Super Bowl 58 has arrived and all bets are on. With the rise in popularity of sports betting, a record-breaking 26% of Americans are expected to bet on the big game. That meteoric rise has contributed to a rise in gambling addiction across the nation, concerning some health professionals.
In Billings, Shooters Bar and Grill was brimming with excitement as folks like Wyatt Burns and Kevin Curley prepared for the Super Bowl. “I came here to have a beer and a shot, just to kind of loosen up before the festivities begin,” said Burns on Sunday.
You can bet these 49ers fans aren’t just watching the game for the football. “Makes the game more enjoyable to watch when you got a little money on the line,” Burns said. “I bet big” added Curley.
Luckily, the pair isn’t part of that growing number of people experiencing an addiction to gambling. “Nationwide, as to the prevalence of the number of people that we suspect have a gambling disorder, is about 1% of the population,” said Matt Perdue, medical director for Frontier Psychiatry in Billings. Perdue said that’s around 3.4 million Americans. “One of the areas of concern is