When Gambling Stops Being Fun

If gambling has stopped being a fun, affordable activity for you or a loved one, it may be time to address the issue. The signs below may indicate a problem. The more signs a person shows, the greater the likelihood that he or she may have lost control of their gambling.

  • Gambling for longer and longer periods of time
  • Lying about the extent of gambling involved
  • Often missing work or school to gamble
  • Neglecting personal or family responsibilities to gamble
  • Using gambling as an escape
  • Gambling with money needed for paying bills
  • Believing the “big win” will bring gambling under control

Common Behaviors of Problem Gambling

Which of these behaviors may be signs of a problem?

Last night he told his spouse he was working late but he was really at the casino.
Lying about the extent of gambling activity and involvement is a sign of problem.

His mortgage payment was lost in an online game of blackjack.
Using money intended for monthly bills and a growing debt resulting from gambling are signs of a problem.

He missed his son’s birthday party. He stayed late at the casino thinking that the slot machine he was playing was due for a win.
Those with gambling problems often neglect responsibilities so they can keep playing.

She’s often absent from work and is having a hard time managing her workload.
When gambling becomes an escape from job and family, it’s a problem.

She gambles more and more to escape from the pressures of home and work.
When gambling becomes an escape from job and family, it’s a problem.  

Note: If you recognize these behaviors in you or someone else and are concerned that a problem exists, there is help. To learn more, call the Nevada Council on Problem Gambling at 1-800-522-4700.

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 the following 24-hour confidential hotlines:

Nevada Council on Problem Gambling

Maryland Alliance for Responsible Gambling

Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling

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

Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services

If you desire to self-limit from gaming at all US based MGM Resorts International properties, you may request a Self-Limit Access Program 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