Before You Place a Bet on Super Bowl? Read This Courtesy of My Friends of ‘Know The Odds.’ Please, Gamble Responsibly…

Before You Place a Bet on Super Bowl? Read This Courtesy of My Friends of ‘Know The Odds.’ Please, Gamble Responsibly…

Now that Super Bowl LV is upon us, my friends of “Know The Odds” shares some sound advice in this guest post. Do you plan on betting on the Super Bowl?

Please, do it responsibly. If you think a friend or loved is having gambling problems? There is hope and help at the bottom of this guest post … Catherine Lyon, Advocate


Gambling and the Super Bowl

Super Bowl media attention is everywhere. You can hear about it on the news, on sports stations, in the newspapers and in every office we work in. Many offices have square charts in the back room where employees can participate in gambling on who they believe would win or the points or on how long the national anthem will last or anything else. Some people literally gamble on every aspect of the event.

If an individual, or groups of individuals, are so focused on gambling on every part of the Super Bowl event, are they really enjoying the game or are they hunting for a “high?”  And if they’re only hunting for the high, what about their careers?  What about loved ones (family children, etc.)?  If the individual is so hyper focused on gambling rather than enjoying the game, it seems that this becomes the focus and takes away from the social aspects of enjoying a sporting event with loved ones.

The Effects of Problem Gambling

For people struggling with problem gambling, this might be their story. There are many people across New York State who experience a slew of problems associated with their gambling behavior. Some of these problems can be damaged relationships with a spouse and/or children, conflicts at work, and mental health issues like depression and anxiety.  Gambling may have even turned into an addiction (i.e., gambling disorder).

For people in recovery, the Super Bowl may be a huge trigger to start gambling again. It may be difficult to avoid talking about the Super Bowl, hearing people talk about betting on the Super Bowl, and feeling the urge to resort to old habits and place a bet of some type on this event.  The Super Bowl may trigger a relapse.

Families Can Take Action

Families and loved ones of someone struggling with a gambling problem, or of someone in recovery from problem gambling may face similar obstacles to support their loved one who is struggling with problem gambling. Similarly, they can be helpful and supportive during this time of year.

Have a conversation

Having a conversation is important for everyone. Whether it’s to let someone know that you believe their gambling is causing problems, or to connect with someone in recovery and find out how they’re feeling. A conversation is a really easy way to get a finger on the pulse of what’s going on with the individual. It’s also a good way to gauge how the family can plan for the upcoming event.

A conversation could be as simple as asking questions like:

  • How are you feeling lately?
  • Are you feeling any pressure at work or from friends to gamble?
  • Are you planning on watching the Super Bowl or would you like us to plan something else as a family?

Some simple questions can get some simple answers. They could also be a springboard to a deeper conversation about the negative effects sports gambling has had. It can also be a great way to identify triggers and other activity ideas to avoid gambling on the Super Bowl.

Identifying Triggers

Triggers are anything that causes an individual to feel the urge to gamble. A trigger could be a commercial about the Super Bowl, it could be hearing the excitement of colleagues talking about their squares, or a trigger could be just knowing the time of year and remembering the feeling, the high, of gambling on the Super Bowl in previous years.  Whatever the triggers may be, it’s important for family and love ones to know what they are so they can help avoid them in conversation, and help prepare the person, struggling to avoid gambling, to know their triggers and come up with alternative activities.

 Alternative Activities

Alternative activities can be different ways to enjoy the Super Bowl. These ways include:

  • Watching it with different people who aren’t gambling,
  • Keeping phones with gambling contacts and apps away,
  • Asking a spouse to keep a close watch on extra money,
  • Avoiding media and social media,
  • Spending time with different people than those who are gambling, and
  • Planning activities that have nothing to do with the Super Bowl.

For people who want to avoid the Super Bowl, so they don’t find themselves in additional problems related to gambling, there are many other things to do during that time.  Ideas to spend time with love ones can include:

  • Boardgames,
  • Legos with children,
  • Video games,
  • Hiking,
  • Bike riding,
  • Snowshoeing,
  • Renovating a room in your home, or
  • Anything else that takes time, energy and focus.

Being that many of us are alone, especially with social distancing, choosing activities to do by yourself is also important. Some activities to do on your own can include (similar to above):

  • Video games,
  • Reading,
  • Re-organizing part of your home,
  • Video chatting with love ones,
  • Planning a movie or night of binge watching your favorite TV show,
  • Reading, or
  • Any type of art or craft.

Really, the options are limitless. And if you’re unsure what to do, reach out to a loved one and find out the best way to fill that time. Making sure there’s a plan to help keep loved ones safe is the best preventative care to help them avoid further problems associated with gambling.

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Additional Support

If you need additional support, or your loved one who struggles with gambling problems has decided to look for help, please reach out to your local Problem Gambling Resource Center at There you can connect with a dedicated professional eager to help you identify local resources and get connected to local support as desired.

There is no pressure with that call; only care and concern. Your local Problem Gambling Resource Center is HERE TO HELP. You can may also call The National Council On Problem Gambling and operates the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network (1-800-522-4700). The network is a single national access point to local resources for those seeking help for a gambling problem. You may also visit their website here


A Daily Prompt Challenge: Slot Machines Everywhere Makes Me Mad, Mad, Mad!

Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter

Tell us about a time when you flew into a rage. What is it that made you so incredibly angry?



When I seen what todays “Daily Prompt Challenge” was about, I thought WOW, NO WAY am I going to pass this one up! I can give “People” an inside look at HOW HARD it is to stay in recovery from “Addicted Compulsive Gambling”………

You see, what really makes me MAD, and PISS’S me off more than gambling, is ALL the ways gambling seems to invade our lives. If you really have your eyes open, gambling is in our kids schools, with “Raffles,” and “Casino Night” & “Scratch Ticket Scratch OFF” fundraisers. Then gambling is in our place where we Worship, with many year-long festivals where they have “Bingo,” “Raffles.”……
Then we go to the grocery store to do our food shopping, and AGAIN, gambling temptation at the check out stands with scratch tickets looking at you as you pay for your items. As you leave, you have the BIG HUGE machines in your face that sells Lottery draw tickets, and a variety of scratch off tickets. And in the STATE of OREGON, where I lived for over 26 years, the state lottery has not ONLY “Video Poker” machines EVERYWHERE!, but now they added “Video Slot Games” onto these video poker machines. They also have these little “Mini Casino” lottery retail stores with up to 6 gambling machines in our bars, taverns, even in all the restaurants!!

“Let me make a “Disclaimer” right about now!  I have NO bad feelings, or ill will towards people who can gamble normally. For the “Fun & Entertainment” value, nor do I think gambling should be Banned.  No, I just want to “Advocate~ Educate~& share Awareness” of how available gambling is, how many areas in our “Daily Living” it is in, and how hard it can be for many of us who are in Recovery from this “Cunning” addiction. Yes, be aware that there are thousands of us out here who can not gamble normally, and TEMPTATION IS EVERYWHERE….


“Isn’t compulsive gambling basically a financial problem or the persons Choice”?

“No, compulsive gambling is an emotional problem. A person in the grip of this illness creates mountains of apparently insolvable problems. Of course, financial problems are created, but they also find themselves facing marital, employment, or legal problems. Compulsive gamblers find friends have been lost and relatives have rejected them. Of the many serious difficulties created, the financial problems seem the easiest to solve. When a compulsive gambler enters Gamblers Anonymous and quits gambling, income is usually increased and there is no longer the financial drain that was caused by gambling, and very shortly, the financial pressures begin to be relieved. Gamblers Anonymous members have found that the best road to financial recovery is through hard work and repayment of our debts. Bankruptcy, borrowing and/or lending of money (bailouts) in Gamblers Anonymous is detrimental to our recovery and should not take place.”

” The most difficult and time consuming problem with which they will be faced is that of bringing about a character change within themselves. Most Gamblers Anonymous members look upon this as their greatest challenge, which should be worked on immediately and continued throughout their lives”…….

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DID U KNOW the most resent Stats are, out of the 17+million problem gamblers in just the US, “HALF” this number is now High School & College age young adults? Parents, are you comfortable with this number? And the most “Popular” games are “Texas Hold’em Poker & Blackjack”…….WHY NOT? It seems “Hollywood Movie Producers” seem to think gambling SELLS. They make movies that make gambling look like the thing TO DO.

“The Cincinnati Kid” (1965).  “The Sting” (1973).  “Maverick” (1994).  “Casino” (1995). Martin Scorsese’s  “Rounders” (1998). John Dahl  “THE COOLER”.  “SWINGERS”.

Swingers only comes in at #10 because, technically, it is not a gambling movie. However, it does feature one of the greatest and most comical gambling scenes ever caught on film. It also taught me what Double Down meant and made the phrase “Vegas, Baby! VEGAS!” legendary……

And lets not get started on how the Holidays bring out the “RISK” in people to give “Scratch Tickets” as Christmas gifts, and Stocking stuffers! AND PLEASE, DON’T put scratch tickets in UNDER AGE Kids stockings, your just teaching them that it’s OK TO GAMBLE and Under age as well. SO inappropriate! They maybe a “QUIK FIX” for a fast gift, but not for kids.
SO, ALL of these things ABOUT GAMBLING really MAKES ME MADE!

I will end my share about, “What Makes Me MAD About “GAMBLING* IS The Gamblers Anonymous “DEFINITION” of what constitutes gambling……..

“GAMBLING , for the compulsive gambler is defined as follows : Any betting or wagering, for self or others, whether for money or not, no matter how slight or insignificant, where the outcome is uncertain or depends upon chance or ‘skill’ constitutes gambling.”

Did you ever lose time from work or school due to gambling?                                         YesNo
Has gambling ever made your home life unhappy? YesNo
Did gambling affect your reputation? YesNo
Have you ever felt remorse after gambling? YesNo
Did you ever gamble to get money with which to pay debts or otherwise solve financial difficulties? YesNo
Did gambling cause a decrease in your ambition or efficiency?                                         YesNo
After losing, did you feel you must return as soon as possible and win back your losses? YesNo
After a win, did you have a strong urge to return and win more? YesNo
Did you often gamble until your last dollar was gone? YesNo
Did you ever borrow to finance your gambling? YesNo
Have you ever sold anything to finance gambling? YesNo
Were you reluctant to use “gambling money” for normal expenditures?                                         YesNo
Did gambling make you careless of the welfare of yourself and your family? YesNo
Did you ever gamble longer than you had planned? YesNo
Have you ever gambled to escape worry or trouble? YesNo
Have you ever committed, or considered committing, an illegal act to finance gambling? YesNo
Did gambling cause difficulty in sleeping? YesNo
Do arguments, disappointments or frustrations create within you an urge to gamble? YesNo
Did you ever have an urge to celebrate any good fortune by a few hours of gambling? YesNo
Have you ever considered self destruction or suicide as a result of your gambling? YesNo

**IF YOU ANSWER “YES” TO 7 out of 20 Questions,…You’re a “Problem Gambler”**

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