Despite the constantly changing minutiae of online gambling laws and their enforcement in the United States, placing wagers online does not violate federal law, at least as long as they’re not sports bets. The problem has been in funding your online gambling hobby. When you contribute to a bookie, whether it’s a bookie favored by the local congressmen or one down the street, there is a whole blown daylight theft system waiting for you with the fine print before you sign the dotted line. Let’s say you fall for that slick marketing hype of “online riches are always round the corner…”
Let’s also assume you’re one of the millions of folks the world over who enjoy placing a wager or two on sporting events. Even if you live a frugal’s life away from the betting bright lights of Las Vegas or an idling city car, you have to login to your bookie account once in a while to place a bet or change the amount you’re betting. Before you know it, you become addicted to the adrenaline rush of watching the odds pop and moving the point spread with the momentum of the game regardless of its outcome. It’s thrilling to rake in the winnings and even more enticing to place another bet that almost guarantees your success. But you’re running the risk of going overboard.
What am I referring? Simply put, you’re becoming a problem gambler. The signs of problem gambling are always present, but people usually hide them from themselves.
The problem gamblers continue to perpetrate their problem. Others refer to them as gamblers hidden in withdrawals. Withdrawn gamblers are quite easy to spot. They seldom bet on sports or games outside of the country that would enable them to bet on an American sports event. They may also have poor communication skills, so they don’t quite understand odds and ends of sports gambling. They may view gambling as a form of entertainment and status symbol, not anIANthrops vanity.
The signs of problem gambling can be spotted by family members, friends and by your financial advisor if they suspect that you’re in a pattern of gambling. The initial signs may be hardly noticeable to one who never gambles. But the more obvious signs need to be noticed by your advisor. They might be as simple as making bets on popular horse race in street races, or placing bets sporadically on a Friday or Saturday. It’s quite easy to hide the problem when you’re the winner. But you’re also smart enough to know when to quit.
The solution to the problem of problem gambling is simple. Either, you should commit to charity or self help programs to educate yourself on the necessary components of a gambling addiction. You can also join family members and counselors who have gone through similar problems, but until you’re ready to admit that you have a problem, there’s always help one can offer.
If you suspect that your gambling is a problem, but you don’t want to separately recover your money from your family and friends, you should reach out to a betting advisor. These are people with unique expertise in helping people fixate on gambling.