kts2 is a promoter of school/life balance: taking a break to do something fun. That way, when you return to your routine, you can tackle assignments, classes and part-time jobs with new energy. For a lot of people, unwinding and relaxing this weekend will involve watching the Super Bowl. And, many of those same people will bet money on the game to add a bit of excitement. Responsible Gambling Council research shows that participation in sports pools is highest among 18-24 year olds, with males 7 times more likely than females to engage in sports-related gambling activities.
Putting a few bucks down on the game is pretty common, right? Sure.
But all types of gambling (including betting on the Denver-Seattle game) has risks if you:
- look at gambling as a way to earn money
- bet more than you can afford to lose
- think that you have a better chance of predicting the outcome of a game because you are a sports fan, know the teams' stats and have followed players for years
There are many ways to keep the game exciting without betting. (Our favourite at kts2 is constructing ridiculous Super Bowl snack stadiums). Or, you can totally avoid football and celebrate Superb Owl Sunday or tune into Puppy Bowl X.
But if you do bet, here are some tips to remember:
- only use money set aside for entertainment, not money for rent, tuition or food
- don't borrow money to gamble
- don't think of gambling as a way to make money