How to Avoid Becoming a Problem Gambler

July 28, 2021 Off By admin

Steve and Matt Bourie from the American Casino Guide book, interview Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), to discuss the issue of problem gambling and the best ways to avoid becoming a problem gambler.

The NCPG is a Washington D.C.-based group that collaborates with other organizations to help problem gamblers. Whyte has been with the organization since 1998.

Recognized widely for his expertise in responsible gaming and problem gambling policy, Whyte has given presentations in 39 US states and 21 countries. He has testified before the United States Congress four times and appeared before numerous other national, state, tribal, and local legislative and regulatory bodies. Keith is also frequently quoted in the national and international media on problem gambling issues.

Anyone wanting more information on the NCPG can visit their website at You can also call them at 1-800-522-4700; chat with them at; or text them at1-800-522-4700

Here are the topics discussed in this video and their time codes.

0:00 Introduction to Keith Whyte
1:32 Background on NCPG
3:20 Problem gambling awareness month
5:10 Steve and Matt’s philosophy on gambling
6:10 What is the definition of a problem gambler?
8:55 What percent of gamblers have a gambling problem?
10:40 Can you have a gambling problem even if you don’t go to casinos?
14:00 Will the influx of legalized sports betting increase problem gambling rates?
17:50 Background on “Have a Game Plan” initiative professional sports leagues have joined
19:25 What is a gambling addict and who is likely to become one?
22:35 How to tell if you have a gambling problem
24:55 How can gamblers avoid developing a gambling problem?
26:45 Where can people go to get help with a gambling problem?
29:40 Do exclusion programs actually work?
32:50 How do you contact the NCPG?