Gambling is a form of entertainment and is meant to be fun. However, for some bettors it can become more than that, making moderation or setting limits a challenge. Therefore, it’s essential that the appropriate resources are provided for those that may suffer from gambling addiction.
Thankfully, like other U.S. states with legal gambling, Colorado is both required and committed to ensuring the safety of its citizens. Responsible gaming measures are utilized on the state’s online gambling sites and at brick-and-mortar casinos to keep bettors safe.
Options for setting gambling limits
Since all online gaming is done through the computer or via a mobile app, it’s easy to build in safety measures. Establishing limits at retail casinos and sportsbooks is a little more complicated, but the measures are still available. A number of methods are provided by CO online gambling sites in order to help customers limit their play, if they choose to do so, including the following.
Self exclusion is one of the primary ways to protect yourself from problem gambling. If the temptation to place a wager is too much to overcome, bettors can begin a self-imposed ban at any time. It takes any guesswork out of the equation in knowing that there is no way to place a wager.
The Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado’s self exclusion program works together with the Colorado Gaming Association, and their hope is that it’s not used as a temporary measure. They’ve designed it for those who wish to permanently put a stop to harmful gambling behavior. With that being said, they do allow for self exclusion periods of 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, and for life. The Colorado self exclusion form can be found here. After a self imposed ban has expired, bettors that want to get involved again will need to fill out a separate application for reinstatement.
Colorado online gaming sites also offer their own self exclusion bans of varying lengths. Look for the responsible gaming section within the online operator’s sportsbook site or app to see what is available.
If you’re concerned about losing too much, it’s possible to set loss limits too. For example, if you don’t want to go down more than $100 in a week, you can set that up. If you hit the $100 loss amount you’ll be unable to wager until the weekly time limit expires.
Another useful stop/loss method that includes easily definable deposit limits that can be set to make sure bettors don’t lose more than they’re comfortable with.
Individual bet limits
Setting individual bet limits is another way to take control over your gambling. Bettors can set a maximum wager amount as not to go overboard with their bet amounts. Don’t want to risk more than $10 at once? Set it up within your account.
Additional problem gambling resources
- Colorado Gamblers Anonymous: Colorado Gamblers Anonymous builds community support through shared experiences with problem gaming. The only requirement for membership is that you want to stop gambling. Meetings are available throughout the state.
- Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado: The Problem Gambling Coalition of Colorado aims to build awareness, promote treatment, and educate on problem gaming. Unlike other national organizations, they provide Colorado-specific assistance. The Problem Gaming Coalition of Colorado is affiliated with the National Council of Problem Gambling.
- National Council of Problem Gambling: The NCPG works as a national advocacy group for assisting problem gamblers, and those impacted by problem gambling. In addition to other resources, they run the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network, which works nationwide: 1-800-522-4700.
- International Center of Responsible Gaming: The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) studies gambling disorders both within the U.S. and around the world. Their goal is to lessen all gambling related problems.