Access To Sports Betting And Apps Could Increase Gambling Addiction

State lawmakers are working on a bill to bring full-scale sports betting to Ohio. That's after the Supreme Court in May struck down a law that restricted sports betting everywhere except in Nevada. If it's legalized, there will be big money in it for casinos, tax collectors, and app developers.

But advocates for problem gamblers, and experts who study gambling disorders, warn that making sports betting legal will likely increase the number of people at risk for gambling addiction.

Sports Betting Expands Beyond Vegas

For decades the only place you could legally wager on a basketball or football game was in Nevada. And to do it, you had to go to a casino “sportsbook”— in essence, a room where bettors sit in cushy seats while watching games on panoramic screens, and giant digital billboards tick out numbers to help them calculate how much they stand to win, or lose, on each matchup.

Kelly Stewart, a professional sports bettor, has spent hours of her life in sportsbooks in Las Vegas. “College football season, I have no life,” she said. “I’m working 65 hours a week.”

Call it gambling if you want, but there is a method to it, Stewart said. Each of her picks is based on strategy and hours of research.

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