HISTORY ABOUT GAMBLING ADDICTION In 1979 Dr. Robert Custer started the National Foundation for Study of Pathological Gambling. He invited Sheila and me to join him. He thought he was going to raise enough money to cover the entire cost of treatment for any gambler who wanted treatment for gambling addiction. We were invited to […]


I stopped gambling on April 10, 1968. At that time gambling in America looked very different than it does today. Legal casinos were only in Las Vegas. There was no such thing as Internet gambling. There were no cell phones. There were no credit cards or ATM machines. There weren’t any check cashing privileges at […]


In the 42 years that we have been helping compulsive gamblers, we have never seen anything explode like poker has. Poker is sweeping the nation and the world. It is the hottest thing on college campuses. It is easier to play poker then it is to buy cigarettes or a can of beer on campuses […]

A different kind of March Madness for problem gamblers

By Richard N. Velotta (contact), In Business reporter  LAS VEGAS SUN Fri, Mar 26, 2010 (3 a.m.) For many sports fans, the best time of the year began last week and is continuing this weekend and next. March Madness. It’s the time of year for miracle three-pointers at the buzzer and college basketball teams from […]

The Sweet Sizzle of Easy Money

Arnie Wexler remembers the sweet sizzle of easy money. How could he forget in a million years? It was Memorial Day 1951. He was a 14-year-old Brooklyn boy earning four bits an hour in an after-school job when he made his first score gambling at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury: $54 cash — genuine folding green. […]

What is Compulsive Gambling?

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, […]

Stan Hochman: All bets off for recovering gambling addict

Reprinted From http://www.philly.com/philly/hp/sports/82035297.html ‘TAKE AWAY gambling from the National Football League and you’ve got soccer,” Arnie Wexler grumbles, knowing he’s got your attention now, without resorting to a 2-by-4 upside your head. “When I was betting, and I haven’t made a bet since April 10, 1968, it was ‘win-or-lose.’ Now, it’s ‘over/under’ and 200 different […]

Arnie Wexler’s Story

I am a recovering Compulsive Gambler who placed my last bet April 10,1968. I started gambling at about age 7 or 8 as a kid in Brooklyn, NY. It started with flipping baseball cards, pitching pennies, shooting marbles and playing pinball machines. That kind of gambling continued until about age 14. At that point I […]