Myths & Facts

Myth

If I play long enough I will eventually come out on top.

Fact

myths-factsEveryone loses over time. Never keep gambling to try to win your money back. This is called “chasing your losses,” and it’s a sign of problematic behavior. Casinos and other gambling venues are built on people losing. If everyone eventually won, they wouldn’t be in business.

Myth

Slot machines that have not hit in a long time are “due to pay out.”

Fact

Many believe slots must “pay out” after so many spins or after a designated amount of time. This is simply not the case. Slot machines run on a constantly computing Random Number Generator. This random process tells the slot which symbols to stop on. It can not be predicted, learned, or mastered.


Myth

I have to steal from others to be considered a gambling addict.

Fact

Many individuals have enough money to gamble problematically without committing criminal acts to finance their behavior. This however does not negate them from addiction. If spending increasing amounts of money and time starts to occur, lying becomes routine, and old hobbies are forgotten, even the richest person may be developing a gambling addiction. Furthermore, gambling affects more than just finances. Damaging your relationships, educational/career opportunities, and your physical/mental/emotional health are all serious signs of problem gambling.


Myth

If I play a game enough times, I can learn the trick and always win.

Fact

It is true that certain types of gambling involve skill to play, but knowing more doesn’t ever guarantee a win. Furthermore, all gambling, no matter the type or degree of skill involved, must have an element of chance. Never forget that gambling is still about chance, and the odds always favor the house.


Myth

I can’t become addicted to gambling because I am not putting a substance in my body.

Fact

Gambling is the only diagnosable behavioral addiction. A person can become physically, physiologically, and behaviorally addicted to gambling. Just as with drugs or alcohol the body and mind become altered, build up tolerance, experience withdrawal and lose control.


Myth

Gambling online and sports betting are legal in Ohio if I am of appropriate age.

Fact

Both sports betting and gambling online such as internet poker are illegal for all ages in the state of Ohio.