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Editorial: West Virginians should not become big losers online

From The Wheeling News-Register:

Opportunities to gamble are all around us. West Virginia has more than 6,200 video betting terminals in bars, restaurants, etc. More than 6,100 of the devices operate in casinos, where table gambling also is available. If you prefer old-fashioned wagering, lottery tickets can be purchased at about 1,521 outlets.

Now comes perhaps the most dangerous opportunity for problem gamblers — sports betting apps for smartphones. They may be available before the college football season kicks off in earnest on Labor Day weekend.

Betting on sports, via “spread sheets” and similar methods, has been around for generations. Smartphone apps will place it at our fingertips. That will mean a bit of harmless fun for many who bet on games — but it also will result in a substantial number of people getting in over their heads. …

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