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Small Bets Could Become Big Addictions

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Whether you like it or not, whether you do it or not, betting on the Super Bowl, you know like an office pool or getting on a board, is big. But sometimes those small bets could turn into a big addiction.

Games are being played at home, work and in bars. O'Kelly's Owner Mike Clevenger is having some games on Sunday. "First 100 people come in they sign the board, absolutely free, because you can't sell spots or anything like that."

Gambling is against policy at most work places, but some people are placing bets at home like Jeff Peterson. "I'm going to a friends house for a game, and there will be a board where you just pick a square."

Gambling and betting can be all fun and games, but when does that turn into an addiction? Project Turnabout Addiction Recovery Center CEO Mike Schiks talks about the addiction cycle. "They are playing games of chance and they talk themselves into somehow that they have a skill. It always seems to start with that one win and from there it cycles and pretty soon their chasing that one win again."

So for some it could just be a game, but for people with an addiction the Super Bowl is described by Mike as a 'betting holiday'. "We absolutely endorse no, none, no zero gambling. Quarter nickel dime, anything. And certainly when the work places are surrounded by pools and all those things the recommendation is to not go near it."

So no matter if you only bet once a year for Sundays game like Jeff, make sure you're betting responsibly. One fun option to wager with family is to bet some house chores instead of money.

But if you feel someone you know has a problem here is some numbers to help.

Project Turnabout 320-564-4911

The Village Family Services 701-451-4900

Gamblers Choice 701-235-7341


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