CHILDREN’S GAMBLING
FACTS AND STATS

6/10/07


TEENAGERS who were introduced to the pokies as "harmless fun" while under-age are now serving hard time in Risdon Prison because of their addictions. Relationships Australia Tasmania counsellor Nick Weetman said 25 to 30 per cent of his caseload was behind bars for crimes related to their addiction, including brazen robbery and drug dealing. The clients I [Weetman] work with in prison started gambling as children... Recent research in South Australia found that more than 60 per cent of 15- to 17-year-olds were already immersed in the gambling culture. ...between a fourth and a third of prison inmates were there for crimes relating to a gambling addiction.
Australia: Teen pokie peril/www.news.com.au/6/10/07

According to a Harvard study a few years ago, 4.67% of young people have a gambling problem. Experts tell us that the earlier a person starts to gamble, the greater the risk of them becoming a compulsive gambler. In another survey, 96% of adult male recovering gamblers’ stated that they started gambling before the age of 14. The average age of people seeking help for a gambling problem is getting much younger every day..
Arnie Wexler (aswexler@aol.com) (one of the nations' leading expert on compulsive gambling)/6/06/07

In Thailand online gambling has lead to many young people skipping sleep or college in favour of staying online. This has resulted in the Thai government placing a ban on online gaming between 10pm to 6am.
Online gambling set to quadruple by 2020/www.siliconrepublic.com/6.04.07

And experts say early gambling exposure, like teen use of alcohol, increases the likelihood of addiction problems later in life. An average of 350 underage patrons a year have been caught playing at slot machines and tables in New Jersey's 11 casinos since 2003.
/Casinos work to keep underage gamblers off riverboats/AP/www.jconline.com/5.23.07

In fact, more than 12% of American males aged 14 to 22 play cards for money at least once a week, according to a 2006 study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Today, about 6% of college students gamble online at least once a week.
Underage and Out of Luck/www.parade.com/5.17.07

. . .of 2140 teens surveyed, 34.9 per cent said they're already gambling. 40 percent said poker is their game of choice, while another 36 percent admitted to regularly buying raffle tickets, study conducted by the Responsible Gambling Council including scratch-and-win lottery tickets. 13 percent of teens surveyed who play poker admitted they spend more money than they can afford on gambling. Of those respondents who admitted to gambling, 3.9 percent said they're already experiencing gambling problems. That number jumps to 6.9 percent in the case of gamblers aged 18 to 24.
RAFFLES, SCRATCH CARDS AND LOTTERY GAMBLING/www.online-casinos.com/5.02.07

Of the 640 students surveyed at MSU, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan, 25% listed gambling as a shocker.
THE MICHIGAN POLL /Students make Collegeville, USA, sound like Sin City/ www.freep.com/5.01.07

The National Annenberg Risk Survey of Youth (ages 14 to 22) over the last few years has identified rising trends in poker and Internet gambling as significant and worrisome.  The research finds that online poker players are more likely to exhibit problem gambling symptoms than other types of gamblers and over half of young people who gamble on the Internet weekly display signs of problem gambling.
Online Gambling: Will New Law Be Repealed - Don't Bet On It/www.nationalledger.com/4.30.07

In Thailand online gambling has lead to many young people skipping sleep or college in favour of staying online. This has resulted in the Thai government placing a ban on online gaming between 10pm to 6am.
Online gambling set to quadruple by 2020/www.siliconrepublic.com/4.26.07

Recent statewide surveys confirm gambling percentages are increasing among Missouri college students. More adolescents report that the primary reasons for gambling are for excitement and enjoyment, and not for money. Teens are three times more likely to become pathological gamblers than adults are.
Counselors to take closer look at students' gambling problems/media.www.thechartonline.com/4.06.07

The Institute (Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery) cites one study that shows about 80 percent of teens have gambled in the past year, as opposed to only 68 percent of adults. Christine Reilly, executive director with the national Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, said about 5 percent of teens nationwide are compulsive gamblers. Keeping teenage gambling in check/www.pjstar.com/4.05.07

Statistics provided by NCPG show that youth have higher rates of not just gambling problems but that youth who gamble also have higher rates of substance abuse, drunk driving, delinquency, violence, and other antisocial behavior.
March Madness-Final Four, Students Gambling Problems and Helpline Assistance
www.telegraph.co.uk/4.02.07


The New York State Council on Problem Gambling is about to publish results of a study that says that, whereas in 1998, 4 percent of teenagers were at risk to become addicted to gambling, in 2007, 20 percent are. The council is trying to get the consequences of gambling entered into the curriculum of public schools so the dangers will be widely known. Gambling adolescents a growing problem/www.pressrepublican.com/3.27.07

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services released a study. One of their many results showed that 20 percent of youths, ages 12 to 18, gamble. Popular sport betting Web sites, sportsinteraction.com and betus.com, are amongst those that attract such college aged kids.
Slowly killing your assets through gambling/www.philly.com/media.www.hofstrachronicle.com/3.26.07

It's estimated that 40 percent of New Jersey adolescents play the lottery.
Teen gambling: The silent addiction/www.philly.com/3.26.07

The New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services released a study. One of their many results showed that 20 percent of youths, ages 12 to 18, gamble. Popular sport betting Web sites, sportsinteraction.com and betus.com, are amongst those that attract such college aged kids.
Slowly killing your assets through gambling/media.www.hofstrachronicle.com/3.29.07/
www.philly.com/3.26.07


A new study indicates students in the 8th and 11th grades who gamble are more likely to be involved in risky behaviors such as drinking, carrying weapons, sexual activity or fighting. Eighth-grade gamblers were nearly twice as likely to have had sex as non-gamblers. The difference for 11th-grade gamblers was approximately 25 percent. Gamblers at both grade levels were three times as likely to have carried a handgun as non-gamblers. Eighth-grader gamblers were nearly twice as likely to have consumed alcohol and 11th-graders about a third more likely than non-gamblers.
Ore. study shows teen gambling tied to other risky behaviors/seattletimes.nwsource.com/3.18.07

The reality is that the adolescent brain is very receptive to the adrenaline high that is created by betting, and craving for that high develops rapidly. Unlike with other addictions, there are no obvious physical signs - no sniffles, red eyes or track marks - for parents or teachers to notice. . . .it is estimated that in one state - New Jersey - 40 percent of adolescents play the lottery,
Judy Shepps Battle: Teen gambling: Far from a sure thing/www.pasadenastarnews.com/3.17.07

Eight percent of children between the ages of 12 and 17 are problem gamblers, and as the age grows, so does the percentage.
60% of Jefferson County school kids gamble?/news10now.com/3.15.07

According to the latest National Annenberg Risk Survey of Youth, in excess of 1 million young people from the ages of 14 to 22 are using Internet gambling sites with regularity. Use on a weekly basis by males from the ages of 18 to 22 doubled from 2.3 percent in 2005 to 5.8 percent last year. Wexler says that one-third of the calls he receives for help come from "kids who have gotten involved with online gambling."
Son took a licking, kept on clicking/www.philly.com/3.14.07

A 2004 survey found problem or pathological gambling in 8 percent of those 18 to 24, it said.
Local colleges say student gambling not major problem here/www.philly.com/3.14.07

Gamblers Anonymous and former addicts have been brought in by headmasters concerned at the numbers of teenagers using internet -gaming sites, online betting services and even playing -traditional playground games for money. About 3.5 per cent of 11 to 15-year-olds have a gambling problem, according to the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University
Poker schools: worried head teachers call in Gamblers Anonymous/www.telegraph.co.uk/3.11/07

He said the council did a study about six months ago that showed about one third of 15- to 17-year-olds gamble.
Jon Kelly, CEO of the RGC/Keeping youth gambling within limits/www.durhamregion.com/3.09.07

According to a 2006 study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, monthly card-game gambling among young people ages 18-24 was up 20 percent from 2005, and 57 percent of young men surveyed admitted gambling at least once a month.
Sports pools and online betting lure some students to gamble away their futures
Gambling has become a serious addiction for college students./www.newsnetnebraska.org/3.09.07

According to a 2006 study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center, monthly card-game gambling among young people ages 18-24 was up 20 percent from 2005, and 57 percent of young men surveyed admitted gambling at least once a month. Sports pools and online betting lure some students to gamble away their futures.
Gambling has become a serious addiction for college students./www.newsnetnebraska.org/3.09.07

New research suggests the risk of becoming a problem gambler is more than five times higher for teens whose parents aren't aware of their gambling activities. The initial study, released in January, found that of the 2,140 Ontario teens surveyed, more than one-third gambled for money.
Gambling problems more likely with unaware parents/www.ctv.ca/3.02.07

Two University of Lethbridge professors, midway through what will be the world's largest study of Internet gambling. The two Lethbridge researchers have also unearthed another concern -- how young the Internet gamblers seem to be. Astonishingly, half the Internet gamblers in their study are age 21 or younger.
The Edmonton Journal/Click of mouse you can lose your house/www.edmontonjournal.com/2.20.07

Every month, Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun each turn away about 400 people under the age of 21. At home, kids are barraged with poker on network and cable television, where NBC's “Poker After Dark” airs alongside the “World Series of Poker” on ESPN and “The World Poker Tour” on the Travel Channel. Visitors to Bravo's Web site, Bravotv.com, can play Texas Hold 'Em for fun 24-hours-a-day if they say they are at least 18 years old. The Citizens' Task Force on Addictions in New London County has launched a three-year, $60,000 program to examine and address problem gambling at Mitchell College and Connecticut College. young people continue to find new ways to wager on the Internet and elsewhere.
The Draw Of Gambling Lures Teens Toward Trouble/www.theday.com/2.18.07

The lure of wagering is evident when secondary-school students are seen gambling on housing block decks. A Handling Underaged Gambling programme targeted at those between ages 10 and 17 has been started in six schools,
Youth gambling in Singapore triggers help programmes dpa German Press Agency/rawstory.com/2.15.07

While global research shows that young people are up to four times more likely than adults to become problem gamblers, The Straits Times said that the latest survey in the city-state indicated that nearly half of all gamblers started between the ages of 18 and 24. "These days, even those in their preteens demonstrate risk behaviours, saying things like, 'I bet with you,'" senior counsellor Lisa Goh was quoted as saying. A Handling Underaged Gambling programme targeted at those between ages 10 and 17 has been started in six schools, reaching out to more than 2,000 students.
Youth gambling in Singapore triggers help programmes/rawstory.com/2.15.07

While global research shows that young people are up to four times more likely than adults to become problem gamblers, the latest survey in the city-state indicated that nearly half of all gamblers started between the ages of 18 and 24. A Handling Underaged Gambling programme targeted at those between ages 10 and 17 has been started in six schools.
Youth gambling in Singapore triggers help programmes/rawstory.com/2.15.07

The survey {Responsible Gambling Council] goes on to show that 6.9 percent of young people have a severe gambling problem, more than double the provincial average.
Teen gambling, the new addiction/www.northernlife.ca/2.15.07

Going to the casino has become a rite of passage for students as they turn 18. Freshmen play poker in dorm rooms, fraternities and bars host Texas Hold 'Em tournaments, and students hold sports betting pools and use wireless Internet connections to play anytime, anywhere.
Gambling getting grip on college campuses/www.appeal-democrat.com/2.14.07

“Bill Lockyer (former state attorney general and now state treasurer) says there are 600,000 kids with gambling problems,” Roberts says.
State report finds hundreds of thousands have gambling problems/www.vvdailypress.com/2.11.07

A recent study of teen risk factors among students in the eighth, 10th and 12th grades in Middletown showed that more than 73 percent had gambled within the past year. Studies show that adult problem gamblers started the habit at 10 or 11 years old, and that they become introduced to gambling through family members, Jefferson [director of the Albany-based Center for Problem Gambling] said. And kids who gamble are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, such as drug use, unprotected sex and joining gangs, experts said.
Study finds gambling by local teens is on the rise/www.recordonline.com/2.04.07

A study administered by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission asked over 60,000 eighth, tenth. and twelfth graders how often they participated in various types of gambling. Of those who responded, 61% said they had gambled at least once in their life while 27% reported gambling frequently (at least once or twice per month). International research to date suggests that problem gambling rates among young people are 2-4 times higher than the rates for adults - and many adult problem gamblers report starting gambling as early as age 10. Additionally, "casino nights" and other events at graduations have made gambling a more acceptable behavior among young people.
New study suggests most Arizona teenagers gamble/www.douglasdispatch.com/2.03.07

International research to date suggests that problem gambling rates among young people are 2-4 times higher than the rates for adults - and many adult problem gamblers report starting gambling as early as age 10.
Some of these warning signs [for a young person]include:

  • Saying that gambling is an easy way to make money.
  • Gambling with money that's supposed to be used for something else.
  • Experiencing mood swings or stress when not gambling, or withdrawing from friends, family or outside activities.
  • Promising to reduce gambling but not following through.
  • Bragging about winning or displaying unexplained large amounts of money or new personal items.

New study suggests most Arizona teenagers gamble (AZ)/www.douglasdispatch.com/2.03.07

A 1998 council study on problem gambling among adolescents showed that 20 percent of 13-year-olds and 36 percent of 17-year-olds had purchased lottery games.
Bad luck: State should avoid depending on lotteries to fund education/www.pressconnects.co/2/01/07

"I make a joke that ... the second-best gambling environment in America is the college dorm," said Ken Winters, a professor at the University of Minnesota who has studied youth addictions, including gambling. "You've got your privacy, you've got your high-speed Internet, you have independence from a parent, you probably now have some credit card money. ... It's like a little mini casino right in your laptop. ... It's almost too easy." . . . nearly 6 percent of them gambled online weekly, up from 2.3 percent in 2005.
Anytime, Anywhere Online Gambling Fuels Culture of Fast Money/www.govtech.net/1/29/07

The Responsible Gambling Council's survey shows a third of all teens in Ontario are already into wagering and those numbers could double as they reach their 20s. At least 6.9 percent of young adults between 18 and 24 confess to having a 'gambling problem'. And 33.2 percent of that age group say they've gambled while on drugs or under the influence of alcohol, further impairing their judgment.
Your Kids May Be Betting Their Futures By Acquiring An Early Gambling Habit/www.citynews.ca/1.25.07

The Responsible Gambling Council's survey shows a third of all teens in Ontario are already into wagering and those numbers could double as they reach their 20s. At least 6.9 percent of young adults between 18 and 24 confess to having a 'gambling problem'. And 33.2 percent of that age group say they've gambled while on drugs or under the influence of alcohol, further impairing their judgment.
Your Kids May Be Betting Their Futures By Acquiring An Early Gambling Habit/www.citynews.ca/1.25.07

More than one-third of Ontario teens who participated in the first-ever study to examine the gambling habits of students aged 15 to 17 are already gambling, and their ranks will likely double by the time they're 20, the study's authors say. Of the 2,140 teens surveyed, 34.9 per cent said they're already gambling. Of those, 40 per cent said poker is their game of choice, while another 36 per cent admitted to regularly buying raffle tickets, including scratch-and-win lottery tickets. 20.7 per cent said they did it because they needed the money, and 15.3 per cent said it was to win back cash they had already lost.
Canadian Press/More than one-third of Ontario teens aged 15-17 gambling: study
bodyandhealth.canada.com/1.25.07


Card-playing and Internet gambling have increased among college-age males over the past five years, the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania found. About 16 percent of them played cards weekly in 2006, up from nearly 13 percent in 2005, and nearly 6 percent of them gambled online weekly, up from 2.3 percent in 2005.
Gambling has a grip on college campuses - especially among young men/www.kansascity.com/1.24.07

"We've [Roger Skogman, Project Turnabout/Vanguard - gambling treatment program] heard from high schools that kids are showing up who haven't been to bed at night because they've been at the casino all night long," he said. "You hear stories about parents setting up Texas Hold 'Em nights. ... These kids are doing side bets and everything else."
Part 2: Addicted to the rush/www.startribune.com/1.22.07

Studies show a problem-gambling rate of 10 to 17 percent among students, about two or three times higher than among adults, said Margot Cahoon, council [Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling] spokeswoman.
Youth gambling is topic of forum/www.boston.com/1.21.07

This is the first generation of teens growing up with gambling on television, and with the expansion of legalized gambling [Jefferson, director of the Albany-based Center for Problem Gambling]
Stakes are too high for teenagers who gamble/www.timesunion.com/1.16.07

B.M.A. REPORT RELEASED Research has shown that playing fruit machines is linked to truancy,stealing, getting into trouble with teachers and parents, borrowing cash or using lunch money to play the machines, poor schoolwork and aggressive behaviour, the B.M.A. says. A BMA spokesman said: "Tough action is required to deal with this and banning under-18s from using slot machines could be a starting point." Adolescent gambling should be taken as seriously as adult problem gambling. Slot machines should be reviewed to ensure they are not accessible to adolescents.
www.online-casinos.com/1.15.07

Research has shown that playing fruit machines is linked to truancy, stealing, getting into trouble with teachers and parents, borrowing cash or using lunch money to play the machines, poor schoolwork and aggressive behavior, the B.M.A. says. A BMA spokesman said: "Tough action is required to deal with this and banning under-18s from using slot machines could be a starting point." Adolescent gambling should be taken as seriously as adult problem gambling. Slot machines should be reviewed to ensure they are not accessible to adolescents.
B.M.A. REPORT RELEASED/www.online-casinos.com/1.15.07

Online is where it gets dangerous for underage players as some sites don’t make it too hard to make sure the person playing is actually of legal age. “(Youth have a) greater inclination towards risk taking, and having relatively less financial responsibility can contribute to youth being more vulnerable to problem gambling,” the CAMH website (camh.net) says. Research also showed that adolescent gambling was increasing in Canada and that, in 2001, 66 percent of students would gamble throughout the year. Durand F. Jacobs, Clinical Professor of Medicine at Loma Linda University in California, said by the time children in North America are 12 years old the majority of them will have already gambled for money, leading to future gambling problems.
Teenagers and gambling. Student Casey Fernandez-Irwin investigates the culture and concerns www.towncrieronline.ca/1.08.07

A State Government report, released in November, found 44 per cent of 16 and 17-year-olds in SA had gambled in the past 12 months.
How young catch gambling bug/http://www.news.com.au/1.03.07

Gamblers Anonymous and former addicts have been brought in by headmasters concerned at the numbers of teenagers using internet -gaming sites, online betting services and even playing -traditional playground games for money. About 3.5 per cent of 11 to 15-year-olds have a gambling problem, according to the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University.
Poker schools: worried head teachers call in Gamblers Anonymous/www.telegraph.co.uk/1.03.07

90 to 95 percent of the hands go up now -- and sometimes it's 100 percent when students are asked if they play poker. [Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling]
More Wis. Teenagers Gambling, Official Says/www.themilwaukeechannel.com/12.04.06

[The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling's executive director] when she asks how many play poker or gamble on a regular basis, it's usually 75 to 85 percent.
TEEN GAMBLING RAPIDLY on the RISE/http://www.wbay.com/12.04.06

Research indicates that 60 to 90 percent of youth engage in gambling, and that youth problem gambling rates are two to four times higher than those of adults. Watch for signs such as lying about gambling, gambling superseding other activities, using money to gamble that’s supposed to be used for other things, borrowing money to gamble or stealing and letting schoolwork suffer.
Jeff Marotta, Oregon Department of Human Services Addictions and Mental Health Division
Poker sets for kids? Think twice before anteing up/159.54.226.83/apps/pbcs.dll/12.02.06


Studies suggest the hope of winning is why about 850,000 males between 18 and 22 gamble online at least once a month. That's doubled since last year.
Online Gambling: High Stakes Move/wusatv9.com/11.10.06

Tourism statistics indicate that the proportion of Las Vegas visitors who are under 21 is 50 percent higher than in the early 1990s when Las Vegas began to open its arms to families with children. . . .an estimated 3.5 million children descended on Las Vegas last year. "There are girls who are 15, 16 and 17 who look like they are 25," said Arnie Wexler, who runs a national hotline for gambling addicts. Las Vegas, where casinos were originally designed to force patrons to walk by gambling areas to reach lobbies, restaurants and other public areas, has among the loosest casino restrictions for minors in the country. Strip resorts in the 1990s opened attractions that catered to families -- including roller coasters, large game arcades and animal exhibits.
Minors pose major problem on the Las Vegas Strip/www.southcoasttoday.com/10.31.06

Canada: children are going hungry often because the money goes perhaps in one night in gambling," [counsellor] Levy said.
Online gambling fuels addicts, suicide conference told/www.cbc.ca/10.27.06

The study recognized strong correlations between youth gambling and problematic behavior in school such as truancy, poor grades, and disorderly conduct. ...students that gamble are twice as likely to be drunk or high at school as non-gamblers. High risk gamblers were more than twice as likely to receive D's and F's as their non- gambler counter parts and nearly four times as likely to skip school six or more days during a four-week period. Youth between the ages of 13-17 are among the fastest growing groups of problem gamblers ... with rates twice that of the adult population.
Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling
Problem Gambling Linked to Other Problematic Behavior in Florida Students/biz.yahoo.com/10.19.06

The White House defends the prohibition by arguing that almost 3 million tender-aged Americans, ranging from 14 to 22, admit to playing online poker at least once a week.
Bush's Big Bluff/www.laweekly.com/10/18.06

Bruce Roberts, executive director of the California Council on Problem Gambling, said his Anaheim-based nonprofit remains worried about online gambling by young adults. A survey released this month by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found that more than one million young people use Internet gambling sites each month. "It's wide open with no controls and no regulations, no enforcement or penalties for underage gambling."
Law means all bets are off for U.S. online gamblers/www.pe.com/10.13.06

Students sometimes leave school because of debt or use financial aid to fund their habits, says Jeffrey Marotta, problem gambling services manager with the Oregon Department of Human Services. one in 20 college students has a problem with gambling, and a total of about 15 percent are considered at risk for developing a problem, Marotta says.
Colleges Must Face Problem Gambling, Expert Says/sev.prnewswire.com/10/05.06

Ed Looney, executive director of the Council of Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, says that as a rule of thumb, 80% of kids who start gambling will just dabble in it with no further harm, 15% will have some signs of problem gambling (playing past their budget, lying about losses), and 5% will become truly addicted.
Is Your Kid at Risk of Becoming a Problem Gambler?/www.time.com/9.25.06

According to Dr. Newman, the second fastest [growing group of gamblers] are 16 to 24 year olds.
Gambling in Kentucky/www.wtvq.com/7.27.06

The Washington State Council on Problem Gambling 8.4 percent of the state's teenagers either are now or are "at risk of becoming problem gamblers."
In Our View - 'I Hate Gambling'/www.columbian.com/7.09.06

Some 6,000 young people under the age of 18 are involved in extremist activities in Russia, the interior minister said Wednesday. "A large amount of crimes are committed by minors looking for money to gamble,"
Thousands of teenagers involved in extremism - interior ministry/en.rian.ru/russia/7.05.06

Figures also show that 75 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds have played on slot machines, and five per cent show signs of addiction. [Dr Jan Wise, a consultant psychiatrist in London]
Warning over 'social poison' of gambling addictionRaising the stakes news.scotsman.com/6.28.06

He said an estimated 275,000 to 350,000 people in the UK were gambling addicts. Figures also show that 75 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds have played on slot machines, and five per cent show signs of addiction.
Dr Jan Wise, a consultant psychiatrist/Warning over 'social poison' of gambling addiction
news.scotsman.com/6.28.06


In a September 2005 study on gambling addiction by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, 54.4% of young people who gambled every week reported at least one serious “problem” as a by-product.
Will the Twentysomethings Ante Up at the World Series of Poker?/www.emediawire.com/6.27.06

Dr Jan Wise, a consultant psychiatrist He said an estimated 275,000 to 350,000 people in the UK were gambling addicts. Figures also show that 75 per cent of 12 to 15-year-olds have played on slot machines, and five per cent show signs of addiction.
Warning over 'social poison' of gambling addiction/news.scotsman.com/7.28.06

In a September 2005 study on gambling addiction by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, 54.4% of young people who gambled every week reported at least one serious “problem” as a by-product.
Will the Twentysomethings Ante Up at the World Series of Poker?/www.emediawire.com/6.27.06

"It's like it came out of nowhere," psychologist David Frederick said. "What we're finding is it's starting with adolescents who are so computer savvy these days, and it's just taking hold. With the rising popularity of television gambling shows -- like "Texas Hold' Em" and "Celebrity Poker Tournament" -- and the increasing computer proficiency among children and teenagers, online entrepreneurs have a natural market and a devoted audience. "People -- kids -- have access to it every day, and they might not even think of it as gambling." The National Council on Problem Gambling cited a study in April showing that more than 600,000 people between 14 and 22 years old said they gambled on the Internet at least once a week. About a quarter of West Virginians who have sought help for an Internet gambling problem are between 18 and 25 years of age. Nationwide, college-age students seem to be among the most at-risk to develop addictions to online games.
Number of gambling addicts is on the rise in W.Va./www.dailymail.com/6.15.06

1.52 million California adults and minors are problem or pathological
gamblers. That figure includes: ... 436,800 youth problem gamblers; and 159,900 youth pathological gamblers.
Gambling Boom Brings Revenue and Problems to California/www.consumeraffairs.com/5.31.06

A survey has revealed that Hong Kong parents are mostly unaware that their children are engaged in illegal gambling activities. While 90 percent of the parents said their children did not gamble, more than 28 percent or 230 of the youths polled said they did. About 70 percent of young people interviewed said their parents are gamblers and 51 of those who admitted they gambled said they had begun doing so between the ages of five and 10.
Parents in the dark over children's illegal soccer flutter/www.thestandard.com.hk/5.20.06

The new survey showing that gambling is one of the fastest-rising risk behaviors among Nebraska teens... Twenty-eight percent of sixth-graders, 38 percent of eighth-grades, 44 percent of 10th-graders and 46 percent of 12th-graders reported gambling in the past year. Most common age to begin gambling is 10 or younger. Relatives . . . introduce teens to gambling by giving them scratch-off lottery tickets as gifts. One University of Nebraska-Lincoln student raked up more than $40,000 worth of casino debt before his parents sent him to a rehab clinic.
Don't ignore dangers of teen gaming/www.journalstar.com/5.20.06

According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania, 41.6 percent of young American men ages 14 to 22 said they gambled (.pdf) on cards once a month, up by 20 percent from 2004 to 2005.according to Dr. Howard Shaffer, director of Harvard University Medical School's Division on Addiction, more young people are introduced to gambling through sports betting than through any other type of gambling. Gambling on campus continues to grow, and students are accumulating significant gambling debts.
Odds That It Will be the Downfall of Sports: Steroids 7-1, Gambling 5-4/www.poppolitics.com/5.16.06

Some 6,000 young people under the age of 18 are involved in extremist activities in Russia, the interior minister said Wednesday. "A large amount of crimes are committed by minors looking for money to gamble."
Thousands of teenagers involved in extremism - interior ministry/en.rian.ru/russia/5.17.06

In the end, Steve’s trips (his senior year in high school) cost him $10,000 -- his entire savings. But dealing with his parents was even more painful. “My mom -- uncontrollable crying,” he stated. “My dad--absolute disbelief. What they actually did was blame it on themselves.” Franzese (Assistant Athletic Director Univ. of Central Florida) said, “You don’t hear about the University of Wisconsin student who murdered three people over a gambling debt and then hung himself in his jail cell on the eve of his trial -- and it was all because he had a gambling problem. You’re not hearing about these things -- kids struggling in school, dropping out of school, getting caught in criminal activity because they owe money to bookmakers.”
WDC Media News, Los Angeles/Gambling: The ‘Silent’ Addiction among Teens/4.20.06

In British Columbia today, opportunities for gambling by children are growing with the rise of Internet wagering, cable TV poker and handheld computer games. But young people barely understand the serious risks involved, say experts. Of the 454 youth surveyed there for Gregg's thesis study, about 90 percent had gambled at least once in the past year; nine percent reported that they were at risk for developing problems and five percent reported behaviour consistent with problem gambling. Young people gamble on activities such as video games, school lottos and bingos, arcades, sports betting, dice, pogs, raffles, dares, handheld poker machines, unregulated internet games, pool or other games of skill. The McGill centre noted a large-scale study of adolescents in Alberta that found the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10 and it says similar results were found in other studies around the world. Young problem gamblers can be more prone to delinquency, criminal behaviour, disrupted family and peer relationships and lower school performance and work activities. A 1998 Harvard Medical School study found teen gamblers are three times more likely to become addicted than their adult counterparts because they lack impulse control, and the younger the age of initial exposure, the higher the incidence.
We're Raising Gamblers/ thetyee.ca/4.13.06

With lotteries often being sold to voters as a way to help school kids, it is ironic that the gambling craze sweeping the adult world is sucking many kids in as well. That danger is what motivates Jeffrey Derevensky, who helps head up the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours at McGill University in Montreal. He believes adolescents should be warned about the dangers of gambling.
Coming Up SnakeEyes/headlines.agapepress.org/4.10.06

The American Psychiatric Association reports that 6 percent of teens who have tried gambling became pathological gamblers. Researchers at the International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors at McGill University in Montreal identify increased criminal activity, strained family relationships and depression as consequences of gambling problems among youth. (An estimated 30 percent of pathological gamblers attempt suicide.)
San Jose Mercury News/Cyberspace gambling getting to be a dicey situation for young people/3.26.06

Rhode Island-based GTech’s (manages games for the Missouri Lottery) “After School Advantage” program provides schools and nonprofit community agencies with state-of-the-art computer gear designed to give at-risk latchkey children, ages 5 to 15, an entertaining but meaningful learning experience during after-school hours. Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder and other dignitaries are expected for ceremonies Thursday at the school.
Computer gift for school/The Kansas City Star/3.22.06

Attorneys General from across the nation are urging Congress to pass legislation outlawing Internet gambling. Simply because the game is played online does not erase the problems associated with gambling. States must still address issues of game integrity, effective consumer dispute resolution procedures, access to gambling by minors, money laundering and other criminal activity, as well as compulsive gambling.
States Want Congress To Outlaw Internet Gambling/consumeraffairs.com/ 3.22.06

Experts tell us the earlier a person starts to gamble, the greater the risk of becoming a compulsive gambler. In another survey, 96 percent of adult male recovering gamblers said they started gambling before age 14.
Asbury Park Press /TOPIC OF THE DAY: Compulsive gambling/3.20.06

The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia is concerned about teen gambling. The network reports that 14 percent of the people they have helped since 2000 started gambling before the age of 18...
Help stop teen gambling/sundaygazettemail.com/ 3.18.06

It still is, to such an extent that gambling rings involving betting on college basketball resulted in arrests at Mt. Carmel, St. Rita and Marist high schools in Chicago in the past week. Of the nation's nearly 16 million college students, one out of four gamble, according to the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Student gambling on rise? You bet/Chicago Tribune/3/16/06

Internet gambling has become the pastime of choice for many young Americans, but there is often a high price to pay for what can be a very dangerous game. But with the explosion in popularity of poker - live and on the internet - more young people are now getting into serious trouble. "He was in tears, like: 'I gotta talk to you dad'. He was crying and I woke up completely mentally then from thinking it was just a normal phone call. He shocked me in a way. "He said 'I'm having a problem. I'm very deeply in debt and I owe money'. I thought he said $1,800 but he said 'no dad, it's $18,000 dollars'." Ryan's mother remembers the shock and disbelief at discovering how destructive her son's gambling had become. "I mean, you look at him and you can't tell he's a gambler. He looks fine, he's a handsome guy, polite. It's something the gambler hides." Most schools and colleges already have programmes designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and sexually transmitted diseases. But they have nothing about gambling. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, those between the ages of 18 and 24 are showing the highest rates of gambling addictions. The lack of awareness among parents, schools and colleges about gambling's hidden dangers is contributing to youth gambling addiction becoming a real social problem in America.
Online poker's grip on US youth/news.bbc.co.uk/3.15.06

An Oak Lawn man on Monday became the second man charged with illegally arranging bets for Chicago-area Catholic high school students, authorities said. Dalzell was accused of arranging bets for students at two Southwest Side Catholic high schools, Marist and St. Rita. They said six Mount Carmel students placed thousands of dollars in bets each week with Quinlan. One student lost about $17,000, and three others lost $10,000 each, Assistant State's Attorney Russ Baker said. When one student was unable to pay his debt, Quinlan said he was passing the debt on to someone else "for collection," Baker said.
Oak Lawn man charged in gambling ring www.dailysouthtown.com/3/14/06

The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer reported last spring that more than 70 percent of youths ages 10 to 17 gambled in the past year, up from 45 percent in 1988. A study of America's 11- to 18-year-olds showed that 4 percent to 7 percent had demonstrated problem gambling behaviors. And mountains of debt and ruined credit are not the worst results. The National Council on Problem Gambling reports that one in five pathological gamblers attempts suicide, a rate higher than for any other addictive disorder.
Online gambling is society's issue/azcentral.com/ 3.12.06

Steve has the jaded, world-weary air of a veteran gambler. The trouble is, he's just 17 years old. It is illegal for under-18s, but he found the age verification systems of his chosen websites 'very, very easy' to fool. But Steve betrays many of the tell-tale signs of a problem gambler. He says he thinks about poker 'pretty much all the time', gets 'a real buzz' from a good hand of cards, and admits the game distracts him from his college work and social life. The craze has rippled through American universities and high schools. A University of Pennsylvania study found 2.9 million young people gambled at least once a week with cards, and 580,000 aged 14 to 22 gambled weekly on the net.
Online poker hooks teenagers/technology.guardian.co.uk/ 3.12.06

The son of the Alsip police chief illegally arranged tens of thousands of dollars in college basketball bets for Southwest Side Catholic high school students, Cook County prosecutors say. The students were making daily bets -- from $50 to $4,000 a game...Two students accumulated about $13,500 each in unpaid gambling debt, Baker said. And when some students didn't pay their debts, they were threatened with violence, according to the Cook County sheriff's office. Some students paid as much as $3,000 to $4,000 a week in losses, Baker said.
Alsip police chief's son charged/www.suntimes.com3/11/06

MO - A couple of Bismarck Booster Club fund-raisers are raising quite a stir. The booster club recently hosted a pair of Texas Hold'em poker tournaments in the cafeteria of the Bismarck High School, with the last tournament occurring in January.
Park Hills Daily Journal, MO/mydjconnection.com/ 3.08.06

Teens say they consider Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun like big malls. They offer arcades and recreation areas for children and many concerts appeal to teens. "Our society is exposing kids to gambling. Early exposure to gambling gets them excited about it," said Marvin Steinberg, executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. Durand Jacobs, a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Loma Linda University and Medical Center in California, said exposure will make a difference. Jacobs said he believes the casinos know the effect they have on children and
Mohegan Sun, Foxwoods say teens not their targets/Norwich Bulletin/33/5/06

A coffee shop, was already under investigation when “we had reports that kids were coming down from the high school and playing the games,” Bridgeport Police Chief Steve Studenc said. Last week, an officer in plain clothes was sent into the shop, where he allegedly received a payoff from one of the gambling machines. Victimizing adults is bad enough -- but involving teenagers is worse.
News-Register/Don’t Let Gambling Victimize Youths/3.4.06

However, a study by the Minnesota Institute of Public Health found that gambling is a significant problem for 5 percent of college students. Most people don't realize they have a gambling problem for seven or eight years, he said. Whether it starts in high school, college or later in life, he said gambling addictions usually lead to financial destruction, broken marriages, ruined friendships and ultimately, unhappiness.
SIU - Daily Egyptian, IL/Professors pick brains of gamblers/3.02.06

The State Council on Problem Gambling estimates 270,000 adults and 44,000 teens in Washington have had a severe gambling problem.
KVEW, WA
State Sees More Problem Gamblers/3.02.06

You've talked to your kids about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes. What about gambling? Research shows nearly 60 percent of children between the ages of 14 and 22 gamble at least once a month. He started gambling when he was only 10-years-old...By the time he was 25, Mike knew he had a problem.
KXAN-TV/Online Odds/3.01.06

Gambling is not just a problem for adults, it's a growing problem among kids. "I’ve got nothing, I’ve gambled in my life everything away, every penny," he said. "I’ve gambled sneakers away. He dates his gambling to age 10, when he would buy lottery tickets.
Teen Gambling/NBC30.com,CT/3.01.06

But the Consumer Credit Counselling Service is warning students that it often deals with people who have racked up gambling debts of up to 20,000. "A lot of students are playing poker online and some are addicted," he says. "I know of one who lost 4,000 in a week."
Internet poker players gamble with their debt/TMCnet/2.26.06

It's a hidden addiction with no overdose, no drugs to ingest, and no drug test to pinpoint it. But make no mistake, compulsive gambling can injure, even destroy families — especially when the addict is a teenager. However, counselors warn the Texas Hold-em "high" teens get may put them at risk for a lifelong addiction. He said it's a habit that can tear a family apart as they search for answers. "What do I do? I'm bailing them out. I'm in debt. They're in debt. They're in trouble. They are still living with me. They've stolen everything I've got," Harris said. "It gets out of control." "We've seen them in restaurants, we've seen them in little mom-and-pop businesses," First Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg said. "And so, they're there for anybody to access, including children. Arcades, we've seen them in video arcades."
Young gamblers are on the rise nationwide/mysanantonio.com/2.24.06

The Justice Department considers Internet gambling illegal at any age. Dan Romer, director of the Risk Survey of Youth at the Annenberg Center, said he hopes universities and parents take notice of what is going on behind closed doors. “The awareness is just not there yet that some kids who are exposed to this are going to get hooked,” he said.
Internet gambling latest campus trend/uecrescent.org/ 2.24.06

This is a problem that's sweeping the nation. It's gotten so bad that in December a Pennsylvania teen was accused of robbing a bank to try and pay off massive gambling debts. All your child needs is a valid credit card or bank account number before the bets begin (internet gambling). Warren Bickel is a Physiatrist and the Director of the Center for Addiction at UAMS. He says the teenage brain just isn't able to handle stakes that high.
Underage Online Gambling:Problem That's Sweeping The Nation/KATV, AR/2/23/06

Do we really believe it's acceptable to get young people addicted to gambling at an earlier age? Is the marketing campaign theme here "A young gambler is a lifelong gambler?" Carry their logic a little further. Why not market to high school kids? Even though they can't buy tickets until age 18, we could prepare some fertile soil here to plant the seeds of addiction.
Selling lottery to youths a bad bet/seattlepi.nwsource.com/ 2.23.06

The percentage of college gamblers participating in online betting has almost doubled, from 11.7 percent in 2000 to 20.9 percent in 2005, according to the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. 5 percent of gamblers calling the helpline are adolescents -- up 3 percent since 2001.
Online Holds 'em/Oklahoma Daily/2.22.06

According to a study by the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 15.9 percent of in-state students between the sixth and 12th grades admit to gambling-related problems or signs of addiction. Four percent report they were already stealing money from relatives to gamble.
And Unsafe Bet For Families/family.org/2.20.06

A study released in Sept. 2005 by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center reported that 14.2 percent of young people ages 14 to 22 gambled online at least once a month (19.6 percent of males in that range) and that 54.5 percent of young people who gambled weekly showed common signs of problem gambling.
St. John's University The Torch, NY/FULL HOUSE: Gambling trend spreading at STJ/2.15.06

According to statistics more than 50 percent of college males gamble each month. A new study by the Annenberg Public Policy Center shows the number of college males gambling in both the real world and online is increasing. Now, one in two male students will play poker for money in a month, more than 19 percent will play online.
Poker Frenzy Fueling Gambling Addiction/channel3000.com/2.08.06

Mike, a 49-year-old Passaic County resident who is a computer specialist with a pharmaceutical company, also was introduced to gambling by running football slips in high school. After he saw a couple of payments being handed out, he was hooked. "For 17 years, I could not go 24 hours without betting," said Mike. When he was earning $45,000 in 1985, he estimates he was betting more than $45,000 a month for six months.
Their life is a gamble/NorthJersey.com/2.03.06

But for growing numbers of players who are betting on cards, sports, and other games, gambling has sent them into the downward spiral of personal and financial destruction. And those most at risk are kids who gamble. And for them -- gambling is everywhere. Dr. J. Michael Faragher, with the Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Center at the University of Denver, said because of the popularity of gambling, kids are much more at risk. Whether adult or adolescent, the symptoms of a compulsive gambler are the same. "It was a really big carousel of insanity is what it was," Mike said.
Gambling Addicts Getting Younger, Experts Say/TheDenverChannel.com/2.03.06

"Gambling on sports is highly popular, not only among adults, but with young people who are gambling in growing numbers," Fowler (FCCG Executive Director) said. "In fact, Florida's most recent youth survey found that more than 55% of students in grades 6-12 report having gambled in the last year."
Odds favor record betting on this year's Super Bowl/tampabays10.com/2.03.06

According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the number of American men between the ages of 14 and 22 who gamble at least once a month increased by 20 percent in 2005. Jeremiah Weinstock, a postdoctoral fellow at University of Connecticut Health Center, said gambling addiction can cause poor grades, involvement in risky behaviors like drinking and using drugs, trouble with family and friends and isolation.
Gambling tempts many students/cm-life.com/ 2.03.06

According to the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors in Canada reported that the thrill of it, not the money, is the primary motivation for gambling among young people. “When playing, adolescents with serious gambling problems report that nothing else matters, and that they are able to forget about their problems.”
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier, IL/When the chips are down ...online gambling - Good or Bad?/2.02.06

Ed Looney, Council on Compulsive Gambling of N.J.: "We have an epidemic. We're not getting any education at the schools, we're not getting any."
The seduction and dangers of online betting/abclocal.go.com/ 2.02.06

Eyewitness News has uncovered the dangers of internet gambling and why it's so easy for underage kids to get in deep online. All a player has to do is create a password, put in an e-mail address, and then click a button that says he or she is over the age of 21. Then the player can get chips enters a credit card number or connecting their account to a bank account. The bidding can go all the way up to $25,000.
Kids Gambling Away Thousands of Dollars Online/myeyewitnessnews.com /news/2.01.06

“The rising rate of card playing and overall gambling is worrisome,” said Dan Romer, director of the survey. “Young people are more prone to addiction, and increased exposure to gambling during the adolescent years increases the chances of developing gambling-related problems.” Meanwhile, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors in Canada reported that a study in Alberta found the average gambler began the habit at age 10.
Journal Gazette and Times-Courier/Therapists fear ‘wave’ of gambling addicts/2.01.06

The good news is that some students are moving away from drug use but on the down side they are said to be turning to gambling.
Gambling in schools/cbc.bb/1.31.06

The Port Authority of Kansas City, Mo., recently awarded grants to Washington University in St. Louis and University of Missouri-Columbia. The Port Authority granted a total of more than $160,000 to three organizations to fund awareness programs and research to prevent youth gaming, the authority said in a release.
Washington U., U of Mo. receive grants to address youth gambling/stlouis.bizjournals.com/ 1.30.06

...a 19-year-old student from Lehigh University, robbed a bank trying to steal enough money to pay of his $5,000 online gambling debt.
Robbery Blamed On Addiction to Online Casinos/www.online-casinos.com/1-26-06

When New Jersey resident Shari Goldstein (not her real name) walked into her nephew’s sports-themed bar mitzva party in December, she was “flabbergasted.” There was a separate kids’ area with gambling tables among the batting cages and baseballs. “And then I walked over and saw my nine-year-old and 13-year-old nephews playing Texas Hold ’Em. The kids were glued to the table.” Our kids are gambling and playing cards and not just for chips or for fun, but for money. Not a couple of dollars but big money. Hundreds of dollars. Sometimes thousands. It’s a dangerous road, and parents are in denial.” Experts warn that compulsive gambling is fast becoming a major issue among adolescents and college students. “I think we’re going to start seeing more and more kids running up huge debts gambling. For those who will get addicted, it’s not going to pass. THE PROBLEM with games of chance, say experts, is not that everyone who gambles will become addicted, but rather that introducing gambling as a social norm provides the opportunity for those predisposed to addiction to get hurt. “There’s the high, the rush, and the crash afterwards…,” he said. “Kids can lose thousands of dollars, depending on their resources and where they go to get their money. Addictive behavior can start early, according to Abrams. “It starts at the time they learn to play cards, sports, and are watching television. It can certainly start under 10 years old. Twerski, author of a soon-to-be published book on gambling in the Jewish community (tentatively titled It’s More than Dreidl), pointed out that “kids are risk-takers and while adults have a sense of responsibility, adolescents don’t have it yet,” and they get into trouble.
New Jersey Jewish News/All In? The gambling craze is giving religious leaders fits/1.26.06

Lt. John Leyden III, officer in charge of the state police intelligence organized crime unit, said state police do not have reason to believe that other students from Providence College or surrounding institutions played a role in the gambling operations."The men involved were very closely associated with the New England crime family," he said.
Gambling ring in local bars' basements unearthed/http://media.www.thecowl.com/1/26/06

When a local bookie demanded that Jay either pay up or take a beating, the University of Maryland student might have realized he had a gambling problem. But until antigambling education is the norm in grade school, the fact that gambling appears to have taken off with the "beautiful people" won't help.
Campuses Slow To Deal With Gambling/cbsnews.com/ 1.25.06

Minutes after three Jackson teens appeared in court today on murder charges, the brother of the man they are accused of shooting said he believes the three robbed and killed Jonathan Harris over gambling money. "I talked to my brother on the phone, and he told me he was gambling with them," said Octavius Harris.
Gambling alleged as factor in city's most recent homicide By Kelli Esters/www.clarionledger.com/1/20/06

Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, says gambling is "the most popular high-risk activity among teenagers, outpacing drinking, taking drugs and smoking." In fact, eighth graders who gamble are three-times more likely than non-gamblers to have stolen money, been involved in a fight, shoplifted, or gotten into trouble with the police."
New Jersey Jewish News/Teen Poker Dangers/1.18.06

According to the Illinois Institute for Addiction Recovery (www.addictionrecov.org /youthgam.htm) and other sources, 80 percent or more of those between 12 and 17 say they have gambled in the past 12 months, with one third of them gambling at least once a week. Her son began gambling in high school and then got even more serious about it at a Snohomish County Indian casino. Throughout his 20s he was hooked on gambling and heavily in debt. He eventually entered a rehab program. But three months after that ended, and so far in debt he couldn't afford to properly maintain his car, he died in an auto accident that McCausland says was due to the car's condition.
Time to Fold 'Em/columbian.com/ 1.17.06

Today's gambling stats are staggering -- and distressing. More than 3 million teenagers get together to play poker weekly for money, a number that has doubled in the last two years, according to the Annenberg Public Policy Center. "About one-third of my calls are kids hooked on poker," notes Arnie Wexler, who has counseled compulsive gamblers for 37 years and operates 888 LASTBET.
Gambling's new teenage heroes (and victims)/San Francisco Chronicle/1.11.06

Internet bookmakers are luring children into a world of problem gambling and fuelling international money laundering by criminal gangs, according to research commissioned by the Government. It found that more children and women are being encouraged to gamble online . . . 'Remote gambling, as opposed to traditional forms of gambling, is more of a risk for young people in developing problem gambling,' the report warns. The summit came as Britain's leading gambling expert warned that one in eleven children aged between 11 and 15 is already an Internet gambler and has had a flutter on the national lottery online.
The internet bookies turning women and children into addicts/www.thisislondon.co.uk/01.11.06

"But for that small percentage, which is comparable to the percentage that develops serious drug problems -- (gambling addiction) is a life-threatening disorder." She says about one-fourth of people in compulsive-gambling treatment programs attempt suicide. Michael R. Stone, executive director of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling, says studies have shown nearly 4 percent of teens are pathological, or compulsive, gamblers. "Most parents know you don't sponsor beer parties," Rugle says. "But they're happy as clams to sponsor poker parties.
Asbury Park Press/Gambling with your future/1.10.06

Internet Web sites lure an ever-increasing number of teenage bettors. High school boys are so wrapped up in card games that they leave teenage girls high and dry on weekends. "The rising rate of card playing and overall gambling is worrisome," said Dan Romer, research director of the Adolescent Risk Communication Institute at University of Pennsylvania. "Young people are more prone to addiction, and increased exposure to gambling during the adolescent years increases the chances of developing gambling-related problems." "Parents and students need to know this is not a risk-free activity," he said. Wuelfing (Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling) hears from troubled teenagers who have sold their possessions and even sold drugs, not to get high, but to pay off gambling debts. Card playing for money among children as young as 11 and 12 comes as no surprise to Christine Reilly, director of the Institute for Research on Pathological Gaming, affiliated with Harvard Medical School."Adolescents are particularly susceptible to addictions," Romer said. And, he noted, the younger the exposure, the more likely the addiction if one is susceptible.
Eagle Tribune/Youth gambling increase raises concerns/1.08.06

Pathological gambling is estimated to occur at the rate of 4 to 7 percent in teenagers. Pathological gambling is a mental disorder characterized by a compulsive need to gamble more and more money, to lie about the extent of one's gambling and to be unable to stop or reduce gambling. An early "big" win, pre-existing mental disorders such as depression or anxiety, and stressful life events also seem to increase the risks. Emily E. Wilson (Emily E. Wilson is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Huntington and has completed advanced training in gambling addictions with the Problem Gamblers Network of West Virginia:
Huntington Herald Dispatch/Know the facts to prevent gambling addictions in teens/1.04.06

5.6% of these students met the criteria for pathological gambling as compared to the rates of 0.2 to 2.1% for the general population (Labrie, Shaffer, LaPlante, & Wechsler, 2003) Labrie, et al (2003) reported that college students who had used alcohol within the past year were 2.4 times more likely to engage in gambling behavior than those who had abstained from alcohol. In a statement to the Senate Commerce Committee, Senator John McCain noted that college gambling was “reaching epidemic proportions” The overall prevalence of gambling among NCAA student athletes was reported to be 35 % among males and 10 % among females. The personality characteristics that produce excellent athletes are also present in pathological gamblers. These characteristics include feeling in control of situations and outcomes, a large ego, and optimism (Naughton, 1998). Furthermore, 33.5% of Division II athletes, as compared to 28.8% of athletes in Division I, admitted participation in sports wagering within the past year. The use of off-campus bookies was similar among all groups, except UWG non-athlete males, who were twice as likely to use an off-campus bookie compared to the other groups. However, there were a disproportionately high percentage of non-athlete UWG students whose responses were consistent with potential problem gambling issues. This group was four times as likely to indicate potential problem gambling characteristics. It could reflect a rapid growth of gambling among college students which could be related to the widening social acceptance of gambling, the expansion of internet gambling, or perhaps other issues.
University of West Georgia, Department of PER
A Study of Gambling Activity in a NCAA Division II Institution/thesportjournal.org/2006

National studies show the number of young people gambling on poker and other card games has skyrocketed in recent years, but while poker is a harmless diversion for most teens, experts caution the risks of gambling addiction are being overlooked. "But for that small percentage, which is comparable to the percentage that develops serious drug problems -- (gambling addiction) is a life-threatening disorder." She (Dr. Lori Rugle, a clinical psychologist and president of the Ohio Council on Problem Gambling) says about one-fourth of people in compulsive-gambling treatment programs attempt suicide.
Studies: Gambling by teens climbing/Jackson Clarion Ledger/12.28.05

Maybe it started with Yu-Gi-Oh trading cards or Pokemon games. As the years went by, the Texas Hold'em poker mania may have kicked in. But for some youngsters, what started as innocent fun can grow into a crippling gambling addiction. Even video games targeting young people offer entry points into casino gambling. While many gambling outlets, from the lottery to online poker, might seem harmless, she said not addressing the issue with youngsters actually was sending them a message that they are simply games and pose no danger. "Our kids, younger and younger, even at the elementary school level, are getting exposed to gambling," Thrumston (a member of the state PTA committee that examined the issue)
PTA tries to curb youth gambling said. "It is something that can develop into addicting behavior."
sptimes.com/12.23.05


"The word, conservatively, is 'epidemic,' " says Edward Looney, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. "Younger people are more prone to addiction than older people.” (Dan Romer, director of the Annenberg survey) "We're seeing a lot of good kids with gambling problems," Looney says. He estimates that 5% of gamblers develop serious problems. "We're not communicating adequately the risks," says Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling. "Government, which typically deals with these issues, has a conflict of interest," he says, because states profit from gambling ventures such as casinos and lotteries. Those who've been addicted know the rush, and the risks. "It was a euphoric feeling. It was a need, a drug," (he started gambling at 15, just embezzled $500,000 to pay gambling debts).
USA TODAY/It's always poker night on campus/12.22.05

The first part of this story takes place last week when the 19-year-old walked into a Wachovia bank in east Allentown, Pa., and told the teller he had a gun. G.H. then left the bank with $2,871 and a noose around his neck. After attending a $19,000-a-year private high school in Ohio, paid for by his Baptist minister father, H. chose Lehigh and was leading a hectic life playing second chair cello, working part-time in the chaplain's office, and serving as class president. What is uncommon is that somehow, H. went far above his bankroll and lost roughly $5,000 playing online poker.
Lehigh Robbery Raises Questions/pokernews.com/12.22.05

Playing quarter games at the fair and getting lost for hours in the adventure of the arcade are vivid memories for Dave Hemken of Ames. Hemken said childhood games and the competitive nature of his family might have contributed to what became a lifetime addiction to gambling.  "I kept going for the adrenaline rush," he said. "I would do anything to play and anything to win."
Ames Daily Tribune/A holiday hazard/12.17.05

Many young people started gambling before age 12, according to a study released yesterday. Hong Kong University survey disclosed.
Beijing Time/Gambling still strong in HK, youth at risk/12.15.05

Michael Stone, the executive director of the Kentucky Council on Problem Gambling reported this week that nearly 4 percent of US teenaged gamblers are compulsive gamblers. Experts have previously reported that the risk of addictive habits developing are greater in players who win rewards whilst young, especially teenagers.
YOUNG POKER PLAYERS DOMINATE/online-casinos.com/12.09.05

The risk of gambling addiction among youths isn't amusing or child's play. The explosion of gambling in all types of venues -- especially including the present craze over poker online and on cable TV -- is driving more and more young people to bet their after-school money, their college fund or, tragically in some cases, even their own lives on gambling's many forms. Recently, I alerted the state Gambling Commission to reports of teens gambling in area casinos during high school lunch breaks. State investigators found that at five of seven casinos, a 16-year-old sent in as part of a sting investigation was allowed to gamble and buy alcohol. Poker, Internet gambling, and Black Jack became the sole beneficiaries of Ben's finances; maintaining his car was not a priority. The police report stated Ben died after losing control of his car due to mechanical failure. Actually Ben died after losing control of his life to gambling. It started as an innocent after-school poker game and ended with his car wrapped around a tree.
Seattle Post Intelligencer/Teens are gambling with their lives/12.08.05

That 10-year-olds are approved to gamble in North Dakota is unacceptable. You can dress it up with the name, "charitable gaming," but that doesn't change what it is. It's gambling. It is a strange thought - of 10- or 11-year-olds hitting big jackpots in bingo and having to file federal tax returns on their winnings. Equally as bizarre is that they would have to fill out the line on the return declaring their losses. There is no good reason for them to be gambling.
Cash bingo not for kids/bismarcktribune.com /12.07.05

The hour-long look into the potential evils of gambling begins with the introduction of a 17-year-old Town of Amherst boy, Mark (his last name isn't revealed), who fed his habit by breaking into cars and now is trying to break his addiction. "They are doing the kind of things a drug addict would do to find cocaine to feed that particular habit," said Farrell ("They are doing the kind of things a drug addict would do to find cocaine to feed that particular habit," said Farrell of problem gamblers) of problem gamblers.
Al Roker's report on dangers of gambling features a visit to Amherst Town Court/www.buffalonews.com/12/7/2005

"We do know the younger somebody gets involved in gambling, the higher risk they are to develop (addiction) problems, and also (to engage in) other high-risk behaviors: drugs, alcohol, nicotine and risky sex." (Dr. Lori Rugle, a clinical psychologist and president of the Ohio Council on Problem Gambling)
Cincinnati Enquirer/Do teens know when to hold 'em?/12.06.05

Mr Mattiga said he was aware of 17 and 18-year-olds "off their head with meth and pokies". "That's a very dangerous cocktail,"
Gamblers flood helpline/The Courier/12/05/05

Thomas Talley, Certified Gambling Counselor:"It's an adult toy, it's for gambling, it's illegal under age 18. This is sending the wrong message to kids. According to a 2002 study from FCCG, 115,000 young people between 13 and 17 years of age in Florida are at-risk for becoming compulsive gamblers. "Jake," Recovering compulsive gambler: "My gambling started when I was 12-years-old Over the years it got worse. His daily routine: wake up in the afternoon, hit the casino, stay until the morning, and skip class. In fact, in three years of school, he only finished three classes and his debt climbed to $10,000.
Steer kids ofgambling/tampabays10.com/12.01.05

BISMARCK, N.D. - At least three bingo parlors in North Dakota recently began allowing children as young as 10 to play, a change that might bring a closer look from the next Legislature. Stan Stelter said bingo parlors should not send a message that it is OK for children to gamble. "I don't think there should be a family atmosphere in a gambling place," he said.
More bingo parlors allow ten-year-olds to play /grandforks.com/11.30.05

The number of children in Florida considered problem gamblers is more than twice the national average, according to an exclusive Problem Solvers investigation. Gambling is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 but that is not stopping a new generation of pre-teens, Problem Solver Nancy Alvarez said. Local 6 News showed video of a poker game in Central Florida being played by 10-year-old boys. "There is certainly a connection between what age a child is exposed to gambling and the propensity for their developing a problem later in life," Fowler (Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling) said.
Poker, Gambling Captures Attention Of Fla. Pre-Teens/local6.com/11.20.05

What’s more, they say, those sites (internet gambling) can and do corrupt children and create more addicted gamblers. Kids can get onto some of the overseas sites, as Alex Hartman, the 16-year-old son of 60 Minutes Producer Rome Hartman, demonstrated. Using his dad’s credit card, he gained access to a gaming Web site and quickly lost $100 playing roulette.
ONLINE GAMBLING ON 60 MINUTES THIS SUNDAY/online-casinos.com/ 11.18.05

A TEENAGE gambling addict who stole almost £800 from his mother’s boss has been jailed.
Teen gambler jailed for theft from mum’s boss/newsandstar.co.uk/11.17.05

An estimated 2.9 million U.S. teens gamble on cards every week.
ConsumerHealthDaily/Rising teen gambling worries experts /11.17.05

But addiction specialist Sandy Klepner is worried about the growing number of teens she sees turning to gambling for fun. "If you have 10 kids playing, two of them are going to have problems," she said. "So that's pretty high." He had no idea until months later that his teenage son had moved on from games in his Long Island neighborhood and was instead sneaking into Manhattan -- gambling at various underground poker rooms. "We thought he was at the movies with his friend," the father said.
ABC News/Poker's Popularity Means More Teen Gambling Addicts/11.16.05

An estimated 2.9 million U.S. teens gamble on cards every week
Rising teen gambling worries experts/upi.com/ 11.16.05

A computer, an Internet hook up and access to a credit card can become a dangerous mix for an adolescent looking for a bit of online gambling. A child can gamble virtually undetected if a parent doesn't monitor the activity.
The State, SC/Online gambling: A losing bet for kids/11.14.05

According to Lori Carter, a youth addictions counsellor at Addiction Services of Thames Valley, about 25,000 to 30,000 youth have gambling problems but very few of these people access addiction counselling or treatment. "It starts so small and gets so out of control ... and leads to other problems," said Ashley Jackson, 17.
St. Thomas Times-Journal, Canada/Dangers of gambling exposed through playYoung people at risk/11.9.05

According to Lori Carter, a youth addictions counsellor at Addiction Services of Thames Valley, about 25,000 to 30,000 youth have gambling problems but very few of these people access addiction counselling or treatment.
By Times-Journal Staff/Dangers of gambling exposed through play/11.09.05

According to the Annenberg National Risk Survey of Youth, 4 percent to 6 percent of teens in the 12-to-17 age group are problem gamblers. Studies show that the average age that kids start playing poker is 11, and people who start playing younger report more addiction problems later on.
Teens can get hooked on gambling/www.charlotte.com/11.8.04

MO - Frank Heckler with the Chamber says, "The (Pinnacle casino’s) bowling alley, the theater, the aquatic center those things that were here back when I moved into the area in 1950. We're finally going to see a revitalization of those amenities for the kids in this area to really enjoy it again."
Pinnacle Unveils Plans For South County Casino Complex/ksdk.com/ 11.07.05

Focus on the Family's Chad Hills says unless there is a crackdown, any home with a computer is a potential casino. And with this internet savvy generation of kids, you can bet it won't be long before they figure out a way to get on there and start gambling as well."
Enforcement of Internet Gambling Laws Gains Steam/family.org/ 11.03.05

Steven Oster, staff counselor at UNLV Student Counseling & Psychology Services. The gambling problems he encounters have run the gamut from a forty-something student who ran up $200,000 in debt to a coed who lost $15,000 in a single semester. "For instance, you go to K-Mart, Wal-Mart, wherever, you're going to see Texas Hold 'em this, Texas Hold 'em that. You're going to see marketing to little kids, whether it's cards or chips or video games or apparel."
STRONG GROWTH IN YOUTH PROBLEM GAMBLING/harnesslink.com/11.03.05

PROBLEM gambling among Adelaide teenagers is a serious issue and is up to three times worse than with adults, the South Australian Government says.
The Australian News/MP warns of teen problem gambling/11.03.05

The extension of the poker craze into the underage set worries some gambling experts, however. "The more people who play, the more problems there are," said Terry Elman, education coordinator for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey. "It's gotten to epidemic proportions." "I think it's seen as being exciting," Andersen said of gambling. "There's actually an adrenaline rush that goes along with it. (Teens) like things exciting and risky."
Home News Tribune Online/Poker's popularity grows/10.30.05

In fact, says George, in a quest for fun activities to keep teens out of trouble, schools across Minnesota are hosting casino nights, complete with green-felt poker tables and parents dressed up as Las Vegas card dealers. They are the first generation to grow up with completely legalized gambling, amid raves about its contribution to meager state coffers and aggressive casino advertising. Numerous studies have established that the rate at which adolescents develop gambling problems is considerably higher compared to that among adults, with a watershed Harvard Medical School meta-analysis estimating adolescent rates at three to four times higher. Studies have also shown that the younger players are when they start, the higher the likelihood of lapsing into compulsive gambling. the Council on Compulsive Gambling hotline has seen a number of recent calls from parents of problem teen gamblers, including one from the parents of a Bismarck high school sophomore who racked up $14,000 on their credit cards playing Texas Hold’em online and with friends. A North High student newspaper story recently proclaimed “Gambling on the Rise Among North High School Students” Lewis hears from her son, a Fargo South High senior and occasional player, that some kids in his poker circle -- “We’re talking straight A students,” she says -- are losing up to $300 a week.
THE FORUM/The gamble kids take: Taking chances/10.29.05

Young adults are among the highest risk groups for developing gambling problems and seven per cent of young Ontario adults experienced moderate to severe problems.
Tb News Source/Program cautions students about gambling/10.24.05

More students are taking their academics seriously, and feel optimistic about the future. Also, use of tobacco and marijuana is also down, according to the surveyed students. But while the results of the poll were largely mixed, there was one clear signal sent out by the study: Youth gambling is decidedly on the rise. But young people especially have a very difficult time dealing with what can be the tremendous pressures of gambling and the debt it usually brings.
New warning flags on youth gambling/www.connpost.com/ 10.17.05

The National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington estimates that about 5 percent of children under 18 have a gambling problem. "That's (wireless) the last thing any compulsive gambler needs, especially an underage gambler," said Terry Elman, education coordinator for the council's New Jersey office. "This could push them over the edge." State Sen. Maggie Carlton, who cast the lone vote in the Nevada Legislature against handhelds, said the device "looks like a toy, and kids love toys."
Wireless gambling is now legal in Las Vegas/philly.com/ Oct. 16, 2005

Nearly four out of 10 teenagers gamble, according to an Addictions Foundation of Manitoba (AFM) report. The report shows 63 per cent of kids started gambling socially before their 10th birthday.
38 % of Grade 7-12 pupils gamble: study/www.brandonsun.com/10.15.05

Information from nearly 6,700 Grade 7-12 Manitoba students shows 38 per cent have taken part in some form of gambling within the last year. The report shows 63 per cent of kids started gambling socially before their 10th birthday.
38 % of Grade 7-12 pupils gamble: study/brandonsun.com/ 10.15.05

CT - Young people in the region are drinking alcohol and gambling more, and an increasing number of teens are carrying weapons and engaging in violent behavior. But they are turning away from tobacco and marijuana. Those are the facts according to the latest survey of area students by the Regional Youth/Adult Substance Abuse Project. (RYASAP's random survey -- of 3,310 students in grades 7 through 12 in the public schools of Bridgeport, Fairfield, Stratford, Trumbull and Monroe) Gambling rose from 29 percent among teens surveyed four years ago to 34 percent this time. "Gambling today is like playing Monopoly to these kids, and we must address that," said Trumbull Board of Education Vice Chairwoman Donna Cassidy.
Connecticut Post/Gambling rise called troubling Study looks at youth vice/10.11.05

The state regulates adult arcades like fun centers such as Chuck E. Cheese and Dave & Buster's. Winners receive credits or prizes -- no cash. Although they are labeled penny arcades, some gambling support groups consider them slots and caution that players still can develop gambling problems "I think the label of calling them penny slots is to detract from the fact that more than pennies can be risked and lost in them, and that concerns us," said Pat Fowler, director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling. Research reveals that players can lose $5.46 in a three-minute span because players can bet more than a penny at a time, she said. penny arcade, all-adult gaming machines that look like slots and spin like slots.
Penny arcade for adults wins OK in Lauderhill/www.sun-sentinel.com/10/10/05

Surprisingly, it is on college campuses like Penn University that online poker fever is really taking hold. A recent study across America found that the number of high school and college students playing poker for money has doubled in the last year. A recent study across America found that the number of high school and college students playing poker for money has doubled in the last year. Today more young people gamble once a week than smoke, drink or take drugs combined.
The youthful lure of online poker/nation.ittefaq.com/10.09.05

“I was invited to go to a school the day before Christmas vacation and I got there at 7 o’clock in the morning and they were wheeling a boy out in a body bag,” he says. “He had hung himself the night before because he had lost on a bet.
The youthful lure of online/nation.ittefaq.com/poker/10/9/05

A Harvard study found that 4.67 percent of young people have a gambling problem,
Recent research has also shown that college students are more likely to develop a gambling addiction. Pathological gambling, as it is sometimes called, occurs in 1 to 2 percent of the adult population in the United States, while the rates climb to 4 to 8 percent for college students. Wexler said a parent recently explained how a student stole $2,500 to gamble with. Wexler knows the story all too well as he started gambling when he was 7 or 8-years old. By 14, he was gambling with a bookie and by 21, he was stealing to support his gambling addiction. According to the Pennsylvania study, weekly poker games among male high school and college students increased 84 percent from 2003 to 2004. “Students run up debt and the majority of it ends of on credit cards,” said Sekany. He said that students max out on debt, and have no way to solve the problem. “This leads to lying, stealing, and suicide attempts.”
College students struggle with gambling addictions/www.statehornet.com/10/05/05

Children as young as 10 are logging on to internet poker sites that offer free practice. Young people in the region are drinking alcohol and gambling more, and an increasing number of teens are carrying weapons ae games, McGill University psychologist Jeffrey Deverensky said at the end of a two-day conference hosted by Nova Scotia Gaming Corp. Many young people with gambling problems cite early exposure to internet gambling, he said.
Internet breeds generation of young gamblers:expert/cbcunlocked.com/ 10.04.05

Pat Fowler (Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling), who has dealt with the ill effects of gambling addiction for 20 years, said she’s never seen anything like the poker phenomenon that is sweeping the nation. She’s never been more alarmed, either. Fowler said she believes poker’s grip began to take hold when ESPN starting extensively broadcasting The World Series of Poker, a high-stakes tournament set in Las Vegas in which players play Texas Hold’em -- a form of poker in which players are dealt two down cards and can use any of five community cards to form their hand.
When to Hold'em?/www.usforacle.com/9.30.05

Towns was a 16-year-old Suffolk College student when the gambling bug bit. He and his friends used to go a café on the corner of Eagle Street and Upper Orwell Street in Ipswich during dinner breaks to play a fruit machine.
Gambling addict wanted arcade ban/www.eveningstar.co.uk/ 9.30.05

Several GAMES Gambling Awareness in Monroe members have produced a video about preventing problem gambling that had its debut at the meeting. Fernandes said the Department of Mental Health and Addiction, which sponsors GAMES, is interested in presenting the video to high schools around the state. According to Laster (Regional Youth/Adult Substance Abuse Project), the demographics of compulsive gambling is changing. The addiction that once predominately affected white males now applies to women and teenagers.
Monroe Courier, CT/GAMES grows at Masuk/9.29.05

It's a hidden addiction with no overdose, no drugs to ingest, and no drug test to pinpoint it. But make no mistake, compulsive gambling can injure, even destroy families -- especially when the addict is a teenager. However, counselors warn the Texas Hold-em "high" teens get may put them at risk for a lifelong addiction. He said it's a habit that can tear a family apart as they search for answers. "What do I do? I'm bailing them out. I'm in debt. They're in debt. They're in trouble. They are still living with me. They've stolen everything I've got," Harris said. "It gets out of control."
Government to curb gambling arcades/www.koreaherald.co.kr/ 9.14.05

More than 3 million teenagers get together to play poker weekly for money, a number that has doubled in the last two years, according to the Annenberg Public Policy Center. "About one-third of my calls are kids hooked on poker," notes Arnie Wexler, who has counseled compulsive gamblers for 37 years and operates 888 LASTBET. "They're getting younger and younger." Today more young people gamble once a week than smoke, drink or take drugs combined. Terry Elman, education co-ordinator for the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, says more and more kids are getting sucked in over their heads by the online poker boom.
The youthful lure of online poker/news.bbc.co.uk/9.11.05

Arnie Wexler, a certified gambling counselor in New Jersey, says more calls for help are coming from parents of teens and teens themselves. “I get calls from parents and kids, some as young as 14, every day,” said Arnie Wexler, a counselor and former head of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling. “This thing has exploded. I’ve never seen anything explode like this has in the last year.” According to a study by the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 15.9 percent of in-state students between the sixth and 12th grades admit to gambling-related woes or signs of addiction. Four percent report they were already stealing money from relatives to gamble.
More teens are betting their lives /fortwayne.com/9.06.05

A new survey by the National Council on Problem Gambling found 70 percent of 10- to 17-year-olds had gambled in the past year.
WCCO, MN/Kids Catch The Poker Bug/9.05.05

"I get calls from parents and kids, some as young as 14, every day," said Arnie Wexler, a counselor and former head of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling. "This thing has exploded. I've never seen anything explode like this has in the last year." And as schools reopen this fall, the pool of potential underage gamblers is spreading from the upper grades into the middle schools. "Eighty percent of the kids who gamble, there will be no impact on their lives," Looney said. "Fifteen percent will have some problem. And 5 percent will become addicted." The risk of pathological gambling runs about twice as high among adolescents (5 percent) as it does among adults (3 percent), said Dr. Carlos Blanco, head of the gambling clinic at the Columbia University Medical Center. Capretto's facility treats drug and alcohol addiction, although withWhat officials already have discovered is sobering. Students in the past 18 months he noted an increase in younger addicts suffering from gambling woes. On Long Island, there are now two GA meetings devoted exclusively to teens. Kevin, who started attending after his angry parents discovered the depleted tuition fund, is a regular. Of the 48 states with legalized gambling, only 22 devote any government funding to help people with gambling problems, said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling.
Las Vegas Review-Journal/Poker boom attracts younger crowd/9.04.05

Experts fear the obsession is putting America's youth at its highest risk ever for compulsive betting -- and worry that assistance programs are lagging. ''I get calls from parents and kids, some as young as 14, every day,'' said counselor Arnie Wexler, former head of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling. ''This thing has exploded. I've never seen anything explode like this has in the last year.''
Teenage boys going all in for poker craze/www.suntimes.com/9.04.05

More and more young people are calling gambling helplines, turning up in gamblers anonymous meetings and seeking help at high school and college counseling centers. Unanimously, those interviewed for this story point to television as a major reason for the increase in poker playing among young people. "There's more responsibility in a 30-second beer ad than an hour-long poker show," Whyte said. "Adults, whether educators or parents, should know that children playing poker is not just harmless fun," McCausland said. "This is gambling and gambling is an addictive activity.” McCausland, whose Second Chance Washington foundation promotes legislation to secure permanent funding for treatment and prevention of problem gambling.
Experts, educators wary of poker/courierpostonline.com/9.04.05

What officials already have discovered is sobering. Students even in junior high are gambling, and some are showing signs that could lead to gambling addiction. "It's seen as a socially acceptable past time and recreation, but it can be so damaging financially, emotionally and spiritually," she said.
Proctor Hospital program combats teen gambling/pjstar.com/9.04.05

"Kids playing poker is like kids playing with loaded guns because one in 10 will not be able to get up," said Jennifer McCausland, whose Second Chance Washington foundation promotes legislation to secure permanent funding for treatment and prevention of problem gambling. "The country is not equipped for the addictions that are going to follow this."
Courier-Post/Experts, educators wary of poker/9.04.05

M0 - According to Associate Director of Counseling Services Tom Brounk, his office has seen a large increase in the number of students, particularly males, seeking help for gambling problems. Brounk noted that five years ago, there were practically no students with gambling problems seeking help in his office. While today the number is still a statistical handful, the figure has increased dramatically in the past few years. Eventually the player turns to borrowing and credit to bail himself out of debt. The next step is marked by desperation, remorse, panic and alienation from friends and family. The player starts to blame others and potentially engages in illegal activity. The final phase on the continuum is rife with hopelessness and emotional breakdowns. The player might even face legal consequences for his behavior.
The darker side: Addiction/studlife.com/ 9.02.05

Reaching past his PE kit and packed lunch, David Archer draws a roulette wheel out of his schoolbag. The 13-year-old "bookmaker" lays it on the ground and sets it spinning.
The Enterprise North East/Betting Slips Up A Level/9.02.05

Kevin started playing (poker) at age 15. As his losses inevitably swelled, Kevin -- without hesitation or remorse -- started looting a $30,000 college fund set up by his parents. "I didn't care if I won or lost," said Kevin, who went through $7,000 in three months. "I just wanted to gamble." According to a study by the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, 15.9 percent of in-state students between the sixth and 12th grades admit to gambling-related woes or signs of addiction. Four percent report they were already stealing money from relatives to gamble. But Ed Looney, who followed Wexler as head of the New Jersey council, cites the 80-15-5 rule. "Eighty percent of the kids who gamble, there will be no impact on their lives," Looney said. "Fifteen percent will have some problem. And 5 percent will become addicted." The risk of pathological gambling runs about twice as high among adolescents (5 percent) as it does among adults (3 percent), said Dr. Carlos Blanco, head of the gambling clinic at the Columbia University Medical Center. Cross-addiction is a fairly common problem; researchers at the National Council on Problem Gambling found that teens with a gambling problem were more likely to engage in risky behavior such as unsafe sex, binge drinking and skipping school. Gamblers also have the highest suicide rate of any addicted group. A 19-year-old New Yorker lost $6,000 on the 1997 World Series, then killed himself and left a note citing his debt. "Particularly over the last five, six years, it's getting younger and younger (Gamblers Anonymous meetings)," said the 50-year-old New Jersey resident. "We've seen more teens than ever before."
Poker Flops Teens Into Gambling /Addiction/thebostonchannel.com/ 8.31.05

Illegal, immensely profitable slot machines hidden away in back rooms at taverns, and children getting hooked on gambling in private card games or on the Internet, are harmful to society, experts said Friday at the second annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse. “Adolescent pathological gamblers tell us they started at 9 and 10 years old,” said Jeffrey L. Derevensky, a professor of psychology and co-director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors at Montreal’s McGill University. By that age (21), Derevensky said, one in 20 of them may have a compulsive gambling disorder that was honed on the Internet or in cell phone games, betting on sports with friends or playing too-easy access to state lottery games. He said his own research in 2004 found that by eighth grade, 15 percent of students used tobacco or alcohol weekly, but 49 percent were regular gamblers. Meanwhile, plenty of adults are also gambling surreptitiously, on illegal slot machines and other devices “hidden in plain view” in bars, private clubs, convenience stores and even Laundromats, said Ernest M. Raub, enforcement manager for the Missouri Gaming Commission.
the Kansas City Star/Conference explores dangers of gambling/8.27.05

In fact, compulsive gambling is more common among teens than adults.
WQOW, WI/Seeing Red: Chasing Green Costs Students/8.26.05

According to the Missouri Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, teens ages 14-17 are three times more likely to participate in gambling than people 25-40. This is why the Port Authority is eager to continue to fund research and awareness programs to educate youths about the dangers of problem gaming.
Youth gambling on the rise/www.kansascity.com/8.24.05

Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University in Canada, discovered that 80 percent of U.S. children ages 12 to 17 had gambled within the past year. In serious cases, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, problem gambling could lead to depression, peer-relationship problems, family trouble and a lack of focus in the classroom. For some, the convenience of online gambling - the ability to place bets from home - has led to serious addictions.
It's a Gamble: Teens call betting fun; experts label it risky/www.journalnow.com/8.15.05

A two-year study on problem gambling was presented to the 2003 Legislature, estimating there could be up to 53,500 adult pathological gamblers in Nevada. And it found that children as young at 11 years old in Nevada become problem gamblers and as many as 4,000 adolescents have experienced severe difficulties related to gambling. The study was performed by Rachel Volberg of Gemini Research, Ltd. It said problem gamblers are "significantly more likely to smoke daily and to use marijuana on a monthly basis" compared to non-problem gamblers.
State appoints nongambler to oversee problem gambling grants program/lasvegassun.com/8.09.05

INDIANAPOLIS — About 3 percent of Indiana high school students told researchers they have bet at a casino, even though the minimum age to board an Indiana riverboat for gambling is 21. A total of 4.4 percent of seniors said they had gambled at a casino at least once, according to an annual survey released this week by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University. Slightly more than 1 percent of seniors said they gambled at casinos weekly or daily.
3 percent of high schoolers admit betting/fortwayne.com/ 8.04.05

Young people have been caught up in the U.S. explosion in interest in poker and other forms of gambling. Experts on addictive behavior see potential trouble. But experts caution that gambling's expansion -- TV poker, casinos and lotteries, Internet casinos, horse and dog tracks, casino-style after-prom parties, publicized sports-betting lines -- makes America's next generation more vulnerable to gambling problems. Betting more frequently and with larger amounts of money are important signals. But there are others, too: withdrawing from friends and family, losing interest in other activities, exhibiting signs of depression and performing poorly in school. These signs should prompt parents to get involved and seek a therapist's help, experts say.
Gambling's rise in popularity stirs concerns/www.miami.com/8.02.05

"I haven't been to a school yet where they haven't been gambling inside the school during the school day," said Anneliese Oti, coordinator of the Problem Gambling Education Program for the Beachwood-based Jewish Family Service Association. Adolescents are the fastest-growing portion of the gambling public, Oti said. Experts note that some adult gambling addicts started when they were young. Louis Weigele, program director of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the Cleveland Department of Public Health, provides counseling to 16 gambling addicts, 12 of whom started when they were teenagers.
School gambling raises concern/cleveland.com/ 8.01.05

They are abandoning their children to babysitters or worse, leaving them at home alone, while they feed their gambling addiction at their reservation casinos.
A new addiction is sweeping Indian Country/Native American Journalists Foundation, Inc/8/1/05

The Palm Harbor Community Center in Palm Harbor Florida came under fire recently after hosting a poker night for youth, aged 11 to 17.
Florida Teen Poker Game Gets the Boot/onlinepokernews.com/7.30.05

Deputies say a 17-year-old in Fort Lauderdale murdered another teen over a $25 scratch-off lottery ticket.
Fort Lauderdale Teen Charged With Killing Teen Over Lottery Ticket/www.news4jax.com/7/30/05

Others, including Senator Charles Schumer of New York, are troubled by the fact that, in practice, there is no age limitation on online gambling because there is no true age identification process. As Senator Schumer said, "These online gambling sites think they have really hit the jackpot by targeting kids." One study found that out of 37 randomly selected online gambling sites, a minor was able to register, play, and pay at 30 of them.
My College Addiction/www.alternet.org/7.30.05

All that money is coming from someone's pockets, and it's not the winners'. According to Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, as many as 10 million U.S. adults meet the "problem gambling" criteria. Kids are hit even harder. What health officials want to know is whether the damage can be curbed. "But gambling is a pure addiction."
When Gambling Becomes Obsessive/www.tim/time/magazine/7.24.05

With TV poker and Internet casinos all the rage, gamblers are getting younger and the stakes are getting higher. He’s only 15, after all, well shy of the legal Missouri gambling age of 21. The high school sophomore can admire his favorite professional poker players. Sit on the couch and ogle gigantic stacks of cash. And learn strategies for $5 poker throw-downs with his buddies. But experts caution that gambling’s expansion -- TV poker, casinos and lotteries, Internet casinos, horse and dog tracks, casino-style after-prom parties, publicized sports-betting lines -- makes America’s next generation more vulnerable to gambling problems. The earlier someone starts gambling, the more likely he or she will become an adult problem gambler, research shows. Most adult problem gamblers began gambling around 10 or 11, said Jeff Derevensky, who leads the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems in Montreal, Quebec. Teenagers, primarily boys, have long played poker and bet on football and pool games... In New Jersey, people under age 21 made 6 percent of the calls last year to a gambling help line. Johnson County therapist Michael Hanson worked with a teenager who in the past two years has played so much poker that he buried himself in debt, flunked out of college and got kicked out of his house. A sophomore at Washington University in St. Louis boasted last semester in the student newspaper’s “featured poker player” of the week column that he often played poker online until 6 or 7 in the morning and slept until 4 p.m., missing classes and even a midterm exam.
Kids and cards: No safe bet/www.kansascity.com/7.24.05

"You can say online gambling is illegal, but if you can't enforce [the law] it doesn't matter," he says. "When you gamble online, transmitting money is easier and you don't know how much you are losing. My concern is that kids are getting into hock on the web and maxing out credit cards." whyte executive director for the National Council on Problem Gambling
The Odds Are Good That Online Gambling Will Continue to Thrive -- But at What Price?
www.informit.com/7.22.05


"This is the first generation to grow up with gambling that is legal and aggressively promoted in their state," Whyte said. "There are 48 states that have legalized gambling." (Keith Whyte, the executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling)
Poker's new face/www.abqtrib.com/7.18.05

That is what worries Looney, who advises parents to monitor their children's playing. "Don't play for money," he says. "Play for the fun of it and the competitiveness. When you put the gambling aspect in it, it is illegal. Set the standard."
Newark Star Ledger, NJ/Poker rush has all hands on deck/7.17.05

"We did an intervention with one kid who snuck into his parents' bedroom and racked up $10,000 in an online gambling room before dad woke up,"
Not all fun and games/www.canoe.ca/7.13.05

Does your college student or teen suddenly have a lot of money (or debts) that he can't account for? Gambling may be the culprit. It has always been a potential hazard for teenagers. Gambling addiction is rampant among college-age kids. It's as much as five times more common in this age group than among adults, says Christine Reilly, executive director of the Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders in the Division on Addictions at Harvard Medical School. Gambling addiction is more likely than any other form of addiction to lead to suicide, says Sharon L. Mitchell, director of the counseling program at the University of Delaware, because the bottoming out is accompanied by such devastating financial loss. Gambling addicts are likely to steal money from family, roommates or friends.
Gambling addiction can ensnare teens/www.delawareonline.com/7.11.05

Kids celebrate their birthdays with poker parties. Poker is getting credit for reviving good old-fashioned face-to-face socializing among middle-schoolers and older teenagers, some of whom are letting their video games gather dust. Despite poker's growing popularity and squeaky-clean makeover, the dark side of the game lingers. People still spend long, sedentary, isolated hours playing Internet poker, unable to yank themselves away from the screen.
Boston Globe/Poker Face/7.3.05

What he does know, from a 2003 Nebraska Risk and Protective Factor Student survey, is that about 19 percent of students who gamble had their first gambling experience under the age of 10. Five years ago, it was more likely to be at age 14 to 16, he said. "It was comparable to when kids had their first experience with alcohol." Now gambling hits a much younger group.
Lincoln Star Journal/Gambling for kids may be risky business/7.2.05

Almost every day, we get e-mails or hot-line calls. . . some from parents of children as young as 12. And the calls for help are coming from younger and younger people. Students even play poker during class and in high school lunch rooms. Last summer we got a call from the father of a 12-year-old who was sent to summer camp to play baseball and go swimming, but instead he was playing poker most of the day. It only became a problem to the camp director when one of the campers stole other kids' money and possessions. We got an e-mail from the mother of a 14-year-old who took his father's credit card to pay a $1,000 gambling debt.
Arnie and Sheila Wexler/Youth dealt a bad hand/Asbury Park Press/6.24.05

Chances are, if you have an 11-year-old, he or she can tell you what "fourth street" is -- chances are, they can tell you how many cards there are in the "flop," and how important it is to get the right card "on the river." Earlier this year, opposition education critic Gerry Reid issued a news release suggesting Newfoundland's education department take a hard look at a card game called Texas Hold'em, because the game is infiltrating high school lunchrooms across the province. This year's Grade 6 gambler, after all, probably has better odds of being a future problem gambler.
School kids on the way to `fourth street'/www.thestar.com/6.18.05

According to The State Hornet 4 to 8 percent of all college students the become addicted to gambling. "A Harvard study found that 4.67 percent of young people have a gambling problem. . .”
College students 4 times more likely to become gambling addicts/OnlineCasino.org/06.10.05

Gambling mania among adolescents is growing so quickly that mental health professionals are struggling to keep pace, a youth gambling expert said Friday at Salve Regina University. the United States is lagging in providing treatment and education about problem gambling among youngsters. "The marketing is brilliant," he said. "It's no longer gambling, which has a negative connotation, it's now called gaming." Addictive gambling may lead to crime, suicide or suicide attempts and a withdrawal from school and social life... adolescents with gambling disorders start at age 9. (Jeffrey Derevensky is a psychology professor who treats adolescents at McGill University in Canada)
Dark side of gambling brought to light in talk at Salve/newportdailynews.com/6.04.05

And the kid whose mother had to ban him from the house because he was stealing things, including her alimony checks, so that he could gamble. "My concern is that the negative consequences of gambling will be with them for the rest of their lives," says Jeff Derevensky, who has been studying kids and gambling since the two started coming together in disturbing numbers.
He has seen what gambling does to kids/projo.com/ 6.01.05

Parents should be concerned about the increasing prevalence, access to, and acceptance of gambling in our society. So should the state. Like parents, instead of taking its parental role over all of us seriously, the state seems to take a key role in encouraging and glorifying gambling habits. Instead, shouldn't the state (and the parents) take a more vital member Paul K. said parents lastrole in making sure that kids don't get addicted? Absolutely. Yet the state is one of the biggest promoters and pushers of a very dangerous addiction: gambling.
Editorial:State should take bigger interest in gambling/zwire.com/5.25.05

At Harvey High School, located about 30 kilometres southwest of Fredericton, student gamblers have lost as much as $200 playing cards at lunch. But principal David MacMullin became concerned when he discovered that some kids were carrying around lists of people who owed money from the games.
Poker stakes too high, N.B. principal says/cbc.ca/5.10.05

Gamblers Anonymous member Paul K. said parents last month brought a 13-year-old boy who was gambling online to a Braintree support meeting.
Boston Herald/Young card sharks bite into poker craze/5.08.05

Poker is fast becoming a popular pastime among college students and even high school-age youth. Experts say that the earlier a person starts to gamble, the greater the risk of them becoming a compulsive gambler. One survey states that 96 percent of recovering adult male gamblers started gambling before the age of 14.
Debbie Joslin, Alaska Eagle Forum President/Card rooms too much of a gamble/www.news-miner.com/5.7.05

Therefore, thanks to the the Internet, people under 21 can legally gamble since they are doing so "overseas," right from the comfort of their own homes.
Student wins $120,000 by playing online poker/www.dailyillini.com/5.06.05

The Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania found an 84 percent increase in weekly card playing by young men aged 14 to 22 between 2003 and 2004. About 11 percent of weekly players said they placed bets at online poker sites, the survey stated. Cyndi Moriarity, the president of the Illinois Council on Problem and Compulsive Gambling, said she used to get one call a year to treat teen and college gamblers. Lately she said she's been getting three a month. Therefore, thanks to the the Internet, people under 21 can legally gamble since they are doing so "overseas," right from the comfort of their own homes.
Daily Illini, IL/Student wins $120,000 by playing online poker/5.06.05

The first generation to grow up with legalized gambling is creating a rising number of teens with gambling addictions. Almost one in three high school students gamble on a regular basis, according to the National Academy of Sciences. But gambling is addictive. Studies show that problem gamblers exhibit similar functional changes in their brain's decision-making center as drug addicts and alcoholics. Researchers have also found that the more exposure a child has to gambling, the more likely he or she will become a compulsive gambler - as a teen and into adulthood. While 4 percent to 5 percent of adult gamblers will develop a serious gambling problem, underage gamblers are three times as likely as adults to become compulsive gamblers. "Our youth need major help, and someone has to be willing to step up to the plate before they start getting really devastated."
Teen Newshour: A rise in teen gamblingaddicts/grandforks.com/ 5.02.05

A college student recently confessed that his gambling debt is equal to the amount of his student loans. A high school senior stole drugs from the pharmacy where he worked to support his betting habit. The wild popularity of televised poker and the easy access to Internet gambling, not to mention the presence in southeastern Connecticut of two of the world's largest casinos, are exposing more young people to gambling and potential problems, said experts who spoke to a handful of people Wednesday at a forum at Connecticut College. Ted Nikolla, executive director of the task force (The Citizens' Task Force on Addictions), said that in his experience, eight out of 10 middle and high school students say they have visited the local casinos. He held up fliers for Texas Hold 'Em poker tournaments from local college campuses as proof that gambling fever is spreading rapidly, and spoke of a teen-age boy who will not graduate high school as scheduled this spring because he was arrested for stealing drugs from his job to support his gambling habit. “This is really a major public health concern and it gets very little attention,” he said.
Youth Betting Is On The Rise/www.theday.com/4.28.05

Tom, who has lost more than $100,000 (and is currently down $55,000) since his senior year in high school, has a ritual. He plays alone in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment. The lights are off. The door is locked. He does not eat, does not answer the phone, does not even go to the bathroom. And he loses. "Ridiculous amounts," he says. "I'll gamble $400 a day, play 12 hours a day." "I'm always scared, always depressed and sad. I ruined my life. I messed up my life, my academics, my friendships. Just don't gamble. Don't do it.
All In/sportsillustrated.cnn.com/4.28.05

For Oscar, and a growing number of students, playing the popular poker game online is swiftly becoming a new American pastime - with potentially dangerous consequences. "This is a new phenomenon. There is no research out there yet on youth and online poker addiction," said Rina Gupta, co-director of a youth gambling research center at McGill University in Montreal. They call and say, 'I am a counselor in a school, there are a lot of kids playing poker. Help!' " The News found kids as young as 11 playing poker online for play money. Therapist Heiko Ganzer, who specializes in gambling addiction, said when he was summoned to a Long Island school by a worried staffer last month, he asked 150 boys how many had ever gambled. To the surprise of the teachers - but not Ganzer - 90% of them raised their hands. Still, Ganzer, a member of the New York Council on Problem Gambling, was taken aback when he wandered into the auditorium and noticed four kids playing online poker on their laptops in the middle of the school day.
Experts say it can be difficult to detect if your child is gambling. Here are some questions to ask adolescents:
1. Is gambling more important than school?
2. Do your friends gamble a lot?
3. Do you try to prevent family or friends from knowing how much and how often you gamble?
4. Do you ever say you won when you lost?
5. When you lose, do you feel you must bet as soon as possible to win back your losses?
New York Daily News/Online and hooked/4-25-05

Even teenagers who don't play cards can get hooked on gambling by trying to win games of chance at arcades, playing hand-held game machines or betting on sporting events. An estimated 10 percent of callers to the state's hot line for problem gamblers ask for help in dealing with kids who are becoming compulsive gamblers, said Jim Pappas, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of Pennsylvania. About 5 percent of kids who gamble risk developing an addiction, said Keith Whyte, executive director of the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington, D.C. The earlier someone starts gambling, the more likely he or she is to develop a problem, Whyte said.
A losing hand: Gambling's addictive nature can be a risky wager for teens
www.pittsburghlive.com/4.15.05


They probably don't know that the rate of problem gambling among teens is double that of adults -- 4 percent to 6 percent of youth have a severe gambling problem. Compare that with national statistics showing 4.2 percent of youth abuse alcohol and 2.3 percent have an illicit-drug problem. Isn't it ironic that some schools would promote gambling to decrease alcohol and drug use when the number-one addictive behavior on campus is gambling?
Jeff Marotta, Ph.D. /School Casino Night? Use It To Teach Gambling's Risks/4.15.05

It's become an issue in the high school: dollar hands at lunch and in study hall, even five-dollar quick draws on the tops of textbooks in the corridors in the four-minute breaks between periods. But gambling experts say all this poker is cause for concern. "We see it as a public health issue on par with serious drug abuse," says Keith Whyte, the executive director of the Washington-based National Council on Problem Gambling. Teens who gamble, he says, are more likely to develop gambling addictions as adults -- and more likely to binge-drink, smoke marijuana and have unprotected sex now. The National Council on Problem Gambling's Keith Whyte agrees: The majority of kids who gamble -- poker or otherwise -- aren't going to become addicts.
The Times Herald-Record/The game that's got a hold on your kids/4.10.05

Two 15-year-olds from Bergen County who sought help for gambling addictions just a few weeks ago. Three 19-year-old college students from Hudson, Passaic and Bergen counties whose lives are on hold because of gambling. Two were kicked out of school for gambling, the third was pulled from an Ivy League school by his parents because of it. And the Princeton high school student who maxed out a friend's credit card, racking up $9,000 in debt on Internet gambling. Ed Looney, executive director of the Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey, who provided the examples of young people who became trapped by gambling, said that one-fourth of card players who answered an online survey in 2003 were under 18. Last year, nearly half the card players were underage. "There's no question it's because of the effect of 'Texas Hold 'Em' TV shows that have been put on television," Looney said.
TV poker hooking, hurting teenagers/Northjersey.com/4.7.05

IL - There's a new face in the hallways at a Metro East school after a series of discipline problems, including students gambling in the classrooms.
Lincoln Charter School Hires Resource Officer After Discipline Problems Arise/www.ksdk.com/3.29.05

He was a ninth grader when the gambling addiction was born. Before long, he had fallen into a spiral of borrowing money from friends, wheedling cash from his father and selling marijuana to keep his habit going. Now, just months after quitting, he is speaking at local high schools about a problem that is getting increased attention in Westchester: gambling addictions among adolescents. As school authorities are catching students in the act of gambling on the Internet, or devoting more time to their poker games, two other county high schools have called him in preventively to teach counselors what to do in such incidents. Experts who have completed studies, among them Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky of McGill University in Montreal, a leading researcher in adolescent gambling addictions, estimate that 4 percent to 8 percent of adolescents suffer from a gambling problem, ... Jim Maney, executive director of the New York council, says he believes gambling is on the rise among young people and has probably jumped since the survey was taken. He also says parents don't understand the extent of the problem. But in some of the county's wealthier communities, he said, parents are too willing to cover their children's debts. As he put it, "You bail out, you bail out, you bail out and there's no return." And his (18 year old) family got the worst of it. In just a few years' time, he accumulated a debt of $30,000 with his father and other relatives. "I'm 18 and I owe $30,000," he said. "Some people make that in a year."
New York Times/Teenage Gambling Craze: More Sinister Than Benign?/3.27.05

Professional poker players, fueled by the explosion of tournaments on television, have become celebrities and inspirations to adolescents. In Southeastern Connecticut, at least four schools have called the local gambling-prevention center in the last year because children were gambling on school grounds. Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said his office had received an increasing number of complaints from parents looking to recover money their children had lost at online gambling sites. They are playing at school, using the cafeteria to get in a few hands, and some are running up serious debts. And in Wallingford, a 15-year-old became so addicted to poker that after he ran out of his own money, he took his parents' credit cards so he could play online, lost $5,000, then broke into a friend's house and stole $3,500. Students were playing cards in the cafeteria, which doubles as a student center, Mr. Freeston said, but after learning of the debt problems, the schools banned card playing. Scott Guay, a gambling counselor who has contracts with multiple schools, has treated 18 to 20 students in the last two years. In two days, she said, her son and his friends had run up $5,000 in debt on her credit cards, which her son had stolen. Because adolescents can gamble surreptitiously on the Internet, their problems sometimes go untreated until the damage comes out in other ways. "They don't usually come in on their own," Mr. Armentano said. "Maybe they get arrested. Maybe they get in trouble in school and their parents send them." She ( Devendorf, the coordinator of the Better Choice Gambling Treatment Program) said she sees at least as many young people who have problems with sports betting and other forms of gambling. Often they have more than one game they like to play.
New YorkTimes/As Adolescents Bet, More Are Having Gambling Problems/3.27.05

Betting on sports (gambling) plagues every college campus across America, and has its grasp on nearly seven million college students. From illegal dormitory bookies to offshore booking agencies (which are legal if you are over 21), the amount of college students gambling is at an all-time high. Gambling takes priority over school, organizations, family and work. If someone gets to this point they are usually already in debt up to their ears. The gambler cannot see a future without gambling, which may ultimately lead to suicide if they see no other way out.
G's Spot: Losing it on the Ponies/www.ramcigar.com/3.25.05

But Jeff Derevensky, co-director of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University in Montreal, said those who think gambling in any form is less problematic for teens than alcohol or drugs are mistaken. Research has shown adolescents who are introduced to gambling are twice as likely to become addicted as adults, Derevensky said. Researchers trace those tendencies back to the brain. The part of the brain that controls judgment and risk doesn't develop until adulthood. "Gambling is often referred to as the hidden addiction," Derevensky said. "You can't smell it on their breath or see it in their eyes."
Youth gambling: Healthy or risky?/www.indystar.com/2.26.05

NOVA SCOTIA -N.S. has 1,500 teens addicted to gambling
The Halifax Herald Limited/About 1,500 adolescents are problem gamblers/1.07.05

From what is known about alcoholism and drug addiction among teens, it should come as no surprise to learn that kids are at an elevated risk for developing a gambling addiction. A Harvard Medical School study found that youth are at 3-4 times the risk of adults for developing problems with gambling and that many gambling addicts report gambling as young as 11 years old. Teens who are recovering from another addiction, such as drug dependency or alcoholism, are at an even greater risk for developing a gambling addiction.
When Gambling is no Longer a Game /www.aapress.com/2005

Youth gambling, both legal and illegal, is on the rise all across the western world, according to the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours at McGill University. When young people do gamble, they are more likely than adults to get into serious trouble. The centre says youth are two to four times as likely as their adult counterparts to develop serious problems. Still, a recent report found that 3.8 per cent of the province's youth have gambling problems and 5.7 per cent "display hazardous gambling patterns."
City high school students join poker playing craze/The Edmonton Journal/12.2.04

According to the Annenberg National Risk Survey of Youth, 4 percent to 6 percent of teens in the 12-to-17 age group are problem gamblers. Studies show that the average age that kids start playing poker is 11, and people who start playing younger report more addiction problems later on.
Teens can get hooked on gambling/www.charlotte.com/Nov. 08, 2004

When casinos opened in SD child abuse rose by 42%...
National Research Council/The Guardian/11/4/04

The Associated Press reports poker paraphernalia is among this year's Christmas must-haves, and stores from Wal-Mart to Walgreens are making space on shelves for chips and decks. "It seems like the teenagers are in love with it." The UF study found 8 percent of Florida teens 13-17 are at risk of developing a gambling problem. Fowler acknowledges fun poker for pennies has almost always been a part of childhood, "but there was nowhere else to go with it." "And there are parents who don't think there's even a problem," Fowler says. "They're relieved their kids are at home and not out drinking or doing drugs. But it's just as addicting and devastating." Adds Talley: "And when they get in trouble, their families bail them out every time; they're scared of the bookies. So the kids don't even learn about the consequences, get a good lesson from their actions."
Raising the stakes/Ocala Star-Banner, FL/10.13.04

In fact, underage gamblers make up a substantial proportion of those with gambling disorders, at least one sociologist says. Henry Lesieur, a sociologist at St. John University, found that there are eight times as many college-aged gambling addicts as adult -aged gambling addicts. Additionally, Time Magazine estimates that one million of the estimated eight million gambling addicts in the United States are teenagers.
Youth Gambling on the Rise/TheNewsCourier.com/Closeup:/3.26.04

New research has revealed one in six of the state's 53,320 students in Years 10, 11 and 12 are playing games such as Keno and buying "scratchie" tickets. "There are more problem gamblers among adolescents than adults," Adelaide University psychologist Dr Paul Delfabbro has told the Sunday Mail. "There is strong evidence to suggest that those who gamble intensively as adolescents are more likely to go on and become problem gamblers." Dr Delfabbro said his studies found those adolescents who admitted to regular gambling also indulged in other high-risk behaviour. Of the students who gambled, 23 per cent also smoked, 32 per cent drank alcohol, 28 per cent smoked marijuana, and 13 per cent took hard drugs.
9000 teen gamblers/Sunday Mail/Revealed:/3.21.04

Criminal Code Bill to Amend-Second Reading-Debate Adjourned. Hon. Jean Lapointe moved the second reading of Bill S-18, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (lotteries). He said: Honourable senators, it is with great humility that I rise to speak today about Bill S-18. Because while clients who see gambling counsellor Sol Boxenbaum are generally adults, 'when we trace their behaviours,' he says, 'the onset age is about 9.'
How Gambling Lures Kids/www.casinocitytimes.com/1.13.04

A 16-year-old was deep in depression and got caught forging checks. He was so scared of going to jail that he jumped out the courthouse window from the 16th floor and died.
Teens especially vulnerable to gambling addiction/San Bernadino Couty Sun December 31, 2003

Six percent of middle- and high-school students surveyed in Monroe said they gambled daily, twice the rate found two years ago. In the extreme, gambling debts may drive teens to serious crimes, including burglary and selling drugs. Domestic violence can be another result.
Warning Signal On Underage Gambling/pokermag.com/12.14.03

Likewise, teens who bet on sports or who scratch off lottery tickets are far more likely to risk their lives by driving above the speed limit than adolescents who do not gamble, they say. “When gamblers talk about driving, they speak in terms of passing other cars, beating the clock or beating a ticket. Driving embodies a sense of winning,” said Dr. Nathan Shapira, an assistant professor of psychiatry who led the study. Overall, 27 teens were classified at the pathological gambling level, and 19 of them - 70 percent - reported high-risk speeding, compared with 14 percent of nongamblers.
UF Researchers Say Speeding Associated With Gambling, Drug Use In Teens
University of Florida News/news.ufl.edu/ 11.10.03


The announcer seems to be paraphrasing a Maine Sunday Telegram editorial when he says a kiddie casino would turn vulnerable Maine kids, as young as 12 years old, into "accomplished casino patrons."
Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc./TV ad shows children gambling in a 'kiddie casino.'/10.28.03

Alex Blaszczynski, head of medical psychology at Westmead Hospital, said most adolescent gambling problems began between 12 and 15 and were closely linked to parental attitudes.
Problem gambling higher in kids/www.heraldsun.news.com.au/10.21.03

Teenagers and young adults are the fastest-growing segment of addicts.
The Press-Enterprise/Problem gamblers in spotlight/10.18.03

Considered a process addiction, experts have found that compulsive gambling can cause the same social, physical and psychological problems that are often associated with alcoholics and drug addicts. According to statistics from the National Council on Problematic Gambling, Inc., the involvement in gambling among adolescents in the United States now exceeds the expected onset for their use of cigarettes, hard liquor and marijuana. "Oftentimes a person's problem can lead them to bankruptcy," she said. "And that can make matters even worse because the person might resort to embezzlement, stealing, selling drugs or prostituting themselves in order to get their hands on some money."
Betting it all/idsnews.com/ 9.30.03

The study concluded that those students who gambled were also much more likely to smoke, drink alcohol, and use illegal drugs according to the 2002 data. There remains an urgent need to protect youth from exposure to gambling products and venues given their especially high vulnerablility of developing a problem and the serious risk of devasting consequences.
GAMBLING WITH DELAWARE’S KIDS (STUDY)/education.mcgill.ca/ 8.4.03

In a survey of 781 Mobile high school students, 66 percent have tried gambling. Although only 38 students, or 6.4 percent, qualified as excessive gamblers, the percentage surpassed Mississippi's 5.5 percent. The part of the study done in Alabama was conducted by University of South Alabama professor Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling. In Alabama, 58 percent of high-schoolers have gambled while playing cards; 48 percent with scratch tabs, and 47 percent have betted on sports teams, the study found.
The Birmingham News/State lacks a lottery, but not teen gambling/www.al.com/7.17.03

"With the Internet, there are casinos in everybody's house, and there are illegal bookmakers on the street corners and at the race course," Robert said. In a survey of 781 Mobile high school students, 66 percent have tried gambling. Although only 38 students, or 6.4 percent, qualified as excessive gamblers, the percentage surpassed Mississippi's 5.5 percent. The part of the study done in Alabama was conducted by University of South Alabama professor Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling. Adolescents who are identified as problem gamblers have often felt peer pressure to gamble, had problems at school or work, or have been arrested...
State lacks a lottery, but not teen gambling/The Birmingham News/7/17/03

The concern has already been justified by results from many research studies, such as the one in Windsor and those in Quebec by noted researchers Jeffery Derevensky and Rina Gupta of McGill University, and Harold Wynne of Wynne Resources in British Columbia. According to the work done by Gupta, Derevensky and Wynne, gambling rates among youth appear to be rising, with between 4 per cent and 18 per cent of adolescents developing a serious gambling problem. In its resolutions of 1999 with regard to video lottery terminals, the Canadian Public Health Association stated that research has shown that the spouses of problem gamblers report a higher than normal number of suicide attempts, nervous breakdowns and substance abuse, and that the children of problem gamblers have behavioural or adjustment problems related to school, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, running away and arrest.
TESTIMONY/Débats du Sénat (hansard) 2e Session, 37e Législature,Volume 140, Numéro 50Le mercredi /L'honorable Dan Hays, Président/4.30.03

In a time when gambling has become socially acceptable, problem gambling affects 9 percent of youth and only 4 percent of adults. Of the young problem gamblers, 14 percent are gambling on school grounds and nearly 7 percent have been absent from school in order to gamble.
Monroe Courier/Personal tale puts a face on gambling addiction/1.30.03

A new report says nearly a third of the Delaware's eighth-graders and more than a quarter of its 11th-graders gambled within the last year.
Survey says public school students are gambling/AP/2003

According to the study, the most popular form of gambling for eighth graders is the lottery, followed by cards, sports betting, bingo and pool. In 11th grade, the most popular form of gambling involved sports betting, followed by pool, cards and the lottery.
Survey says public school students are gambling/AP/2003

Even though it's illegal for teens under 18 to buy lottery tickets in Ontario, Derevensky's survey of 1,072 teenagers last year, done for the provincial Health Department, indicated four out of 10 were playing lottery games... In Manitoba, a survey of 4,500 students by the province's addictions foundation last February showed half of the students had gambled or placed a bet in the last year. Almost 700 of the teens had also played slot machines or video lottery terminals. A 1998 survey by Dalhousie University of 14,000 students in Atlantic Canada schools suggested that as many as six per cent are problem gamblers.
Gambling on their future/www.canoe.ca/8.09.02

Lose five cents, lose 25 cents -- it's all the same to the brain, which decides in just a quarter second whether a gamble has won or lost, researchers said on Thursday. And if the gambler loses, the brain seems hard-wired to make a riskier bet in the next few seconds, the researchers at the University of Michigan found.
Brain Rushes to Judgement in Gambling, Study Shows/ Reuters/By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent/3.21.02

• More than 40% of adolescents report gambling in the past year, 11.5% of adolescents are weekly gamblers.
• Adolescents age 13 reported first gambling on average before 10 years of age, whereas those ages 16 or 17 years started at almost 13 and 13.5 years of age respectively.
• 3.8% or 37,355 Florida adolescents are problem or pathological gamblers
• 5.9% or 28,303 of Florida adolescent males are problem or pathological gamblers vs. 1.6% or 8,053 of females
• 8.2% or 80,608 Florida adolescents are at-risk gamblers
• Higher percentages of problem adolescent gamblers report they have a parent who
has/had a gambling problem than at-risk gamblers.
• Illicit behavior among adolescents such as alcohol, marijuana, tranquilizer, crack or cocaine and other stimulant use, as well as tobacco usage, have strong association among adolescents scoring as past year problem gamblers.
• At-risk/problem adolescent gamblers are more likely to have sold personal or family property, stolen other things, bought or sold stolen property or borrowed money from friends/acquaintances without their knowing in order to obtain money to gamble or to pay off gambling debts.
Gambling and Problem Gambling Prevalence Among Adolescents in Florida
A Report to the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling, Inc., University of Florida/
gamblinghelp.org/2002


Preliminary results of a new study, releasedtoday by the Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario), reveal that nearly halfof Canadian tweens (aged 9-14) have seen students betting at school The study found that the majority of betting takes place at schoolespecially among 13-14 year olds.
RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING COUNCIL (ONTARIO)/Canada NewsWire/2001

Preliminary results of a new study, released today by the Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario), reveal that nearly half of Canadian tweens (aged 9-14) have seen students betting at school and that almost 40% of tweens have made bets within the last year. ...the majority of betting takes place at school especially among 13-14 year olds.
Canada NewsWire/RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING COUNCIL/12.10.01

A survey of seven college campuses, Between 3 and 5 percent of respondents displayed evidence of what Winter called “risky” behavior, meaning their habits seemed likely to develop into pathological gambling problems. 5 percent saying they know a student bookie.
Sun Herald /College students bet on slots more than sports, study finds/8.5.01

Nevada has the highest percentage of teen-agers who are high-school dropouts, the highest teen-age pregnancy rate.
New York Times/5.20.01

Another recent study by Ipsos-Reid predicted that by next year eight in 10. Internet users 12 to 24 years old in China, South Korea and Taiwan will have tried online games at least once.
The Key - Study Newsbytes, HONG KONG, CHINA,/Net Gaming Getting Big In Asia
www.pr-inside.com/3.12.01


Another recent study by Ipsos-Reid predicted that by next year eight in 10
Internet users 12 to 24 years old in China, South Korea and Taiwan will have
tried online games at least once.
Net Gaming Getting Big In Asia/The Key - Study Newsbytes HONG KONG, CHINA/3.12.01

Statistics show nearly 30 percent of adolescents who gamble began gambling with one or both parents. Teen-agers will often resort to stealing to support their habit. relationships can suffer, criminal behavior increases, delinquency surges, and work and school performance is impaired. Children who gamble are at an increased risk for drug and alcohol abuse. ...children begin gambling as early as 10 years of age. They include a sudden lowering of grades, changes in friends, changes in sleep patterns, moodiness, and an increase in time spent alone.
Gamble? Your kids also may take up the habit/Alexandria Daily Town Talk/4/24/00

Nevada has the highest high school dropout rate in the nation. That lends credence to the notion that gambling undermines the ethic of study and hard work.
Las Vegas Review-Journal/11.15.98

NV - The excitement and risk taking of betting can change the brain's chemistry and create compulsive gamblers, a Harvard professor told casino executives Thursday. "Addictive behaviors rewire the brain," Dr. Howard Shaffer, director of Harvard Medical School's Division on Addictions, told a group of about 100 hotel-casino officials at an American Gaming Association seminar. The younger a person is introduced to gambling, the more likely they will develop a gambling problem later in life, he said. "Gambling is an event without skill. The more they thought skill was involved, the more they bet."
"Professor discusses compulsive gambling with casino execs"/By Angie Wagner/ASSOCIATED PRESS/Las Vegas SUN/2.26.98

A Long Island teen who had a "death wish" because of a $6,000 World Series gambling debt used a $1.75 toy gun to force cops to shoot and kill him, police said yesterday.
New York Post/11/16/97

...a 19-year-old college dropout, Jason Berg, shot himself to death in June 1994, despairing over a budding gambling habit.
Los Angeles Times/6/22/97

Adults and the public have a shared responsibility to protect youth from engaging in a risky activity. It is important to teach children and teenagers about the risks involved with gambling.
McGill University/Why do we try to restrict the access and participation of gambling activities to youth?www.youthgambling.com

Gambling among youth is a growing public health concern. The burden of problem gambling among youth is socially invisible and masked by popular misconceptions. Public perception and knowledge is misguided largely as a result of the promotion of gambling as a harmless form of entertainment and an enjoyable activity.
Problem gambling as a social and public health issue/www.youthgambling.com

Gambling is the most popular high-risk activity among teenagers compared to alcohol, drugs and cigarette use. In fact, there is ample research demonstrating that 80% of teenagers gamble. Furthermore, between 4% and 6% of teenagers may be considered probable pathological gamblers with an additional 10% to 15% that may be considered at-risk of developing a gambling problem. A large scale study of adolescents in Alberta found that the average problem gambler started gambling at age 10. Similar results were found in several of our studies, as well as in other studies conducted throughout the world. Problematic gambling among adolescents has been linked with increased delinquency and criminal behaviour, as well as the disruption of family and peer relationships. The three predominant reasons adolescents report gambling (a) the excitement it brings, (b) enjoyment, and (c) to win money.
McGill University/www.youthgambling.com


The Costs of the Disease Are... Family disruption, neglected or abused children, divorce, impoverishment, mental breakdown.
The Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey/www.800gambler.org