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Former gambling addict talks about desperate days around Superbowl

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Super Bowl weekend is not just the climax of the football season -- it is the biggest weekend of the year for legal and illegal gambling.

Only social betting is legal in Hawaii, but the state still has its share of desperate gamblers according to the leader of Hawaii's only chapter of Gamblers Anonymous.

"Football season is ending the Superbowl is the wrap-up of this, so people are running out of games to bet on."

Speaking under the pseudonym "Al" the chapter leader said the festive weekend is a frightening time for many players.

"They can't recover all their loses and they can't bet enough to recover their season. So we are getting a lot of phone calls from people asking about how to stop."

Al says recovery is similar to recovery from a drug addiction and can take years. He himself took nine years and multiple lapses before he gave up betting completely 21 years ago. National experts say Hawaii does not have the enough resources to prevent chronic gambling or help wean gamblers of the addiction, primarily because of the assumption that gambling addictions would not be as common in a state with no legal gaming.

Click HERE for more information on how to get help in Hawaii.  

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