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More Americans Getting “Hooked” on Sports Betting

What do Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. all have in common?  They’re sports super-stars, of course. But they’re also something else:  Hard-core gambling addicts. Which means they’ve also lost a ton of money– much of it betting on sporting events. Mayweather, Jr. regularly gambles as much as $400,000 on college football games.  He reportedly once won $3 million on a single Orange Bowl contest.  But his biggest bet – and loss — came in 2014, when he wagered $10 million that the Denver Broncos would … Read More »

NFL kickoff brings sports gambling addiction worries

Availability of gambling through mobile app has addiction experts concerned by: Ian Costello Posted: Sep 5, 2019 / 12:05 PM PDT / Updated: Oct 1, 2019 / 11:55 AM PDT PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The wait for the NFL season is over and heavy gambling is coming along with kickoff. The 2019 campaign starts Thursday evening as the Green Bay Packers travel to take on the Chicago Bears. A full slate of games is scheduled for Sunday. According to a study released this week by the American Gambling Association, an … Read More »

Tips For Avoiding Sports Betting Ahead of Super Bowl 2020

Super Bowl 2020 is looming on the horizon, and with it the ever present temptation to place a bet. As most people in sports betting know, the Super Bowl can be a challenging time for somebody in recovery from gambling. Click HERE for a few tips to get you through the day that experts call the biggest gambling day of the year: Courtesy of Algamus Treatment Services

Veterans and Gambling Addiction

With Veterans Day coming up, we as a nation will pause to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. The day also serves as a reminder that many veterans struggle day to day with a spectrum of mental health issues. One you may not be aware of but that is included in that list is gambling addiction. We talked about a program aimed at helping identify and treat this disease. WEBSITE: Get Set Before You Bet: Gamble Responsibly Article courtesy of NBC4i Columbus

Initiatives aim to curb increase in problem gambling in Ohio

With problem gambling on the rise in Ohio, the state is starting campaigns to combat the issue. “Get Set Before You Bet” discourages gamblers from spending more than they can afford to lose, and “Change the Game” asks adults to recognize the signs of problem gambling in children and discuss it with them. The Ohio for Responsible Gambling initiative, which includes state agencies such as the lottery and casino commissions, organized the campaigns and is giving videos and print materials to providers of mental-health care and nonprofit groups to distribute. … Read More »

Ohio grapples with problem gambling

Josh McClellan already had a gambling problem when Hollywood Casino opened in Toledo, giving the Army veteran a dangerous new place to play his money away. He would start at the tables with anywhere from $300 to $1,500, working his way through poker and blackjack. When he lost too much money at cards, he would play the slots for a while, win some back, and return to the tables to lose the rest. “I loved going to the casino,” he said. “I usually didn’t leave until the money was gone.” Mr. McClellan’s … Read More »

Gambling addiction a major concern in sports betting debate

The Supreme Court has given states the go-ahead to allow gambling on sports nationwide, Ohio legislators are faced with deciding how to move forward with local legislation. “There are a tremendous amount of options,” said Senator Bill Coley, who represents the 4th Ohio Senate District, and is the Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Government Oversight and Reform. Click here for more on this breaking story.   

Ohio Gambling Survey Analysis Released

The Ohio for Responsible Gambling coalition today released an analysis of the Ohio Gambling Survey – Round Two, a follow-up to the baseline survey done in 2012, before any of the state’s casinos and racetrack-based racinos had opened. Ohio for Responsible Gambling (ORG) includes the Ohio Commissions of Casino Control, Lottery and Racing, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS). The new 2016-17 survey gathered 24,000 completed responses and includes the same prevalence measurement used in 2012, the Canadian Problem Gambling Index (CPGI). This allows for a … Read More »

Fighting Compulsive Gambling Among Women

By TANYA MOHN APRIL 28, 2017 Marilyn Lancelot, 86, said that after being a compulsive gambler for seven years, she was arrested at age 61 for embezzling $350,000 from her job and served nearly a year in prison.  Credit Deanna Alejandra Dent for The New York Times         Blinking lights, the clicking sound of coins, and perks like free or inexpensive food, drinks and casino bus trips are enticing many older women to gamble. For some people, that seductive environment can be extremely dangerous. “Casinos are trained to make you feel … Read More »

More Ohioans Getting Treated for Gambling Addiction

May 2, 2017, at 12:44 a.m DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An increase in the number of Ohioans treated for gambling addiction in the past two years is attributed not only to the effects of casino legalization but to increased availability of treatment. State reports show the number of Ohioans treated or diagnosed with a gambling disorder rose by more than 11 percent from 2014 through 2016. The Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2qlf4xk ) the increase coincides with treatment centers and with the spread of casino gambling around the state since the … Read More »