North Carolina Gambling Resources

North Carolina is the latest in a long line of states to legalize online sports betting. While it’s a big boon for many — including bettors, the state, and sportsbook operators offering their services in NC — there are natural risks and North Carolina gambling resources that come with the advent of online betting apps.

As a result, it’s important to brush up on responsible gambling in the Tar Heel State. This page will cover what it means, how to stay safe with North Carolina sports betting, and organizations with resources to assist gamblers who may need help. 

Responsible Gambling in North Carolina: What Does it Mean?

Responsible gambling or responsible gaming — used interchangeably — is an umbrella term for a singular goal: to keep betting safe and fun for everyone. The overarching goal of responsible gambling is to prevent players from developing problematic behaviors. It also includes initiatives by operators, governing bodies, regulators, and other industry leaders to get help for at-risk players and prevent them from any potentially harmful behaviors. 

Now, you may see a lot of messaging or advertisements that say things such as “Bet responsibly,” “Play within your means,” or similar phrases. These are good pieces of advice, but they are not the end-all-be-all. Especially in recent years, responsible gambling has come to be understood as a more holistic term.

In other words, it’s not just you, the player, who should be responsible. Sportsbooks, online casinos, retail casinos, and any other gambling provider should have a vested interest in protecting players. 

In short, responsible gambling is an industry-spanning term that includes keeping gambling safe and fun while also providing valuable assistance to anyone who might need it. 

Responsible Gambling Tips

First, it’s important to remember that sportsbooks have various resources available to players in North Carolina:

  • Self-exclusion lists 
  • Deposit limits you can set within the app
  • Timers reminding you of how long you’ve been using the app
  • Underage gambling restrictions (apps are 21+ in NC)

Other programs are starting to become more common, too. For example, in some states, operators partner with treatment providers to get players help with as little friction as possible. 

In addition to knowing the available resources at sportsbooks, we recommend practicing a few responsible gambling habits on your own:

  • Only bet what you can afford to lose
  • Set your budget and stick with it; when you’re done, you’re done
  • Ask for help if you need it
  • Use the resources available to set limits or timers
  • Never chase your losses
  • Don’t gamble if you are in a highly emotional state (stressed, sad, angry, etc.)
  • Only play at licensed NC sports betting sites

Problem Gambling in North Carolina: How it Relates

Problem gambling is, in many ways, the flip side of the responsible gambling coin. It is the issue responsible gambling tries to prevent and, when necessary, treat. 

Problem gambling is difficult to define and even more challenging to identify. Because it is an addiction to a process and gambling is so accessible, problem gambling is not as easily identifiable as problematic habits like smoking or drinking. However, many of the signs are similar:

  • Moodiness when not gambling (depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Seeking unusual ways to get money, such as soliciting loved ones or selling belongings
  • Irritability when not gambling
  • Feeling the constant need to gamble
  • Defensiveness when asked about gambling
  • Deceiving loved ones about gambling habits (lessening losses, faking wins, etc.)
  • Betting repeatedly to recover losses
  • Skipping work, school, or other commitments to gamble
  • Frequent gambling on sports or events you have no interest in otherwise

These are only a handful of signs of problem gambling. Also, these signs can vary widely in severity, so it can be hard to tell if you or someone you love has a gambling problem. 

North Carolina Responsible Gambling Resources

North Carolina has a plethora of responsible gambling programs aimed at preventing and treating problem gambling. 

More Than a Game

More Than A Game is the official responsible gambling program of the North Carolina Department of Health And Human Services. The site has various ways to get in touch and find helpful resources:

The More Than A Game website also has handy resources for problem gamblers and a dedicated page for those concerned about a family member or friend. 

North Carolina State Lottery Commission

The North Carolina State Lottery Commission (NCSLC) oversees sports betting and online gambling in the state. It has numerous resources available. 

The organization’s Responsible Gaming page has links to More Than A Game, which we covered above, plus the voluntary self-exclusion program. Players who are concerned about problem gambling can opt in to the self-exclusion program. It prevents self-excluded players from accessing horse race betting or sports wagering for a certain amount of time. 

The page also includes common signs of problem gambling and additional details about self-exclusion. 

Approved Operator List

One way to ensure you’re playing safely is to bet only at approved NC sports betting sites. The NCSLC has a list of approved operators. If you find a sportsbook that isn’t on this list, it’s unsafe and best to avoid.

National Responsible Gambling Resources

Resources aren’t limited to North Carolina. Various national and federal organizations assist problem gamblers and promote responsible gambling across the country. 

National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling has many services, programs, and resources to promote sustainable play. The 1-800-GAMBLER helpline is available for free nationwide.

The NCPG website contains helpful FAQ databases, an advocacy toolkit, and more. There’s also a link to ResponsiblePlay.org, which has a questionnaire to help you determine your risk for problem gambling. 

Nationwide Support Programs and Online Forums

There are three well-known support programs for problem gamblers and loved ones:

International Center for Responsible Gambling

The ICRG funds research and support resources to promote responsible play and curb problem gambling. It is affiliated with the American Gaming Association. 

SAMHSA National Helpline

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers a free 24-7 confidential helpline in English and Spanish for various mental health problems, including problem gambling. 

Stay Responsible When Gambling Online

Whenever you play at online sportsbooks, remember it is meant to be fun and entertaining. When the fun stops, you should take a step back and consider whether your behaviors are concerning.

Remember, asking for help if you need it is entirely okay. Always play responsibly, whether you’re in North Carolina or elsewhere.

More North Carolina Gambling Resources

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About the Author
Cole Rush

Cole Rush

Writer and Contributor
Cole Rush is an industry writer and contributor at Gaming Today. He is a Chicago-based writer in the gambling and media spaces. His work has been showcased in various gaming industry magazines and online columns. Rush also covers pop culture and books for Reactor Mag (formerly Tor.com) and TheQuillToLive.com, a sci-fi and fantasy book review site. He has more than eight years of experience writing about gambling and entertainment.

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