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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 just 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 […]

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 […]

The VA Opened Its Second Treatment Center for Disordered Gamblers in Las Vegas

On November 1, 2019, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced the opening of its second in-patient treatment center for disordered gamblers. The first facility opened in 1972 at the VA Medical Center in Brecksville, Ohio. More facilities like these are needed because disordered gambling is more prominent in military veterans than the […]

Brooklyn DA Cracks Down on Multi-Million Dollar Illegal Sports Gambling Operation

Never bet against the long arm of the law. On Wednesday, December 18, 2019, six men from New Jersey and Staten Island were arraigned on charges of Conspiracy, Promoting Gambling, and Possession of Gambling Records. Each of the defendants pleaded not guilty to all charges, except for Possession of Gambling Records. Ross Branca of Freehold, […]

Problem Gambling & the Big Game

With so much hype surrounding the Big Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, the first Sunday of February is sure to once again be a difficult time for problem gamblers and their families. From constant coverage on television and social media to box pools in the office, the thought of gambling […]

Does the Biggest Football Game of the Year Really Coincide With Increased Domestic Violence?

A few decades ago, an alarming statistic started making its rounds with the national media. According to a Boston Globe reporter at the time, the biggest Sunday matchup of the NFL season was also the most dangerous day for women in abusive relationships. Due to factors like the on-screen violence happening in the game, the […]

How a Popular Video Game Spawned an Unregulated, Multi-Billion Dollar Virtual Casino Industry

In a previous blog post, we discussed how “skin gambling” and “loot boxes” have taken the virtual gaming world by storm, introducing many teenagers and young children to a newly-developed world of unregulated online gambling. This article dives further into the subject, highlighting the story of Elijah Ballard, a boy who started displaying symptoms of […]