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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 cleveland.com – 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 »