Famous athletes which suffer from gambling addiction by making bets on own matches

Famous athletes which suffer from gambling addiction by making bets on own matches

 

Athletes suffer from gambling addiction three times more often than the other people.

Federation of professional players (PPF) in England, conducted an anonymous survey of athletes on gambling and web betting.

Results of the survey, which was attended by 170 players and 176 cricketers were quite unexpected. 6.1% of respondents on the basis of the responses in the survey are classified as “addicted to live betting” – people suffering from gambling.

Sporting Chance Rehabilitation Center, in which were treated players such as Paul Gascoigne and Fernando Ricksen, reported that 70% of patients suffer from betting, and a large number of players took microloans to satisfy their passion.

According to Catherine Jankowski, practical psychologist, psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapist, there is nothing surprising in this fact.

– This phenomenon has two aspects, – said Catherine. – Firstly, athletes – people who have a special relationship with fortune. Passion, courage, desire to be on the top – particularly well developed in athletes who have achieved high results in sport. Impossible to play without courage. It is not surprising that they try their hand in this field. Fortune, luck is a lot of meaning for betting.

– Secondly, they are in the thick of things and have insider information on football clubs, players etc. -. Catherine said. – They are better informed than the average observer or bookmaker. Resist the temptation and not to use the information for winning bet is very difficulT

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We need to not let our addiction define us, but have our recovery define us.  
OUR NEW BOOK, GAMBLING ADDICTION AND HOW TO RECOVER FROM IT,
 ” ALL BETS ARE OFF”
BY ARNIE AND SHEILA WEXLER AND STEVE JACOBSON 

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Celebrities who suffer from betting and gambling addictions

Celebrities who suffer from betting and gambling addictions

 

A simple ordinary man has many weaknesses and all kinds of addictions.

Someone successfully and simply deal with them, while others may be in vain to deal with addictions whole life. Among the most common addictions that are inherent to mankind is alcohol or drugs, smoking, sex and betting. However, the first four addictions almost always was a problem for humans, the betting become a big problem only in recent years. Gambling addiction, or as it is called gambling problem, it is not less dangerous than all the others, and sometimes its very difficult to get rid of it.

It became particularly acute in recent years, since the development of Internet technologies and the emergence of virtual casino and bookmaking establishments, now a resident of any country, who reached the age of 18 may play gambling games. However, it should be noted that the problem of gambling is not only common for ordinary people, gambling problem did not spared celebrities as well.

Among the celebs, suffering from gambling, I would like to highlight a few with very high addiction to the casino games and top bookmaking:

George Clooney. Despite the fact that Clooney began to bet in a casino (after Ocean’s 11 film), his passion for gambling developed into a real relationship. He even bought himself one of the casinos in Las Vegas.

Leonardo DiCaprio. Among all gambling games, Leo prefers to play poker, he very carefully for many years concealed his passion for gambling, but courageous and brave paparazzi found and pictured the actor’s passion for poker game.

Cameron Diaz. Cameron prefers to play card games, but it should be noted that all money she won – transfers to charity. Although this fact does not diminish her addiction to the card games.

Ben Affleck. Ben is a fan of illegal gambling clubs and bet on sports, and the paparazzi have noticed, that he prefer to visit such clubs at least twice a week.

As you can see, even the rich and famous people cry and suffer from gambling addiction, but no matter how harmless it is, this relationship – a serious disease that requires painstaking and skilled treatment.

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OUR NEW BOOK GAMBLING ADDICTION AND HOW TO RECOVER FROM IT
” ALL BETS ARE OFF”

BY ARNIE AND SHEILA WEXLER AND STEVE JACOBSON 


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All bets are off: Losers, liars, and recovery from gambling addiction review PETER

All bets are off: Losers, liars, and recovery from gambling addiction
Wexler, A., & Wexler, S., with Jacobson, S. (contributor). (2015). Las Vegas, NV: Central Recovery Press. ISBN 978-1937612757.
Peter Ferentzy, Ph.D.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health


Abstract

Rarely does a reader come across a text where integrity oozes out from between each line. That is always a treat, and Arnie and Sheila Wexler’s book is one of those. Perhaps this should not be surprising—after all, Arnie brings to the table a half-century of personal and professional experience in recovery from problem gambling (PG). In fact, as a PG scholar who has communicated with Arnie in depth over the years, I can make a claim that few in the field would disagree with: No human being has devoted more time and sweat to this cause than Arnie Wexler. The one exception, perhaps, would be his co-author and wife, Sheila Wexler. I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention Steve Jacobson, contributor, who assembled their narratives into a cohesive, beautifully written story—one in which many problem gamblers and their loved ones will recognize their own lives and struggles.

The authors use the designation “compulsive gambling” when discussing PG, which is favored by Gamblers Anonymous (GA), though generally in disuse by the scientific community. So what? “Compulsive” is just as good a word as “pathological,” “disordered,” or “problem.” Arnie is old school, and even though I disagree with him on many points (sometimes I think that Arnie and I disagree about everything), there is nothing wrong with old-school lingo, or even an old-school approach, so long as other options are present.

Arnie is an old-school gambler and an old-school tough guy, and it shows, even as he challenges ideas such as that drugs and alcohol are more dangerous than gambling. Of course, Arnie was in the game when most people thought just that, despite having a decent grasp on alcoholism and drug addiction. On page 1, Arnie lets you in on how he sees it (and how he sees himself): “I always knew I was going to be a compulsive something or other.” Yes, had the dice rolled just a little differently, maybe Arnie would be recovering from crack and booze (like this reviewer), and maybe this reviewer would have a history of compulsive gambling. No one can say for sure, and Arnie understands that truth with as much clarity as any researcher with whom I have worked.

The book is laden with sophisticated takes on complex issues (e.g., Arnie comes out as an agnostic with respect to PG etiology) and some really glaring generalizations (e.g., the “mindset” of the compulsive gambler is discussed with sweeping statements). So, on the one hand, Arnie understands how difficult it is to pin down causation and that, even if it were possible, the account would vary from one person to the next. On the other hand, he often claims that all compulsive gamblers think this way and that way. Even if many of these generalizations were true in the vast majority of cases, they could never apply to each and every one.

Let us recall, though, that the book is more experiential than scientific. Arnie often makes personal statements, and with full regard for how they are personal. So even though gamblers—according to 12-Step lore—are said to dream about yachts and such, Arnie apparently was an exception to that rule: “Most people who buy those $100 million lottery tickets enjoy a few moments daydreaming about what they’d do if they won: pay off the mortgage, buy a new house, a new car…. Not me. Nope. I just thought of paying off gambling debts and having some money left over to bet even more. That was my fantasy” (p. 8).

As gamblers go, Arnie was as pure as they come: “when I had a good day betting, I was so high I didn’t need sex” (p. 31). Sheila concurs: “Arnie wasn’t interested in making love” (p. 37). Later, she elaborates on this singular drive: “Over the years, I learned to understand the grip his addiction had on him. Even when he knew he was going to lose, he had to make a bet” (p. 40). After Arnie stopped gambling, so ended the high, and the book covers the struggles he encountered during those early years of his recovery, especially the depression. For his wife, the greatest struggle appears to have been finding the strength to forgive her husband. The two perspectives play off each other throughout the entire book, generating a dynamic that made me feel like I was a part of their reality.

Even after decades in recovery, Arnie explains how he is still an addict and therefore must always be vigilant. To illustrate, he tells the story about a time he was playing golf, and was surprised by a sign that greeted him at the second hole, advertising that a hole-in-one would win him a car. “I was shaking like a leaf as I addressed the ball. I was afraid to take a swing. I ‘accidentally’ knocked the ball off the tee, so…I was shooting for a hole in two…. I was safe” (p. 104).

This book will walk you through the world of GA in all its specificity, vis-à-vis other 12-Step programs. For example, in Alcoholics Anonymous, the fourth step involves taking a moral inventory, but in GA one needs to do a moral and financial inventory (p. 102). Arnie is not entirely uncritical of the 12-Step model, however, and freely expresses his disdain for the anonymity insisted upon by the fellowship. That statement, in itself, amounts to heresy in the 12-Step world, but Arnie feels strongly that disclosure is essential: Gamblers should stop hiding.

That’s what Arnie thinks, and he says what he thinks.

Malzberg | Arnie & Shelia Wexler discuss Arnie’s new book, “All Bets Are Off:” – YouTube

We need to not let our addiction define us, but have our recovery define us.  
OUR NEW BOOK, GAMBLING ADDICTION AND HOW TO RECOVER FROM IT,
 ” ALL BETS ARE OFF”
BY ARNIE AND SHEILA WEXLER AND STEVE JACOBSON 

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Sports betting=====.Inside peek at athletes’ thoughts on sports betting.

We poll 73 pros to get an inside peek at athletes’ thoughts on sports betting.

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine’s Feb. 16 Gambling Issue. Subscribe today!

SPORTS STARS … they’re just like us! We polled 73* NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB players on everything from their betting beliefs to weirdest wagers. One MLBer says he’ll bet on Titans-Jags “just to make the game interesting.” An NFL tight end gripes, “It’s easy to [think games are fixed] when calls don’t go your way.” And there’s the NBA star who admits to gambling $30K in one day. (OK, maybe they’re not all like us.) Point is, nearly every athlete has a story. To uncover them, you might just say we went all-in.

Should sports betting be legal?

Yes: 63 percent
No: 37 percent

Would legal sports betting challenge the integrity of your sport?

Yes: 41 percent
No: 59 percent

Have you ever had a teammate you suspected of having a gambling problem?

Yes: 37 percent
No: 63 percent

Do you ever suspect that games in your sport are fixed?

Yes: 3 percent
No: 94 percent
Maybe: 3 percent

Are you aware of point spreads?

Yes: 42 percent
No: 58 percent

Have you ever heard of an athlete in your sport being approached for information about injuries?

Yes: 10 percent
No: 90 percent

Have you ever felt that being an underdog has motivated your team so much that it was an advantage?

Yes: 75 percent
No: 25 percent

I gamble money on other sports.

Yes: 34 percent
No: 66 percent

I gamble money on other things.

Yes: 58 percent
No: 42 percent

What’s the largest amount of money you have wagered in one day?

Lowest: $0
Highest: $30,000
Average: $1,673

What’s the oddest thing you’ve ever bet on?

“We paid guys to eat skin shavings and toenail clippings.” — NFL player

“We had a snake race at my grandmother’s house. We put snakes in the grass and bet on who could make it across the yard first. You weren’t allowed to throw anything at them to make them move. It took awhile, but I ended up winning $50.” — NFL player

“We had a contest to see who could drink a gallon of milk the fastest.” — NHL player

“In college, my friends bet on who could eat 12 hard-boiled eggs.” — NBA player

“We’d put goldfish in a tank with lanes, blow a straw and watch them race. Each person picked a lane and bet on that fish.” — NFL player

“Rock-paper-scissors.” — multiple NHL players

“In college, we’d bet $20 on which bag would come out of baggage claim first.” — NBA player

“We got $76 in the minors to get our teammate to drink an entire case of pomegranate juice before batting practice. He drank 18 of the 24 bottles and threw up. We still gave him his money.” — MLB player

“I said, ‘Hey, do you want to bet if I can eat 10 hot dogs tonight?'” — NHL player

“If I could get a girl.” — Multiple NBA players

“$100 to take my shoes off and then run through a fountain in Toledo in April when there was still a sheet of ice.” — MLB player

*Not all athletes answered every question. Percentages are rounded.

Reporting By Patrick Cain, Anna Katherine Clemmons, Craig Custance, Matt Ehalt, Dan Friedell, Hallie Grossman, Doug McIntyre and Matthew Muench

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Malzberg | Arnie & Shelia Wexler discuss Arnie’s new book, “All Bets Are Off:” – YouTube

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OUR NEW BOOK, GAMBLING ADDICTION AND HOW TO RECOVER FROM IT,
 ” ALL BETS ARE OFF”
BY ARNIE AND SHEILA WEXLER AND STEVE JACOBSON 

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SUPER BOWL GAMBLING

BUFFALO NEWS 2/2/17

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 Looking for a safe bet? Take gamblers calling this man after Super Bowl

This week marks the calm before the storm, as they say, a time in which Arnie Wexler can hunker down and brace for the destruction ahead. With a week off between the NFL conference championship games and the Super Bowl, gamblers had no football games to bet and therefore none to lose. Come Sunday, it will change.

Wexler knows the mind of a degenerate gambler. He was one, after all, many years ago after he started pitching pennies, shooting marbles, playing pinball and flipping baseball cards as a kid in New Jersey. He was 14 years old in 1951 when a 19-year-old woman led him into a racetrack, placed his bets and watched him win $54.

He gave back his winnings and more, of course, because that’s what compulsive gamblers do. He wasted 17 years looking for his next big score, winning just enough to rationalize another payday was around the corner, never winning enough to keep him satisfied before he darned near ruined his life.

“I thought I could be a millionaire,” Wexler said from Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he offers counseling and treatment to addicted gamblers, “and I was sucked in.”

Wexler, 79, hasn’t placed a bet since 1968. A decade passed before he fully resisted the urge to make a wager. It makes him a compulsive-gambling survivor.

For decades, he has held a sympathetic ear to the phone for gamblers who call his hotline (1-888-LASTBET) and need his help. Two years ago, he co-authored “All Bets are Off: Losers, Liars and Recovering from Gambling Addiction.”

He has dozens of stories about compulsive gamblers who transcend race, gender and social status, from a teenaged babysitter stealing a coin collection to desperate average Joes to former professional athletes squandering their money to a Monday Night Football executive who believed his job made him an expert.

Their accounts are all too familiar with the same basic ending, much like tales of woe that Wexler will hear in the days ahead.

“Usually, they don’t call until after the Super Bowl because everybody has this crazy dream that it’s going to bail them out for the football season,” he said. “Sometimes, it’s not until six months after because they’re waiting to get a big win, and they’re trying to turn their life around. The first week, we get bombed with calls.”

The American Gaming Association earlier this week estimated that some $4.7 billion will be wagered on the Super Bowl. The Washington-based lobby suggested 97 percent of the bets placed will be illegal. Las Vegas will account for only $132 million, a pittance compared to the overall stake.

In its view, illegal gambling is a lost opportunity for the federal government in an industry that has grown exponentially over the years. The gaming association has doubled down efforts and spent millions of dollars in hopes of lifting a federal gambling ban in place since 1992, excluding Nevada.

The general theory falls in line with Prohibition: People are betting anyway, so it might as well be taxed and regulated by the government. AGA has argued that legalizing gambling would create jobs, protect consumers and minimize offshore companies that have made billions of dollars at the expense of the United States.

“The thinking is, ‘Let’s make it legal so we can make money from it,’” Wexler said. “You look at the National Football League. Every week, they hand out an injury list. Why do they give out an injury list? Gambling, absolutely. The National Football League is the biggest gambling event for compulsive gamblers all year round.”

People can bet on just about anything involving the Super Bowl, from the over-under on Chris Hogan’s first reception (11.5 yards) to Atlanta’s Eric Weems scoring the first touchdown (66 to 1) to the over-under on the number of times “Gronk” or “Gronkowski” is mentioned during the telecast (3).

Sports writers across the country, including The Buffalo News, make weekly picks on NFL games. It’s for entertainment purposes in our case, but I’ve been told that it’s also a means of showing readers the difficulty in picking games by people who cover the sport. For evidence, look at our records.

Four of our eight writers were below .500 this season. None was over the 54 percent required to break even, including service fees, if we were actually betting on games. An editor estimated Thursday that our winning percentage is less than 20 percent when everyone picks the same team.

My worst week came after convincing myself that it would be my best. My best week came when I added up the variables, decided which teams would win and picked the opposite. Our failure rate isn’t a referendum on football knowledge. It’s proof that we shouldn’t gamble. There’s a reason Las Vegas stays in business.

This is where it gets tricky for me. I’ve long believed that casinos cause more problems than they solve. However, there’s also little disputing that billions of dollars generated from gambling could be used for other purposes, which would include anti-gambling education and assistance for people in need.

Seven years ago, the American Psychiatry Association classified pathological gambling as a disease. Other studies have identified a specific gene called the D-2 receptor that can be stimulated in certain people by such things as alcohol, drugs, sex, food and gambling. It sounds like a Super Bowl smorgasbord. That’s not a joke.

For many, it’s a fact.

But that doesn’t include everybody. I would imagine many people are casual gamblers like me. I’m in three fantasy leagues and participate in two Super Bowl pools every year. I’ve visited a few casinos, and only a few, in my lifetime. I played poker with friends years ago and have made fewer than 10 bets on individual games.

“For somebody that doesn’t have that gene, it’s no problem,” Wexler said. “They walk away. Compulsive gamblers can’t walk away.”

Alcoholism is a problem in our country, but it doesn’t mean the government should shut down liquor stores. I don’t smoke marijuana but firmly believe it should be legalized, regulated and taxed to high heaven. I’ve watched lives get ruined and families torn apart from gambling. My kids have heard dozens of lectures about gambling, how it’s just as dangerous as abusing drugs and alcohol.

“Nope, it’s worse,” Wexler said.  “Because you can’t smell it, and there’s no track marks. It’s invisible. If I was an alcoholic and came home drunk, my wife would know it. If I came home tipsy from drugs, my wife would know it. There are no telltale signs with gamblers. It’s bigger than drugs and alcohol because it’s hidden and pervasive.”

Does that mean it should be banned?

That’s the multibillion-dollar question.

My biggest beef isn’t with gambling but the hypocrisy that’s connected to gambling. New Yorkers can hit the racetrack, play Quick Draw all afternoon, buy lottery tickets and walk into a casino. All generate state revenue. But it’s illegal to bet on games partly because participants are human and, therefore, susceptible to corruption.

For some light reading, google: Albany and corruption. I’ll see you in a month.

The NFL for decades has taken an anti-gambling stance, hiding behind its mantra of preserving the “integrity of the game.” It has become laughable in recent years. The league was collecting billions of dollars in gambling-related revenue while being partnered with the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel.

Meanwhile, look at its television deals and sponsors. The league couldn’t possibly believe that adoring fans ordered the Sunday NFL Ticket because the games were so entertaining. That’s how many fantasy owners track their teams. Actual owners like Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft were among investors in DraftKings.

Fantasy sports companies were outlawed in New York until … state lawmakers figured out how to get a piece of the action. Once the finances were settled, fantasy sports were rationalized as games of chance (see: lottery) and not sports betting. In other words, you can place wagers on individual players but not teams.

“If you took away gambling from the National Football League, you have American soccer,” Wexler said. “If you put machines in every stadium seat so people could bet on the game and bet on things during the game, you wouldn’t have a seat available in any place in the NFL. That’s the two ends of the stick.”

Many will reach the end of the line Sunday. Wexler will be waiting by the phone to assess the damage. Somebody will call. At this time of year, they always do.

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We need to not let our addiction define us, but have our recovery define us.  
OUR NEW BOOK, GAMBLING ADDICTION AND HOW TO RECOVER FROM IT,
 ” ALL BETS ARE OFF”
BY ARNIE AND SHEILA WEXLER AND STEVE JACOBSON 

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Most compulsive gamblers will answer yes to many of the following questions:
1.Do you lose time from work due to gambling?
2.Does gambling make you insensitive to the welfare of your family, thus making your home life unhappy?
3.Have you ever felt remorse after gambling?
4.Have you ever gambled to solve financial difficulties or sold personal property to finance gambling?
5.After winning or losing, do you feel like you must return as soon as possible?
6.Do you often gamble until your last dollar is gone?
7.Do you ever borrow to finance your gambling?
8.Have you ever committed, or considered committing an illegal act to finance gambling?
9.Do arguments, disappointments, frustration, even good fortune give you an urge to gamble?
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N.F.L. Playoff Games/Super Bowl /and Gambling !!!

I wonder how many people started a gambling addiction betting on N.F.L. Games.
Why do you think the N.F.L. GIVES OUT AN  INJURY LIST EVERY WEEK ?
“Playoff games and the Super Bowl are 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. 
“Compulsive gamblers are very vulnerable during the NFL post season because they are looking for the “get out bet or lock bet,’ Wexler says. “The media hype juices the gambler and — as this is an impulse disorder — many compulsive gamblers will be in action. And I wonder if any players might have a bet on the games. “ 
“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. “ 
I think the responsible thing to do would be for newspapers, radio and TV shows to carry a public service message. 

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“Over the years, I have also spoken to many college and professional athletes who had a gambling problem,” 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? “ 

“I remember years ago when Skip Bayless, 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.
According to the National Gambling Study Commission, there are 5 million compulsive gamblers and 15 million at risk in the U.S. 

“I have spoken to more compulsive gamblers than anyone else in America over the last 48 years and have gotten hundreds of phone calls after playoff games and 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. ”

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 48+ years. He and his wife run a national help line: 1-888-LAST BET. If you want or need help, please call now. 
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SPORTS BETTING ! Some powerful folks in the American casino world are betting on Donald Trump

 Copyright © 2017 The Seattle Times Company

Geoff Baker / Enterprise & Investigative Reporter
Fans of sports betting see prospects improving under Trump presidency
Some powerful folks in the American casino world are betting on Donald Trump fast-forwarding the push toward legalized sports gambling in this country.
Inside sports business
Some powerful folks in the American casino world are betting on Donald Trump fast-forwarding the push toward legalized sports gambling in this country.
In his year-end conference call with reporters, Geoff Freeman, president of the pro-casino American Gaming Association (AGA) trade group, said Trump’s firsthand business experience within the gaming industry bodes well for a repeal of a federal law barring sports betting in most states.
“With regards to sports betting, I think that we are entering a perfect storm,’’ Freeman said.
Freeman cited interest among television broadcasters and individual team owners in repealing the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), a federal law allowing sports betting only in Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana (with only Nevada and Delaware offering it).
With Trump, he added, there is an incoming U.S. president who “worked in the gaming industry and was quoted as recently as about a year ago on Colin Cowherd’s (Fox Sports) show talking about the failed law that we have today and the benefits of regulation.’’
What Trump told Cowherd in November 2015 when asked about sports betting and daily fantasy sports was: “I’m OK with it because it’s happening anyway. Whether you have it (PASPA) or you don’t have it, you have it (sports gambling).’’
Indeed, the ascension of sports betting into what Freeman calls “mainstream” acceptance took a quantum leap two years ago when NBA commissioner Adam Silver broke with predecessor David Stern in calling for its legalization.
The NBA, NHL, MLB and some NFL owners have partnered with daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings — which several states, including Washington, argue are akin to illegal-gaming entities.
Over the Christmas weekend, the NBA and FanDuel launched an “InPlay” mobile application that allows fans to compete against one another based off the real-time performances of players in live games. The app doesn’t award cash prizes and is seen by the league more as a way to draw eyeballs to TV broadcasts.
Still, the league using FanDuel to drive its TV business is exactly the type of mainstream acceptance Freeman mentioned.
Not long ago, leagues cringed at even a whiff of gambling coming near their games. MLB has a century-long history of banning players associated with gambling — from “Shoeless” Joe Jackson to Pete Rose — while the NFL did the same with Paul Hornung, Alex Karras and Art Schlichter.
In 2006, the NHL was engulfed in a major New Jersey gambling investigation involving Rick Tocchet that even dragged Wayne Gretzky and his wife, actress Janet Jones, through the ensuing scandal.
Now, the NHL has become the first major sports league to put a team in Las Vegas, with the NFL potentially close behind. And the NBA — less than a decade since its own gambling scandal involving referee Tim Donaghy — is expected to eye Las Vegas as well once it launches an expansion process within the next year or so.
One person not thrilled by recent events is Arnie Wexler, a onetime compulsive gambler-turned-counselor and co-author of the book “All Bets Are Off: Losers, Liars and Recovery From Gambling Addiction.” Wexler dismisses the argument used by leagues that since sports gambling is inevitable, they might as well push to regulate it.
All they really want, he adds, is a slice of the estimated $95 billion in annual money wagered mostly illegally on sports in this country.
“It’s all hypocrisy on their part,’’ Wexler said.
A 2015 report by Gambling Compliance, a global gaming-research firm, estimated legalized sports betting in America could produce $12.4 billion in annual revenue. That would roughly equal all revenue generated by the NFL.
Wexler can’t understand how a century’s worth of concern over the potential impact of gambling on the “integrity” of pro sports is seemingly being forgotten.
“If you have betting on their games, then where’s the integrity?’’ he said. “It’s all about putting money in their pocket.’’
Wexler and his wife, Sheila, run a national 1-888-LASTBET hotline for those seeking help for gambling addiction. He likens daily fantasy sports to a “gateway drug” he says enabled teens and young adults to get hooked on other forms of gambling.
Wexler also has experience with president-elect Trump. For 15 years, Wexler and his wife trained hundreds of employees from Trump’s casino operations in Indiana and New Jersey on recognizing compulsive-gambling addiction in both customers and themselves.
“We’ve had many workers come to us for help,’’ he said. “One of the biggest secrets in the industry is there’s a bigger problem percentage-wise behind the table than in front of the table.’’
Wexler won’t opine on which way he sees Trump heading in terms of policy.
But for now, Wexler agrees with AGA president Freeman that sports betting has gone mainstream. And when it comes to changing laws, Freeman says mainstream acceptance might be his organization’s biggest tool.
“The expansion of gaming outside of Nevada normalized the business,’’ Freeman said of legalized gambling in general. “It brought it to St. Louis and Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Columbus. It brought it to all of these markets around the country. And what we’ve learned is … the markets in which we do business are the places in which we have the fewest critics.
“Our critics tend to reside in places where gaming does not operate.’’
Those critics likely beg to differ.
And given the gathering momentum to expand legalized sports gambling, they might not have to wait long to see Freeman’s claims put to the test.
Geoff Baker is a sports enterprise and investigative reporter who writes a column on sports business. Baker: gbaker@seattletimes.com or 206-464-8286.
On Twitter @GeoffBakerTIMES
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Also, bowl season means big-time gambling around the games. We spoke to Arnie Wexler, a Florida-based author and one of the nation’s foremost specialists on compulsive gambling, about how sports-betting is becoming more mainstream and what those with a problem can do to get help.      =========
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College Football Bowl Games and GAMBLING !! ARE WE KICKING OFF A GAMBLING ADDICTION

College Football Bowl Games and GAMBLING !!   ARE WE KICKING OFF A GAMBLING ADDICTION       
Here we go again the big media hype on the games that promote gambling !!
IF YOUR PAPER,OR STATION CARRIES THE ODDS AND LINES  YOU SHOULD ALSO DO SOMETHING ON THE GAMBLING,GAMBLING ADDICTION ON THE BOWL GAMES——–

I wonder how many college students will have a bet on the games
and whether or not even some athletes also will have bets on the games as well !
 And how many gamblers will be making  there  1st bet  ever on a BOWL Game  on there way to getting addicted to gambling .
It is easier to place a bet today than it is to buy cigarettes or a can of beer on any college campus all
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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”
Humm now the NBA  sais we should have gambling on the NBA  games   what a change !
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.
.
Do you think every one who sees that in a newspaper gets on a plane to fly to Las Vegas  to place a bet ?
Newspapers carry the lines and  odds in there papers why not add on the bottom
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YOUTH  TODAY IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ARE using the lines and odds from his local newspaper and use it to set up a bookmaking operation.

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?

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Malzberg | Arnie & Shelia Wexler discuss Arnie’s new book, “All Bets Are Off:” – YouTube

We need to not let our addiction define us, but have our recovery define us.  
OUR NEW BOOK, GAMBLING ADDICTION AND HOW TO RECOVER FROM IT,
 ” ALL BETS ARE OFF”
BY ARNIE AND SHEILA WEXLER AND STEVE JACOBSON 

GAMBLING PROBLEM CALL (888) LAST BET ((888) 527-8238); WWW.ASWEXLER.COM

Malzberg | Arnie & Shelia Wexler discuss Arnie’s new book, “All Bets Are Off:” – YouTube

We need to not let our addiction define us, but have our recovery define us.  
OUR NEW BOOK, GAMBLING ADDICTION AND HOW TO RECOVER FROM IT,
 ” ALL BETS ARE OFF”
BY ARNIE AND SHEILA WEXLER AND STEVE JACOBSON 

GAMBLING PROBLEM CALL (888) LAST BET ((888) 527-8238); WWW.ASWEXLER.COM