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[IMAGE] How Sports Betting Pools Risk More Than Money

How Sports Betting Pools Risk More Than Money

Can you believe that the football season is already almost half over? Is it going the way you expected? What has been the biggest surprise so far? It’s not easy to predict the winner of all 256 regular-season NFL games – let alone the spirited matchups in the arguably more volatile college football season. It’s even harder to forecast score spreads, the total score for the game, or who will win the championship at the end of the season. And yet [...]

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[IMAGE] Speak Out Against Domestic Violence!

Speak Out Against Domestic Violence!

Defining Domestic Violence: Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.1 Domestic violence does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, nationality, religion, or social status. In the state of Florida, one in three (1:3) women and one in four (1:4) men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.2   Although physical abuse is often [...]

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[IMAGE] These are Not the Only Players in the Game

These are Not the Only Players in the Game

Football is here in full force! The preseason rankings are starting to show their true colors, and the top teams in both pro and college leagues are being defined. You can still count on plenty of upsets throughout the remainder of the season, but even the pundits can’t predict when or how they will happen. The outcome of any particular game depends on hundreds of factors. The starting quarterback might get injured in practice. The coaches might call the wrong plays. The [...]

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[IMAGE] World Suicide Prevention Day: #BeThe1To Make a Difference

World Suicide Prevention Day: #BeThe1To Make a Difference

Suicide: A Growing Health Concern Suicide is a public health issue that does not discriminate against age or ethnicity and can impact anyone regardless of their social or economic status. In Florida, it is believed that one person dies by suicide every three hours. Unfortunately, that number is rising.1 While there is no single cause of suicide, it most often occurs when stress and other health issues combine, leaving an individual with feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and despair. Research suggests that [...]

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[IMAGE] Super Mario™ Slot Machine Toy is Inappropriate in McDonald’s® Happy Meals®

Super Mario™ Slot Machine Toy is Inappropriate in McDonald’s® Happy Meals®

The Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG) joins the National Council on Problem Gambling by calling upon Nintendo® of America and McDonald’s® to stop marketing their Slot Machine Super Mario™ toy to children in McDonald’s® Happy Meals®. Today, Jennifer Kruse, Executive Director of the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling (FCCG), joined the National Council on Problem Gambling by calling upon the toy manufacturer giant, Nintendo® of America, and the fast food industry leader, McDonald’s®, to stop marketing their Slot Machine [...]

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[IMAGE] The Kids are Back in School. Here’s How They May Be Exposed to Gambling.

The Kids are Back in School. Here’s How They May Be Exposed to Gambling.

There is no question about it – kids love summer break! While your little ones aren’t always excited about the beginning of the new school year, it may bring peace to your daily schedule. For you and your children, “Back to School” is an annual tradition of transition. Whether it’s moving up a grade or moving to a new school, your son or daughter will need to adjust to new teachers, new academic challenges, and maybe even a new social [...]

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[IMAGE] If You Gamble, Play It Safe.

If You Gamble, Play It Safe.

Have you gambled in the last twelve months? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. In fact, the majority of Floridians gambled within the last year—and that’s okay, as long as you do so responsibly! Gambling is a legal activity in state of Florida for adults 18 years and older. In addition to operating the state’s only 24-hour problem gambling HelpLine (888-ADMIT-IT), the Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling is committed to supporting responsible gambling. Gambling Problem? The first step to responsible gambling [...]

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[IMAGE] Suffering in Silence: Suicide and Problem Gambling

Suffering in Silence: Suicide and Problem Gambling

With high profile deaths such as Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, the issue of suicide and the stigma surrounding mental health have remained the center of many conversations throughout the United States and abroad. A recent report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that from 1999-2016, suicide rates have steadily increased throughout the United States. In the state of Florida, suicide rates have risen approximately six to eighteen percent (6-18%). How does this affect the [...]

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[IMAGE] World Cup Betting Pools are Not Safe for Everyone

World Cup Betting Pools are Not Safe for Everyone

You have probably heard a lot about this year’s World Cup – officially the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ – since it started about a month ago. Men’s soccer teams representing 32 different countries qualified for the tournament over a three-year period from a total spread of 211 teams. Will you watch the final this Sunday? The World Cup takes place every four years, and the international involvement in the World Cup means MEGA reach – it’s the most widely [...]

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[IMAGE] HAGS With These Summer Safety Tips

HAGS With These Summer Safety Tips

The yearbooks have been signed, school’s out, and kids all across the state are as excited as ever to dive head first into summer vacation. As internet access and video games are just a quick reach away, it is important to establish responsible gaming practices at a young age. According to data collected from our 888-ADMIT-IT HelpLine, the majority of problem gamblers began gambling before the age of twenty-five (25). Although it is prohibited for children under the age of eighteen [...]

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