Addiction Fact Check: Kansas City Compulsive Sports Gambling Problems Worsen Today

There's no getting around it . . . More betting options in the Kansas City metro will, in fact, bust many local bank accounts. 

Remember that the number of bankruptcies and home foreclosures spiked after this town got its most recent taste of riverboat gambling so many years ago.  

Here's a Debbie Downer warning that this local revenue generator is not without risks . . .

"It starts off innocently," said addiction specialist Suzanne Taylor, of Midwest Recovery Centers.

Since legalizing sports betting, the area has been inundated with promises of free money, but Taylor said that free money can come with a huge cost.

"They say they are going to give you $200, and they know they are going to get you hooked. They absolutely know it," Taylor said.

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Recovering gambling addicts fear relapse as sports betting becomes legal in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Sports wagering will be legal in Kansas on Thursday. While some look forward to placing their first bets, others say there's a darker side. Recovering gambling addicts in the Kansas City area said they fear opportunities to relapse.

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