Florida Study Shows Online Gambling Addiction Rising In College Students

October 21st, 2010 – by Glen Farmer

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling has long explored compulsive gambling amongst college students, but the most recent report has shown that Florida college students have become two times more likely to become a compulsive gambler.

The main reason cited by the report is online gambling, particularly online poker.

“A whole new generation of kids thinks that what they want to do when they finish school is be a professional poker player,” stated Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky of McGill University.

Florida has recently had to contend with expanded gambling, both with casino gambling and at the poker tables. The expanded gambling has brought table games, particularly blackjack into the state’s casinos, but poker had also been expanded. Limits have been raised, and buy-ins have been increased.

Some online poker rooms have targeted college students specifically. Absolute Poker is one such poker room, as they had once run a tournament offering college tuition to he or she who would win the event.

According to a report found on the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling website, steps need to be taken to prevent college students from being led to ruin and debt. Programs should be established, including more awareness over the dangers of gambling, as well as the warning signs of compulsive gambling.

Gambling addictions are not very prevalent in the United States, typically with rates under 5% of the nation’s population. Pathological gambling can easily be controlled, provided players seek the help they need. Gamblers Anonymous has many resources that can help those who seek assistance.

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