On Super Bowl Sunday, millions of neutral fans outside of Philadelphia and Kansas City will have an incentive to root for the Eagles or the Chiefs: A record $16 billion is expected to be wagered on the game, a sign of the growing popularity of sports betting since 2018, when the Supreme Court overturned a federal ban on it.

More and more Americans support legal sports betting. But researchers are only starting to understand the consequences of so many opportunities to place bets – easier than ever, thanks to the proliferation of gambling apps. The state of New Jersey has tasked Lia Nower, the director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University, with interviewing gamblers and analyzing every bet placed online in the state since 2018.

Her team’s findings, which include heightened suicide risk, massive losses and impulsive betting, may give some gambling enthusiasts pause.

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Data from New Jersey is a warning sign for young sports bettors

Lia Nower, Rutgers University

Researchers who analyzed every sports bet placed online since 2018 found that young adults are the fastest-growing group of bettors, with more than 70% of them placing in-game bets.

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