April 16, 2008
Colleges concerned about the addictive potential of gambling face an uphill battle against its glamorized image. Think ESPN's all-out coverage of poker tournaments or the parade of movies: Now it's "21," about six students beating the house in Vegas; 10 years ago, the popular film "Rounders" featured Matt Damon as a law student and high-stakes poker player.
There isn't enough help at colleges for the shame, stress and isolation that problem gamblers can experience, Mr. Wexler and others say. At least one school, however - Texas Tech University in Lubbock - hosts Gamblers Anonymous meetings.