The High Stakes of Super Bowl: Navigating the Perils of Gambling Harm


As the Super Bowl approaches, the excitement and anticipation build among sports enthusiasts, advertisers, and fans alike. It’s a time when people come together to celebrate athleticism, competition, and, of course, indulge in the festivities that surround this iconic sporting event. However, amidst the thrill of the Super Bowl, there’s a darker side that often goes unnoticed – the risk of gambling harm.

Gambling Harm and Its Impact

Gambling harm is a serious issue that affects individuals across various demographics. The Super Bowl can amplify its negative consequences. The allure of placing bets on the game, participating in office pools, or engaging in online gambling during the Super Bowl festivities, can lead to financial strain, emotional distress, and strained relationships.

The Super Bowl’s unique combination of widespread attention, numerous betting options, and a captivating atmosphere can be a triggering environment for those prone to gambling addiction. The accessibility of online gambling platforms, and the prevalence of betting advertisements during the event, further contribute to the risk of gambling harm.

Recognizing the Signs

It’s crucial for individuals to recognize the signs of gambling harm, especially during high-profile events like the Super Bowl. Common indicators include:

  • A preoccupation with gambling,
  • An inability to control the urge to gamble, and
  • The persistence of gambling despite negative consequences.

Financial difficulties, strained relationships, and a decline in overall well-being can also be red flags.

Tips to Stay Safe on Super Bowl Sunday

Awareness of Triggers: Identify and avoid situations that trigger the desire to gamble. This could include staying away from sports gambling or limiting exposure to betting-related content.

Social Support: Share your concerns with friends or family members. Having a support system can help you stay accountable and provide encouragement to make responsible choices.

Alternate Activities: Distract yourself with non-gambling-related activities during the Super Bowl. Engage in conversations with friends, focus on the game itself, or participate in other forms of entertainment.

Self-Exclusion: If you suspect you have a gambling problem, consider voluntary self-exclusion (VSE) from online gambling platforms. NYCPG can help individuals interested in the VSE program by providing information and consultation services to support individuals through the VSE enrollment process. For more information on the voluntary self-exclusion (VSE) process, please email [email protected] or call 518-903-0217.

Seek Support: You can be proactive by reaching out for help in advance to stay safe.

If you find yourself struggling with gambling harm, or if you suspect someone you know is facing such challenges, don’t hesitate to seek help. For 24/7 support, call the NYS OASAS HOPEline at 1-877-846-7369 or text 467369. Or choose your county using our interactive map on our HOME PAGE to see the contact information for the Problem Gambling Resource Center (PGRC) in your region.


While the Super Bowl is undoubtedly a time of excitement and celebration, it’s essential to approach the event with a heightened awareness of the potential risks associated with gambling harm. By taking proactive measures, setting boundaries, and seeking support when needed, individuals can enjoy this time by ensuring that the thrill of the game doesn’t come at the cost of their well-being.