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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
In honor of National Problem Gambling Awareness Month kicking off in March, let’s take a minute to revisit some of the basic facts about problem gambling in modern society, including how prevalent it is, what the warning signs are, and co-occurring conditions that are often associated with disordered gambling.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
For the first time ever in America, a comprehensive group of academics, researchers, advocacy groups, and organizations with a stake in the casino industry will work together to promote responsible gambling and come up with solutions to prevent problem gambling. This group is known formally as the Responsible Gambling Collaborative.
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 […]
According to an AGA survey conducted before the Big Game in 2019, Americans collectively wagered about $6 billion on the NFL’s paramount matchup between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams. The survey also reported that one in six individuals who watched last year’s game had money on the line, and more than 22 […]
As sports betting becomes widespread in America, public handicappers have seemingly upped their efforts in response. Also known as “touts,” many handicappers deceive their followers to gain a quick buck, but no one can actually say that they actually help. Either way, using a handicapper is still gambling.
New Jersey’s October Sports Betting Handle: $487.9 Million October 2019 marked a major milestone for the world of sports betting, particularly in the Garden State. For the first time in history, New Jersey and Nevada combined to generate more than $1 billion in sports betting handle in a single month. The $487.9 million that New […]
Casino gambling in New Jersey is no longer limited to AC — now, you can gamble online on a growing number of virtual casinos that have recently been established. The most recent addition to the list, Parx Casino, is one of the biggest yet, and it’s brought a host of online casino games across the […]
It’s not uncommon for children and teenagers to receive a slew of scratch-off lottery tickets as a stocking stuffer on Christmas, or as a bonus birthday add-on. But buying scratch-offs for kids can lead to teen gambling in Atlantic City before you know it. So, you should think twice before buying your kids lottery tickets […]