Here at the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey (CCGNJ), we’re dedicated to providing reliable resources to individuals with gambling issues in order to assist them on their road to recovery.
Unfortunately, problem sports betting in New Jersey is a common issue, especially during periods when there may be particularly powerful triggers. In the coming months, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes could serve as such triggers.
Gambling and the Horse Racing Industry
Horse racing is highly popular in the United States, as well as on a global scale, generating $116 billion each year across the globe. As such a popular American pastime, it’s unsurprising that these races draw in those who struggle with gambling issues.
The Temptation of Big Race Days
Unfortunately, even someone who has succeeded in staying away from gambling for some time may feel tempted to participate in the copious amounts of gambling and betting that take place during such events.
Over the few upcoming months, some of the most well-known races in the industry will take place, including:
- The 2019 Kentucky Derby – Saturday, May 4th
- The 2019 Preakness Stakes – Saturday, May 18th
- The 2019 Belmont Stakes – Saturday, June 8th
Set to take place in Louisville, KY, Baltimore, MD, and Elmont, NY respectively, each of these events draws thousands of guests each year, as well as millions of viewers across the country, provoking those with gambling problems.
800-GAMBLER Is Here to Help
Make plans with family or friends that don’t involve the races. Go somewhere that won’t be airing the race on television. Stay off your phone and computer. And when it gets too difficult, that’s where we come in.
If you or someone you love is struggling with problem gambling, there is always hope. Whether the issue centers on horse betting, casino gambling, or fantasy sports, our support team is here to provide the help you need.
For more information on how CCGNJ can help with problem sports betting in Atlantic City or anywhere else in New Jersey, please don’t hesitate to call our 24/7 confidential helpline. Call or text 800-GAMBLER today for support, treatment, and hope.