In a recent news report on wthm.com, Channel 8 reported that the Govenor Malloy of Connecticut feels more money will be spent on repairing the damage online gambling could cause with players that suffer from addictions than the positive outcomes of generated revenue to the state.
Marvin Steinberg is a 30 year advocate against gambling and with recent changes to the Federal Wire Act he is now taking a stance on the possibility of Connecticut approving online gambling.
Steinberg, the man most credited with bringing the dangers of problem gambling to the attention of state policymakers, is resigning as executive director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling later this month. Mary Drexler, CT Council on Problem Gambling, will take over Steinberg’s position soon, believes the biggest threat is to underage players who have grown up playing games online. She stated that the ease and convenience of using mobile phones and your home computer will make it more accessible and tempting to underage players.
Their fears are that the risk of problem gambling will become greater with online gambling, even more greater than state lotteries and casinos.
Steinberg hopes that a small percentage of revenue generated from online gambling will go to the treatment of problem and underage gambling. The consensus is that the $1.9million annual funds for problem gambling is just not enough. Steinberg continued with this statement, “The tribes have basically kept our agency afloat because four fifths of our money is from the tribes and one-fifth is from the state.
Governor Daniel Malloy believes if gambling expands the spending on problem gambling will as well, sharing the opinion that if they were to go ahead with any gaming that a 1% increase would be enough for the state.
Marvin Steinberg is the co-founder and current Executive Director of the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling. He has also served as Vice President and Secretary for the National Council on Problem Gambling and continues to serve on the Board of the National Council. He is a clinical psychologist and received a Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Texas.
Reported by Maggie B.