Maryland: Counselors believe mobile sports betting launch will lead to more gambling addictions

Maryland: Counselors believe mobile sports betting launch will lead to more gambling addictions

Article brief provided by CBS Baltimore
  • Alex Glaze, CBS Baltimore
November 22, 2022 3:08 PM
  • Alex Glaze, CBS Baltimore
  • Maryland
  • Sports Betting

Mobile sports betting is expected to have a major economic impact in Maryland.

However, experts believe it will also lead to more gambling addiction.

Online sports betting in Maryland will officially launch on Wednesday, after 10 apps were approved licenses last week. A soft launch for several apps was held Monday.

Mary Drexler, the Program Director for Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling, warns that increased accessibility to gambling could lead to addiction.

“Other states across the country have seen it where they have seen two or three times, after it has been out six months to a year, of their helpline calls increasing,” Drexler said.