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Super Bowl means more wagering

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Some worry the Super Bowl may be a trigger for problem gamblers and others who may become addicted to betting.  Gambling addiction specialists say betting on the big game - or making side bets on plays, scores, or even the coin flip - are common.  They say, like the NCAA Tournament next month , Super Bowl bets normalize gambling, making people think it's harmless. They say it's not.

"This day could become a compulsive gambler's worst day or their best day but whether it's their worst day or best day around winning or losing, it's not around enjoying the game, having fun at a football game with firends and socializing with friends," said Allen Hospital Outreach Prevention Specialist Jim Thompson.

Of course, sports gambling is illegal in Iowa.  If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the statewide gambling addiction line at 1-800-BETS-OFF or click here.

Online Reporter:  Bob Waters

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