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Expectations vs. Reality: The Portrayal of Gambling in the Media

Young individuals are currently growing up in a culture where gambling is not only legal, but easily accessible and widely supported as well. While minors are largely restricted from regulated gambling, the perception of gambling as a harmless entertainment activity is a gross understatement. Gambling is portrayed in the media often in inaccurate, hyperbolic fashions […]

Can Hypnosis Help Treat Gambling Problems?

Gambling problems can undoubtedly be crippling; often taking a financial and relational toll on those affected. If you or someone you know has developed a gambling problem, 800-GAMBLER understands how little self-control is felt. At times, it can feel like there’s no way out, aside from self-rationalizing or white-knuckling gambling abstinence. However, willpower may prove […]

Which Populations Are Most Vulnerable to Gambling Problems?

It’s no secret that gambling problems are not bound by race, sex, creed, or other qualifiers. Since it is often linked to behavioral conditions and individual circumstances, this issue burrows itself in all different groups of people. However, there do exist certain populations that are considered more at risk of developing gambling problems. These include […]

The Lure of Athletes & Gambling: Why Do Athletes Bet on Their Own Sports?

Whether it be by nature, nurture, or a bit of both, it’s no secret that athletes are competitive. As such, their drive during the game doesn’t necessarily stay in bounds — but instead bleeds into their financial assets, personal lives, and overall behavior. It comes as no surprise that some professional athletes and other prominent […]

In the Time of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Pandemic, Mental Health Has Never Mattered More

May Is Mental Health Month Hamilton, NJ- The coronavirus pandemic is exacting a significant toll on everyone from the physical symptoms, anxiety about the risk of contracting the virus, worry about loved ones, job-related stress (in some cases, reduced hours or job loss) and social isolation. In addition to May being Mental Health Month, this […]

Online Gambling Grows in The Wake of COVID-19

With the vast majority of casinos closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and adherence to Federal government ordinances, there’s been an influx of gamblers flocking to the “virtual” table by participating in online gambling and esports betting; an inundation that has prompted gambling establishments to revamp their online presence and accessibility. Watch this video […]

Gump, Gruyere, and Game of Thrones: What Do They All Have to Do With the Gambling Industry?

For many gamblers, March is a special month. It’s not just the month of daylight savings time or the spring equinox; March marks the beginning of the collegiate basketball tournament affectionately referred to as March Madness. As a major gambling month, with even non-bettors getting in on the action through office pools and other wagering […]

How to Maintain Your Mental Health During the Pandemic

Millions of people in all corners of the globe have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to slow the spread of the virus, many local governments are telling citizens to practice “social distancing” and to stay at home as much as possible. Many businesses have been ordered to close their doors in […]

How Coronavirus Impacts Problem Gamblers

    With most major sports leagues and casinos having been shut down due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many will scramble to find alternative, sometimes obscure means of gambling. If that sounds like you or someone you know, it could be a sign of problem gambling. Call 800-GAMBLER today to reach our confidential helpline for […]

HELP DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

New Jersey announced that all casinos will be closed for the unforeseeable future. For a regular at the casino, this could cause feelings of anxiety and isolation. So, what can you do to mitigate the effects of being confined?   The Councils’ concern is that some people may switch to other forms of gambling.  Here are […]

Understanding Self-Exclusion in the Digital Age

In the context of gambling, Self-Exclusion is exactly what it sounds like — it’s a way for people to voluntarily exclude themselves from gambling. In the State of New Jersey, you can voluntarily exclude yourself from all gambling activities, including both online and in-person casinos, or you can self-exclude from strictly online gambling sites. But […]

The Normalization of College Gambling

Within the last year, 75 percent of American college students participated in some form of gambling. Now, the vast majority of those students most likely gambled responsibly. But did you know that roughly six percent of college students are dealing with a serious gambling problem? Compared to the general population, American college students are at […]

Is 2020 the Year Video Games Take Over Real-Life Casinos?

In an effort to appeal to younger gamblers, many brick-and-mortar casinos are considering adding skill-based video games, including classics like Asteroids and Missile Command, to their casino floors. Many casinos on the Las Vegas Strip have already begun testing skill-based video game gambling. The arcade games in question are supposedly unchanged from their original form, […]

Everything You Need to Know About National Problem Gambling Awareness Month

What Is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month? National Problem Gambling Awareness Month is a grassroots public awareness campaign that seeks to inform both healthcare professionals and the general public about the risks and warning signs of problem gambling. The month-long campaign is held annually during the NCAA March Madness tournaments by design — in 2019, […]

March Madness & Problem Gambling

There’s a reason why March is National Problem Gambling Awareness Month — it’s because of the “Madness” that ensues during the annual NCAA basketball tournament. From high-stakes bracket pools to non-stop betting lines on sportsbooks, the prospect of gambling is very tempting in the month of March, even for individuals who rarely gamble or watch […]