Gambling Rehabilitation ‘Legend’ on Sports Betting Expansion: More People ‘Will End Up Destroying Their Lives’

Arnie Wexler made his last bet on April 10, 1968 after gambling seized his life and finances and nearly ruined him. Since recovering, Arnie has dedicated his life to helping compulsive gamblers, driving through blizzards to help sufferers, and making himself always available to those in need.

“I think it is important to state that I am not a prohibitionist” Wexler said in a 1988 statement to  National Gambling Impact and Study Commission. “My only objective is to help compulsive gamblers and their families.”

Here at SportsHandle we believe sports betting can be enjoyed responsibly; having lived and overcome the devastation of gambling addiction, Arnie doesn’t see it that way. We have deep respect for Arnie’s tireless devotion to helping addiction sufferers, we believe in responsible gaming only, and want to shed more light on the disease. There’s a lot of ground covered in this conversation, which has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.

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