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Problem gamblers entering busy season with football's kickoff

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It's prime time for gamblers in Wisconsin, as the football season begins and the Major League Baseball playoffs arrive in a month.

The Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling urges folks to keep an eye on their friends and relatives who gamble a lot. That's especially true as NFL teams march toward the February Super Bowl, when calls for help to the group's gambling hotline are at their peak.

Rose Gruber of the Problem Gambling Council says about half the calls to the help line are from family members noticing issues with loved ones. Family finances often bring those issues to light.

Gruber says there are a few things to remember in playing responsibly -- consider it a cost of entertainment, expect to lose more than you win, stick to a dollar limit, never gamble with credit, don't chase after lost money, and don't use gambling as a crutch to deal with pain or let it take over your life.

The state gambling helpline number is toll free at 1-800-GAMBLE-5.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)