Schuring (R-Canton) said he will contact every member of the committee for their input based on the testimony presented during the hearings.

States across the country are embracing sports betting as a way of capturing tax revenue. If legalized here, Ohioans might be able to place bets inside bars, restaurants, bowling alleys, casinos and racinos.

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.

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.

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