HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – Sports betting has been online in Connecticut for about three months and is bringing in millions.
But it’s also creating more “problem gamblers” and the state’s hotline has been overwhelmed with calls.
Sports gambling has been a big win for tribes and casinos.
The intent was to keep Connecticut in step with neighboring states.
In a Monday hearing with the Public Safety Committee, a lot was said about the downsides of sports betting.
“As the game becomes easier and more accessible, we want to make sure that protections are in place and they really aren’t right now,” said Diana Goode of the Connecticut Council on Sports Gambling.
Goode says there are plenty of treatments for compulsive gamblers, but more needs to be done before it spirals out of control.
Last week a father called about his son.
“The 40-year-old son got into online sports betting and used a maximum of 3 separate credit cards, then he logged in with his wife’s name and credit cards, then used three others to the max,” Goode said.
She says there needs to be more awareness.
There is a helpline you can reach by calling the CT Council on Problem Gambling at 888-789-7777 or you can chat or email ccpg.org.
It is also important to know that you can exclude yourself from bets. Online applications allow you to be deleted for one year, five years or a lifetime, no exceptions.
“We’re creating a whole new generation of players. 18 to 24 year olds are very actively engaged in sports, it’s the fastest growing market,” State Senator Tony Hwang said.
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