Responsible Gambling in MI – All Information and Resources

In 2019 sports betting, online sports betting, online casinos, online poker and DFS were legalized in the state in Michigan.

As gambling has become legal in more states across the US, the related problems people develop have become more widespread and pertinent.  This is true in Michigan, where online gambling became legal after a 2019 bill.  The state offers tools to help those with gambling problems to bet in a safe way or stop gambling altogether. 

Gambling is supposed to be fun. People like the thrill of playing and the chance to win some money. Meaningless games suddenly become appointment viewing! However, when the game ceases to be enjoyable, gambling becomes an addiction that can ruin people's lives.

We at want to help you understand how to gamble responsibly and what to do if you think you might have a problem. This page will teach you what it means to gamble responsibly, how to know if you have a problem, and where to get help in the sates of Michigan.

What does responsible gambling mean?

As with drinking, smoking, and other “vice” activities, gambling is best done in moderation. A fun night out can quickly be ruined by a bad run on blackjack or a large bet going the wrong way.

Responsible gambling can be defined many ways but playing within one’s financial and time constraints while never allowing losses to affect their physical, mental, or emotional well-being is a good start. Everyone reacts different to wins and losses, so determining your own limits and identifying if gambling is right for you is very important.

Gambling addiction is highly linked to substance abuse and mental illness, so those affected are more likely to struggle with multiple issues. Gamblers Anonymous surveys report that over 80% of members say they did something illegal to finance their gambling habit, leaving individuals vulnerable to erratic and dangerous behavior.

Having control and gambling responsibly becomes a life-and-death issue for many people.

How can I gamble responsibly?

Below is a set of guidelines that will help to limit the money and time spent on gambling to try to keep it an enjoyable hobby and not a harmful habit.

1. Set financial limits

Understanding how much you can play with is imperative. Many sites stress that gambling is a form of entertainment and not a way to make money. There’s a reason all those big lights in Vegas burn bright: the odds are against the player, and the house always wins. Set limits that are right for you:

  • Set bet limits: for example, put no more than $10 on one bet. This stops any single outcome from depleting your bankroll
  • Set deposit limits: don’t put in more than a set amount (like $100) at one time. This will stop you from playing too much money in one night
  • Set monthly limits: budget how much money you have available for gambling and don’t use more than that amount in one month.  You can divide it weekly if it helps, but not spending more than the set limit will keep gambling enjoyable and within your means

2. Set time limits

Casinos don’t have clocks, and betting apps like to hide how long you have been playing. Playing games is fun and losing track of time is easy. An early afternoon turns into a full day and night before you know it.  ry a few of these tips to avoid over-doing it:

  • Determine how long you want to gamble before you start and set a timer for that length. When the timer goes off, leave the casino or turn off the app
  • Don’t stay in the casino past a certain time. Plan for dinner at 6 pm, for example, and set an alarm for that time. When it comes, stop gambling and move on to what’s next
  • Set a weekly/monthly time limit and keep track of how long you gamble. You can put a five-hour weekly limit on yourself and track the time as you gamble. Once that limit has hit, stop and choose other activities for fun until the next week

3. Take some time

Intermittent breaks can help you step away and take stock of the day; how much have you spent, how long have you been there, and what are the benefits of staying or leaving? Consider several options for stepping away from gambling:

  • Take a few minutes: setting a timer for every 30 minutes while gambling is a good way to stay aware of the time and clear your head. Step away for a few minutes, use the bathroom, then come back and continue
  • Take a day or more: if you have been gambling several days in a row, it’s not a bad idea to step away for a day and do something else. The tables will be there again when you come back
  • Take a longer break: consider a week or month away from gambling if it starts to lose some of the fun. Step away and see if you miss gambling or if you might be better off with a break from the casino

4. Avoid alcohol (and drugs) while gambling

Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and makes you let down your guard. That can be a good thing at times, but in gambling it means that you are not thinking clearly about how much you are betting or how long you have been playing.

Casinos often offer free drinks for those playing at tables, and the VIP treatment can make you feel comfortable. The extra time spent at the table will inevitably cost you more in the end when extra losses start piling up. Wait until after you are done gambling to consume alcohol or any other substances.

5. Don’t borrow money, sell anything, or do anything you wouldn’t usually do to pay for gambling

Many people with gambling addictions say they accepted money from friends and family or sold things they owned to support their gambling habit. Even worse, most of them said they stole money or did something illegal to get money for gambling.

Similar stories often exist with people addicted to drugs and alcohol, and it highlights the fact that any addiction can take hold of a person and cause them to do things they usually wouldn’t do  When the thought comes to do something out of the ordinary to pay for gambling, it is a sign that a gambling problem exists.

6. Seek help as soon as you think you might have a problem

Admitting you have a problem is one of the hardest things you will ever do, but there are many resources available to help those who struggle. The stigma of addiction is being lessened all the time, and people can feel comfortable reaching out for help with any problem they have.

Seeking help for a gambling addiction is no different than drugs or alcohol, and most people cannot defeat their demons alone. We will look at how and where to get help below.

Bookmaker Resources

Lastly, bookmakers and their apps share in the responsible gambling of their users. Sites and apps have entire Responsible Gaming sections dedicated to helping players out. BetMGM, for example, has sections on how to game responsibly, how to play the games offered, how to tell if there are gambling issues, and resources on where to find help. There are also options on most sites to limit your deposits, bets, and time spent gambling.

How do I know if I have a gambling problem?

Like the tips on avoiding gambling addiction, the state of Michigan also provides a 20-question quiz for individuals to see if they may have a gambling problem (answering “yes” to at least seven questions means there is a possible issue).

This is very helpful and should be used as a tool, but here is a simpler breakdown of common signs of a gambling problem:

  • Personal problems: if gambling ever brings on high stress, depression, sleeplessness, or other problems, you should immediately stop and seek help. Physical and mental health can be affected by a gambling addiction
  • Family problems: when fights start with family, friends, co-workers, and other people in your life due to gambling, it is affecting your well-being. If people are bringing up gambling to you it’s usually because they see something is wrong
  • Financial impact: many people with gambling problems bet rather than pay bills or buy groceries. When every dollar is going to gambling or any spare money is immediately taken to the casino, there is a problem present
  • Addictive tendencies: do you go back after a loss with a bigger bet to win it all back? Do you go back after a win and let it ride to keep the high? If the feeling of always wanting to bet and/or not being able to stop while betting is present, that’s the clearest sign of a gambling problem
  • Illegal activities: many gambling addicts say they’ve stole money and items to sell to keep up their habit. If you start to think about illegal or sketchy activities to get money for gambling, it’s time to look for help

Where to get help

“The first step in beating addiction is admitting you have a problem.” We have all heard the old cliché, but it’s true. Addiction is not a sin. It is a battle that many people struggle with, and it only gets worse as time goes on. There are nation-wide resources for those with gambling problems as well as resources within individual states.

Michigan-Specific Help

Michigan Association on Problem Gambling:

A non-profit copropration to help Michigan residents who have problmes related to gambling.

Help and support are confidetial.

For more info visit their website:

Or call toll-free: 517-672-6904

National Reasources

There are multiple places to reach out to when looking for help.


The NCPG is the preeminent source of materials and resources. They list many state- and nation-wide numbers and sites on their website ( and also have a hotline (1-800-522-4700) and a 24/7 online chat option available (

Gamblers Anonymous

Founded in 1957,Gamblers Anonymous, is an community of people who share gambling problems. 

Local suport groups are available accross the world, including the United States.

For infomation regarding Gamblers Anonymous in Michigan, please visit:

Gambling addiction (along with other addictions) are no longer the taboo subjects with heavy stigmas that they were in the recent past. With so many resources to help, the problem spreads across the nation and the world, not just with certain individuals.

Getting help early, even if you’re not sure there is a problem, can save you from years of personal and financial difficulties. Be willing to reach out and talk to somebody because you are not alone, and others can help you through your toughest times.


Gambling is a fun activity that, when done in moderation, creates entertainment and a chance to win a little money. When the fun stops, though, depression, substance abuse, and other maladies often come along with a gambling addiction, leaving individuals and families broken. This is a reality for millions of Americans every year.

Gamble with care and seek out help if you need it. With lives and families at risk there is no benefit to waiting or letting the problem get worse. There are people who care and want to help, and you can get past a gambling addiction. Keep these resources to check back with and find someone to help when in need.