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

1-888-LAST BET



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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