NCAA March Madness Can Cause Lifetime Gambling Problems

"Harmless" brackets may be a gateway to gambling problems.

A detail shot of a basketball during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship Semifinals at the Ford Center March 13, 2009 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
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Don't get me wrong; I love college basketball. My basement even features a 7-by-7, permanently mounted, custom-made wood parquet bracket with which my friends and I follow this phenomenal event each year. Enjoy the tournament, but be aware that your seemingly harmless bracket bet could be a gateway to a serious problem.



Tim Otteman, a former gambler, researches the issue at Central Michigan University, where he also teaches.