Play it Smart

GameSense® keeps gambling fun with tips and information for casino guests.

How Gambling Works

The More You Know

Ever wonder how the games you play really work? What about the odds of winning and losing? It’s smart to learn as much as possible about each game. The more you know, the better decisions you’ll make and the more fun you’ll have.

Tools & Resources

What kind of player are you?

Everyone has a different approach to gambling. GameSense offers a variety of tools and information to teach you how the games work, how to play, the odds, and how to set limits on time and money spent playing.

Finding Help

If gambling no longer feels like a game, it may be time to step away. In some cases, you may decide you need support in getting control of your gambling.

Signs of a gambling problem

Gambling Disorder is behavior which causes disruptions in any major area of life: psychological, physical, social or vocational. It is a progressive addiction characterized by increasing preoccupation with gambling, a need to bet more money more frequently, restlessness or irritability when attempting to stop, “chasing” losses, and loss of control manifested by continuation of the gambling behavior in spite of mounting, serious, negative consequences.


Are you concerned about a potential gambling problem? Take the ten-question self-assessment provided by the National Council on Problem Gambling.

A person shows signs of gambling disorder if he/she:

  • Needs to gamble with increasing amounts of money to achieve the desired excitement
  • Exhibits restless or irritable behavior when attempting to cut down or stop gambling
  • Is often preoccupied with thoughts about gambling
  • Often gambles when feeling distress
  • Chases one's losses/returns another day to get even
  • Lies to conceal the extent of gambling
  • Jeopardizes a significant relationship, job or opportunity because of gambling
  • Relies on others to provide money to relieve desperate financial situations caused by gambling

Additional Help

If you would like to learn more about responsible gaming, consult with a GameSense Advisor.

If you feel you need help, please call or visit the following 24-hour confidential resources:

Nevada Council on Problem Gambling

Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling

Massachusetts Council on Gaming and Health

Michigan Department of Community Health

The Mississippi Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling

The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey

Ohio for Responsible Gaming

If you desire to self-limit from gaming at all US based MGM Resorts International properties, you may request a Self-Limit Program Enrollment Form at the Casino Cage of any of our US based casino properties. In addition, in the states of Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Ohio individuals requesting to be self-excluded may also fill out a form specific for that state.

Maryland Lottery and Gaming Control Agency

Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Michigan Gaming Control Board

Mississippi Gaming Commission
Jackson 1.800.504.7529
Central District 1.888.465.8312
Northern District 1.800.269.3577
Southern District 1.800.497.8550

New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement
Atlantic City 1.609.441.3846
Trenton 1.609.777.2279

Ohio Lottery Commission

New York State Gaming Commission