New Jersey’s selection to allow on the internet gambling is definitely an alarming improvement for compulsive bettors, says Arnie Wexler, a certified compulsive-gambling counselor.
“If you’re an addicted gambler or possess the possibility of becoming an addicted gambler, you quite very easily within the middle from the night . . . get an urge, a flash, a feeling, a believed, after which you’re in action,” Wexler told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax Television.
“You never need to put gasoline in your auto, you don’t must drive to a casino or perhaps a racetrack, you do not must go anyplace,” he stated Monday. “You just get up, and it could be . . . within your birthday suit.”
On line gambling in New Jersey is set to launch in November, making the state the third state to approve of it, immediately after Nevada and Delaware.
Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill in February after pressuring the legislature to produce alterations he wanted. The changes included setting a 10-year trial period for on the net betting, and raising the taxes on the Atlantic City casinos’ on-line winnings to 15 percent, from 10 percent.
On the web gaming is anticipated to bring about the largest expansion of legalized gambling in New Jersey because the initially casino started operating in Atlantic City in 1978.
Wexler, former executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, is concerned that young people are susceptible.
“I do not definitely understand how they’re going to control the underage gamblers . . . Those will be the those that definitely know the laptop inside out. On my 888-LAST-BET hotline . . . one-third of all of the calls we’ve gotten possibly within the final five years are from kids, or the parents with the little ones in between ages 12 and 25, who think they’re professional poker players,” Wexler said.
“The truth is . . . addicted gamblers are going to destroy their lives and everybody else they come in make contact with with. “