• Superbowl 51: Illegal Betting & Gambling Problems

    02.01.17Keith Whyte

    Addicted gamblers desperate to bet and unable to control their gambling are particularly susceptible to abuse by bookies

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Washington, DC  One concern about the massive amount of illegal betting on Superbowl 51—estimated at $4.5 billion by the American Gaming Association—is the relationship between illegal gambling and gambling problems. Many studies have found that people who gamble illegally are more likely to have gambling problems. In addition, gamblers who bet with illegal bookmakers have no consumer protection or legal recourse if the bookie cheat or simply pockets their money. Problem gamblers desperate to bet and unable to control their gambling are particularly susceptible to abuse. “Bookies prey on problem gamblers by extending credit and threatening violence to collect debt. Illegal gambling operations are often associated with loansharking, organized crime and other criminal activities” notes NCPG Executive Director Keith Whyte.  “Betting with a bookie can lead problem gamblers into a downward spiral of addiction, bankruptcy and crime.”

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