As Super Bowl 58 approaches, excitement is building across the nation. With the surge in popularity of sports betting, an estimated 26% of Americans are expected to place bets on the big game. This increase has led to a rise in gambling addiction and has raised concerns among health professionals.
At Shooters Bar and Grill in Billings, Wyatt Burns and Kevin Curley were preparing for the Super Bowl. As 49ers fans, they enjoy having a bet on the line as it makes the game more enjoyable for them. However, not everyone approaches gambling with a healthy mindset. According to Matt Perdue, medical director for Frontier Psychiatry in Billings, about 1% of the population is suspected to have a gambling disorder. This equates to approximately 3.4 million Americans, and the accessibility of gambling platforms has become a cause for concern.
Despite these concerns, individuals like Wyatt Burns see gambling as a way to have fun with self-control. He understands that there are risks involved and has experienced losses that serve as a reminder for him to exercise caution. Meanwhile, Montana has followed the nationwide trend of setting records each year for revenue collected from gambling since legalizing sports betting in 2019. However, limited data means that monitoring potential concerns is essential moving forward.