Warning Signs

Warning Signs

If someone you know exhibits any of the following warning signs below, they may have developed a gambling problem. Please get them the help they need.

Call 1-800-BETS-OFF.

Is Someone You Know...?

  • Preoccupied with gambling (i.e. reliving past gambling experiences, planning the next venture, or thinking of ways to get money with which to gamble)
  • Secretive about his/her gambling habits, and defensive when  confronted
  • Increasing bet amounts when gambling in order to achieve the desired excitement ("high")
  • Trying unsuccessfully to control, cut back or stop gambling
  • Restless or irritable when not gambling



  • Gambling to escape problems
  • Chasing losses with more gambling
  • Lying to family and others about the extent of gambling
  • Committing crimes to finance gambling
  • Jeopardizing or losing relationships, jobs, education or career opportunities because of gambling
  • Relying on others to bail him or her out relieve a desperate financial situation caused by gambling