It was a rainy  Friday afternoon in 1983. The late Dr. Robert L. Custer , whom was the “father” of treatment for compulsive gambling, asked me to drive him to Long Island, N. Y , to visit one of his patients. This patient had entered an in-patient treatment center for compulsive gambling. As we drove […]

Sports of The Times; ‘How Many of You Have Made an Illegal Bet?’

By DAVE ANDERSON Published: January 6, 1999 IN its scarlet and black practice uniforms, the Rutgers men’s basketball team gathered in the Rutgers Athletic Center meeting room where the players usually listen to Coach Kevin Bannon and watch game tapes. But yesterday there were no X’s and O’s on the chalkboard, no videos rolling. Instead, […]

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. […]

Arnie Wexler on Sports Radio 955 The Game

Arnie Wexler on Sports Radio 955 The Game

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, […]

The Compulsive Gambler Working in the Gaming Industry

Many people, who work in the gaming industry, are vulnerable to problems with their own gambling behaviors. Some are naturally attracted to the action, because they already have a gambling problem. Some develop a problem after being exposed to the environment. Studies have shown that employees in gaming establishments (racetracks, casinos, lottery vendors, etc.) have […]

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 […]

When Will Sports Confront Gambling Problems of Its Own Athletes?

It is a problem sports teams hope you don’t think about. The time to fix it is now, say an obsessive-gambling expert. By Arnie Wexler As the cheers and jeers slowly quiet down for the 2009 World Champion New York Yankees, a festering problem throughout many sports remains: No, I am not talking about steroids. […]

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 […]