Know the Risks

Ads for online gambling and sports betting make wagering online seem like all fun, all the time. But here’s the real deal: There are risks with betting online that rarely get mentioned, so be alert.

What to Know About Online Gambling

When gambling online, it’s important to be aware of your actions. With the accessibility of online gambling, it’s easy to lose track of time and money. Plan before you play to reduce the risks.


Not all online gambling sites are legal in Ontario, which can make it difficult to claim your winnings. Make sure you choose licensed operator sites before you play.

All gambling activities have risks, even those online. Playing online isn’t about luck and does not increase your chances of winning.

Gambling online can make it easier to spend more time and money. Be aware of time/money spent due to ease of accessibility.

If you gamble online, have a plan.

Before you play online:

When you play online:

  • Check for licensing.

    Make sure that you’re playing on an iGO licensed site. To check if a site is licensed, click here.

  • Use the tools available.

    Learn about and take advantage of the tools that gambling websites offer to help you stay in budget and prevent yourself from losing track of time.

  • Keep it fun.

    If you’re not having fun, take a break. You can block sites you don’t want access to, or set time limits using software like Bet Blocker and GamBan.

For more lower-risk gambling tips, click here.


Resources for Help

If you have concerns about your online gambling or are worried about someone close to you, free and confidential support is available.

Support for Adults
Support for Youth and Young Adults