SANFORD, Florida., February 11, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — According to Jennifer Kruseexecutive director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, “Although football used to be an American pastime, today it seems the focus is on the game. Fans can no longer watch a game without being bombarded with advertisements for sports betting is a cultural change and one to which government, medical professionals and others need to be alert and prepared, as the proliferation of sports betting increases the number of people at risk of gambling addiction.”
Legalized sports betting has exploded in 2021, largely as a result of gambling facility closures and quarantines introduced by COVID-19. During this period, 11 states approved sports betting, most of which sanctioned transactions through mobile devices. From February 202230 states and the District of Colombia and Porto Rico offer some form of legal sports betting via a mobile app, in person at a casino or bookmaker, or both. Evidence of this growth is the American Gaming Association’s projection that 31.4 million Americans will bet $7.61 billion (legal and illegal bets) on this year’s league game, making it the most highly wagered game of all time.
Society is transforming through digital technology and getting used to instant and cashless transactions, which have now overtaken gambling. Exacerbating this is the sheer number of bets that can be placed, including live bets, which allow players to place bets throughout a game as events unfold. These “micro bets” convert these games into continuous forms of play that have a fast play cycle, allow reinvestment of winnings, and do not encourage interruptions to play, which research has consistently shown to be highly addictive. “When people can gamble from anywhere, at any time, and can do so in isolation without others knowing, it poses risks for gambling addiction, as it does for substance abuse and alcohol and drug abuse.Given the advances in technology and the action associated with live betting, it is particularly appealing to young men who value the accessibility, immediacy and privacy of gaming,” said explained Kruse.
Although many sports bettors may know games, players and conditions because there are unknown or unforeseen variables, sports betting, like other forms of gambling, involves varying degrees of luck. However, research has shown that sports bettors perceive their play to be determined more by their own skill, knowledge and analysis, and less by chance or chance. It further reveals that players who play games of skill overestimate their personal ability to win. Additionally, younger bettors have less experience with the game, are more likely to misunderstand how the game works, and to have irrational beliefs about the odds. For example, some people mistakenly believe that the more bets they place, the better their chances of winning.
Finally, Kruse suggests that recovering problem gamblers and others who wish to abstain from gambling put protective measures in place by scheduling alternative activities with trusted loved ones and contacting the 888-ADMIT helpline. -IT.
Some warning signs of problem gambling among sports bettors include:
- Inability to watch sporting events without betting
- Borrow money to bet on sports
- Writing bad checks or engaging in other criminal activity for gambling money
- Concern for betting and criticism of others interfering with a sporting event
- Ignore family and responsibilities while streaming sports events
- Excessive superstitions at a sporting event
- Increase betting amounts and chase losses for revenge
- Lying to family and friends about amounts wagered
- Betting excessively on several sporting events on a daily or frequent basis
The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) wants The state of the shining sun residents to know, When the game is no longer a game… 888-ADMIT-IT is the game plan! The confidential, multilingual 888-ADMIT-IT Problem Gambling Helpline statewide is available 24/7 and is for anyone experiencing gambling difficulties, including gamblers and their relatives. Worried about your own game or that of a loved one? Call 888-ADMIT-IT (888-236-4848), text (321-978-0555), email ([email protected]), start a live chat (gamehelp.org), press the 888-ADMIT-IT Appor contact the FCCG on social media, such as Facebook and Twitterto connect to help and hope.
 “Record 31.4 million Americans to bet $7.61 billion on Super Bowl LVI.” American Gaming Association, February 9, 2022, https://www.americangaming.org/new/record-31-4-million-americans-to-wager-on-super-bowl-lvi/.
Jennifer KruseExecutive Director, The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc., +1 (407) 865-6200, [email protected]
SOURCE The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc.