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Welcome to the New York State Gaming Commission Responsible Gaming Page

We are here to provide you the resources you need to make informed decisions about the many gambling entertainment options New York State has to offer. This site also offers important self-assessment tools and identifies additional resources that can help you or someone you know recognize when playing for fun ends and the risk of becoming a problem gambler begins.

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Do You Have a Gambling Problem?

NYS HOPEline

A confidential support and referral hotline staffed by masters-level clinicians 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Staff can answer your questions and help you find problem gambling treatment and/or self help.

Responsible Gaming IQ

What is the typical age of a problem gambler? How can you tell if someone has a problem gambling addiction? Take this Responsible Gaming IQ test to find out. Some answers may surprise you.

Voluntary Self-Exclusion

New York's program allows gamblers to voluntarily agree to bar themselves from entering and/or participating in gaming and gambling operations throughout the state for a period of 1, 3 or 5 years, or a lifetime.

Additional Information

Public Service Archive

New York is actively working to raise awareness of Problem Gambling across all age groups with a series of rotating messages.

Gaming Commission Mission Statement

The New York State Gaming Commission became effective February 1, 2013 resulting from the merger of the State's Racing and Wagering Board and the New York Lottery.

Mission Statement

To ensure that all lawful gaming and horse racing activity conducted in this State is of the highest integrity, credibility and quality. Operating in the most efficient and transparent manner, the Commission conducts the New York Lottery and serves the best interests of the public by providing responsive and effective state gaming regulation.

The Commission strives to ensure that all stakeholders in the gaming and horse racing industries, including the consumers who wager on activities regulated or operated by the commission, are treated in an equitable and responsible manner and to promote the health and safety of horses and all participants in racing.

By consolidating various regulatory functions into one oversight body with broad powers, the Commission seeks to ensure fair and strict regulation of all gaming activity while reducing costs and regulatory burdens to the gaming industry. The Commission aspires to provide the regulatory structure necessary for New York gaming activity to operate effectively in a global, evolving and increasingly competitive marketplace to generate revenue for aid to education and for the support of government, and to contribute to overall economic development and job creation in New York.

Responsible Play Partnership

The New York Sate Gaming Commission, The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and the New York Council on Problem Gambling have formed the Responsible Play Partnership to address problem gambling in New York State. This includes: ensuring that gaming venues comply with all rules and regulations and undertake proper outreach measures, reevaluating self-exclusion policies across the state to ensure consistency, and considering the best ways to advance New York's long-term commitment to prevent and treat compulsive gambling.

World Lottery Association Certification

The New York State Gaming Commission is recognized by the World Lottery Association as North America’s only gaming regulator to earn the prestigious Level 4 Certification for incorporating Responsible Gaming principles into its daily operations across all Divisions including Gaming; Horse Racing and Pari-Mutuel Wagering; Charitable Gaming; and Lottery. The world-class Certification also recognizes the Commission’s commitment to continuous improvement.