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Super Bowl betting could result in increase of problem gambling calls

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The biggest football game of the year is almost here and sports bettors in Ohio and across the country are getting ready. The American Gaming Association said approximately 68 million people are expected to bet on this year’s Super Bowl. Where do Super Bowl balls come from? This tiny Ohio town has been doing it since 1955 Some bettors said they don’t care who wins, but they do want to have skin in the game. “It makes the games more fun to watch,” bettor Joe Pike … Read More »

Columbus man’s money stolen through sports betting app

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, a Columbus man is warning people about the dangers of online sports betting. Like a lot of central Ohioans, Ricky Compton downloaded and started using a popular sports betting app soon after it was legalized in the Buckeye state in January 2023. City of Dublin sued for denying shopping center redevelopment near Bridge Park Compton said he never had an issue with his account, until one day in late December 2023, when he was seemingly hacked. “After clicking on it, I … Read More »

Browns fan urges sports betting caution and a gambling warning

CLEVELAND — Scottie Barclay of Maple Heights is a Browns fan who is urging those who bet on sports to use caution after he watched a family member slip into gambling addiction. Barclay and his fellow Browns fan, and neighborhood friend, Johnny Tatonetti enjoy watching NFL games in Barclay’s basement Browns man cave, along with Barclay’s bulldog Georgia. But both warn about the potential addictive nature of sports betting, especially with growing accessibility via phone apps and more. “It’s just like a drug, in fact, it is a drug, it’s … Read More »

Voluntary Exclusion Resources Help to Advance Fight Against Gambling Addiction in Ohio

Time Out Ohio, jointly administered and managed by the Ohio Casino Control Commission and the Ohio Lottery Commission, allows individuals to agree to refrain from entering or accessing all Ohio casinos and racinos and all Ohio sports betting, including mobile apps, for 1 year, 5 years, or a lifetime. Time Out Ohio is proud to partner with Gamban to offer complimentary one-year subscriptions for individuals who wish to block access to internet gambling websites and applications worldwide, including legal and illegal sports betting, online poker, and social casinos. Gamban can … Read More »

Increased access to sports betting could mean increased risks for college students.

Ohio is over seven months into the legalization of sports betting. This new form of gambling was not within reach for most college-age students previously but is now right at their fingertips. Could this new accessibility have an impact on the next generation of young adults? Let’s start by taking a closer look at the landscape of sports betting on college campuses. According to a U.S. News Report article, one of the biggest factors of increased sports betting is due to university sports departments signing deals with sports betting companies. The New York Times reported that … Read More »

I am a Recovering Gambling Addict and I am Worried

    In first-person essay for Maclean’s, Noah Vineberg laments rise of legalized sports betting Noah Vineberg started small, organizing sports pools in third grade among his friends. By the time he was a young teenager in Canada, he was gambling every day at a shopping mall where he could buy parlay-style tickets on sports events despite being underage. (The clerks never checked IDs.) As he explains in a first-person essay at Maclean’s, Vineberg got hooked on the rush, the anticipation of waiting for the games to end. He usually lost, … Read More »

The mind-blowing economics of gambling in Ohio — and the great peril of its expansion

Written by Leslie Kouba, at – link to the original article. CLEVELAND, Ohio – We all know sports betting became legal on January 1. We couldn’t not know. That’s because the Ohio Casino Control Commission decided to have a universal launch date, so the marketing was easy and everywhere all the time. I’m not a gambler. I think I’ve personally bought about four scratch-offs in my lifetime. But I do remember a time when the only way to wager (illegally) on live sports was through bookies, and Cleveland had … Read More »

Placing sports bets at work? That’s risky business.

Written by Joe Scalzo at Crains Cleveland Business – link to the original article. For decades, the only time employees would gamble on sports during work hours was during the annual March Madness bracket pool, a vice that ranks somewhere between using the company phone to make personal calls and microwaving fish in the break room. That all changed on Jan. 1, when legalized sports gambling arrived in Ohio — and brought a whole bunch of workplace dangers along with it. “It’s not just the informal $20 to do a bracket, where … Read More »

Sports Betting is Live, Here’s How You Can Play Responsibly

From the Ohio Problem Gambling Network 2023 is a new year and with it comes a big change for Ohio—the launch of legal sports betting. Not only is this the largest expansion of legal gambling in state history, it also marks the largest simultaneous launch of sports betting in the nation. Sports betting is a popular form of gambling, and it can be a fun and exciting way to engage with sports. In addition to casinos and racinos, Ohioans will now be able to place a bet on their favorite … Read More »

Opinion | The Ugly Truth Behind All Those Fun Gambling Ads

Opinion by JACK O’DONNELL This Sunday, Americans are expected to wager nearly $8 billion on the Super Bowl matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the Cincinnati Bengals. This number is nearly twice the amount bet on last year’s big game. What explains this staggering increase? It’s not just the popularity of the teams. This is the first Super Bowl of the online gambling era. Sports betting has been legalized in 30 states, plus Washington, D.C., thanks to a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned the ban on sports betting. Now, more … Read More »