New York citizens should exercise caution while placing wagers, according to an addiction expert.
Brandy Richards, Team Leader of New York’s Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center, used the occasion to educate the public about problem gambling as operators celebrate the introduction of mobile sports betting in the Empire State.
New York is the most populous state to have legalised sports betting, and many have hailed it as a watershed event for the gaming industry.
Richards, on the other hand, is concerned that the greater accessibility that comes with mobile sports betting may lead to a rise in problem gambling rates.
“I believe that as with anything, when you enhance accessibility, the potential of difficulties increases as well,” Richards told CBS 6 Albany. “We are concerned about folks who may already be dealing with or recovering from gambling addictions.”
The Northeast Problem Gambling Resource Center is one of a number of organisations in the state that helps those who are addicted to gambling.
Richards recommended people to set limitations, saying, “One of the most important things is to set your limits on time and the amount of money you gamble.” Because when people aren’t able to do that, it might become an issue for people.”
From January 8, the New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) approved Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Rush Street Interactive — all of which operate under the BetRivers brand — to accept and process mobile wagers.
Five more operators have conditional licences and are working to meet the statutory and regulatory requirements necessary to launch.