In today’s world, it’s nearly impossible to watch a sporting event without being bombarded by advertisements for sportsbooks. These ads promote the benefits of placing higher bets or wagering on specific games, making gambling more accessible than ever before through mobile devices. Mary Drexler, a researcher at the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, acknowledges that this convenience has led both inexperienced and infrequent gamblers to engage in gambling more frequently.
Drexler highlights several factors that make sports gambling more problematic than regular gambling. Many bettors mistakenly believe that their knowledge of the sport will increase their chances of winning. However, research indicates that online and mobile sports betting can lead to a higher risk of developing problem gambling or a gambling disorder.
While individuals engage in sports gambling, there are ways to ensure their safety. Setting limits and being conscious of the advertising surrounding gambling are essential for responsible gambling. Drexler emphasizes the importance of providing upfront information on where to seek help if a gambling addiction begins to form.
Of all demographics, it appears that mobile sports gambling is attracting young men the most. Drexler calls for more preventive measures to be taken to prevent addiction and to provide assistance for those in need. She suggests that sportsbooks fund advertising campaigns promoting help resources, acknowledging that her organization lacks the financial means to compete with the vast budgets of the gaming industry.
For individuals struggling with gambling-related issues, the helpline 1-800-GAMBLER is available to provide support and guidance.