People have been betting on horses at the Freehold Raceway, Monmouth Park racetrack, and The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey for years. While many people in Monmouth, Freehold, Gloucester, Hillsborough, and Woodbridge will visit one of these New Jersey racetracks to watch races and gamble, there has been a rise in what is called “off-track wagering” at other locations.
With the rise in popularity of off-track wagering, many gamblers have been spending their time at places like the Favorites off-track wagering facility in Gloucester County, Favorites in Vineland, and Winners (another off-track wagering bar) in Bayonne. Thanks to legal facilities like Favorites and Winners, gamblers not only have the opportunity to place bets in hopes of winning big at a racetrack, but they can also pursue becoming winners at a location closer to home where they can drink, eat, and wager on their favorites all day long.
Because individuals have the option to visit the closest racetrack or another facility closer to their homes in Vineland, Bayonne, Hillsborough, or Woodbridge, this means that it is more tempting for disordered gamblers to stray from their paths of recovery. What’s more, now that this form of gambling is more convenient, the chances that someone can become addicted also increases.
When you seem to bet on more losers than winners (but keep betting anyway, even if you want to stop), and/or your life is becoming financially unstable, help is just a text or phone call away. If you or a loved one has become addicted to off-track or racetrack wagering, you can rest assured that there is treatment, hope, and support available. Our hotline is free, non-judgmental, and confidential, and will help you or your loved one get in touch with recovery resources like Gamblers Anonymous meetings in NJ.
If you are looking for gambling problem help in New Jersey, please text or call 1-800-GAMBLER at any time. There is help available for all types of disordered gamblers. You can count on us to get or keep you on the path to recovery.