National Council on Problem Gambling Promotes Responsible Gambling Tips Ahead of Super Bowl Amid Record-Breaking Sports Betting Participation
Washington, DC – As excitement builds for the upcoming Super Bowl and sports betting is an increasingly intertwined element of the game-day experience, it’s essential for those who choose to bet to do so responsibly.
According to a recent American Gaming Association (AGA) survey, a record 67.8 million American adults (26%) are expected to bet on Super Bowl LVIII, a substantial 35% increase in participation from 2023. For most adults, gambling can be an entertaining experience, but there are risks involved. It is critical to know the risks and have a plan before you begin gambling.
Whether it’s your first bet or you’ve been gambling for years, before you wager, consider the following tips from ResponsiblePlay.org to help keep your gambling fun:
- Understand the Odds: Familiarize yourself with the odds and probabilities of different bets. Understanding the odds of a specific bet can help you make more informed decisions about when or if you choose to gamble.
- Set Limits: Before gambling, establish both financial and time limits. If you reach either, stop gambling and respect your limits.
- Use Disposable Income: Only use money that you can afford to lose. Avoid using funds designated for necessities like rent, bills, or savings. Gambling should never interfere with your essential financial responsibilities.
- Never Chase Losses: If you experience losses, resist the temptation to recover that loss by placing larger or more frequent bets. Accept losses as part of the gambling experience and stick to your budget.
- Avoid Betting While Impaired: Gambling under the influence of alcohol or drugs can impair judgment and lead to impulsive decisions. Always make betting decisions with a clear and rational mind.
- Utilize Built-in Responsible Gambling Tools: Many mobile gambling apps are equipped with a range of responsible gambling tools to assist users in maintaining control over their gambling habits. Familiarize yourself with these tools and actively use them.
- Know When to Stop: If you find yourself getting too involved or if gambling is affecting your mental well-being, take a break and consider seeking support.
- Remember, It’s Okay Not to Bet: You can watch and enjoy the game without placing any bets. Or you can choose to place fewer bets than those around you. Participate in a way that aligns with your limits and comfort levels, even if they differ from those around you.
Gambling should only be done as a form of entertainment, not as a way to make money. If gambling stops being enjoyable or begins to impact your life negatively, it’s essential to reevaluate your gambling activities and seek help.
If you or someone you know may have a gambling problem, contact the National Problem Gambling Helpline, which offers hope and help without stigma or shame. Call 1-800-GAMBLER, text 800GAM, or visit www.1800gamblerchat.org. Free and confidential help is available 24/7/365.
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