At Monmouth Park we want our guests to enjoy the thrill and excitement that comes with betting on Thoroughbred Races and Sports. We at Monmouth Park want to make sure you’re here for the right reasons. When the thrill and excitement is no longer the feeling you experience when placing a bet it is imperative you seek help and assistance. Please take a moment to read through the warning signs of when gambling can become a concern. If you feel these warning signs apply to you or someone you know please contact help at 1-800-GAMBLER.
WHEN IS GAMBLING A PROBLEM?
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. When gambling goes from fun and harmless to an unhealthy addiction – help is needed. It does not matter how much you gamble, how frequently, or where – when gambling causes problems than it is the problem. A gambling addiction does not discriminate. A gambling problem can occur for anyone regardless of gender, age, race or financial status. Fortunately, when a gambling problem is detected, it is an addiction that can be successfully treated.
|Myths & Facts about Gambling Problems|
|Myth: You have to gamble every day to be a problem gambler.||Fact: A problem gambler may gamble frequently or infrequently. Gambling is a problem if it causes problems.|
|Myth: Problem gambling is not really a problem if the gambler can afford it.||Fact: Problems caused by excessive gambling are not just financial. Too much time spent on gambling can also lead to relationship and legal problems, job loss, mental health problems including depression and anxiety, and even suicide.|
|Myth: Having a gambling problem is just a case of being weak-willed, irresponsible, or unintelligent.||Fact: Gambling problems affect people of all levels of intelligence and all backgrounds. Previously responsible and strong-willed people are just as likely to develop a gambling problem as anyone else.|
|Myth: Partners of problem gamblers often drive their loved ones to gamble.||Fact: Problem gamblers often try to rationalize their behavior. Blaming others is one way to avoid taking responsibility for their actions, including what is needed to overcome the problem.|
|Myth: If a problem gambler builds up a debt, you should help them take care of it.||Fact: Quick fix solutions may appear to be the right thing to do. However, bailing the gambler out of debt may actually make matters worse by enabling their gambling problems to continue|
THE WARNING SIGNS:
- Sacrificing time from work or family in order to gamble
- Repeated inability to stop or control betting
- Borrowing money to gamble or to pay off previous bets
- Use of gambling as an emotional escape
- Self-neglect or neglect of family due to gambling
- Lying about time or money lost to betting
- Gambling more in order to recoup previous losses (“chasing”)
- Obtaining money for gambling by selling/pawning personal property
- Feelings of hopelessness, depression or suicide
PREVENTING UNDERAGE GAMBLING:
All Monmouth Park employees are trained to card individuals who appear to be below the age of 30, as well as ways to detect potentially invalid identification. Educational training is in place for Monmouth Park employees on how to identify cues for underage minors.
All guests must remove hats, hoods, sunglasses etc. when arriving at the teller line. If a minor is trying to gamble under false identification, our security officers will intervene and may contact outside law enforcement.
The Sports prohibits patrons under 21 from wagering. Signs “Must be 21 and older to wager” are posted throughout the Sports Book. The Monmouth Park security team is onsite to assist Sports Book personnel identify and underage persons attempting to wager.
SELF-EXCLUSION:If you or someone you know has a gambling problem and would like to be added to the self-exclusion list please follow these steps. You may submit an application in person by visiting the offices of the New Jersey Racing Commission during business hours. To review the Racing Commission’s Self Exclusion List Application & Instructions please visit – https://www.nj.gov/oag/ge/selfexclusion.html
During the live racing season:
175 Oceanport Ave.
Oceanport, NJ 07757
140 E. Front Street
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 P.M.
To submit online or to view the application please visit – https:// https://www.nj.gov/oag/ge/selfexclusion.html
THE COUNCIL OF COMPULSIVE GAMING OF NEW JERSEY:
The Council of Compulsive Gaming has been helping those affected by obsessive gambling since 1983. They are committed to providing professional and compassionate service to a wide range of audiences. The Council offers prevention, education, and referral services to all interested parties. To read more please visit – https://800gambler.org/
HELP IS JUST A PHONE CALL AWAY:
If you or someone you know is experiencing the addiction of compulsive gambling, it’s important to remember that intervention and treatment are readily available. The Problem Gambler’s Hotline is a confidential service open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is staffed by trained professionals who understand the nature of the disease and are committed to helping those in need. Just pick up the phone and dial 1.800.GAMBLER