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Gambling addicts face tough climb out

State program tries to offer options

Visitors play the slot machines at the Resorts World Casino as it officially opened its doors at Aqueduct Racetrack on Oct. 28, 2011, in Jamaica, N.Y.
Photographer: The Associated Press
Visitors play the slot machines at the Resorts World Casino as it officially opened its doors at Aqueduct Racetrack on Oct. 28, 2011, in Jamaica, N.Y.
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Even when her husband was dragging her out of the racino, Sheri didn’t really think she had a problem. Nor did she really think she had a problem when she started getting treatment from The Center for Problem Gamblers in Albany. She attended group meetings, where gamblers told their stories and discussed their problems, and met with a counselor one-on-one. “I went to the program for a year and a half, and I was half-motivated ...

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newyorker65
September 2, 2012
9:44 a.m.

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I heard that Saratoga Racetrack offers classes in gambling... how to place bets, how to read the daily race form, etc. Wonder if they include the toll-free phone number to Gamblers Anonymous?

hodgkins.t
September 2, 2012
4:41 p.m.

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great to see stories about the real consequences of gambling, not just the wonderful windfall for the state coffers. i would like to see another story in the series that examines the impact that gambling has on the poor. how does gambling impact different social strata? what does the research say? how well do scratch-offs sell in 12309 compared to 12307 per capita, as a percentage of disposable income?

just a poor tax or an equal opportunity vice?

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