Football is Back, Prompting Warnings to Avoid Gambling Traps

September 17, 2022

Mountaineer News

Community Health

For local football fans wanting to navigate online sports betting, if you physically reside in West Virginia, there are opportunities that make it simple to partake in online gambling. But caution is urged as these ventures grow. Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court paved the way for all states to legalize sports gambling, it's popularity is on the rise.

Having success in sports betting Is a great feeling. Not only is the winning great, but the money is great. However, all it takes is a few bad turns and everything starts to spiral away if the cold spells are not appropriately handled.

If you plan on placing an online wager, you need to be mindful of how persuasive apps can be via their advertising. Many of the ads are promoting free play, free dollars to encourage people to open accounts, Under West Virginia's rules, the person has to physically be within state lines when placing the bet. You simply register for an account through an app and deposit funds. But be advised, apps can be slow to pay winnings. It's also important to note that, as people show their patterns online, those sports betting app algorithms are changing almost on a real-time basis, and encouraging people to continue to play. The public needs to realize compulsive gambling is a behavioral disorder, not a moral failure, and there should be federal resources for research and treatment.

It's estimated at least 3% of American adults have a gambling problem.