Gambling addiction helplines ramp up services as New York state crosses $1B in online sports betting

When online sports betting became legal in New York state this month, sportsbooks recorded unprecedented volumes of bets placed, revenue and access. As betting firms entice users with aggressive advertising campaigns, sign-up bonuses and one-time “risk-free” bets, entities addressing gambling problems have underscored the need to invest in support systems.

The state, which legalized online sports betting Jan. 8, has seen record-breaking activity. As of Jan. 23, New Yorkers placed more than $1.1 billion in bets, generating nearly $89 million in revenue for the sportsbooks and $45 million in tax revenue.

Local helplines for problem gamblers have been busy.

“We’ve seen an uptick in calls, and we

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