What is Responsible Gambling?

Responsible gambling means participating in gambling activities with less risk of experiencing harm or causing harm to others.

iGaming Ontario’s approach to responsible gambling is centered around empowering players to make informed choices about their play. Informed choice is about using the knowledge, information, and tools you have to make safer decisions about gambling. Check out iGaming 101 for tips about how the games work, setting time or money limits, or deciding to take a break from gambling.

Visit the Responsible Gambling Council and take a quick gambling quiz to check in on your gambling, or learn about how much gambling really costs you over time.

The Importance of Responsible Gambling

iGaming Ontario Operators help protect players from gambling harms by empowering them with information and tools to play safer. Responsible gambling can prevent or reduce harm. 

Responsible gambling can also help you enjoy your playing experience more. Imagine spending more than you planned to because you didn’t know how to make a wager. Not very much fun, right? But if you learn how the games work, understand the odds of winning and have realistic expectations about winning, you might find that you’ll have a better time.

Check out this Public Service Announcement (PSA) produced by the Responsible Gambling Council in partnership with ThinkTV to educate people about the risks of online gambling:

What is iGaming Ontario’s Role in Responsible Gambling?

iGaming Ontario requires Operators to:


Successfully achieve and maintain responsible gambling accreditation through the Responsible Gambling Council’s RG Check program to ensure a high standard of responsible gambling programming.


Run problem gambling prevention and responsible gambling campaigns with a goal of achieving a balance between responsible gambling advertising and promotional marketing.


Participate in a future coordinated and centralized self-exclusion program that supports players to take a break from all regulated internet gaming websites in Ontario.


Share anonymized player data for the purpose of advancing problem gambling and responsible gambling research.

These four expectations are in addition to all Ontario Operators having to meet the responsible gambling standards set out by Ontario’s regulator, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) in the Registrar’s Standards for Internet Gaming.