Problem Gambling and the Super Bowl - Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling’s Helpline is Available

The Super Bowl is one of the top-viewed sporting events in the world. For the U.S., it is the most gambled upon sports event of the year.
As of today, sports betting is not legal in Connecticut, but there are plenty of opportunities to place a wager. Most frequently, we see sports pools and informal bets being placed between friends, families, and co-workers. These may not always be problematic for most people who set limits however, it is important to remember that over 100,000 citizens and over 275,000 family members are impacted by problem gambling every day in the State of Connecticut. For those already experiencing problems, placing even a small wager can lead to increasingly risky behaviors. Fantasy sports leagues, online betting, or betting with bookies all present chances for greater financial losses, chances for dangerous activity, and in some cases, severely negative impacts upon important things such as family, other relationships, and work or school.
For the media, if you are going to write about the game or list betting lines, we encourage you to also include our helpline information. People can call and speak with a trained gambling specialist for support and resources for confidential help 24 hours and 7 days a week. Call 1-888-789-7777, text “CTGAMB” to 53342, or chat www. Our helpline services are available for people experiencing gambling related issues or for those who are concerned about someone’s gambling.
Not everyone who gambles has a problem, but for some, the stakes are too high to risk ignoring it any longer. Some warning signs that gambling has become are:

  • Spending more time gambling
  • Increasing bet sizes
  • Creating special occasions for gambling
  • Increasing intensity of interest in gambling
  • Gambling to escape problems or when there is a crisis
  • “Chasing” losses with more gambling
  • Boasting about winning and evasive about losing
  • Exaggerated display of money and possessions
  • Decreasing desire to engage in other activities
  • Frequent absences from school, work, and home
  • Withdrawal from family and friends
  • Diversion of funds earmarked for other purposes
If your bet on the game becomes more important than the consequences of your loss, please give our helpline a call.