Gambling – The “Secret” Addiction: The Impact of Internet and Sports Betting in the Post-COVID World

17 Jun , 2024

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In 2018, the United States Supreme Court, in Murphy vs. NCAA, held that sports gambling was legal in all of the United States. By 2019, many states had added sports gambling accessible by cell phone, computer and tablets, thus becoming one of the country’s largest gambling revenue producing sources. With it came the compulsive gambler.

Then the whole world seemed to stop with the onset of the Covid-19 Pandemic. But the world of the compulsive gambler simply moved on to other forms of seeking “action” - via the internet. By the time sports resumed, a new breed of addicted gamblers was anxiously waiting. now ready, willing and extremely more able to utilize electronic devices as their preferred gambling format. 

This program will explore not only Gambling Disorder, but also the connection between gambling and the more well -known forms of impairment and why lawyers are at higher risk to develop problems. This problem has only been exacerbated by the stress, anxiety and isolation caused by COVID-19. The results are startling.

Mr. Quinn will discuss:

1. The early warning signs of impairment and how they relate to gambling disorders. Special attention will be given to the connection between COVID-19 and it’s impact on social isolation, stress, anxiety, depression and gambling disorders.

2. The impact of the internet, sports betting and “in game” betting on the problem gambler.

3. The free services that Lawyers Assistance Programs provide to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.

4. A close look at existing barriers that prevent lawyers from seeking the help they need will be provided and the role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession.

5. Ethical considerations unique to the lawyer who suffers from a Gambling Disorder.

 

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