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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 on the Big Game is almost inescapable.

Putting Things in Perspective

The American Gaming Association estimates that 6 billion dollars will be wagered on the Big Game — and much of those wagers will be placed illegally through unauthorized bookies. However, with sports betting now legal in the State of New Jersey, there’s no telling how many people will try gambling for the first time on the last game of the season. Not only that, but in many cases, problem gamblers will view this as an opportunity to win back their losses from the regular season. Don’t chase your losses — call our helpline or attend a gamblers anonymous meeting in AC, Freehold, or anywhere else convenient for you. 

High Stakes, High Emotion

Since the final NFL game of the season is such a high stakes matchup, many gamblers will likely wager more than they normally would. Add the prospect of alcohol consumption into the mix, and many family members are left to deal with physical and emotional abuse in cases where the outcome of the game triggers an emotional response from problem gamblers. We are expecting a large influx of 800-GAMBLER helpline calls before, during, and after the Big Game.

Tips to Help Problem Gamblers on the Day of the Big Game

—Keep 800-GAMBLER on speed dial in case you feel the urge to gamble

—Don’t watch the big game if it will trigger the urge to gamble.

—Do not attend watch parties where others will likely be discussing their wagers.

—Go to the movies or dine out; everyone will be inside watching the big game, so you can enjoy a private night out in public!

—Attend a gambler’s anonymous meeting in AC, Freehold, or wherever is closest to you, instead of a watch party. 

—Should you wager on the Big Game, do so responsibly, and don’t consume alcohol or drugs.

Don’t forget to call our confidential helpline at 800-GAMBLER if you need help.

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