Legal gaming has expanded in Iowa. New customers and those with more experience can both benefit from some timely reminders. Sieda Prevention is increasing awareness of responsible gambling in our ten-county catchment area. Responsible Gaming Education Week (RGEW) September 19 – 25 is a great time to look at several tips to help keep gaming fun.  

Tips to help ensure that are:
  • Set a budget and stick to it. To avoid problems, don’t think of gaming as a way to make money. Always bet with money you can afford to lose. When losses occur, avoid “chasing” it or trying to win back a loss by going over your limit.
  • Know the odds by learning about the game you’re playing. Sports betting operators provide resources to understand the game and the odds of winning.
  • Play legally with licensed, trusted operators.

If you or someone you care about may have a gambling problem, contact 1-800-BETS OFF. Free, confidential support is offered. Trained staff will listen, provide information or connect you to an experienced counselor. Further education for groups or students is available through the Sieda Prevention Services call 641-683-6747.