What is Compulsive Gambling? BY ARNIE WEXLER CCGC

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling, and he or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Inability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.

The gambler is eventually able to remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. Eventually, they will do anything to get the money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get the money to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler.

They will try to convince others and themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

After they hit a real bottom they will have to do something if they want to try to recover. Most gamblers at that point will want to stop but can’t (they wont be able to).

Most even at that point will keep gambling some will end up in jail some will attempt suicide some will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health or the stress will kill them.

And a small group of addicted gamblers will seek and find real help but the real trick is to get in to real recovery. Not just abstinence. By the time the gambler comes for help they have broken brains (Meaning their brains don’t work like they used to when they were not in there addiction).

To get real recovery the gambler needs to work on them self’s one day at a time and get someone to do there thinking for them who has been in recovery some time and has there brains are working right (a sponsor) After some time in recovery there brains will start to work again. They will become productive on there job and become a good father and husband. Recover is a process and does not happen with out a lot of work on your self . and making a moral and financial inventory. But people can recover and do.

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DO COMPULSIVE GAMBLERS EVER MAKE MONEY GAMBLING ?

Compulsive gamblers sometimes show a profit from a single session but in the end they cannot keep it. They will lose it all and more because of their addiction.

A win is never big enough so they keep playing and dream that this time they will get the “Big Win” they crave. When it does ( sometimes it does ) it is still not enough so they keep gambling and lose more.

Just like “normal people” who win and buy something with the money, the compulsive gambler will only see a win as a sign that they are now on a winning streak so they risk more. They cannot stop the chase to win more and more. The human drama continues when they lose and chase the losses with even more money. The cycle continues.

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling. He or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Their ability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.

The gambler will eventually remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. They will do anything to get money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get more cash to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler. They will try to convince family, friends and even themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

Compulsive gamblers will hit a real bottom and it is then that some will try to do something to recover but most gamblers only want to stop but can’t. They are simply unable to beat the addiction. Most even at that point will keep gambling. Some will end up in jail, some will attempt suicide, others will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health. Perhaps the stress will kill them.

A small group of addicted gamblers will finally seek and find real help but the real trick is to get in to real recovery. Not just abstinence. By the time the gambler comes for help they have broken brains. They are mentally ill. To get real recovery, the gambler needs to work on themselves one day at a time.

Compulsive gamblers who want to recover and get a stress free life must find a “sponsor” someone who will do their thinking for them. A “sponsor” should be someone who has been in recovery for some time and has a real knowledge of how compulsive gamblers feel. After some time in recovery their brain will start to function normally and they will see their problem for what it is: a health and wealth issue. They will become productive on their job and become a good father or husband. Recovery is a process and does not happen without a lot of work. The gambler must choose to make a moral and financial inventory. People can and do recover.

ARNIE WEXLER CCGC

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The Super Bowl is to the compulsive gamblers what New Year’s Eve is to the alcoholic

The Super Bowl is to the compulsive gamblers what New Year’s Eve is to the alcoholic,” says Arnie Wexler, CCGC a leading expert on the subject of compulsive gambling and a recovering compulsive gambler himself.

“I have spoken to more compulsive gamblers than anyone else in America in the lat 45 years and have gotten hundreds of phone calls after the Super Bowl from compulsive gamblers,” Wexler says. “Some have spoken about embezzlements, white-collar crimes and destroying themselves and their families. Others were so desperate that they were contemplating suicide.

“Compulsive gamblers are very vulnerable during the SUPER BOWL because they are looking for the “get out bet or lock bet,’

What happens is if somebody made money during the year betting football, then you plunk it all down to make it a big win,” he said. “If you’ve lost money during the season on football you want to get even. So this is the get-out bet for football.”

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“With so much hype on that game. Compulsive gamblers are especially vulnerable during the NFL postseason because they’re looking for the sure bet, and the media will tell every thing about the game you will even find out what color fingernails the quarterback’s wife has, they’ll cover every angle you could possibly think of. So even people in recovery get juiced up at this particular time.”

You would think the media would use a hotline # for gamblers who might need help for a gambling addiction like 1- 888 LAST BET

According to the National Gambling Study Commission, there are 5 million compulsive gamblers and 15 million at risk in the U.S.

Arnie Wexler is a recovering compulsive gambler who placed his last bet on April 10, 1968. Wexler has been fighting the injustice of how sports, society and the judicial system deal with compulsive gamblers for the last 45+ years. He and his wife run a national help line: 1-888-LAST BET.

Arnie can talk to you about gambling addiction, recovery and where and how to get help.

561 2490922 cell 954 5015270

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BY ARNIE WEXLER CCGC

Compulsive gambling is a progressive disease, much like an addiction to alcohol or drugs. In many cases, the gambling addiction is hidden until the gambler becomes unable to function without gambling, and he or she begins to exclude all other activities from their lives. Inability to stop gambling often results in financial devastation, broken homes, employment problems, criminal acts and suicide attempts.

The gambler is eventually able to remove themselves from reality to the point of being totally obsessed with gambling. Eventually, they will do anything to get the money with which to stay in “action”. They will spend all their time and energy developing schemes in order to get the money to continue gambling. Lying becomes a way of life for the gambler.

They will try to convince others and themselves that their lies are actually truths and they will believe there own lies.

After they hit a real bottom they will have to do something if they want to try to recover. Most gamblers at that point will want to stop but can’t (they wont be able to).

Most even at that point will keep gambling some will end up in jail some will attempt suicide some will die from their addiction as they will not take care of their health or the stress will kill them.

And a small group of addicted gamblers will seek and find real help but the real trick is to get in to real recovery. Not just abstinence. By the time the gambler comes for help they have broken brains (Meaning their brains don’t work like they used to when they were not in there addiction).

To get real recovery the gambler needs to work on them self’s one day at a time and get someone to do there thinking for them who has been in recovery some time and has there brains are working right (a sponsor) After some time in recovery there brains will start to work again. They will become productive on there job and become a good father and husband. Recover is a process and does not happen with out a lot of work on your self . and making a moral and financial inventory. But people can recover and do.

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Legislators Urged to Include Funding for Gambling Addiction Treatment in Any Gaming Expansion

Recovery Road Clinical Specialists Emphasize Need for State Support

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — Funding for gambling addiction treatment needs to be included in any expansion of Florida’s gaming activities, according a team of clinical specialists from Recovery Road, a Palm Beach Gardens program.

“We are not against expanding gambling in Florida,” said Dr. Rob Hunter, of Las Vegas Nevada, at an October 23 legislative hearing on the social and economic impact of changing the state’s gaming regulations. “Instead, we believe that financial assistance must be put into place to help problem gamblers who need treatment for addiction.” Dr. Hunter runs the largest and oldest gambling addiction program in the nation.

State Sen. Garrett Richter, R-Naples, chairman of the Senate gaming committee, led the three-hour hearing at Broward College’s North Campus in Coconut Creek to gather input on the possible expansion of casino gambling, a key issue in the upcoming 2014 legislative session.

Hunter told the committee that gambling in Florida is similar to snow skiing in the Rockies. “Skiing is a fun sport that creates jobs and generates tax revenue,” he said. “But you also recognize that some skiers will get hurt. So, we are asking the legislature to help protect those people whose lives are harmed by gaming. In other words, don’t close the ski resort – fund the ski patrol.”

Kristine Odegaard, at Recovery Road, nationally certified to treat compulsive gambling, told the Senate committee that states like Oregon, Iowa and Indiana are providing funding for treatment of gambling addiction with great success. “Minnesota invests $2 million a year to help problem gamblers,” she said. “No one in that state is denied treatment due to inability to pay.”

Currently, few insurance companies cover gambling addiction treatment, and federal funding is only available for prevention programs, according to Roberta DeBrowner, executive director, Recovery Road.

“It is vital for the state to provide funding for treatment, which helps families and communities, as well as individuals with problems,” DeBrowner told the committee. “Problem gamblers can rejoin their loved ones, go back to work and make a productive contribution to our state.”

Michelle Fyfe, clinical director, Recovery Road, noted that pathological gambling is now recognized as a mental health disorder like alcoholism or substance abuse. “Gambling addiction is an illness that occurs in a small percentage of the population,” she said. “Like other diseases, it is treatable as long as an individual can afford to get help.”

Recovery Road is a community-based treatment program located in Palm Beach Gardens, that assists men and women who struggle with addiction, substance abuse and problem gambling. It is operated by Sunspire Health, headquartered in Lyndhurst, NJ, which has six residential treatment centers in Florida, California, Massachusetts, and Oregon.

For more information, visit www.recoveryroadfl.com/gambling-addiction.

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Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on Compulsive, Problem and Underage Gambling, to more than 40,000 gaming employees (personnel and executives) and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition, they have worked with Gaming Boards and Regulators, presented educational workshops nationally and internationally and have provided expert witness testimony. Sheila Wexler is the Executive Director of the Compulsive Gambling Foundation. They also run a national help line (888 LAST BET) and work at Recovery Road, a treatment facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida that specializes in the treatment of those suffering with gambling addiction.

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Expert Warns NJ About Online Gambling

New Jersey’s decision to allow online gambling is an alarming development for compulsive bettors, says Arnie Wexler, a certified compulsive-gambling counselor.

“If you’re an addicted gambler or have the possibility of becoming an addicted gambler, you very easily in the middle of the night . . . get an urge, a flash, a feeling, a thought, and then you’re in action,” Wexler told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“You don’t have to put gasoline in your car, you don’t have to drive to a casino or a racetrack, you don’t have to go anyplace,” he said Monday. “You just get up, and it could be . . . in your birthday suit.”

Online gambling in New Jersey is set to launch in November, making the state the third state to approve of it, after Nevada and Delaware.

Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill in February after pressuring the legislature to make changes he wanted. The changes included setting a 10-year trial period for online betting, and raising the taxes on the Atlantic City casinos’ online winnings to 15 percent, from 10 percent.

Online gaming is expected to bring about the largest expansion of legalized gambling in New Jersey since the first casino began operating in Atlantic City in 1978.

Wexler, former executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, is concerned that young people are susceptible.

“I don’t really know how they’re going to control the underage gamblers . . . Those are the people that really know the computer inside out. On my 888-LAST-BET hotline . . . one-third of all the calls we’ve gotten probably in the last five years are from kids, or the parents of the kids between ages 12 and 25, who think they’re professional poker players,” Wexler said.

“The fact is . . . addicted gamblers are going to destroy their lives and everybody else they come in contact with. “

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With legal gambling now moving beyond the casinos and onto the Internet, the industry is bracing for the most far-reaching changes in its history.

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) – With legal gambling now moving beyond the casinos and onto the Internet, the industry is bracing for the most far-reaching changes in its history.

A Las Vegas firm, Ultimate Gaming, on Tuesday became the first in the U.S. to offer online poker, restricting it, for now, to players in Nevada. New Jersey and Delaware also have legalized gambling over the Internet and expect to begin offering such bets by the end of this year.

And many inside and outside the industry say the recent position taken by the federal government that states are free to offer Internet gambling – as long as it doesn’t involve sports betting – will lead many cash-hungry state governments to turn to the Web as a new source of tax revenue.

Ten other states have considered some form of Internet gambling so far this year, but none has legalized it yet. Efforts to pass a national law legalizing online poker have sputtered, leaving states free to pass laws as they see fit.

“It’s no longer a question of if Internet gaming is coming; it’s a question of when,” said Frank Fahrenkopf, president of the American Gaming Association, the trade organization for the nation’s commercial brick-and -mortar casinos. “Unless there is a federal bill passed, we are going to have the greatest expansion of legalized gambling in the United States. I don’t think that’s what anyone intended, but it is what we’re seeing.”

The brave new world for gambling brings with it a host of questions and concerns. Will letting people bet online result in fewer visits to casinos, and therefore fewer dealers, beverage servers and hotel and restaurant workers at the casinos? Will Internet bets create a new revenue stream from new players, or will it simply redirect money from gamblers who otherwise would have visited a casino, and might have eaten dinner and seen a show, as well? And will it create even more problem gamblers?

Michael Frawley is chief operating officer of The Atlantic Club Casino Hotel, perhaps the most endangered of Atlantic City’s 12 casinos. A deal for it to be sold to the parent company of PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker website, is up in the air. The Atlantic Club’s owners said Wednesday the deal was dead, but PokerStars said the next day it still wants to salvage the purchase. It was not immediately clear whether the deal will ultimately get done.

Frawley said the Internet’s vast reach could help double business at his casino, provided the right balance is struck between the online and physical gambling experiences for customers.

“If you go to the movies, you can watch one at home, or you can watch one in the theater,” he said. “Both of them can be a great experience.”

Regardless of whether PokerStars buys The Atlantic Club, Internet gambling is expected to take off in New Jersey before long. The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has said it is preparing to offer online gambling later this year, and Gary Loveman, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, has also said he expects his company’s four Atlantic City casinos to grab a large share of New Jersey’s online market.

Geoffrey Stewart is general manager of Caesars Online Poker. Parent company Caesars Entertainment’s World Series of Poker brands, as well as its 37 casinos across the U.S., make it an early favorite to be a leader in online gambling. He said brick-and-mortar casinos such as Caesars Palace can use Internet play to complement their physical casinos.

“Someone comes to play with us online, we will be able to offer them seats to the real World Series of Poker, or offer them hotel rooms at Caesars Palace,” he said. “Like any other business, you’re always looking for what is the next distribution channel.”

Not everyone in the industry is all-in, however.

The American Gaming Association conducted a study a few years ago on whether poker-only Internet gambling – which it supports – would cannibalize the existing brick-and-mortar casinos. The study determined that it would not. But when Internet gambling allows for casino games, such as in the bill recently adopted by New Jersey, the traditional casinos could suffer, Fahrenkopf said.

The most popular form of Internet gambling is online poker.

When the Justice Department charged executives of three online poker sites in April 2011 with conducting illegal transactions, it was a $6 billion a year industry. After the crackdown, it was largely on hiatus, because at the time, taking online bets from U.S. customers was illegal. But not long afterward, the U.S. Justice Department revised its stance, allowing states to take online bets so long as they didn’t involve sporting events.

Eric Baldwin is a professional poker player who’s eager to get back online again now that poker is once again available over the Net.

“The money’s good when things are good,” he said. On the other hand, he acknowledges, “Most people don’t go to work for 12 hours, do their best and come home down a couple thousand dollars.”

He plans to at least try out legalized Internet poker to see if the player pools are big enough to make it worthwhile.

Lawrence Vaughan, chief operating officer of South Point Poker, one of the first Nevada online licensees, said legalizing Internet poker removes the stigma some people had associated with it.

“You had to move money in shady ways around the world to even play online,” he said. “Now it’s the sort of thing your mom could sign up for.”

Ultimate Gaming CEO Tobin Prior, whose firm started taking poker bets Tuesday in Nevada, added, “Players won’t have to worry if their money is safe. They are going to be able to play with people they can trust and know the highest regulatory standards have been applied.”

PokerStars, one of the parties charged in the 2011 crackdown that came to be known in the industry as “BlackFriday,” later bought Full Tilt Poker, another defendant, and reached a settlement with the federal government, paying $547 million to the Justice Department and $184 million to poker players overseas to settle a case alleging money laundering, bank fraud and illegal gambling. It admitted no wrongdoing and says it is in good standing with governments around the world.

Its parent company, The Rational Group, based on the Isle of Man in the U.K., would not say whether it plans to try to buy another casino or partner with one to gain entry into the U.S. online gambling market.

Introducing new players to poker over the Internet makes it less scary and potentially more popular, said David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

“It was mostly old guys with cigars,” he said. “It was very intimidating to walk into a poker room and see a guy who’s a thousand years old, smoking 10 packs of cigarettes a day, giving you dirty looks because you’re taking the wrong card,” he said. “What online poker did was let people get familiar with the game, feel a little bit of confidence and then they said, `I want to go to Vegas and do the real thing.’”

Every week, it seems, a new study comes out touting the promise of Internet gambling for cash-strapped casinos and even more cash-strapped state governments.

Gambling Compliance, which tracks the online gambling industry, predicts Internet gambling in New Jersey will bring in nearly $262 million in its first year and nearly $463 million after four years. The group said that figure could go as high as $575 million after four years if online gambling takes off in New Jersey.

H2 Gambling Capital, a U.K. consultancy for the Internet gambling industry, predicts 17 states will have approved Internet gambling by 2017, led by New York, California, Florida, Illinois and New Jersey.

And Morgan Stanley predicts that by 2020, online gambling in the U.S. will produce the same amount of revenue as Las Vegas and Atlantic City markets combined bring in today: $9.3 billion.

Indian tribes are also moving to get into the online gold rush.

Two groups of tribes have already formed alliances to explore offering Internet gambling, and in April, the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe reached a deal with Oklahoma allowing the tribe to offer Internet gambling to customers outside the U.S. through its pokertribes.com web site. The Shoshone tribe in Nevada has a deal with an online company to offer similar Internet gambling to foreign customers in a venture that could go live in May.

States across the country are also turning to the Internet to boost sales of their lottery tickets. Twelve states have either approved or are considering selling lottery tickets online, and Georgia and Illinois are already doing it.

What types of games can be played for money online varies by state.

New Jersey will offer people within the state all the games patrons can play in physical casinos. Delaware will do the same, along with bingo. Nevada only offers poker. A proposed Internet betting law in Massachusetts would prohibit online slot machine games.

But in most cases, the games can be accessed through computers, portable tablet devices and smartphones – putting a casino or a card game within reach at 3 a.m. in the kitchen, in the middle of the day at the beach, or on a crowded commuter train.

With the Internet putting legal gambling directly into so many more hands, some are concerned about an increase in problem gambling, particularly when social media sites offer real-money gambling in the U.S., as some do already in other countries. Zynga, for instance, began taking real-money bets earlier this year in England, and its stock price jumped 15 percent in a day.

“Compulsive gambling is an impulse disease: you get an urge, you jump in your car and drive to Atlantic City or you call your bookie and then wait to see the result of the game you bet on,” said Arnie Wexler, the former chairman of New Jersey’s Council On Compulsive Gambling and himself a recovered problem gambler. “Now you have Internet gambling and you wake up in the middle of the night and in your birthday suit, you can blow a lot of money. I know one guy who lost $30,000 in one night of Internet gambling.” GAMBLING PROBLEM CALL 888 LAST BET===================

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My comments on the new Internet gambling bill passed and the regs. that will be coming out.

 

I have heard that in the regs. it will state you can play with a credit card; you can increase your line at any time even during play,

 

If that is the case its crazy.

We have over 400,000 addicted gamblers in N.J. and that # will for sure in cress as we add Internet gambling. Gambling addiction is an impulse addiction you will have addicted gamblers waking up in the middle of the night going to the computer in there birthday suits and

distorting there lives and there loved ones also in the heat of the moment in there addiction.

 

Legislators do not seem to understand the issue of compulsive gambling, because it is so hidden and invisible. What might seem like a casual, entertaining pastime to some, can turn into a devastating addiction for many people.

And yet after all these years we still don’t have Casino workers trained on gambling addiction—-1. Each casino licensee shall implement procedures and training for all employees who directly interact with gaming patrons in gaming areas for assisting patrons in obtaining information about problem gambling programs. That training shall, at a minimum, consist of information concerning the nature and symptoms of problem gambling behavior and how to assist patrons in obtaining information about problem gambling programs. The training shall be conducted by certified compulsive gambling trainers that are certified by the American Certification Board

Arnie is a compulsive gambler who placed his last bet on 4/10/68

Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on Compulsive, Problem and Underage Gambling, to more than 40,000 gaming employees (personnel and executives) and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition, they have worked with Gaming Boards and Regulators, presented educational workshops nationally and internationally and have provided expert witness testimony. Sheila Wexler is the Executive Director of the Compulsive Gambling Foundation. They also run a national help line (888 LAST BET) and work at Recovery Road, a treatment facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida that specializes in the treatment of those suffering with gambling addiction.

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A Book maker once told me I love the N. F. L….

A Book maker once told me I love the N. F. L.

The bookmaker said———-

“I have 200 gamblers who bet with me every day when the N. F.L games start i have over 800 gamblers bet with me its the best time of the year for me”

Football is the most bet on sport in America.

I remember when Skip Ballis, then of the Dallas Morning News, had a gorilla in the Dallas Zoo make football picks for them,” Wexler says. “The gorilla’s picks were doing better than the sports writers”.

By Sid Dorfman/For The Star-Ledger The Star-Ledger on August 06, 2013 at 9:48 PM, updated August 06, 2013

The instinct to gamble is just about immutable. You can bet on it.

John Rothschild, in his new book, “Guide to Football Handicapping,” makes his opening observation that 117 million people watched the Super Bowl in 2012 and that Las Vegas and sports books have made a profit on 18 Super Bowl games in the last 22 years.

The profit may be calculated in billions but nobody knows exactly how much. Bookmakers don’t like to talk, or be talked about. They are in a business which thrives on the telephone, although someone may be listening these days.

At any rate, Rothschild writes referring to bookmakers and their profit, somebody knows what they’re doing. Shouldn’t you?

I’m tempted to counter that if somebody knew what he was doing, he wouldn’t gamble. But if you must, Rothschild, with a light touch, suggests how to do it.

Anyway, at the same time, Arnie Wexler, the long-time reformed gambler and the voice of abstinence for years, has issued another of his periodic warnings against the self-inflicted ravages of wagering on sports events. Arnie has been doing this for years.

It is Wexler’s passion to subdue the gambling instinct, which has destroyed so many lives, but the fact that he’s been at it for so many years indicates how difficult it’s been and that he’ll probably have to be committed to his mission for the rest of his life.

================================ According to the National Gambling Study Commission, there are 5 million compulsive gamblers and 15 million at risk in the U.S.

It is easier today to place a bet than it is to buy cigarettes or a can of beer.

Arnie Wexler sais “I have spoken to more compulsive gamblers than anyone else in America over the last 45 years. “Some have spoken about embezzlements, white-collar crimes and destroying themselves and their families. Others were so desperate that they were contemplating suicide. ” “Over the years, I have also spoken to many college and professional athletes who had a gambling problem,”

Arnie Wexler is a recovering compulsive gambler who placed his last bet on April 10, 1968. Wexler has been fighting the injustice of how sports, society and the judicial system deal with compulsive gamblers for the last 43 years. He and his wife run a national help line: 1-888-LAST BET. If you want or need help, please call now.

Wexler says. “In fact, an NCAA study a few years ago noted that there is a disturbing trend of gambling among athletes in college. Do you think that these people will get into the pros and then just stop gambling? ”

“Compulsive gamblers are very vulnerable during the N. F.L season because they are looking for the ‘lock bet,’ Wexler says. “The media hype juices the gambler and — as addictive gambling is an impulse disorder — many compulsive gamblers will be in action and even some in recovery will relapse”.

“With all the games and the media hype about odds and betting lines, there is an explosion of betting on these games,” Wexler continues. “I can’t believe that newspapers carry ads from these so-called handicappers, who are really ‘scandicappers.’ It’s also interesting to note how often the information is incorrect. ”

You would not expect to open your local newspaper and get a price list of illegal drugs for sale; But that’s just about what you can get today when you open your local newspaper to the sports pages all over the country. True, you don’t see drug prices but you do see lines and point spreads on sporting events. Illegal drugs can’t be bought, legally in any state. You can’t place a legal bet in America, except in Las Vegas.

There are ads in newspapers for 800 and 900 numbers that sell information to gamblers. Some of these ads read : “Get the game of the month free”, “We pick 75% winners”, “Last week we went 11 for 12″, and ” Get our lock of the week”.

I think the responsible thing to do would be for newspapers, radio and TV shows to carry a public service message. ” Like if you or someone you know has a gambling problem and want help call 888 LAST BET

Picture the following scenario: A young man uses the lines and odds from his local newspaper and uses it to set up a bookmaking operation in the local town pub. A law officer comes in and arrests the bookmaker and players. The next day the headline in the paper says: ” John Doe Arrested For Bookmaking and Hank Smith Arrested For Illegally Betting”. Hypocrisy you say? The very newspaper that carried the lines, now is carrying this headline.

Years ago i was on a TV show that Howard Cossell hosted (ABC Sports Beat). The topic was: Does the media encourage the public to gamble? Bobby Knight, Indiana basketball coach, said: “A newspaper who published point spreads should also publish names and addresses of services that render to prostitutes. They practically have the same legality in every one of our states, and I can’t see why one is any better than the other” On the same show former baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn said: “Anything that encourages gambling on team sports bothers me. We all look hypocritical but than why are we putting up the odds unless we are trying to encourage it” David Stern, NBA commissioner said: “We don’t want the weeks’ grocery money to be bet on the outcome of a particular sporting event”

I would like to pose a few questions:

• Do point spreads in newspapers cause a proliferation of gambling?

• Do people see point spreads in the newspaper and think it is legal to place a bet?

• Does the media entice people to gamble?

• Does the media have any responsibility for the increase in numbers of compulsive gamblers in America?

• Does the media give the appearance that it promotes and condones gambling?

Get the real scoop — talk to Arnie Wexler who is one of the nations’ leading experts on the subject of compulsive gambling and a recovering compulsive gambler.

You can reach arnie at 561 249 0922 or his cell 954 501 5270

He has worked with college & professional athletes who had gambling addictions. And has spoken on many college campuses over the years.He has been involved in helping compulsive gamblers for the last 43 years. Arnie has spoken to students who gamble in college day and night. They even gamble during class, and it even goes on in high school lunch rooms. According to a Harvard study a few years ago, 4.67% of young people have a gambling problem.

Experts tell us that the earlier a person starts to gamble, the greater the risk of them becoming a compulsive gambler. In another survey, 96% of adult male recovering gamblers stated that they started gambling before the age of 14.

Data from National Hot lines show:

Forty eight percent of the people who gamble, bet on sports.

Anyone who needs help for a gambling problem can call our 24 hour national help line

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Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on Compulsive, Problem and Underage Gambling, to more than 40,000 gaming employees (personnel and executives) and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition, they have worked with Gaming Boards and Regulators, presented educational workshops nationally and internationally and have provided expert witness testimony. Sheila Wexler is the Executive Director of the Compulsive Gambling Foundation. They also run a national help line (888 LAST BET) and work at Recovery Road, a treatment facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida that specializes in the treatment of those suffering with gambling addiction.

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New Jersey–My comments on the new Internet gambling bill passed and the regs. that will be coming out.

Arnie Wexler ccgc
My comments on the new Internet gambling bill passed and the regs. that will be coming out.
I have heard that in the regs. it will state you can play with a credit card; you can increase your line at any time even during play,
If that is the case its crazy.

We have over 400,000 addicted gamblers in N.J. and that # will for sure in cress as we add Internet gambling. Gambling addiction is an impulse addiction you will have addicted gamblers waking up in the middle of the night going to the computer in there birthday suits and

distorting there lives and there loved ones also in the heat of the moment in there addiction.

Legislators do not seem to understand the issue of compulsive gambling, because it is so hidden and invisible. What might seem like a casual, entertaining pastime to some, can turn into a devastating addiction for many people.

And yet after all these years we still don’t have Casino workers trained on gambling addiction—-1. Each casino licensee shall implement procedures and training for all employees who directly interact with gaming patrons in gaming areas for assisting patrons in obtaining information about problem gambling programs. That training shall, at a minimum, consist of information concerning the nature and symptoms of problem gambling behavior and how to assist patrons in obtaining information about problem gambling programs. The training shall be conducted by certified compulsive gambling trainers that are certified by the American Certification BoardArnie is a compulsive gambler who placed his last bet on 4/10/68

Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on Compulsive, Problem and Underage Gambling, to more than 40,000 gaming employees (personnel and executives) and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition, they have worked with Gaming Boards and Regulators, presented educational workshops nationally and internationally and have provided expert witness testimony. Sheila Wexler is the Executive Director of the Compulsive Gambling Foundation. They also run a national help line (888 LAST BET) and work at Recovery Road, a treatment facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida that specializes in the treatment of those suffering with gambling addiction.

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CREDIT CARDS AND GAMBLING ADDICTION

CREDIT CARDS AND GAMBLING ADDICTION

ALMOST EVERY GAMBLER ASKING FOR HELP OWES MONEY ON MANY CREDIT CARDS WHEN THEY SEEK HELP.

And now we will be opening the door for real problems for anyone who is an addicted gambler or anyone who will become an addicted gambler who ends up gambling on the internet!

I have heard that in the regs. N. J. will be putting in you will be able to play with a credit card; you can increase your line at any time even during play, ( RIGHT IN THE HEAT OF YOUR ADDICTION ) If that is the case its crazy.

“Compulsive gambling is an impulse disease: you get an urge, you jump in your car and drive to Atlantic City or you call your bookie and then wait to see the result of the game you bet on,” said Arnie Wexler, the former EX.DIR. of New Jersey’s Council On Compulsive Gambling and himself a recovered problem gambler. “Now you have Internet gambling and you wake up in the middle of the night and in your birthday suit, you can blow a lot of money. I know one guy who lost $30,000 in one night of Internet gambling.” GAMBLING PROBLEM CALL 888 LAST BET

We have over 400,000 addicted gamblers in N.J.

Legislators do not seem to understand the issue of compulsive gambling, because it is so hidden and invisible. What might seem like a casual, entertaining pastime to some, can turn into a devastating addiction for many people.

And yet after all these years we still don’t have Casino workers trained on gambling addiction—-1. Each casino licensee shall implement procedures and training for all employees who directly interact with gaming patrons in gaming areas for assisting patrons in obtaining information about problem gambling programs. That training shall, at a minimum, consist of information concerning the nature and symptoms of problem gambling behavior and how to assist patrons in obtaining information about problem gambling programs. The training shall be conducted by certified compulsive gambling trainers that are certified by the American Certification BoardArnie is a compulsive gambler who placed his last bet on 4/10/68

Arnie and Sheila Wexler have provided extensive training on Compulsive, Problem and Underage Gambling, to more than 40,000 gaming employees (personnel and executives) and have written Responsible Gaming Programs for major gaming companies. In addition, they have worked with Gaming Boards and Regulators, presented educational workshops nationally and internationally and have provided expert witness testimony. Sheila Wexler is the Executive Director of the Compulsive Gambling Foundation. They also run a national help line (888 LAST BET) and work at Recovery Road, a treatment facility in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida that specializes in the treatment of those suffering with gambling addiction.
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Parkinson’s Drugs and Restless Leg Syndrome Drugs Triggering Gambling Addiction.

Parkinson’s Drugs and Restless Leg Syndrome Drugs Triggering Gambling Addiction.

 

Lake Worth, FL

 

Parkinson’s Drugs and Restless Leg Syndrome Drugs Triggering Gambling Addiction. Some years back i got a call from a man seeking help for gambling addiction. He said i am on a pill for Parkinson disease and became a compulsive gambler. I thought what bull this is. Then i started to get lots of calls ,e mail,and have seen in person people with the same story. Right now i am working to help a man with a gambling addiction who never gambled before taking the pill for his Parkinson problem and in the last 2 years has lost over $200,000. Patients with Parkinson’s disease are about five times more likely to become problem or pathological gamblers than others, concludes a new Canadian study that offers some of the most dramatic evidence to date of the unusual link. In a paper just published in the Journal of Gambling Studies, they urge that all Parkinson’s patients now be screened for possible gambling problems, and monitored through the course of their treatment. Scientists theorize that the problem is caused by drugs that counter the shortage of dopamine in Parkinson’s patients’ brains, the main cause of their symptoms. As well as managing movement and balance, the chemical influences the pleasure and reward centres of the brain, perhaps encouraging such compulsive behaviour as gambling. A popular medication used to control tremors associated with Parkinson’s Disease and Restless Leg Syndrome has caused people to get addicted to gambling addiction. Dopamine agonist works by mimicking the effects of this neurotransmitter. Parkinson’s Disease occurs because of a lack of dopamine in certain areas of the brain. Dopamine helps people control their movements and increases feelings of happiness and satisfaction. Dopamine agonists are powerful drugs, and can drastically alter brain chemistry. For example, dopamine is known to produce a “rush” in the brain of people who are anticipating a reward or excitement. Many experts believe that such a biochemical reaction is behind the reports of compulsive behavior linked to these drugs. THIS MIGHT BE GOOD FOR RESEARCHERS TO LOOK AT TO GET SOME UNDERSTADING OF THE GAMBLING ADDICTION. ARNIE WEXLER CCGC ASWEXLER@AOL.COM HELPLINE FOR GAMBERS 888 LAST BET HOME 561 249 0922 CELL 954 501 5270

 

 

Arnie Wexler

Arnie & Sheila Wexler Associates

Lake Worth, FL

561-249-0922 CELL 954 5015270

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