More College Students Gambling On-line

With just a click of a mouse and a scroll of the screen.. UW Eau Claire student Jeff Kohl got lucky.

"It was easy, it was the easiest hundred bucks I ever made," Kohl said.

He made that money playing poker on-line, but when the money disappeared he felt the urge to bet again.

"I decided it would be a good idea to play again with my own money and that's when I lost a whole bunch of money," he said.

And Kohl isn't alone, according to a University of Pennsylvania study more college men across the country are gambling on-line than ever before.

"You'd be surprised at how frequently people get in trouble," addiction counselor Sharon Heinz said.

That's because campus gamblers no longer need to travel to a casino to hit the tables. She says it's incredibly easy to gamble on-line and with the new found freedom of college and ready access to a computer many college students are finding their dorm room is a gambler's paradise. Students have privacy, high speed Internet and credit card money, a mini-casino at their fingertips.

"They're addicted to the action in gambling really," Heinz said.

"It gives you something to do, it's a distraction and the Texas Hold Em' has received a lot of publicity and a lot of people are getting into it and it does cause a rush," counselor Ed Ramsey said.

A rush that makes it hard to quit.

"There's a certain component of the population that has an addictive vulnerability," Heinz said.

So the federal government stepped in, banning banks and credit card companies from depositing money into Internet gambling sites. But, Ramesy says the new law falls short.

"If they take a prohibitionist stance like they had with alcohol and drugs, they start a war on gambling, but they'll probably make the problem worse. He says campus education and early intervention is the key, helping student gamblers before their bankroll goes bust.


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