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Big game, big worries? Gambling addiction grows with Illinois’ booming sports betting industry — ‘It’s in your face all the time’
The number of Illinoisans seeking help for problem gambling has almost doubled since legislators approved a massive gambling expansion in 2019. Experts expect that number to keep growing.
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A man who requested that he only be identified as Anthony stands by a window in a high-rise condo near Soldier Field on Friday. The Tinley Park man is a recovering sports gambling addict. Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times.
Thousands of football fans will be placing their first legal Super Bowl bets in Illinois this weekend, and for most, a little action will make the big game just a bit more entertaining.
But, for some, it might open the door to regular betting, adding a quick dopamine hit to the regular season viewing experience. Maybe they’ll have to start budgeting for a new habit. Maybe they’ll have to start borrowing for it.
And, for a select few, it will get worse.
It’s already gotten worse for hundreds of people statewide since Illinois legislators approved a massive gaming expansion a year and a half ago, introducing legal sports wagering to a state that’s already packed with more places to gamble than Las Vegas.
The COVID-19 pandemic has made matters even worse, according to Luke, a Chicago-area problem gambler who was able to get out of the game nine years ago. Economic uncertainty and the general malaise of the quarantine lifestyle make gambling all the more enticing.
“It used to be that there was a stigma, and gambling was taboo. It was seedy,” said Luke, who asked that his full name not be used. “Now, you can do it on your phone. The companies that are doing it are publicly traded Fortune 500 companies.”
A man who asked that he only be identified as Anthony reads news about the Super Bowl on his phone Friday. Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times.
Calls to the state’s gambling disorder hotline more than doubled from 2019 to 2020, when 13,258 people reached out either there or online for information on a problem that experts say is out of sight but front of mind for a growing number of bettors and their families. The Illinois Department of Human Services, which aims to connect problem gamblers with counseling resources, calls that a “dramatic increase.”
In 2019, about 580 people received treatment for gambling disorders through state-sponsored programs across Illinois. That figure jumped past 1,000 in 2020, and experts say it doesn’t even cut the deck as only an estimated 3% of problem gamblers acknowledge they have a problem, and even fewer seek treatment.
Counseling gets boost with Illinois gambling expansion — but more addiction is sure to follow.
State’s all-in gambling expansion offers new temptation for those struggling to stay out.
Hundreds more took the more drastic step of banning themselves from casinos and the smartphone betting apps that have them hooked. About 13,500 people were enrolled in the self-exclusion program maintained by regulators at the Illinois Gaming Board in mid-2019, but that number has since shot past 14,000.
Many of those gamblers cite their temptations as coming from the state’s 10 casinos, three horse racing tracks and 7,233 bars, restaurants, gas stations and VFW halls that also house slot machines.
But since mobile sports betting launched last summer, Illinoisans can now gamble 24/7 from the comfort of home — and they’ve already lost more than $101 million doing so, according to Gaming Board revenue figures.
Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk placed Illinois first legal sports bet in March 2019. Gamblers across the state have wagered more than $1.4 billion since then — and lost $101 million. Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times.
As the billion-dollar industry keeps growing, addiction counselors say they’re hearing more and more from young people glued to the sports betting apps whose ads saturate Illinois airwaves and billboards.
“It’s in your face all the time,” said Dr. Teresa Garate of the Gateway Foundation, a network of 16 addiction treatment centers statewide. “It’s becoming a part of everyday life. Everyone accepts it, but it’s a serious trigger for some.”
That’s the case for Anthony, a 36-year-old recovering problem gambler from southwest suburban Tinley Park, who said he often finds himself changing the station as sports talk radio hosts dissect the latest betting lines.
“It’ll just be too much, it’s too close,” Anthony said. “Even though I don’t think it’ll lead me down there, I know better than to let my mind start thinking like that.”
Anthony reads his favorite passages from ‘A Day at a Time’ a book by Gamblers Anonymous. Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times.
Elizabeth Thielen, a senior director at Nicasa Behavioral Health Services, said she’s seen yearly increases of people seeking help for gambling disorders across Chicago’s north suburbs, but a “real burst” of clients has sought them out in the past nine months.
“The ages we’re seeing are trending younger, and I think that’s directly related to sports betting,” Thielen said. “At the same time, I feel hopeful because you have young people showing a surprising level of insight to find help.”
Way Back Inn executive director Anita Pindiur is pictured outside the Maywood facility in 2019. Sun-Times file.
While there’s been an influx of new problem gamblers, the potential for relapse is an equal concern for Dr. Anita Pindiur, executive director of the Way Back Inn, a Maywood treatment center. About 10 former patients have already returned to the Way Back Inn for counseling this football season alone.
“Sometimes, we forget how quickly it can happen,” Pindiur said. “These things are advertised in a way that they’re fun and entertaining, and they should be. But often there is no set of limits or recognition of the limits until we get our credit-card bill, or somebody points it out.”
Illinois sports betting market could rival Nevada’s, analysts say.
Sports bettors have already wagered $1.4 billion since legal industry launched in Illinois.
COVID-19 puts new Illinois casino licenses on hold.
Besides financial ruin, experts say people who suffer from gambling addiction are more likely to suffer from substance abuse issues, turn to crime or even attempt suicide.
“I was losing everything,” said Patrick, a 35-year-old Niles man who’s 13 months removed from his last bet. “I’d have a paycheck on a Friday afternoon and it would be gone by Friday night. My relationships with my family and whoever I was dating, it just got out of control. I was lying, I was stealing, I was doing all these crazy things.”
As sports betting has been brought out of the shadows into everyday life, counselors say their challenge now is removing the stigma around seeking treatment for addiction — and they say they’re making progress through increased awareness. That’s been boosted with the help of $7 million set aside in the state’s gambling expansion law in grants for treatment centers, which have used a lot of that money to bolster advertising.
The Way Back Inn is one of only a handful of addiction treatment centers in Illinois that provide a gambling-specific program. Sun-Times file.
“One of the biggest barriers to treatment is stigma, especially for gambling,” said Garate, from the Gateway Foundation. “People don’t see it as a real addiction. It is, and help is out there.”
Just how many people need help is unclear. Experts generally estimate that between 2% and 5% of the population deal with gambling disorder, which would project to about 635,000 people across Illinois, including about 136,000 in Chicago.
For more information on problem gambling support, call 1-800-GAMBLER or text “ILGAMB” to 53342.
But there’s been no comprehensive study of the problem in Illinois since 1999, well before video slots dotted the walls at thousands of establishments across the state and sportsbooks were accessible anywhere that had a cellphone signal.
“You have to believe those numbers are different now,” Thielen said.
The state Department of Human Services is out to find out just how much they’ve shifted with the onslaught of gambling options. The agency launched a $500,000 study last fall surveying treatment providers, problem gamblers and others to gauge the prevalence of addiction, especially among populations considered vulnerable or marginalized due to race, culture, economic or social disparity.
“We want to know what’s the challenge, and what should we look for,” said David Jones, who directs the department’s Substance Use Prevention and Recovery Division. “Then, you can start to bring more evidence-based solutions on a size consistent with the scale of the challenge.”

Wagering wins: Most Louisiana parishes back sports betting.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Sports betting won with voters in most of Louisiana’s parishes on Election Day.
Voters in at least 52 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes agreed in Tuesday’s election to legalize sports wagering in their parishes, while voters in at least five other parishes refused to allow the gambling within their legal limits. The Associated Press deemed another seven parishes too close to immediately call.
The parishes that approved represent most of Louisiana’s population, including all of the major metro areas, in a state that already has a lottery, casinos, video poker and slot machines at racetracks.
But sports betting on live-action games is likely at least a year away because lawmakers still have to set the tax rates and regulations.
Sports betting opponents, such as pastors and the conservative Louisiana Family Forum, had a difficult time fighting the organized pro-wagering message of gambling companies that poured more than $2 million into a political action committee called Louisiana Wins.
“The people of Louisiana have spoken. Louisiana was missing out on tax revenue from not having legal sports wagering, and now we will be able to raise revenue to support our state’s many needs,” Ryan Berni with Louisiana Wins said in a statement.
However, estimates of the taxes Louisiana could bring in from sports betting vary widely — and depend on how expansive lawmakers allow the wagering to be.
Parishes where voters refused to legalize sports betting include rural Catahoula, Franklin, LaSalle, West Carroll and Winn. In seven parishes, the decision remained unclear: Beauregard, Caldwell, Grant, Jackson, Richland, Sabine and Union.
Tuesday’s sport betting victory was even larger than a similar win two years ago, when residents of 47 parishes agreed to legalize fantasy sports competitions for online cash prizes.
Voter legalization in a parish is only the first step of a multistep process, however.
Determining which live action sports games will be allowed in the gambling, where the wagers can happen and how the activity will be taxed must be settled in a future legislative session. Lawmakers — who agreed in a two-thirds vote to let parishes decide whether to legalize sports betting — must create the licensing, regulation and tax framework before wagering begins.
In other statewide propositions beyond sports betting, voters backed five of the seven constitutional changes proposed, while overwhelmingly rejecting two amendments recommended by lawmakers.
Notably, more than 62% of voters agreed to rewrite the Louisiana Constitution to ensure it does not offer protections for abortion rights, a provision that would become relevant if the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide is overturned.
On the other amendments, voters:
—Approved Amendment 2 to change the way oil and gas wells are assessed for property taxes, allowing a well’s production to be included in determining the fair market value.
—Agreed to Amendment 3 to let lawmakers use the state’s “rainy day” fund to offset costs tied to federally declared disasters, like a hurricane.
—Rejected Amendment 4, a proposal pushed by conservative lawmakers that would have recalculated Louisiana’s cap on annual growth in government to make it harder for lawmakers to increase spending beyond certain limits.
—Refused Amendment 5, which would have let manufacturers and local government agencies negotiate financial deals to replace the property taxes these companies could owe for industrial expansion.
—Approved Amendment 6 to allow higher-income homeowners to qualify for a special freeze in their property tax assessments.
—Backed Amendment 7 to lock up Louisiana’s unclaimed property dollars in a trust fund that cannot be used to pay for state operating expenses.

Sports Wagering.
Sports Wagering in South Dakota.
Statement for Constitutional Amendment B Passing.
DEADWOOD, S.D. (11/03/2020) – We want to thank the voters of South Dakota for their support of Deadwood, not only today but for the last thirty years. Giving Deadwood the tools it needs to stay competitive nationally as an integrated gaming destination with legal sports wagering is greatly appreciated.
Deadwood will continue to uphold its promises to the people of South Dakota as great partners with South Dakota Departments of Tourism and Historic Preservation, along with our contributions to Deadwood Historic Preservation, Lawrence County, and area school districts and municipalities through gaming revenue taxes.
We look forward to working with the legislature and the Governor to implement the voters’ wishes for legal sports wagering and hope to be accepting sports wagers by July 1 st , 2021.
Thank you again for your support of Deadwood and tribal gaming with your vote today.
The Facts about Amendment B – Sports Wagering.
Until May of 2018 when the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the federal sports betting ban, Nevada was the only state that offered legal, regulated single-game betting on both college and professional sports. Now, each state and sovereign tribal nation has the opportunity to set their own policy and legalize and regulate sports betting. Studies show South Dakotans prefer to place their sports wagers in a safe, regulated, legal environment, when allowed to do so. Deadwood needs to continue to be a competitive gaming destination, providing the same gaming offerings as surrounding gaming jurisdictions. Iowa began sports wagering in August of 2019, Montana began in March of 2020 and Colorado began in May of 2020. According to the American Gaming Association, as of June 30 th , sports wagering is live and legal in 18 states and the District of Columbia, legal but not yet active in 4 more states and another 8 states have active legislation to legalize it. According to an Oxford Economics study, commissioned by the AGA, sports wagering in South Dakota will provide: 22.1 million in additional gaming revenue 2.2 million in additional gaming taxes 152 direct gaming jobs with 6.1 million in additional income.
We ask you to please vote YES ON AMENDMENT B !
Additional Information about Sports Wagering.
Top 8 Facts About Sports Wagering in South Dakota.
1. The Deadwood Gaming Association is asking the legislature to place Sports Wagering on the ballot for voters of South Dakota to decide if they want safe, regulated sports betting available to them.
2. If approved, the South Dakota Legislature will decide the manner of implementing sports wagering in South Dakota.
3. Sports wagering is an additional game type.
4. We must compete with surrounding gaming jurisdictions’ offerings. Sports wagering is doing extremely well in Iowa, and it will be starting in March in Montana and in May in Colorado.
5. According to the American Gaming Association, 18 states and the District of Columbia currently have legal sports wagering, with 4 states having already authorized sports wagering, while another 7 states have active legislation on sports wagering.
6. Sports wagering is currently happening in South Dakota ILLEGALLY! When given the option, we believe South Dakotans want to place their sports wagers in a safe, legal and regulated environment.
7. Deadwood gaming just celebrated our 30 th Anniversary this year. Our success has been tied to keeping our promises with the voters of South Dakota and creating a fun, safe gaming destination for them to enjoy.
8. The people of South Dakota should have the opportunity to decide if they want legal sports wagering.
How do voters feel about Sports Wagering?
CLICK HERE to view the American Gaming Association’s survey results.
New Study Finds Sports Bettors Abandoning Bookies for Legal Market.
AGA Survey Affirms Demand for Legal Sports Betting, Highlights Need for Consumer Education Press Release.
WASHINGTON – New American Gaming Association (AGA) research shows consumers are moving their business away from illegal bookies and toward legal options. Average spending with illegal bookies fell 25 percent in legal sports betting states last year, while legal online and mobile betting spend increased 12 percent . Illegal offshore operators also saw a three percent increase in states with legal sports betting.
The most influential factors for bettors who had shifted from the illegal to legal market are confidence that bets will be paid out ( 25% ), awareness of legal options ( 20% ), and a desire to use a regulated book ( 19% ).
“We’ve known for a long time that Americans like to bet on sports. This research affirms their interest in moving toward the protections of the legal market,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “Giving consumers convenient alternatives to the illegal market, like regulated mobile offerings and competitive odds, is key for getting bettors to switch to legal channels.”
Bettors overwhelmingly prefer legal operators, with 74 percent saying it is important to only bet through legal providers. Despite this, 52 percent of sports bettors participated in the illegal market in 2019. The study found that illegal sports betting is driven largely by confusion about online operators. More than half ( 55% ) of consumers who placed most of their wagers with illegal operators believed they bet legally.
“Illegal, offshore operators continue to take advantage of unknowing consumers,” continued Miller. “This only worsened during the sports shutdown, with unregulated bookmakers offering odds on everything from the weather and shark migration patterns to whether your friends’ marriage will survive the pandemic. The AGA is focused on educating customers on how to wager legally and the dangers of the illegal market, especially with the return of the MLB and NBA this month.”
To help educate bettors, the AGA’s interactive sports betting map includes a comprehensive directory of licensed online and retail sportsbooks in states where sports betting is legal. In addition, the AGA is actively collaborating with federal and state law enforcement to enhance our collective understanding of the illegal marketplace; engaging publishers and media to ensure their platforms do not promote the illegal marketplace; and educating the public about the dangers associated with illegal sports betting operators.
As states continue to consider legalizing sports betting, AGA’s newly updated sports betting principles encourage policymakers to build regulatory frameworks that protect customers, ensure robust oversight, create a competitive environment, and promote customer convenience.
Eighteen states plus the District of Columbia now offer legal, regulated sports betting, with four more states poised to open legal markets in the coming months. Before the COVID-19 shutdown, 2020 looked set to become another record-breaking year with $3.5 billion legally wagered in January and February, up from $1.9 billion the same time last year. Legal sports betting is available to 22.4 million more American adults than before the COVID-19 pandemic, as Illinois, Michigan, Montana, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. have all gone live since mid-March. Americans have legally wagered more than $22 billion on sports nationwide since the Supreme Court overturned PASPA, generating upwards of $198 million in tax revenue to state and local governments. In March 2019, the AGA released a first-of-its-kind study on the sports betting consumer. The AGA’s Have A Game Plan™, Bet Responsibly public service campaign encourages responsible sports betting behavior, including using licensed, regulated operators.

There’s a Plan to Bring Sports Gambling to the Futures Market.
Proponents of a new proposal before the CFTC say they’ve found a way for legal sportsbooks to manage their risk.
The futures market is often referred to as Wall Street’s casino. Now, in a twist, there’s a proposal to let casinos start trading futures.
The marriage of the gambling industry and high finance is being pushed by a cryptocurrency exchange and a Washington lawyer. Hoping to grab a piece of the billions of dollars flowing into the U.S. sports betting industry, they’ve designed futures contracts based on National Football League games and are petitioning regulators to bless them.
That could be challenging: Congress banned financial instruments involving gaming in 2010. But the promoters argue that the futures, tied to the outcome of a football game, have nothing to do with gambling. Instead, they’re marketing the contracts as risk management tools for legal sportsbooks, akin to any other financial derivative a business might use to offset potential losses or protect against price swings. They’re essentially asking regulators to think of casino operators as farmers, but instead of using futures as insurance against a bad crop they might be trying to hedge a Tampa Bay Buccaneers win.
Trading in the football futures would be limited to licensed sportsbooks, vendors, and companies that agree to help set prices and take the other side of trades as market makers. Individuals and hedge funds that may just want to speculate on the contracts would be barred from the market. “This is not a substitute for gaming,” says Thomas Chippas, the chief executive officer of ErisX, the exchange that wants to list the contracts. “There is underlying economic risk that is being hedged.”
ErisX formally asked the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in mid-December to approve the futures, setting off a 90-day waiting period so that the agency could seek comments from the public. The exchange and its partner, attorney Jeff Ifrah, have spent several months meeting with the agency’s commissioners and making their case with help from a well-connected CFTC lobbying firm, Delta Strategy Group. If the CFTC assents to their proposal, they would like to quickly offer futures for professional basketball and baseball as well.
Sports Betting.
The CFTC is treading carefully. It’s asked interested parties to weigh in on a series of questions, including whether the futures “are contrary to the public interest”; whether they could be used to influence the outcome of a sporting event; and if the products would fall under the ban on gaming contracts. If the agency signs off, some critics say the regulator, which was established mainly to police agricultural commodities and protect farmers, would be entering into territory it knows little about.
It could also in essence be putting a government stamp of approval on the gambling industry. Even if individuals are never allowed to trade such futures, giving gaming companies the ability to transfer some of their risk would allow casinos to accept more—and larger—wagers. “The only winner under this type of proposal are the casinos themselves,” says Les Bernal, national director of the Washington advocacy group Stop Predatory Gambling. “It’s going to lead to citizens losing billions of dollars more money than they already are losing.”
The CFTC’s “approval is highly unlikely,” says Patrick McCarty, who runs his own government affairs firm and as a Senate Agriculture Committee aide helped draft the derivatives provisions in the 2010 law that barred gaming contracts. He also notes that the CFTC should be wary of setting a precedent that down the road could put it in the position of doing an end run around gambling regulation, which is the responsibility of the states. “It’s like opening a door that the commission doesn’t want to go through.”
Another potential hurdle is the sports leagues themselves. In comments to the CFTC, both the NFL and the National Basketball Association were lukewarm on the prospect, saying the agency should take its time studying the issue. “We want to work with the sports leagues to make sure their concerns are addressed,” Ifrah says.
The CFTC’s decision is likely to be closely watched not only in the gaming world but also on Wall Street, where gambling is a favorite pastime of traders. Gaming is seen as a big business opportunity as well. Betting on individual sporting events, which was legalized by the Supreme Court in 2018, now accounts for an estimated $1.4 billion in annual revenue in the U.S., and data firm H2 Gambling Capital predicts that may double soon. Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia now allow sports wagering, and more are considering legalizing it.
“The numbers in this space are enormous,” says Chippas of ErisX. His company was brought into the venture after its lobbyists at Delta Strategy introduced the company to Ifrah. A criminal defense attorney who’s also developed an expertise in gaming law, Ifrah came up with the idea for the contracts and launched a business called RSBIX to design and market them. The lawyer says he’s never placed a bet himself.
In its application, ErisX is seeking approval for three different types of contracts on NFL games, each mirroring a common type of bet. One is based on the so-called moneyline, a wager on the outright winner of the game. Another contract takes into account the point spread for the favored team. And the third is on the “over-under,” or the total points scored. The futures are designed to help solve a problem in sports betting that’s cropped up because it’s legal only in individual states. That can result in the local team drawing most of the wagers, setting up a sportsbook for an imbalance that could potentially lead to a big loss.
The problem is particularly acute, the futures advocates say, with high-profile events such as the Super Bowl. In its CFTC application, ErisX cited reports of Rhode Island- and New Jersey-licensed sportsbooks losing millions on the 2019 game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams—which the Patriots won, 13-3—because of uneven betting. The disparity, ErisX and Ifrah say, could be eased by the gaming company buying or selling futures contracts on games it’s concerned about. Sportsbooks make money on fees charged to bettors, so they try to stay as neutral as possible in the wagers they accept.
The trades would work like this: A casino in Pennsylvania, say, that’s getting too many bets on the Philadelphia Eagles against the Patriots is nervous that an Eagles win will force it to pay out much more than it’s taken in. The casino goes to the exchange and sells contracts based on the game, taking a position that the Patriots will win. The buyer on the other side could be a sportsbook in New Hampshire with the opposite problem.
Once a sportsbook makes a request to buy or sell, it will go to a central order book where other casinos, vendors, and market makers could see the offer and agree to the trade. From that point on the futures can be bought and freely sold by any of the allowed market participants before the game.

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