Responsible Gambling in Virginia

All forms of gambling, including sports betting in Virginia, are intended to be for entertainment purposes only. If you, or someone you know, has a gambling problem, please call the Virginia Problem Gambling Helpline at 1-800-532-3500.

At BetVirginia we believe in responsible gambling practices. The only operators on this site are not only legal and licensed, but also practice safe and responsible betting. Below you will find a number of resources for problem gamblers and loved ones, as well as tips to practice safe betting.

Virginia Problem Gambling Resources

Virginia has plenty of resources for problem gamblers and loved ones. These can be accessed anywhere, 24/7, for free.

Virginia Lottery's Play Responsibly Campaign

The Virginia Lottery's Play Responsibly campaign has phone and text lines for support, plus provides tips and education to help gamblers be more informed about betting.

Virginia Council on Problem Gambling

The Virginia Council on Problem Gambling works to improve the well-being of those in Virginia who have been impacted by gambling. Through them you can find education on problem gambling and find events and seminars which address these issues and assist in need of help.

National Resources for Problem Gambling

In addition to state resources, there are several national resources for problem gamblers in Virginia. 

National Council on Problem Gambling

The National Council on Problem Gambling is a national organization in the U.S. that provides a wealth of resources, information and programs for problem gamblers, family members and friends.

Problem Gambling Support Groups

Below you will find different support groups for problem gamblers. These are designated for individuals struggling with problem gambling, as well as, loved ones. 

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous is a self help group for anyone who may be struggling with problem gambling. The model is similar to other Anonymous Support groups and involves sharing, open dialogue, support and steps. 

You can find GA meetings across the United States. They are available in person and online. 


Gam-Anon is a self help group catered to family members and friends of problem gamblers. They provide support and resources to help loved ones cope with the situation at hand. In person and online meetings are available and can be found on their site. 


GamTalk is a free open forum for anyone who has been impacted by problem gambling. You can talk with others who are going through a similar experience, share your stories and find support. 

Responsible Gambling Practices Offered by Sportsbooks

All Virginia betting apps provide responsible gambling resources. These include tips, advice and guides on their site, as well as opt-out opportunities and betting limits. Depending on the operator you may need to contact customer support to opt out for a period of time (this means you won’t be able to login or bet for a designated period of time) or to set betting limits (you will only be able to bet up to a certain amount in a given period of time).

Tips for Responsible Gambling

Gambling is for fun. There are a few things to keep in mind whenever you are wagering online (or in person):

  • Set a budget that you can realistically afford to lose.
  • Never play beyond your means.
  • Set a time limit and stick to it.
  • Avoid placing a large bet with the hopes that you will win big.
  • Never chase your losses.
  • You should not look at wagering as a get-rich-quick method or a pathway to financial freedom.
  • Drinking or being under the influence of another substance while wagering should be avoided.
  • Stay away from gambling if you are in recovery.

Gambling, whether it be betting, casino wagering, lottery play, horse racing and more, is meant to be a form of entertainment. It should always be done in a responsible way. If ever you feel like you are losing control of your gambling, please know there are ample resources in Virginia and on a national level that can be accessed 24/7, for free.


Wes Roesch

Wes is an editor and writer for Based out of the Kansas City area, Wes has covered sports professionally since 2015 with a strong emphasis on sports betting and the NFL, though he's also covered pro wrestling, UFC, college sports and more.

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