Black Oak Casino Resort takes the issue of responsible gaming very seriously. We encourage all guests to enjoy themselves and have fun by staying within their limits and budgets. The information and contacts listed on this page are for the purpose of understanding responsible gaming and to assist you in seeking help if you feel you may have a gambling problem. We encourage you to contact one of the listed organizations today.
Recognizing the problem
It is widely believed that 1-2% of all gamblers are compulsive and that most experience varying degrees of depression. Participating in games of chance becomes a self-medicating distraction, providing only temporary relief from the underlying problems associated with this type of compulsive behavior.
How do you know if you have a gambling problem?
- A compulsive gambler is defined as someone whose gambling has caused growing and continuing problems in his or her life.
- Symptoms include:
- Inability to stop gambling
- Vows to abstain
- Increasing financial, work and/or relationship difficulties as a result of gambling
What can you do if you have a problem?
Admit that you have a progressive illness that won’t go away by itself. Thousands of people have received help through Gamblers Anonymous [link to gamblersanonymous.org] or other programs designed specifically for people with gambling problems.
You can also call for confidential help:
National Helpline for Problem and Compulsive Gambling
Call 1-800-522-4700 or click on the Responsible Gaming tab on each of the property pages for regional numbers.
You can also find helpful information on these websites:
Office of Problem Gambling (OPG)
National Council on Problem Gambling, States Councils and Affiliates (which include links to its states affiliates)
The Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders at Harvard Medical School
American Gaming Association
National Center for Responsible Gaming
Council on Compulsive Gambling of California (CCGC)