July 12, 2024

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Launch of online betting in CT poses high stakes for heavy gamblers, experts say

On Friday morning, Melodie Keen had a session with a client who recently relapsed — a sports bettor who hadn’t gambled for about two years.

“He was able to place bets right from his phone,” said Keen, referring to Connecticut’s gambling expansion, which ushered in widespread online wagering on Oct. 19. “It’s going to be very difficult for people in recovery and I’m quite certain the problem gambling issue in Connecticut is going to escalate because of the easy access.”

The legalization of sports betting and online gaming in Connecticut has brought much fanfare, but also concern with the ability of anyone in the state who’s at least 21 years old to bet from a hand-held device.

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