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The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) this week strongly reminded you that during the Super bowl 2021 is one of the most watched and biggest betting events of the year. 2021 will be a particularly challenging time for governments looking to earn income and those struggling with gambling problems.
Due in part to the pandemic, it is said that state governments are trying to generate tax revenue to fill their exhausted coffers in every possible way, with sports betting and online gambling being an easy stop for cash.
In addition, the incessant media hype and personal topics of conversation generated by the so-called “Most Watched Event of the Year” make it difficult to avoid and put pressure on people trying to maintain their recovery, cut down on their gambling, or just simply to play as much as they can afford.
NCPGs National survey of game attitudes and experiences (www.ncpgsurvey.org) found that sports bettors were at least twice as likely to have gambling problems. One estimate is that at least 25 million Americans will put a total of nearly $ 7 billion at stake.
This means that around 4% of these players, or around a million people, will fail to set and comply with a limit on the money and time they have spent playing. Bet to escape anxiety, stress or depression; and consider gambling a good means of making money.
With its “Keep Your Super Bowl Safer” message and the Safer Sports Betting Initiative, NCPG urges individuals, public health authorities, sports betting providers and media companies to know and promote useful tips to prevent gambling from becoming a problem.
This includes setting specific limits on the time and money spent gambling in order to seek help managing negative feelings that can fuel the addiction. and identifying games of chance is inherently an activity with long-term losses due to house edges and chance.
“Unfortunately, NCPG expects the number of people with gambling problems to increase every year, as both the amount of money and the number of people betting on sports increase with each passing year,” he said Keith Whyte, NCPG Executive Director.
He added, “We want everyone to enjoy the Super Bowl, but we also want people to recognize the challenges that come with the rapid expansion of sports betting – especially on cell phones. When you place a bet on the big game we ask that you follow our tips. If you are struggling with a gambling problem, we ask that you seek free, confidential help. This is available 24/7 through the National Problem Gambling Helpline. Call or SMS 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpgambling.org/chat. ”
In addition to the helpline, resources are available including a free, anonymous online screening tool for gambling problems at: https://www.ncpgambling.org/help-treatment/screening-tools/. Resources are also available to family members or data subjects who wish to help someone who they believe has become a problematic gamer.