Sports gambling and wagering refer to betting on the outcome of a contest. These events can include sports lotteries and head-to-head sports betting as well as pastimes such as hockey drafts and fantasy leagues. (Sociology of Sport Journal, 1990, 7, 271-286)
“Gambling is a game of chance.” Though this statement is simple to read, it is very difficult for some to understand and accept. Problem gamblers often believe that they have the power to influence their gambling outcomes. While they may feel this way about any form of gambling, they are likely to believe this even more strongly about sports-betting.
Gamblers who regularly make sports wagers will “study” topics such as a team’s chemistry, the athletic ability of a player, and past outcomes of sporting events, to assist them in making their choice of what to bet. Even with this information, however, there will always be some element of “chance” that will ultimately determine the final outcome of the game.
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