If you bet – PLAY IT SAFE!

Sunday, February 13, 2022 is football’s Big Game, one of the most celebrated sports events of the year.  It’s also one of the biggest sports events for placing a bet.  According to the American Gaming Association (AGA) over 23 million people in the U.S. will wager over 4 billion on the game.

In the US, football is undoubtedly the most popular sport for wagers. And globally, the game is the second-most betted-upon. Wagers on the NFL make up nearly half of all sports bets placed in the US. As for specific events, the Big Game is the single most popular sports betting tournament of the calendar.

The Big Game is traditionally a great time to have fun with family and friends. As pandemic restrictions remain in place, Big Game party gatherings will certainly look a bit different, with many going virtual or sized down. But even with cautious guidelines in place, for some the partying, drinking and gambling can get out of control, causing stress to the individual, to family and friends.

Remember, gambling on the game or any sports should NOT be viewed as a financial solution – it’s just a game!

Maryland Helpline

Call or Text 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537)

If you or someone you know is struggling with problem gambling and other addictive behaviors, call or text the free, confidential Maryland Problem Gambling Helpline 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) to be connected to helpful resources, including Peer Recovery Support. Or visit helpmygamblingproblem.org.